One of the coolest developments in the last decade has been the rise of media server software that helps you connect to your media server with your home computer or NAS(network area storage) device. Which in turn allows you to stream TV shows, movies, music, photos, and most other types of video or audio content to any device on your home network, be it be a smart TV, a laptop, a phone or a tablet, etc.
Plex is one of the most famous software-based media servers out there. Just about any type of device that can be connected to your home internets, such as a smartphone, tablet, computer, web browser, or streaming device, will allow you to use Plex. The Roku streaming device for one is a perfect companion for Plex, and in this blog, I’ll take you through simple steps on how to get everything set up from scratch in order to use Plex on Roku. And given our current circumstances,
it is the perfect time to get to know Plex, the free media software that can organize all your collected TV shows, movies, music, etc and present them to you on any device of your liking, with a user interface that is easy to navigate and is attractive to the eyes. Now let’s talk about Pex, what are its requirements, how to set up Plex on Roku, and Roku activation.
What is Plex?
Plex is a combination of two things: Firstly it is a free media server software that you run on a PC or NAS drive in your home, and secondly, it’s also a set of free client apps, that let you access the media server’s contents from devices like smart TVs, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, phones, tablets, and lots more. Combining these two things it creates a powerful way to manage and access your media files.
Once it is installed the Plex media server automatically augments your collection of movies, TV shows, and music with a huge amount of related content from sources around the web, with details like movie posters, album art, cast and crew members, episode descriptions, original air dates, and much more. In a matter of minutes, your media collection goes from being a series of folders to a Netflix-like experience that you can control yourself. On top of it, Plex can read just about every media file format.
The first thing you’ll need is to download the Plex media server and for that, you’ll need to go to Plex’s website. You can get Plex for Windows, Mac, Linux as well as for several NAS devices. Secondly, you’ll need to create a Plex account by going onto Plex.tv/link. There they have free and paid plans. The free plan will meet the requirements for most users; the paid plan is just $4.99 a month and gives access to multiple users on your Plex system and also cloud storage for your content.
After installing Plex, you’ll be needing to get your Plex channel application on your Roku to use it there, and then you’ll be able to stream your content to Roku and the other devices you own. Follow the below-mentioned steps to get Plex on Roku
Steps to use Plex on Roku
Step 1: The first step would be to head to the channel store on our Roku streaming device, then scroll down the list on the left-hand side of the Roku home page and select streaming channels.
Step 2: In the streaming channels tab scroll down to search channels and enter Plex in the search bar to the right. And in the channel store, once your Roku finds Plex, it shows up on your screen. Now click on Plex and then click your Roku remote again where it says Add Channel on your TV.
Step 3: Now you’ll see that Roku is adding the Plex channel to your Roku device. After it’s finished adding Plex, you’ll see a notification on your screen which will tell you that it has added Plex on Roku. You can verify that at the end of your Roku home page.
Step 4: Go back to your Roku home by pressing the button on your remote that resembles a house or go to the channel. And then open Plex on Roku.
Step 5: The first time you open the Plex channel on your Roku, you’ll need to sign in with your Plex account. After signing in, go to a computer or any mobile device and visit the link as directed.
Step 7: In that link, please enter the code that’s shown to you on your TV screen into your Plex account from your computer or any mobile device for Roku activation. And now your Roku is linked to your Plex account!
NOTE: As long as your Plex server is set up on your computer or a storage device connected to your network via your internet, you can use Plex on Roku anytime you wish! You just need to select the Plex channel.
So if you’re looking for a way to stream your locally owned content from your computer or NAS and if you’re a Roku owner, it’s simple to link your Plex account server to your Roku device and use Plex on Roku from the comfort of your home. You can watch, listen, and control everything connected with Plex through your Roku.
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