Can’t watch your Plex movies while away from home? Here’s a quick fix!
Are you enjoying the holidays away from home and getting frustrated trying to use Plex to watch a movie on your home server?
There could be lots of reasons why that movie keeps buffering, stops for no reason, or simply won’t play at all.
With a couchful of friends and relatives, now is probably not the time to start a serious troubleshooting session.
If you have remote access to your home system (via TeamViewer, Screens, Back to My Mac, or some other mechanism), then here is a “quick fix” that might help.
Get your hands on a PC or Mac computer. You probably brought your laptap, but if you didn’t, hopefully there is a computer you can use temporarily.
Using remote access to your home system, download the media files to the computer you are using. (Various techniques to do this, most remote access programs have a built-in file transfer command or your can copy the file to a cloud service and then copy it down to your computer.)
Log in to the Plex.tv website, download the Plex server (not the client), and install it on your computer.
Setting up Plex is really easy; just accept all the defaults and create one media folder/library that points to the files you downloaded in Step 2.
Now you can view the media locally on this computer, or stream locally to other devices at your location – laptops, Roku, Apple TV, etc. without any broadband, Internet, or bandwidth worries.