Plex and LMS on RPi

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  • 17. Juli 2019 at 6:24 #46338

    I know the topic of running Plex on M2P has been raised before here but that was a couple of years ago and I was hoping the issue has been simplified since then.

    I simply wish to run LMS and Plex from a RPi connected to my router. The files would be taken from a 4TB portable HDD connected to the Pi but also separately powered. I was hoping I could mount this HDD in M2P and play music via LMS and movies via Plex. I know how to do this with LMS, but is the method with Plex the same, or more complicated (as per the earlier thread)?


    17. Juli 2019 at 15:33 #46349

    Hi chopinhauer,

    We do not have an installer for Plex, as we do with the LMS. So you would have to install it manually. Also, it might be a performance bottle neck for the Pi to run both servers at the same time.

    Once the HDD is mounted, you can use it with any software on Max2Play, so you don’t need to do this twice. However, installing the plex server itself would require several commands and tweaks from the SSH. There are various guides for this online, our current image is based on Stretch (or buster with the new beta). But again, it probably makes most sense to have a second Pi running just Plex server with a dedicated image.

    18. Juli 2019 at 7:18 #46354

    Thanks for your very clear reply Heiner. Yes, looks too complicated for me. I think it would be just as easy to install a NAS running LMS and Plex as using two Pis and two portable HDDs.
    Alternatively, I might just stick with my current set up, and sturdy 8 y/o PC that has plenty of internal storage and use that as my server and leave on 27/7. Yes, it might use a bit more power, but its simple and does the job.

    18. Juli 2019 at 10:51 #46362

    Hi chopinhauer,

    There are some images that make it very easy to set up Plex on the Pi, e.g. Max2Play for Squeezebox and something like Rasplex for Plex. You can also mount a network share for both devices to eliminate the need for two HDDs. A NAS usually lacks in computing power to run both server units as snappily as the Pi would (especially with the new Pi4B with 4GB RAM). However, if you are satisfied with your current PC setup, there’s obviously no need to switch it up.

    18. Juli 2019 at 13:38 #46368

    Thanks again Heiner. Is it possible to burn both M2P and Rasplex on the same 8gb SD card? That way I can try run them both from my RPi Model 3/+. I don’t wish to buy the new Pi4B yet.

    18. Juli 2019 at 14:37 #46373

    There are various multi launcher for this kind of setup. We have only heard good things from Alex’s Berryboot.

    edit: sorry about Rasplex, that’s just the plex client. For server you would need a different image that installs the plex media server.

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