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How to set up Plex on TerraMaster NAS

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Running Plex Media Server on your TerraMaster NAS enclosure is a great way to transform your home into a smart connected cinema. It takes a few minutes to download, install and set up Plex and this guide will show you how to set up Plex on TerraMaster NAS and enjoy your favorite content in no time.

How to install Plex Media Server

How to set up Plex on TerraMaster NAS
Plex. (Source: NAS Master)

There are two methods to install Plex Media Server on a TerraMaster NAS. We’d recommend using the manual method as this ensures you’re using the absolute latest version of Plex. We’ve found app stores on NAS operating systems to sometimes lag behind the latest release.

Here’s how to quickly download and install Plex manually using TerraMaster NAS:

  1. Download the Plex Server package. (Choose “TerraMaster” under “NAS”.)
  2. Connect to your TerraMaster NAS.
  3. Open up Applications.
  4. Go to Settings > Install application manually and click “Browse.”
  5. Locate the Plex Server download.
  6. Click “Apply.”
  7. Launch Plex and enter your credentials.

Automatic

Should you wish to keep things simple, TerraMaster does offer Plex through its official app store. Here’s how to install it using this method:

  1. Connect to your TerraMaster NAS.
  2. Launch Applications.
  3. Search for “Plex”.
  4. Click Install.
  5. Double-click the Plex icon on the TOS desktop.
  6. Check Enable Plex Media Server and click Apply.
  7. Launch Plex and enter your credentials.

Best TerraMaster NAS for Plex

TerraMaster F4-423
TerraMaster F4-423. (Source: NM)

Picking the very best NAS for Plex from TerraMaster is a similar process to other brands. It’s important to consider the processor, especially if you plan on transcoding 4K content. Luckily, TerraMaster offers some compelling enclosures with some great specifications at a more reasonable price.

TerraMaster F4-423

TerraMaster F4-423
TerraMaster F4-423. (Source: TerraMaster)

The F4-423 is TerraMaster’s most powerful four-bay NAS with an Intel quad-core processor, upgradable RAM, and 1Gb LAN connections. It’s one of the best Plex NAS.

The NAS isn’t going to do much without hard drives, which is where the Seagate IronWolf range of drives comes into play.

Seagate IronWolf

Seagate IronWolf
Seagate IronWolf. (Source: Seagate)

I’m a big fan of Seagate’s IronWolf series of NAS hard drives. If you’re serious about storage, the Pro range offers a few advanced extras.

We’ve shown you how to set up Plex on TerraMaster NAS, but the platform has an optional subscription upgrade that unlocks hardware transcoding (and some other features). This is a must if you wish to really put Plex to good use.

Plex Pass

Plex
Plex. (Source: Plex)

You can use Plex for free. But to take full advantage of streaming capabilities with transcoding for advanced playback, you’ll want to consider the optional Plex Pass.

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