Plex is the browser-based DLNA streaming media server reviewed by TopNetTricks this week. It can be downloaded here. Read on to get the Plex media server review.
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Plex Media Server Review
Plex is easy to install and easy to use. It is based on XBMC which is reviewed here. Plex’s strength is its ability to order you media in various ways. For example it has a special “folder” where it keeps movies or TV shows that you haven’t finished. It also keeps new media in a special folder. So its pretty easy to find movies and other media that you are most interested in.
Plex is free. The only charge for Plex is for something called PlexPass which allows you to share media or to share your media, sync media with another device, and get the Android client for Plex. PlexPass is charged on a monthly rate of $3.99 per month.
The free version of Plex is quite usable on its own. You can use it for a home theater PC or as a media server for your DLNA media player or smart TV. It is also quite usable with Android devices with DLNA players. The Plex Android app isn’t required.
According to their web page, Plex supports the following audio and video formats:
|Container||Video Codec||Audio Codec||Notes|
|mp4, mov||h264, mpeg4||aac, ac3,
eac3, mp3, mp2
|asf||vc1, wmv3, wmv2||wmav2, wmapro,
|other audio||transcoded to MP3|
Learn more about how video file types and how much bandwidth you need to support them: Video File Formats for Media Servers and Players.
The Plex installation is straight forward on a Windows PC and there is no special tweaking needed. You must create a Plex account during the installation which is free. You must also tell Plex which folders contain your media.
The Plex sign-up screen is where you assign the server name:
This screen lets you assign your media folders:
You can configure Plex for Internet channels:
Free DLNA Media Server Downloads
For a complete list of free media server software for Windows and reviews see How to Use Windows Media Player as a DLNA Media Server and Top Free Windows DLNA Media Server Downloads.