How To Install Plex on Synology NAS with DSM 7 in 2023 – Best Method

Are you planning to install Plex on your Synology NAS running DSM 7? You have two options to do so, but which one is the best? In this blog post, I’ll guide you through the optimal method. Not only does it let you update the software at your convenience, but you also don’t have to wait for a package update from Synology, which can take weeks or months.

Plex is a top choice among home users who use a Synology NAS, particularly for those who wish to set up a media streaming server in addition to the many other capabilities that Synology offers. This tutorial will walk you through a fresh Plex installation on a Synology NAS running DSM 7, which, in my opinion, is the superior approach since Synology is frequently slow to update its Package Center’s offerings.

Please note these steps are not intended for those looking to update Plex from DSM 6 to DSM 7. If you want to update Plex from DSM 6 to 7, HERE IS A GREAT VIDEO by Wundertech.

How To Install Plex on Synology NAS with DSM 7

  1. Visit the Plex website (click here) and download the latest Synology DSM 7 package for your model. Please verify what CPU is installed in your NAS prior to downloading the software; however, most users will find that the Intel 64-bit install file is what they require.
  2. Log into your Synology DSM 7 using a user account with administrative rights, and go into Package Center. Click the Manual Install button located in the top right corner.

3. Click Browse and select the Plex file you just downloaded. Click Next.

4. You will be greeted by a message indicating that a third party provides the package and is not verified by Synology. Assuming you visited the Plex website in Step 1 to download the file and not another site, it is safe to click the Agree button. If you downloaded a Plex package from any other website, I strongly encourage you to revisit Step 1 and download the Plex software from their site.

5. Two installation types will be presented. Normal Installation will install the software but claim the server at a later time. In my opinion, it is easier to claim the server at the same time. This way, your newly installed server will be automatically associated with your Plex account. Select Install using Plex Claim Token and then click the link Get Plex Claim Token.

6. Sign in to Plex using your existing Plex credentials.

7. After authenticating, you will be shown a Claim Code. Copy the code.

8. Go back to the Plex Media Server – Install window, and paste the claim code in the Claim Token field. Click Next.

9. You will now see a Confirm settings window, giving you one last chance to go back to make changes. Ensure that Run after installation is checked, and then click Done. Allow for a few minutes to allow the software to install. Once completed, you will see a message stating that the PlexMediaServer has been successfully claimed.

10. In the Installed area of the Package Center, you should now see Plex Media Server. Click the Open button.

11. A message prompting you to sign into your Plex user account will be displayed. Sign in to proceed.

12. Plex will now load the home page. Click the Wrench icon (settings) in the top right window.

13. On the left-hand side, click Libraries under the Manage heading.

14. Click Add Library, select the Library Type containing what you want to load, and add the folder. Assuming your media is sitting on your Synology, it should be located on /volume1. Whatever folder is holding your media, you should have your media split into three different folders. The names won’t matter, but dedicate them to movies, tv shows, and music.

Plex will now search the internet to crawl for covers and titles. You are done!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can I install Plex on my Synology NAS?

Installing Plex on your Synology NAS lets you stream media files to your devices. While Synology provides a pre-packaged option for easy installation, it is recommended to perform a manual installation to ensure that you are up-to-date with patches.

Is there a cost to install Plex on my Synology NAS?

There is no cost to install Plex on your Synology NAS, but there may be a fee for premium features offered by Plex.

Can I share my media files with others using Plex on my Synology NAS?

Yes, you can share your media files using Plex on your Synology NAS by setting up sharing permissions and sending invitations to other users.

Can I use Plex on my smart TV?

Yes, you can use Plex on your smart TV by downloading the Plex app from the app store and logging in to your account.

Can I install plugins on Plex with my Synology NAS?

Yes, you can install plugins on Plex with your Synology NAS by accessing the Plex Web App and selecting the Plugins option.

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