Help setting up Plex (network has 2 routers) on Mac Mini Server

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by AndrewMRiv, May 18, 2015.

  1. AndrewMRiv macrumors regular


    Oct 29, 2013
    Hi I am attempting to setup Plex but I am having trouble understanding what to do since there are two routers on my network.

    This is how my network flow is:
    • Modem
      • Netgear Router (
        • Solar Panel Hardware
        • Airport Extreme (IP Address: 192168.0.100, LAN IP address:
          • Airport Extreme (Repeater mode in the garage)
          • Mac Mini Server (Static IP:
          • Other devices

    (The Modem used to directly connect to my first Airport Extreme but the people installing solar panels at my house said that their hardware "does not work well on apple routers" so they installed a Netgear router in its place and attached their hardware to it to make it work.

    There is an ethernet cable that connects from the Netgear to the LAN input of the my first Airport Extreme and then the second Airport Extreme grabs its connection from the first one and serves as a repeater.

    The fact that two routers are in this mix makes it confusing for me.

    On the first Airport Extreme, I setup port forwarding for (Mac Mini) with 32400 opened.

    What do I need to do on the Netgear router in front of my Airport Extreme to make this port forwarding work?

    Thank you.
  2. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    Forward the port on your net gear to

    You should really set your net gear to dhcp and your apple gear to bridge mode then everything will be on the same network but that's if you need access to what's connected to the netgear
  3. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    Yes...please do this.
  4. AndrewMRiv thread starter macrumors regular


    Oct 29, 2013
    Thank you. I did what you said and put my Airport Extreme in bridge mode.

    (Changed the Mac Mini temporarily to DHCP) and its ipaddress is now

    I forwarded the Plex port to and it worked like a charm!

    Now I just need to set a static IP to the Mac Mini server and then I'll be good to go.

    Thank you for the help. I have never worked with two routers on the same network before.
  5. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    Just change the mini to the static ip of and it shouldn't cause any issues as long as it's not off for long periods of time (assuming the network is busy) but you can set the lease period to larger Intervals in the routers dhcp page
  6. AndrewMRiv thread starter macrumors regular


    Oct 29, 2013
    Sounds good. Would I experience any problems if I used "Using DHCP with manual address" versus "Manually"?
    When I select "Using DHCP with manual address" it shows the correct Subnet Mask and Router IP but allows me to set a manual IPv4.

    Does it not really matter or am I better of configuring it manually?
  7. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    Looks like you have a newer firmware, is there a lan groups tab?

    If so you can set a fixed ip for any device in there solving all your worries. The mini will have a static ip and everything else can be left to float.


    If it's running older firmware the instructions to add a static ip on a dhcp setup are here...

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