How is PlexConnect?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Frankied22, Mar 10, 2014.

  1. Frankied22 macrumors 68000

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    I have a Chromecast right now but I'm thinking about grabbing an ATV because Ido use iTunes and airplay would be nice. Also, using your phone as the remote can get annoying sometimes because the chromecast will lose connection. So my question is, howls PlexConnect on the ATV? I use Plex quite a bit on my chromecast so is like to continue using it with an ATV.
     
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    Changes to the ATV makes setting up PlexConnect a real pain. I chucked my ATV and pulled a ROKU (first generation, no less!) out of the drawer which works fine with Plex (although now you have to pay for the plugin -- I got it when it was free). Since I was only using the ATV for Plex, I lost nothing with the move.
     
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    It looks like things have changed much for the better since I deserted it. It was already tough going with a Mac mini server and when it went https I threw in the towel. Now I might have a use for the ATV after all.
     
  5. Idgit macrumors 6502

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    Getting PlexConnect to work with OS X Server requires more work. If you don't need the DNS server feature of OS X Server, just turn it off and PlexConnect works perfectly.

    Otherwise you have to make the modifications as outlined in this thread:
    https://forums.plex.tv/index.php/to...i-got-plexconnect-running-on-os-x-server-107/
     
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    Which is what I had to do before. But do these mods co-exist with OpenConnect which also makes modifications? I also just remembered that PlexConnect has to run as root which means manually starting it which is also a PITA. I'll probably just stick with ROKU.
     
  7. kage207 macrumors 6502a

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    Does PlexConnecf finally have myPlex support? That's why I haven't done it yet.
     
  8. Idgit macrumors 6502

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    PlexConnect now has an autostart launch agent so no need to manually start and stop unless you need to update it or modify the cfg files.

    I don't know if OpenConnect works fully with PlexConnect on OS X server. You'll have to ask the OpenConnect dev over at the PlexConnect sub forum. He's very responsive to questions and requests.

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    Channels work but not the MyPlex Queue feature. PlexConnect is only at version 0.4, so there's lots to be added.
     
  9. institute, Mar 12, 2014
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    Just to clarify MyPlex does work in Plexconnect so you can access Shared Libraries remotely or have multiple accounts on your local network. The Plex Queue is available as well but only through a special Plex Queue channel that is available. Channels, in general, have pretty much always worked but they have just now added the ability to use a Channel's Search functions in Plexconnect, which is a great improvement to ease of use.
     
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    Where does one find this "special Plex Queue channel"? Somehow I've missed the discussion of this in the PlexConnect forum.
     
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    Similar questions here.
    Once setup, does it continue to work without any intervention?
    Does the script need to remain running on the server??

    How reliable is PlexConnect?

    I have an Apple TV (newest Gen), and a Mac Mini server, which just runs Plex and is used for file sharing - nothing else. Im looking to move the server and plug it into the TC via ethernet. I then want the ATV downstairs where the mini used to be, connected wirelessly, running Plexconnect as I want to keep all my content in Plex rather then have to move it all into my iTunes library.

    At the mo its between Roku and the ATV, although I would prefer the ATV so I can airplay with other devices also.....
     
  14. Idgit macrumors 6502

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    If your Mac Mini runs 24/7 and you're only using the file-sharing feature, then your setup will be easy. Turn off OS X Server's DNS service, install PlexConnect with the auto-start daemon, and you should be good to go.

    PlexConnect, in my experience, has been very reliable. And there are lots of helpful people over in the PlexConnect forum that can offer advice and assistance if you run into some issues with installation or playback.

     
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    Has anyone streamed 1080p files to the AppleTV via a wireless connection using Plexconnect?
    Is the playback smooth?
     
  17. Idgit macrumors 6502

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    I have an Apple TV 2, so I'm limited to 720p, but I don't recall seeing any complaints about 1080p playback in the PlexConnect forums. Wired is always better than wireless, but it should be fine.

     
  18. ZeRoLiMiT, Mar 22, 2014
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    How is PlexConnect?

    I am using AppleTv 3 (plex connect) downstairs in my living room and it's amazing! I have 2 roku3's upstairs in the bedrooms. I deft Recommend the hack. I start a movie downstairs and finish it upstairs

    *wired stream*
     

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