Plex, a VPN and macOS

fridgeymonster3

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I'm not really sure in which thread to put this. I recently subscribed to PIA because I wanted a VPN. However, PIA does not play nice with Plex. About 98% of the time I use my plex server on my local network, which isn't affected by PIA. However, sometimes I like to access my Plex server from outside my network and that's just not feasible. Does anyone here have a VPN that plays well with Plex? I'm running 10.12.3 if it matters. Thanks!
 

simon lefisch

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Why not just set up Plex for external access? No need to run a vpn. Take in mind that Plex may need to transcode depending on your upstream. I only have a 5Mbps upstream and have to transcode my 1080p movies to 720p since minimum upstream for 1080p is 8Mbps (I think).
 

fridgeymonster3

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Why not just set up Plex for external access? No need to run a vpn. Take in mind that Plex may need to transcode depending on your upstream. I only have a 5Mbps upstream and have to transcode my 1080p movies to 720p since minimum upstream for 1080p is 8Mbps (I think).

That's the issue. I'm looking for a VPN that easily allows me to configure Plex for external access. PIA doesn't allow for this easily, especially not on macOS. There is a windows script that allows it but I don't want to run windows.

Edit: I choose to use a VPN for all my internet traffic.
 

simon lefisch

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Plex allows external connection via server settings. Just need to configure the port and your router. Take in mind using a can "slow down" the speed, especially when using OpenVPN protocol.
 

fridgeymonster3

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Plex isn't the issue. PIA doesn't support port forwarding in a way that works with Plex. I'm looking for a VPN that someone here uses that works with Plex on macOS.
 

simon lefisch

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I guess I'm still unclear as to what you're trying to accomplish. Is your mac your Plex server or client?
 

fridgeymonster3

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My Mac is my Plex server. I have Private Internet Access (a vpn) running 24/7. PIA does not allow port forwarding in a manner that works with Plex unless you run a windows script called Xflak. I'm looking for a VPN that allows port forwarding or works with Plex.
 

simon lefisch

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I know that when I use a vpn on my Mac which is a client, I can connect to my Plex server (which is Windows) remotely. Same if I use Plex on my iPhone using a vpn.
 

simon lefisch

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Gotcha. I was thinking you were trying to connect to your server from a client running a vpn. Not sure I can help you on that one.

May I ask the reasoning as to why you have your Plex server on a vpn at all times?
 

BrianBaughn

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Is your Mac running the VPN client software and updating a Dynamic DNS service or is your router acting as the VPN client and doing that? Seems like it would work OK with a VPN if the router is the client.
 
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