Plex, a VPN and macOS

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  1. fridgeymonster3 macrumors 6502

    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!
     
  2. simon lefisch macrumors 6502a

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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).
     
  3. fridgeymonster3 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    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.
     
  4. simon lefisch macrumors 6502a

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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.
     
  5. fridgeymonster3 thread starter macrumors 6502

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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.
     
  6. simon lefisch macrumors 6502a

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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?
     
  7. fridgeymonster3 thread starter macrumors 6502

    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.
     
  8. simon lefisch macrumors 6502a

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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.
     
  9. fridgeymonster3 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Is the Plex server behind a VPN? I've never had an issue on the client side either, I'm only talking about the server side.
     
  10. simon lefisch macrumors 6502a

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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?
     
  11. BrianBaughn macrumors 603

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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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