How to Set Up Port Forwarding on Plex Media Server

Plex is a popular streaming service that runs free ad-supported video. You can find the most popular TV shows and movies in its catalog free of cost. However, it has different libraries for each country. This means you will not have the same content available in every country. However, you can port forward Plex and enable remote viewing to circumvent this problem. The entire process is easy to set up and is sure to make your streaming experience more enjoyable. Read on to learn more.

Check The Automatic Configuration

The actual port forwarding method may differ depending on your router. To find out which method you’ll have to rely on, start with checking if your router supports the UPnP or NAT-PMP auto-configuration. To get this information, check your router’s user manual or online documentation.

If your router does support UPnP or NAT-PMP auto-configuration, simply add the port number in the WAN/External Port section. Find the port number to use mentioned at the end of this article. Save these settings, and you’re done.

You can still set up port forwarding if your router doesn’t support these. However, you won’t be able to get Plex Media Server to configure a forwarded port automatically. Hence, you’ll have to set it up manually.

How To Manually Set Up Plex Port Forwarding

The process is relatively straightforward and shouldn’t take more than a few minutes. However, make sure you have the latest version of the Plex Media Server installed to avoid any glitches or bugs. Here’s how to set it up:

  • Open the Plex Web App and sign in.
  • Go to Settings, then click on Server.
  • Click on Remote Access.
  • Toggle down to Show Advanced.
  • Enable the Manually specify public port checkbox.
  • Enter the port number in the appropriate box under the WAN/External Port.
  • Click on Apply.

You may want to reboot your router for these changes to take effect.

Ports To Use

32400 is the default port, but you can use any available port in the 20000-50000 range.

Yasir Nawaz

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