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Topic # 204330 27-Sep-2016 16:59
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I've just been having a play with Plex.  It works pretty well out of the box for LAN streaming.  However, I also wanted to try the Remote Access streaming.  To enable that, I'll need to enable UPnP/NAT-PMP on my router, or set up manual port forwarding.

 

I'm assuming a manual port forward is more secure and I'm fairly clear on how to do that.  But how secure is it to do this?  i.e. how secure is it to open port 32400 and forward it to the PC running Plex Media Server?


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  Reply # 1641379 27-Sep-2016 17:08
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Look in the remote access section, I think it will give you a different port for this purpose. Exposing 32400 will give them access to your Plex UI (with no auth)





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  Reply # 1641381 27-Sep-2016 17:08
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Set up a Plex account at plex.tv and sign in the server using that. Then sign the clients in with the same Plex account. Chances are it will Just Work, assuming you haven't actively disabled uPnP.

 

 










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  Reply # 1641382 27-Sep-2016 17:11
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gbwelly:

 

Set up a Plex account at plex.tv and sign in the server using that. Then sign the clients in with the same Plex account. Chances are it will Just Work, assuming you haven't actively disabled uPnP.

 

 

Nope, it didn't work, but I think that's because I'm running Gargoyle on the router and by default uPnP is not enabled.


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  Reply # 1641387 27-Sep-2016 17:21
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Looks like that is the right port to forward. Just make sure your plex account is registered to the server and has a nice secure password





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  Reply # 1641394 27-Sep-2016 17:51
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ajobbins:

 

 Exposing 32400 will give them access to your Plex UI (with no auth)

 

 

 

 

this is not correct, it definitely requires authentication to use the plex UI, its generally safe to forward the port in this scenario. you can also change the port if you like to something else

 

in PMS.

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1641408 27-Sep-2016 18:02
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Set ssl to preferred as well.




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  Reply # 1641543 28-Sep-2016 08:17
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OK, that all seems to work thanks - and it sounds like it's secure.  I think SSL Preferred is ticked by default, but I'll check that tonight.  


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  Reply # 1642481 29-Sep-2016 11:25
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 Earbanean, I enabled remote plex access last Tuesday and as my router/firewall doesn't do uPnP I just set up a NAT for port 32400 and a corresponding firewall rule.  I don't have a paid Plex subscription and I have set plex ssl to "reqired" because I am a bit paranoid.  It seems to work OK but is a bit clumsy (maybe I need a paid Plex subs).

 

I have been monitoring the firewall rule and it has only been used by my phone IP and 54.229.139.33, 54.194.240.140, 54.171.83.143 which are all owned by Amazon Technologies Inc. in Seattle.  The Amazon accesses are just polls from Plex to see if I am still alive...




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  Reply # 1642770 29-Sep-2016 16:29
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Mine has been working OK most of the time, but has failed to connect first thing in the morning on my way to work on the ferry.  Then this morning the penny dropped, that our computer will still be asleep when I head off to work in the morning.  So I guess I'll need to play around with Wake on LAN for it - as opposed to always having it fully powered up.  


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