Plex is a multimedia file manager that allows you to play your videos and images on any device with access to an internet connection. Plex allows us to create our own cloud and extract all the files from there without having to rely on services like Netflix or similar. The options it offers are many and varied: sharing file libraries with friends, saving videos to watch later or transcoding files live for different devices.
The main advantage of Plex is that there is a dedicated application for each device. From Android to iOS or Windows Phone. The service also has applications for Smart TV and even for Xbox and PlayStation. Although we can manage our files from their web application, the application that makes the most sense as a central management point is Plex Media Sever, both for conventional computers and NAS servers. For the latter option, it is best to go to its download page and select our device and find the exact file we need.
If there’s one thing Plex does well, it’s sorting and presenting your files. The program itself analyzes the file names and classifies your movies thanks to an extensive metadata database. This means that your movies will not be a compendium of disordered files with impossible names, but an ordered list of titles with their corresponding covers and with the information corresponding to each film. It may seem like a minor detail, but it greatly enhances the user experience, as it creates the impression of browsing through an official Netflix or Filmin-style movie archive, with the difference that it is our own selection.
Although it is not a perfect service, Plex is currently one of the main references when it comes to setting up a multimedia server at home. If you want to enjoy all your files on all your devices, not trying Plex before making a final decision would be crazy. Plex offers a premium subscription, Plex Pass, although our recommendation is that you try the free service first and then decide if you want the extra Pass options.