Since about 2015 or so, it seems like there are always Raspberry Pi’s lying around the place, at work and home, just waiting for some project to come along to put them to use.
One of the Pi’s looking for a job as part of my home lab has found just itself retasked as a Plex Media Server following a very simple process.
- A new Operating System was written onto the SDCard, this time out the OS chosen was the Raspberry Pi variant of Ubuntu Server order to have a more consistent experience across systems being used lately.
- Once up and running and fully patched, the Plex repo was added and the Media Server installed via apt.
- Directories were added to host the media library and the Plex configuration ran. Once complete it was a simple matter of connecting the TV to the new media server via the Plex app and enjoying the content I had that was driving this little endeavour in the first place.
I heard it said recently that a Raspberry Pi with decent enough storage can be purchased for less then the price of running an EC2 instance for a year, so when it fits the use case a Pi can be a great solution and even in the age of cloud there are still times when it’s better to run locally (streaming dodgy media being a classic).