Question Enabling Remote Access for PLEX Server Without Access to Router Settings

Toby Anderson

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Hey,

I'm heading off to University this Sept. In my home town my internet is too slow (1mbit up 14down) to be able to allow remote streaming access to my PLEX media server. I'm thinking of bringing my own dedicated NAS with PLEX plugin installed to Uni with me and leaving it on even when I go home for holidays allowing me to utilise their high-speed fiber connection meaning I will have access to my content wherever I am for the next 3/4 years.

The only problem I foresee is not having access to the routers setting in order to forward the port for PLEX 32400 (or whatever it is) as I will be in halls for my first year. Can you guys see any possible way around this or do you know of any other way in which you can access the routers backend to forward the port (software etc)?

I was also thinking that you could possibly hijack an already opened port using the 'Manually Specify a Port Option' in PLEX. Can you have a port that is used by multiple applications? If so do you guys know of any ports that are normally open on a large network such as the one in the University accommodation?

Thanks,

Toby
 

bill001g

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You can do nothing really without access to the router. Most university have other restrictions also so it is hard to say what you will be able to accomplish. You see many complaint on this forum from people having issues with some very popular games because the university basically only allows web surfing traffic. Since you can do no port forwarding only traffic that is allowed to go to the media server was in effect requested by the media server first. So the media server can initiate outbound sessions but no unknown inbound traffic is allowed.

So maybe if they do not block it you could put a VPN server on your router at your house and set the meida server to create a vpn session to that. This may not be possible if your house does not have a public ip address or it changes a lot. This method does not work if you want mulitple locations to access your server or if you want to access it from say a cell phone.

You can look at solution like teamviewer but all traffic then goes through a server company and they can see all the traffic. Almost everything after that involves setting up things in hosting centers and then you might a well just put your server in a hosting center
 

Toby Anderson

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You can do nothing really without access to the router. Most university have other restrictions also so it is hard to say what you will be able to accomplish. You see many complaint on this forum from people having issues with some very popular games because the university basically only allows web surfing traffic. Since you can do no port forwarding only traffic that is allowed to go to the media server was in effect requested by the media server first. So the media server can initiate outbound sessions but no unknown inbound traffic is allowed.

So maybe if they do not block it you could put a VPN server on your router at your house and set the meida server to create a vpn session to that. This may not be possible if your house does not have a public ip address or it changes a lot. This method does not work if you want mulitple locations to access your server or if you want to access it from say a cell phone.

You can look at solution like teamviewer but all traffic then goes through a server company and they can see all the traffic. Almost everything after that involves setting up things in hosting centers and then you might a well just put your server in a hosting center
Ah shit okay, thanks for the info. I guess I'll wait till I get there and setup Plex on my main gaming PC to test it prior to spending any money on a server.
 

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