Synology Plex Media Server and Samsung Smart TV Client

This one wasn’t completely obvious, but I think I’ve managed to figure it out.  It at least appears to be working correctly, assuming it continues to work a bit better after the media scan is complete.

Steps for the Server:

  1. Grab the spk from http://www.plexapp.com/linux/linux-pms-download.php.
  2. Log into DSM and in Package Installer, install the downloaded spk.
  3. After it is installed, visit the website at http://<nas-server>:32400.  It doesn’t look like the shortcut that is created works.
  4. Add in the locations to your media.

The steps for the Client on a Samsung TV with SmartHub is broken up into two options: installer hosted on your own server, or on someone elses.  It doesn’t matter where you get the installer from, as you can specify the Plex Server after the application is installed.

Hosted on your NAS:

  1. In Control Panel, enable web station under web services
  2. Copy the installer (link) to the web share that was created in step 1
  3. Copy the widgetlist.xml (link) to the web share that was created in step 1
  4. Edit the widgetlist.xml to contain the IP of your NAS (or the URL where the installer is located)
  5. On the TV, open the Smart Hub
  6. Log in as a different user (A/red button)
    • User: develop
    • Password: 123456
  7. Click the Settings button (D/blue button)
  8. Select Development
  9. Set the Server IP to that of your NAS
  10. Select User Application Synchronisation
  11. Once the installation is finished, restart your TV
  12. Visit SmartHub and Plex is installed.
  13. Point Plex at your Plex Media server.

Hosted by someone else:

  1. On the TV, open the Smart Hub
  2. Log in as a different user (A/red button)
    • User: develop
    • Password: 123456
  3. Click the Settings button (D/blue button)
  4. Select Development
  5. Set the Server IP to 92.50.72.58
  6. Select User Application Synchronisation
  7. Once the installation is finished, restart your TV
  8. Visit SmartHub and Plex is installed.
  9. Point Plex at your Plex Media server.

These install instructions were taken from the Plex forums.

Update 1/6/2012: The crawler has completed, and it does actually work!  I also found out that it only supports TV shows right now, and not music or photos.  Looking into it, it’s just a webpage with a lot of javascript.  If I have time, I may look to add music in, as having one solution for everything is a lot better than both this and DLNA!

Update 8/19/2012: Instead of going through all of this, just grab the Plex app from the Samsung App Store!

5 thoughts on “Synology Plex Media Server and Samsung Smart TV Client”

    1. Totally agreed. I think the guy who created the original app has become busy, but hasn’t posted any source. Granted, it is just HTML. It would be interesting to see if the LG supported app is similar. If so, it should be pretty easy to copy and paste most of the functionality.

  1. Hello,

    Is there a newer version available? because i can’t download plex from the samsung app store because I have an europe edition model. Can you post a newer version?

    Thank you!

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