Raspberry Pi 3 Plex Media Server for Car

I’m looking at taking a road trip and thought it would be handy to have a Plex Media Server available in the car for streaming shows. I already run Plex Media Server on a desktop machine but wanted something small for the car. After looking around on the web I saw people had it working with a Raspberry Pi 2. The Raspberry Pi 3 recently was released and has some advantages over the 2 so I went with that. This is the start of my own guide for getting it setup. I plan on also setting up the PI as a wireless access point using the built in WIFI.

  1. Loaded Jessie on a 16GB SD Card for now (will probably order a larger one once I get everything setup).
  2. Performed a sudo apt-get update and upgrade.
  3. Found this guide that “NedtheNerd” created in the Plex forums (Thanks Ned!) This guide was also helpful with a slightly different take.

Performed some basic testing and was able to stream content to my Ipad plex client and a fire tablet usign VLC viewer at the same time. Streaming two streams seems problematic though so I need to do more testing.

2 thoughts on “Raspberry Pi 3 Plex Media Server for Car

  1. sethmeisterg

    Did you ever figure out what the problem was with streaming to two different iOS devices? I’m going on a trip and want to bring a Plex server that my kids can access via their iPads, but something that chokes on two streams is a non-starter. Ideally, I’d like to use an external USB-based hard drive on which the movies are stored (instead of SD cards).

    1. ZZ Post author

      I never did for sure but I think it was related to the different formats, mkv, avi, mp4 etc. I ended up getting a TripMate Titan HT-TM05. We used it on a road trip streaming to an Ipad and a Kindle with no issues. I just picked up a USB 128 GB drive for the storage. I did use the Raspberry Pi solution for one trip and it did work but the TripMate was a bit more reliable and the built in battery was a nice feature.

      https://www.cnet.com/news/get-a-hootoo-tripmate-portable-media-hub-for-43-99/

      Good luck!

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