How To Install Plex On Non-Jailbroken Apple TV 2 and Apple TV 3

How To Install Plex On Non-Jailbroken Apple TV 2 and Apple TV 3: As we have already reported in our previous post that Plex now runs on Non-Jailbroken Apple TV 2 and Apple TV 3, that became possible due to PlexConnect- quite a clever hack that helped in installing full-functioned Plex Client on Non-jailbroken Apple TV2 and Apple TV3. Further, in this article, we are going to share the complete installation guide for Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

How To Install Plex On Non-Jailbroken Apple TV 2 and Apple TV 3

Note: For short note, this guide is also useful with firmware prior to 5.2 and Apple TVs on wireless connections. What you need to do is, use common sense and change the DNS on the ATV but leave the subnet mask and router settings as it as. 

How do you do it:

  • First, Ensure that your PlexConnect system always has the same IP address

To make PlexConnect work for you the Apple TV should have its DNS server name changed to that of ATV. To assure that the device’s IP address doesn’t change until you do that manually, you need to set up a DHCP reservation or select a static IP in your router settings and then make a note of it. Click here for a Lifehacker guide on how to setup DHCP reservation.

Configuring your ATV

1. For setting ATV, go to Settings -> General -> Network -> Ethernet (if you are connected via wireless select Ethernet instead)

How To Install Plex On Non-Jailbroken Apple TV

2. In ‘Ethernet Configuration’ Window details regarding IP Address, Subnet Mask, DNS Server, and Router IP will appear. Just note down current DNS Server as you will be needing this to add into your PlexConnect settings. Then click on the ‘Configure DNS’ button.

How To Install Plex On Non-Jailbroken Apple TV

3. Now a ‘Configure DNS’ screen will appear with two options. Click on the ‘Manually’ Button.

How To Install Plex On Non-Jailbroken Apple TV

4. Then a next screen will appear asking for the DNS server IP address. Change the DNS IP address to the ‘Local IP address’ of the device on which you are running the PlexConnect application on. Then click on the ‘Done’ button.

Note: If you are using a firmware prior to 5.2 then it will take you to Configure the IP address and Subnet Mask of the router, leave it unchanged.

How To Install Plex On Non-Jailbroken Apple TV

5. After successful configuration, it should take you back to first ‘Ethernet Configuration’ screen. What you have to ensure here, is that DNS Server is set to manual mode and DNS IP address is same as that of the device on which you are running PlexConnect.

How To Install Plex On Non-Jailbroken Apple TV

As now you have a fix DNS server address, now we are ready to install and configure PlexConnect on our device. Now how would you do it:

Downloading, Installing And Configuring PlexConnect On Your Apple TV

  1. Download Python 2.7.x from Python’s official website and install it on your machine (Note: PlexConnect is not compatible with Python 3.x. So ensure that you have the correct version installed)
  2. If you have a firewall active (Windows or otherwise) just ensure to add an exception for python.exe
  3. The developers will be releasing the updated versions (e.g. v0.1, v0.2 etc) of PlexConnect application and the most updated version is available on Github, you can download the zip file from here (do not expect support on any branches as they are either running test or outdated code)
  4. Now as you have downloaded the PlexConnect zip file just save it anywhere in the directory of your machine on which you want to run PlexConnect and unzip it.
  5. Just Double click the “PlexConnect.py” file to run PlexConnect.
  6. Outputs will appear on command window as PlexConnect starts running.
  7. Open the Trailer application on your Apple TV and screen with PlexConnect interface should appear.
  8. Now you are all good to go. Enjoy!

Note: For WHS Two Extra Steps Are Required

  1. Go to IIS Manager, look for ‘Sites’ and make sure that there are no sites running on Port 80.
  2. Then go to Windows Firewall and create one new ‘Inbound Rule’ for the python.exe file to give it access to the internet.

So this would be all about how to set up a static DNS address and How To Install Plex On Non-Jailbroken Apple TV 2 and Apple TV 3. If you still have any technical problem with the installation. Please let us know in the comment section and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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