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Guide for connecting to my nextcloud server


Want access to my media server? You're in the right place! Follow the quick guide for basic steps to download the files. Follow the detailed guide to set up a sweet streaming setup for yourself using my media-server as the source!

Table of Contents

Quick guide

  1. Install Nextcloud client
  2. Log into nextcloud client using and a password I send you
  3. Select the Movies and TV you want to download

Detailed guide

How to download files from my server

Install Nextcloud client

Install nextcloud client on the device on which you plan to store the files (I recommend you main PC). You can hook up an external harddrive to this device for more storage.

Connect you Nextcloud client to my server

Connect your nextcloud client to my server by pointing it to

Get login credentials

Text me (preferably over Signal but it's not a big deal) to get your username and password. Using these, you can connect your client to my server.

  • You can change your username once your account is setup if you want to.

Tweak you Nextcloud settings

  • Make sure to choose a selective sync (don't try and sync everything available on the server). I'll include screenshots here later, but essentially just choose the shows and movies you want.
  • Recommended: Turn off the setting that requires confirmation for connecting to external storage and increadse the file-size limit for downloads. Most files are close to 1GB or larger

Congratulations! You have connected to my server and are downloading the files!

How to easily play the files on your TV

Install Plex Server and Plex Client

Tweak Plex settings

Make sure these settings are enabled in Plex via Settings > Library (show advanced)

  • Scan my library automatically:Your library will be updated automatically when changes to library folders are detected.
  • Run a partial scan when changes are detected: When changes to library folders are detected, only scan the folder that changed.
  • Scan my library periodically:Library scan interval:hourly

Congratulations, you now have a personal media server running!

How to add missing movies or tv shows to the server via the request system

Send me your Plex username

Text me your plex username so I can add you to the request app.

Add Movies or TV shows to the server

Log into with you Plex credentials and request Movies or TV Shows.

  • Recommended: If you don't have a way to transcode your files and don't have a higher end streaming receiver, selected "Easier to Cast" for the quality profile. If you're not sure, ask me or go with "Easier to Cast" just to be safe.
  • Let me know once you've watched whatever you download so I can delete it afterwards to save space on the server.

There you go, now you're all set! Enjoy!


Common bugs or issues I've run into over time:

  • The movie I downloaded is bufferring and freezing when I try to chromecast it via plex or other: The movie is likely in a file-format that your chromecast/ receiving device doesn't support and the media file requires transcoding. This can be solved in 3 ways. 1: get a higher end device to receive the stream that will accept for file-wrappers natively (ex. NVidia Shield). This is what most people with their own media server do. 2: Enable hardware transcoding in plex by paying for plex pass (or for free using Jellyfin) and utilize a GPU on your host machine to transcode. 3: Ask Kyle to redownload the media with an easier to cast file-format (will probably be lower quality).
  • Nextcloud downloads more content than the movies or tv you selected: No idea why this happens. I'm looking into this bug with Nextcloud
  • Nextcloud can't connect to the server?!: My server is probably offline. If my internet goes down I have to update a setting with the dynamic DNS host.
  • The file has been downloaded by Nextcloud, but isn't showing up in Plex: You may need to tweak your plex settings to scan more often..