Before this week, it had been a long time since I visited the Plex subreddit. I shared my last article there, which was a technical write-up of moving my Plex instance from a Hetzner auction server to a virtual machine running on hardware in my home network, and the considerations that influenced the migration. It didn’t take long for me to realize that a culture of hostility towards even the mention of Hetzner or other cloud hosting providers has strongly taken root since Plex announced it’s blanket network ban on IP ranges associated with Hetzner data centers.
Last October, Plex started blocking access to instances running on servers hosted by Hetzner. I have a Hetzner Auction server that I renew every year or so to make use of newer hardware, which I use to run various workloads, from web services, to scheduled jobs and self-hosted instances of privacy-friendly alternative web frontends like Nitter. Another one of those workloads, until recently, was Plex. I didn’t have the time to put too much effort into getting around the Hetzner network ban when it was first implemented, so I just started running Jellyfin instead.