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QNAP NAS HD Station - The Next-Generation Media Player Overview (Page 3)

By Tyler Bernath from Sep 20, 2013 @ 15:03 CDT

Media Library and DLNA

If over the years you have amassed a number of the over 18,000 available DLNA supporting devices, you can rest assured your QNAP NAS appliance has the capability to stream all types of media to your devices with ease, whether it be a new Smart TV, Xbox 360 or PS3 console.

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Getting started with the media library, we first need to enable it. In the menu above, QNAP allows you several ways to scan and index your media files for use in streaming to your DLNA capable devices. Options include real-time scan as media is added, with the option of scheduled scans as well.

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Moving over to the media folder tab, here you can add, edit and delete folders that are tracked in your media library.

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In some cases, DLNA certified devices only accept certain media formats. With the power of a QNAP NAS behind your devices, you can transcode your content, making it easier to enjoy across multiple platforms, no matter which format the device does or doesn't support.

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Over to the DLNA tab, we find two sections to configure the media server embedded into each QNAP appliance. Above we have QNAP's very own DLNA media server still in its beta stages and below the ever popular TwonkyMedia Server.

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Switching over to TwonkyServer following the link on the DLNA tab. Here we have the option of browsing our media folders that are available through DLNA, and optionally the configuration of the server.

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Twonky has long been the media server of choice for many, and the same is true of QNAP. Since my early days of owning my own QNAP, I have always enjoyed streaming all my content via Twonky. In the image above, you will see that Twonky as installed on the QNAP comes registered so you need not mess with keys like some other NAS appliances. Over to the left we have the menu system where you can modify the server settings and setup additional transcoding if you so choose.

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