This section shows you how to set up the UPnP media server on QNAP NAS to share the multimedia files to the media player on the local network and play them in the home entertainment system.
Enable UPnP Media Server
Go to “Application Servers” > “UPnP Media Server” and select the option “Enabled UPnP Media Server” and click “Apply”. The UPnP Media Server function is now ready.
Set up TwonkyMedia Server
The TwonkyMedia version shown in this example is 4.4.2. The actual version the NAS supports may vary from time to time without notice.
Point the web browser to http://NAS IP:9000, you will enter TwonkyMedia configuration page. You can specify the locations of the contents you would like to share in your home network under the “Content Locations”. Simply type in the path to the contents on your QNAP NAS (default folder is Qmultimedia or Multimedia). In the example, we added an extra share /Qdownload.
For ease of browsing if you have a large amount of media contents, you can configure the navigation tree for your photos, videos, and music. You can sort your media contents on the TV easily.
When you have completed the configuration, make sure you have clicked the button “Save Changes” to save the settings.
You can now move the MP3, images, and videos to the Qmultimedia or Multimedia folder or any custom folders you added via Windows mapped drives or FTP to the NAS for your media player.
Set up the connection of media player
About physical wiring
We use a high definition (HD) media player with QNAP NAS is this example. The media player is used to receive the streamed multimedia file sent by your UPnP media server on the NAS, then transcode these files to your TV or Hi-Fi system. Because of the limited cable length of these interfaces, normally you have to place your media player near your TV and Hi-Fi system.
About TCP/IP settings
Connect your media player to the LAN at your home and set to acquire the IP address by DHCP. (Most of the media players are defined as DHCP client, which obtains an IP address automatically from the network.)
Connect the video and audio output of the media player to your TV
The media player may provide different video and audio interfaces, such as Composite video/audio output, S-Video for video output, S/PDIF digital audio, or HDMI interface which can carry both video and audio signals.
Example 1 (Buffalo LinkTheater)
In this example, the video out and audio out cables are connected to the TV. You can also connect audio out to your stereo acoustic system.
Turn on the TV that is connected to the media player, you can select the options available by the remote control of the media player. The media player will find the NAS on the network. The NAS name will be displayed on the screen.
You will find the photos, video, and music shared by the specified folder on the NAS. You can use the remote control of the media player to select and play the files.
Example 2 (ZyXEL’s DMA-1000W)
ZyXEL DMA-1000W is one of the models which are based on SigmaDesigns’ platform.
If your TV provides an HDMI interface, both audio and video signals can be carried by the single cable. Simply connect your media player to your TV by an HDMI cable.
If your TV does not provide an HDMI interface, you can connect an S-Video cable to your TV for video output, and connect Composite left/right audio interface for audio output. If you look for higher quality of music playing, you can use an S/PDIF cable to connect the media player to your Hi-Fi system.
Turn on and switch your TV to the correct interface (HDMI or S-Video). Use the remote control of the media player to enter the “Server” page, the media player detects the NAS automatically. You can now play the multimedia files or listen to the Internet radio from the NAS.