In this overview, we will explain how to set up and configure Twonky Media server. Twonky Media Server is a service for providing DLNA access to your media files on your NAS appliance. DLNA is supported on a wide range of home multimedia products, including TVs, AV receivers, gaming consoles, mobile phones and many more!
This article will guide you through the process of configuring the most common features, restricting access of unknown/specific devices, selecting which folders are to be shared, or viewing its current status, which is useful to troubleshoot issues with the service
Table of contents:
1) Basic configuration
Twonky media server can be enabled or disabled from the NAS WebGUI in the control panel:
On the Share Publish tab, you can choose which folders are to be published to the Media Server:
Please keep in mind that the media server's permission options are limited and anyone on the local network can see the full listing of media indexed. Unless the device's access is revoked (see below) - in that case the device cannot access the media server at all. Please set the permissions accordingly on this page.
2) Twonky Media Server WebGUI
Twonky Media Server WebGUI can be accessed from the NAS using icon listed in the menu:
Alternatively, you can append port 9001 to the address of your NAS server and access it directly, the address may look like this:
After landing on the media server page, you can stream your media directly to your web browser. You can use Windows Explorer to access the media server listing and your favorite media player to stream the content!
3) Media Server Configuration
To configure advanced settings on your media server, click the settings button on the top-right corner in media server WebGUI. On the status screen you can check the current database status, size of your media server library, database file size and other useful information that may be helpful when resolving issues.
Another handy feature is the "Ignore directories" feature. Here you can set a comma-separated list of directories that will be ignored by the media server. This is useful for thumbnail data or various other metadata caches to be ignored from listing in the database.
The navigation section allows you to customize the structure of the media server menu on your media players. While the default value works well for most scenarios, you can modify the menu to your preferences.
The security menu offers you to change the access of specific devices to the service. You can set a default behavior here by modifying the "Enable sharing for media receivers automatically" - this is useful for privacy reasons if you for example share the network with someone else. You can also enable or revoke access here for any discovered devices. After opening the "more" menu here, you can specify the type of the media receiver and choose a specific navigation menu type for it.
In the system section there are miscellaneous options available. You can specify the name of the media server within the network. This is useful to identify the device when there are multiple sources available within one network. You can also specify the language you wish to use, limit picture resolution if your media receiver has issues displaying large photos, or enable support for Sonos. You can specify rescan interval for your media server, although the default value "-1" which enables automatic rescans whenever new content is uploaded automatically works in most scenarios well. If you are troubleshooting some issues, you can enable logging for the media server and inspect it for further analysis later. Finally the media server allows you to restart, manually rescan or purge the database and rebuild it again, should it become corrupt for some reason.