ReadyDLNA, also known as ReadyMedia, is a software that allows you to turn your network-attached storage (NAS) device, like those offered by NETGEAR, into a DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) media server. This enables you to stream media like photos, music, and videos to DLNA-compatible devices on your network. If you’re looking to set up your NAS device with ReadyDLNA and add files to it, here’s a guide to help you get started.
Before you begin, it’s important to understand what ReadyDLNA does. It organizes and serves media files stored on your NAS to any DLNA-compliant device, like smart TVs, gaming consoles, or streaming devices. It doesn’t store media by itself but relies on the storage capacity of your NAS.
Setting Up ReadyDLNA
1. Ensure NAS Compatibility
- Verify that your NAS device supports ReadyDLNA/ReadyMedia.
- Check for any specific requirements or firmware updates needed.
2. Enable ReadyDLNA Service on Your NAS
- Access your NAS’s web interface by typing its IP address into a web browser.
- Log in with your credentials.
- Look for the DLNA service settings (this might be under media server settings or similar).
- Enable the ReadyDLNA service.
Adding Files to ReadyDLNA
1. Organize Your Media Files
- Before adding files, organize them on your computer.
- Create separate folders for different media types like music, videos, and photos.
2. Access Your NAS Device
- Use a network connection to access your NAS device.
- This can be done through your network places on a PC or using a NAS-specific application.
3. Transfer Files to NAS
- Drag and drop your organized media folders into the NAS storage.
- You can also use file transfer protocols like FTP for this purpose.
4. Refresh or Rescan Media Library
- After adding new files, you might need to rescan or refresh your media library on the NAS.
- This can usually be done through the NAS’s web interface.
Accessing Your Media
Once your media files are added to the NAS and organized by ReadyDLNA, you can access them on any DLNA-compatible device:
- On Your Network
- Ensure your media device is connected to the same network as your NAS.
- Open the media player or DLNA app on your device.
- Locate Your NAS
- The NAS should appear as a media server.
- Select it to access the shared media files.
- Play and Enjoy
- Browse through the folders and play your desired media.
- NAS Not Detected: Ensure your NAS and the device you are trying to access the media from are on the same network.
- Media Not Updating: Check if the media folders are properly shared and if the NAS has been refreshed or rescanned after adding new files.
- Format Compatibility: Ensure that the media files are in a format that’s compatible with your DLNA device.
Adding files to ReadyDLNA is a straightforward process that can greatly enhance your home media experience. By following these steps, you can easily set up your NAS as a media server and enjoy your media collection on various devices around your home. Remember to keep your NAS organized and regularly update your media library for the best experience.