One of the best things in owning a NAS is the ability to stream the content to all your available devices from a centralized storage, but everyone who has a smart TV that is just a few years old also knows the issues with having the proper codecs to view and stream all these files. This is one of the places where extra set-top boxes such as the ones from Roku come into play and they just became even better thanks to the official QNAP support.
QNAP announced the new availability of the free Qmedia app for Roku players and Roku TV models, allowing users to easily stream photos, music, and videos from their QNAP NAS devices to their TV through QNAP’s DLNA server function. When you couple that with the support for video transcoding and hardware acceleration, users can enjoy a better and smoother viewing experience of their rich multimedia collections.
The QNAP Qmedia app is now available as one of the streaming channels in the Roku Channel Store, integrating the Media Library from QTS with the same user interface that Roku users are familiar with for a consistent browsing experience.
The new Qmedia app for Roku requires your NAS to run the newest QTS 4.2 firmware and that you have turned DLNA on in your settings, but other than that it’s as easy as installing the app on the Roku and connect it to your QNAP NAS. If still in doubt, QNAP also released a small online tutorial to help you get it up and running.
What is your preferred way to stream the content from your NAS? Do you use your TV’s or consoles DLNA function, use Plex Media Server, or something completely different? Let us know in the comments.
QNAP started the beta version of their QTS 4.2 operating system a little while ago and it was very successful as well as received with positive feedback from users all around. Now the official version of QNAP’s QTS 4.2 has been released and I can say first hand, it is great. QTS 4.2 doesn’t just feature a refreshed user interface with a flat design, frameless media viewer and a general better browsing experience, it also comes with a row of new features and improvements.
A refined multimedia experience is provided thanks to the multi-zone multimedia controls that allow users to centrally manage media via various streaming protocols and services. The Photo Station got a major UI overhaul too while the HD Station got more useful apps with multilingual and multi-tasking support. The File Station adds remote connections to public cloud services and also shared folders from a remote NAS. myQNAPcloud provides a new dashboard for users to centrally manage multiple NAS with stronger security mechanisms such as myQNAPcloud ID control and SSL certificates.
The Storage Manager adds a snapshot tool for volume/LUN backup and restoration. Several enhancements are included to improve business efficiency and performance such as SSD cache acceleration, QJBOD (JBOD enclosure roaming), cloud sync support for Google Drive and Dropbox. QTS 4.2 also introduces an industry-leading hybrid virtualization solution allowing users to run complete OS VMs with Virtualization Station and lightweight virtualization with Container Station that supports both LXC and Docker. Fewer restrictions and more options are both things we all appreciate. QNAP also added several security mechanisms to ensure data security, including 2-step verification, shared folder encryption, instant notifications to mobile devices, and VPN server with L2TP/IPsec support.
As a storage reviewed it also happens that I’m currently reviewing a QNAP NAS and had the chance to try the new QTS 4.2 myself in its final version, and it is great. It will take you about 2 minutes to get used to the new look after which you’ll love it.