DNS 323 - Funplug : Generate Twonky video thumbnails from XBMC .tbn

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In previous articles, I've explained how to install fun_plug extension script and TwonkyMedia server 7 on a DNS-323.

This article will explain how to configure TwonkyMedia server 7 to fully use an existing XBMC movies thumbnail database to generate its own video thumbnails.

In fact, if you are already using your DNS-323 thru a samba share to serve movies to some XBMC clients (Windows or Linux), you probably have already some .tbn thumbnails associated with all your movies and all your subdirectories. XBMC thumbnails with .tbn extension are simply jpeg files renamed with this specific extension.

This article will explain how to setup TwonkyMedia server environment to use these .tbn thumbnails to supply TwonkyMedia video thumbnail mecanism. Is has been tested sucessfully on a LG DLNA connected TV.

As a pre-requisite, you must have installed TwonkyMedia server and its dependencies following DNS 323 - Fun_plug 0.5 : Install Twonkymedia Server 7.

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DNS 323 - Funplug 0.5 : Move Fun plug to a USB key

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If you are running fun_plug on your DNS-323, you may have noticed that since your NAS is running the fun_plug script from a filesystem located on the first hard disk, this disk is not able to go into power saving mode anymore.

To allow your hard disk to enter power saving mode as often as possible, one elegant solution is to run Fun plug and its services from the filesystem of a connected USB key. But with DNS-323 things are not so simple as it doens't handle natively USB mass storage ...

So, to be able to run fun_plug from a USB key filesystem, it means that you need :

  • to install and load a USB mass storage driver
  • to format the USB key with the Ext filesystem used by DNS-323
  • to auto-mount the USB key at boot
  • to reconfigure fun_plug to run from new location

This article will explain how to fully configure a DNS-323 to run a working Fun Plug 0.5 installation from a USB key. It supposes that your DNS-323 is already running Fun plug.

As a result, your NAS first hard disk will regain the possibility to enter power saving mode as soon as user data are not accessed.

The USB key should be at least a 1 Gb and FAT formatted. 2 or 4 Gb will be more confortable in case you need to install many Fun plug packages.

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DNS 323 - Funplug 0.5 : Install Twonkymedia Server 7

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DNS-323 is a very versatile little NAS that is widely used to serve music and video files thru Samba network shares. With the help of fun_plug scipt, you can extend its capabilities quite easily.

One very interesting extension is to install TwonkyMedia server 7, a very efficient and low memory print DLNA & uPnP media server.

TwonkyMedia is one of the most efficient DLNA server you can get on a low power device like DNS-323.

It can easily serve music and video files to some network clients like :

Roku Soundbridge Network Player (uPnP)
Philips Network Player NP2500 (uPnP)
player-lg-42ml615s LG connected TV (DLNA)

It can handle easily a huge mp3 database (20k+ files) and it can stream 1080p videos (2D or 3D SBS) to your DLNA TV without any problem.

The use of TwonkyMedia server has one drawback : It needs a licence key to run. You can buy one from their site or you can get one attached with some network players, like Philips NPxxxx. Point to be noted, a Twonkymedia server key will work on any number of servers and on any type of supported OS.

This article will explain how to install TwonkyMedia server 7 on the NAS.

As a pre-requisite, you must have installed Fun_plug 0.5 following DNS 323 - Fun_plug 0.5 : Extend your NAS possibilities.

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DNS 323 - Extend your NAS possibilities with Funplug 0.5

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DNS-323 is a fantastic little NAS storage, able to host 4 Tb of data thru 2 SATA hard disks up to 2 Tb each.

It offers a lot of embedded possibilities (samba & nfs shares, iTunes server, uPnp server, ...).

Thanks to a very active community, its possibilities can be expanded even more thru a scripting method called ffp.

It allows to start some more services, shaping the DNS-323 into a very versatile appliance.

Most of the informations you will get in this article has been collected and consolidated from http://nas-tweaks.net/http://wiki.dns323.info/

So, this article will explain in an easy way how to transform your DNS-323 in a fantastic little home server with lots of open possibilities left.

All following operations have been done on a DNS 323 (firmware 1.08) with one or two disks, but no RAID configured.

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