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 325 - Funplug 0.7 : Install Transmission p2p client

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This article explains how to install a Transmission peer-2-peer client on a DNS-325.

Transmission client on a DNS-325 is very interesting for different aspects :

  • usually, a NAS is running 7/7 - 24/24
  • Transmission is fully Web controlled
  • It is using very less RAM
  • It is very light on CPU power
  • It is offering lots of parameters (ports limitation, speed throttle, ...)

So, with this setup, you will be able to serve 24h/24 your latest Linux distributions torrents from home without any computer on.

As a pre-requisite, you must have installed Fun_plug 0.7 and declared Slacker repositories following DNS 325 - Fun_plug 0.7 : Extend your NAS possibilities.

This procedure should also be compatible with a DNS-320, which is running the same system with less memory and less processor power.

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DNS 325 - Funplug 0.7 : Install Twonkymedia Server 7

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This Tutorial explains how to install TwonkyMedia Server 7, a very efficient uPnP media server, on a DNS-325 NAS.

TwonkyMedia Server is one of the most efficient uPnP network server, able to stream music to some wireless network clients like :

  Roku Soundbridge  
  Philips NP2500 or NP2900         

It allows to browse easily a huge mp3 database (15k+), thru tags like genre/artist/album and can efficiently replace Firefly media server.

Twonkymedia server main drawback is not to be free and to need an activation key to run. But, on the other end, you will get an unlimited activation key with every Philips network media player you buy. Point to be noted, a Twonkymedia server key will work on any number of servers and on any type of supported OS.

As a pre-requisite, you must have installed Fun_plug 0.7 following DNS 325 - Fun_plug 0.7 : Extend your NAS possibilities.

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DNS 323 - Add a second disk : the safe side

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If you want to add a second drive to an operational DNS-323, you have to be careful as there are few firmware bugs that can simply reformat your actual drive. In fact, all firmware up to 1.08 are known to be buggy.

The safe side is to format the new drive while removing the first one.

Another funny behaviour, is the fun_plug mecanism : Whatever was the position of your fist disk before inserting the new one, the drive holding the ffp will need to be inserted in the right slot !

Finally, you have to be careful that the drive inserted first on the system will be recognised as Volume_1. So to keep your first drive shares running, you will have to make sure that is is recognised first on the system, after the new drive has been formatted.

So, to add a new disk to your DNS-323, without risk, keeping fun_plug running and keeping your actual shares, you have to carefully follow few steps.

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DNS 325 - Extend your NAS possibilities with Funplug 0.5

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DNS-325, like its elder brother DNS-323, is a very versatile NAS that can be extended heavily by installing fun_plug script.

The main advantage of DNS-325 over DNS-323 or even DNS-320, is its horse power (1.2 GHz processor) and its embedded RAM (256 Mb). We are in front of a real home server !

Fun_plug script opens the gate to some very interesting extension possibilities.

It won't explain how to install fun_plug 0.5 script on a brand new DNS-325, as it is explained in details on this page of NAS Tweak site.

It will focus on few other important aspects :

  • detection of the DNS-325 NAS device in your LAN from a Linux workstation (without the Windows utility)
  • installation of third-party software repositories (Fonz, Uli, Optware)
  • installation of basic packages that will be used by many others (python, ...)

Once your have gone thru all these steps, you can focus on some much more rewarding procedures for your DNS-325 :

  • install a LAMP server
  • Install a Transmission client
  • Install an OpenVPN server
  • Send mails thru Gmail account from shell scripts

This article has been tested on a DNS-325 with firmware 1.02.

fun_plug 0.5 is kind of deprecated.
You are advised to follow the latest one DNS 325 - Fun_plug 0.7 : Extend your NAS possibilities.

Read more: DNS 325 - Extend your NAS possibilities with Funplug 0.5

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.

Read more: DNS 323 - Funplug 0.5 : Install Twonkymedia Server 7

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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DNS 325 - Funplug 0.7 : Administrate your NAS with Ajaxterm

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You may have to administrate your DNS-325 in console mode when you are away from home, without any SSH client available.

An easy and efficient solution is to use Ajaxterm SSH Web terminal.

It allows you to connect to your NAS with a simple Browser. You will be in front of a real SSH console, but within your browser.

This article will explain how to install Ajaxterm on your DNS-325. It should also be compatible with a DNS-320, but I've not tested it.

A pre-requisite is to have fully prepared your DNS-325 following DNS 325 - Fun_plug 0.7 : Extend your NAS possibilities (Optware is not needed anymore).

Read more: DNS 325 - Funplug 0.7 : Administrate your NAS with Ajaxterm

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