Recommended Devices List

General discussion about the media server. Feature requests. Hints, tips and tricks.
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Recommended Devices List

Post by Twonky_Rick » Fri Apr 15, 2011 5:35 pm

Recommended Devices

We're always being asked which devices work well with Twonky software. Purchasing the right device, and your Connected Home experience is often very good. Purchase the wrong device, and your experience could be one of great frustration.

In addition to the devices here, we've attached a list of other DMRs to the bottom of this post. Although these have not been tested, there is a good chance that some of these will work as well.

Apple TV (2nd and 3rd Generation)
Twonky Mobile, Twonky Beam (formerly known as Twonky Beam Browser) and Twonky Video

What We Like
- The only device that can display a beamed photo slideshow without displaying a colored screen in-between every photo.
- Very affordable ($99)
- You can beam music, photos and video to this device from an Android device running Twonky Mobile
- Fast seeking, quick buffering
- Very compact
- One of the few media players which support QuickTime

What Could Be Improved
- Not DLNA-certified or UPnP-compliant. Only works with devices that support AirPlay
- Very limited remote control
- Only supports five media formats (H.264 (mp4/m4v), MPEG-4 (mp4/m4v), AAC, MP3, JPEG). MPEG-4
- Doesn’t support BMP, GIF, PNG, FLAC, DivX, WMA, MKV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, Xvid, WMV, WMV9 and many more popular formats.
- When it encounters an error, you must press the menu button on the Apple remote

Buffalo LinkTheatre (LT-H9x and others)

What We Like
- Supports many formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, H.264, WMV9, MPEG-4, Xvid, AAC, HE-AAC, MP3, WMA, JPEG, BMP, GIF, PNG)
- Capable of supporting DTCP-IP
- This device can pull music, photos or video from TwonkyServer

What Could Be Improved
- Does not currently support beaming
- More expensive than most other network media players ($200-300)

Denon Receivers (AVR-3311 and others)

What We Like
- You can beam music and photos to this device
- Works well with music playlists
- Supports FLAC in addition to other standard audio formats (MP3, AAC, WAV, WMA)
- Can pull music from TwonkyServer

What Could Be Improved
- More expensive than other stand-alone music players. However lower street pricing and refurbished units are available online.
- Seeking with Twonky software is currently not working
- Like most receivers, external control of volume is not supported
- Older Denon receivers do not have photo support
- Sometimes disappears from the network and needs to be rebooted.

Onkyo TX-NR807

What We Like
- You can beam music to this device
- Works well with music playlists
- Requires a firmware upgrade to fix a stuttering problem
- Can also pull music from TwonkyServer

What Could Be Improved
- Like most receivers, volume is not supported
- You cannot seek in a track
- This model is discontinued, but newer models are available
- No photo support

I/O DATA AVeL Link Player (AV-LS700)

What We Like
- You can beam music, photos and video to it
- One of the few devices available in Japan that you can beam media to
- Supports many media formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, H.264, WMV9, MPEG-4, Xvid, AAC, LPCM, MP3, WMA, JPEG, BMP, GIF, PNG, TIFF)
- Reasonable price: $150-200
- Capable of supporting DTCP-IP
- Can also pull media from TwonkyServer
- One of only a few devices available in Japan that you can push media to

What Could Be Improved
- Does currently support beaming of YouTube contents
- Not available in all countries

Philips Streamium Players
(NP2500, NP2900, NP3300, NP3500, NP3900, NP3700, MCi298, MCi730, MCi900, MCi8080)

What We Like
- You can beam music and photos to this device
- Plays a wide range of audio formats (MP3, WMA, WMA lossless, PCM, RealAudio, AAC, FLAC, OGG Vorbis)
- Bundled with Philips Media Browser software (powered by TwonkyManager)
- Some of these devices have built-in speakers (e.g. NP2900)
- This device can also pull music or photos from TwonkyServer
- A firmware update may be required on older units to enable photo support or push support for music

What Could Be Improved
- Seeking not supported
- Not available in all countries

Samsung TVs

What We Like
- You can beam music and photos and video to this device
- One of the few TVs to play YouTube videos
- Reasonably priced
- Can also pull music or photos from TwonkyServer

What Could Be Improved
- 2010 and newer Samsung TVs display a black screen in-between photos when you pull them using the Samsung remote. 2009 Samsung TVs did not do this.
- Not all MP4 videos play (.264 YouTube videos don’t play)
- Does not auto-scale photos
- Does not support .MOV files
- Displays “Rendering from device name….” between every picture.
- Doesn’t display photos or videos as fast as some other media players

Sonos Zone Player

What We Like
- You can beam music to this device
- Very reliable (never needs to be reset)
- Very good playlist support
- Good sound quality, optical out

What Could Be Improved
- More expensive than other music players
- Cannot pull music from TwonkyServer
- Appears on the network as a media server even when Sonos media sharing software is not installed
- UPnP AV implementation could be better - Very chatty (transmits unnecessary amounts of UPnP data on the network)

Sonos S5/Play:3/Play:5 Powered Speakers

What We Like
- You can beam music to this device
- This is a powered speaker and networked music player in one
- Very reliable (never needs to be reset)
- Good playlist support
- Decent sound quality
- Can operate two of these in a special stereo mode

What Could Be Improved
- Expensive
- Cannot pull music from TwonkyServer
- Appears on the network as a media server even when Sonos media sharing software is not installed
- UPnP AV implementation could be better - Very chatty (transmits unnecessary amounts of UPnP data on the network)

Sony PS3

What We Like
- Game console and media player
- Very good photo player
- Can manually skip to the next photo
-- Can zoom in and zoom out on photos
-- Can play a music playlist and photo slideshow at the same time
- Has built-in Wi-Fi (all except the original 20GB PS3)
- Available with up to 160GB storage
- Good music player
- Has support for premium protected content (DTCP-IP) (Version 3.00 firmware or later)
- Can play 3GP video from mobile phones like the T-Mobile myTouch 4G
- Can play Blu-ray discs
- Displays video thumbnails

What Could Be Improved
- You cannot beam media to this device using Twonky software
- Doesn’t support some popular formats including FLAC
- More expensive than some other media players
- Has buffering issues with some Internet media (YouTube, SHOUTcast, etc)

Sony Bravia TVs (Various models)

What We Like
- Very high quality display panels, color accuracy
- You can beam music, photos and video to it
- Can also pull music, photos and video from TwonkyServer

What Could Be Improved
- Models earlier than 2011, has limited video format support (MPEG-2, AVCHD, HDV, MPEG2-PS, MP3 and JPG only). No support for DivX, AVI, QuickTime or WMV. Some older Sony TVs were only certified to stream music or photos. Video and in some cases MP3 streaming was not supported.
- Bravia TVs before 2011 had problems accepting media beamed from some Internet sites like YouTube
- Automatically filters and hides unplayable videos.
- Not possible to select background music for slideshow


Sony Blu-ray Players (S370/S470/S570/S770)

What We Like
- The only devices we’ve seen that support Wake on LAN – Can turn on a PC that is powered down and show you when Twonky software is ready to share media
- Good photo player.
-- Nice user-selectable transitions in-between photos in a slideshow (e.g. Fade, Wipe, or Split)
-- Can start a slideshow and manually skip to the next photo.
- Can play a music playlist and photo slideshow at the same time.
- Can also pull music, photos and video from TwonkyServer

What Could Be Improved
- You cannot currently beam media to this device
- Limited video format support - Can't play DivX or 1920x1080 MPEG-2 video.
- No photo thumbnails are displayed
- No album art displayed on music navigation tree
- Automatically filters and hides unplayable videos.
- Takes longer to skip between photos than the Sony PS3 - A small spinning cursor appears on the right-side of the screen when scaling the next photo
- Long boot time when quick boot setting is not enabled

TEAC WAP-4500

What We Like
- You can beam music to it
- Has a Sonos-style wireless remote control with complete control and display
- One of the few devices with OGG support
- Can also pull music from TwonkyServer

What Could Be Improved
- Sometimes there are delays when beaming music to it
- No AAC support, just MP3, OGG, WMA and WAV
- Cheap look and feel for the price
- Somewhat complicated user-interface

Western Digital WDTV Live

What We Like
- You can beam music, photos and video to it
- Very affordable ($99)
- Supports many media formats (.MKV, MP4, MOV, etc.)
- One of the few media players which you can beam YouTube videos to
- Plays some 3GP videos taken on mobile phones
- Can decode Dolby Digital videos
- Can also pull media from TwonkyServer
- One of the only players with full MKV compatibility where chapters are concerned.

What Could Be Improved
- Sometimes slow to respond - Very large photos sometimes take 7-8 seconds to appear
- No album art is displayed when you beam music to it
- When you beam to it, the interface doesn't show anything to indicate that it is preparing to play
- No optical output
- Audio sometimes starts playing before the first few frames of video are shown

WD TV Live Hub

What We Like
- Built-in 1TB hard drive
- Has TwonkyServer 5.1 built-in
- You can beam music, photos and video to it
- Very affordable ($99)
- Supports many media formats (.MKV, MP4, MOV, etc.)
- One of the few media players you can beam YouTube videos to
- Plays some 3GP videos taken on mobile phones
- Can decode Dolby Digital videos
- Has component video outputs (needed for older TVs) and a digital out
- Works with most USB Wi-Fi adapters
- Can also pull media from TwonkyServer

What Could Be Improved
- More expensive then some other media players ($200)
- Sometimes slow to respond - Very large photos sometimes take 7-8 seconds to appear
- No album art is displayed when you beam music to it
- When you beam to it, the interface doesn't show anything to indicate that it is preparing to play
- Audio starts playing before the first few frames of video are shown

Written by Rick Schwartz. With important contributions from Angela Scheller, Florian Tack, Jim Pfeifer and Osama Alshaykh.

This article contains opinions of the author that do not necessarily reflect those of PacketVideo.

Copyright 2011-2012 by Rick Schwartz and PacketVideo. All rights reserved. Please do not publish this elsewhere without permission. Linking to this list is encouraged.
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Re: Recommended Devices List (Draft)

Post by mgillespie » Tue Apr 26, 2011 11:18 pm

How important is DLNA Certification?, as I note with interest that it's mentioned at all in that list, despite some products being DLNA certified (PS3 for example) and others not (Xbox for example).

I was always on the understanding that DLNA is something that we should look for when selecting products,. Is this still the case? I know Twonky is very proud of it's DLNA certification, being one of only a few that are actually certified, so I find it interesting that products that aren't are making the list.
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Re: Recommended Devices List (Draft)

Post by Twonky_Rick » Tue Apr 26, 2011 11:49 pm

That's a good question Mark. My opinion is that DLNA-certification is important because those devices normally undergo a higher level of testing than other devices. But, not all DLNA-certified devices are equal. Also, some other devices like Apple TV and Xbox 360 are good media players for some applications even though they don't have DLNA-certification.

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Re: Recommended Devices List (Draft)

Post by Budgie » Wed Apr 27, 2011 12:00 am

For music I am finding the Linn Sneaky DS to be outstanding. It uses Kinsky control software running on laptop or pad and has built-in amplifier so you only need speakers. Works better with Twonky than Popcorn hour, Noxon and Netgear and the control software obviates the need for remote. Suggest you consider inclusion here.
Regards,
Budgie

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Re: Recommended Devices List (Draft)

Post by Twonky_Rick » Wed Apr 27, 2011 12:14 am

Good suggestion. I'm an audio fanatic myself, so of course I've heard of Linn. The only thing preventing it from appearing on the list is the fact that we don't have one of these for testing. If enough people can vouch for it's performace with both TwonkyServer and TwonkyManager or our Twonky Mobile app, I'll consider adding it.

How does this look for a possible summary.

Linn Sneaky DS

What we like
- Audiofile-sound quality (amazing specs)
- You can beam music to this
- Build-in 20W power amp
- Supports a wide-range of audio formats: FLAC, ALAC, WAV, MP3, WMA, AIFF, AAC, OGG
- Can also pull media from TwonkyServer
- Can be positioned either horizontally or vertically, or wall-mounted
- Very high-quality construction. All metal case.

Could be improved
- Very expensive
- No support for Windows Lossless
- No front panel display or album art
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Re: Recommended Devices List (Draft)

Post by Budgie » Fri Apr 29, 2011 11:27 pm

A good start and glad you liked the suggestion. In your comments it might be better to make it clear the device must be used with Kinsky software. The album art can I believe be displayed on PC when using it but I don't bother with it so you may need further comments. I shall ask Briain from the Qnap Forum to comment. He has several Linn devices and is a master on the subject and Twonky too.
Regards,
Budgie

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Re: Recommended Devices List (Draft)

Post by Twonky_Rick » Sat Apr 30, 2011 12:21 am

If Briain will vouch for the performance of this device, I'll add it to my list. :)

I want to make sure that someone has tested it by pushing media to it, not just pulling media however. We need to make sure it handles playlists well and works well with formats like FLAC. The later, does not sound like it's a problem.

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Re: Recommended Devices List (Draft)

Post by mgillespie » Wed May 04, 2011 8:29 am

Just to also point out a couple of errors in the PS3 entry.

"doesn’t support many formats including DivX, WMV (must be enabled) "


PS3 is DivX certified and supports WMV just fine. (I use both these formats with Twonky without any problems whatsoever)

http://support.divx.com/faq/view/suppor ... tation%203
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Re: Recommended Devices List (Draft)

Post by Twonky_Rick » Sat May 07, 2011 12:45 am

Thanks for pointing out that error Mark. I'll correct it next week.

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Re: Recommended Devices List (Draft)

Post by djm » Wed May 18, 2011 2:24 pm

I have a WD Live HD player but Twonky Mobile cannot find it. Both are connected to the same network (192.168.0.15 and 192.168.0.11 respectively).

What can I do to fix?

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Re: Recommended Devices List (Draft)

Post by Twonky_Rick » Fri May 20, 2011 11:48 pm

Sorry to hear that you are having problems.

Here are a few questions which might help me help you:

What type of mobile device are you running?
What type of wireless router are you running? Some routers filter UPnP traffic.

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Re: Recommended Devices List (Draft)

Post by Ivanhoe_pl » Tue May 31, 2011 11:54 pm

Theres one missing minus in WD Live and Hub section.
These devices doesn`t bitstream any HD audio type (TrueHD, FLAC 5.1 and DTS MA isnt supported) just DTS or DTS core from DTS MA
The WD saying something about license problems, but what license are they talking about i don`t know.
I think it`s a big issue of this devices

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Re: Recommended Devices List (Draft)

Post by Twonky_Rick » Wed Jun 01, 2011 12:09 am

Thanks for mentioning this. Before adding this as a negative, I'd like to confirm that at least one other DLNA/UPnP device can play these file without problem. Are you aware of any that can do this?

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Re: Recommended Devices List (Draft)

Post by Ivanhoe_pl » Wed Jun 01, 2011 6:27 am

In tech spec - newest Netgear NTV550 can decode TrueHD and Flac (up to 5.1 192Khz), DTS HD MA is supported for passthru via HDMI up to 7.1 chanel. But this is specyfication. How is it in real world i will tell You when replace my WD Live with NTV550 (if somewere i get the information about working this unit with Twonkyserver).
-Dominik

Update:
So i get NeoTV 550 today. Bitstream is working with all dolby codecs and DTS MA. It doesn`t work right now for DTS (not for all) but this player can decode DTS 5.1 stream to PCM and send via HDMI.
So now i can say that there is a media player with DTS MA bitstream support (i think DTS bitstream issue will be corrected with next firmware).
But, unffortunatly it doesn`t work with Twonky (there is MKV and MKA problem just like with bad cofiguration of Samsung TV) :cry: so maybe Twonki designers will try do do something with it (i could be a testing rabbit :wink: )

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Re: Recommended Devices List (Draft)

Post by scr3wlo0se » Sun Jun 19, 2011 4:14 am

I have a Niles Audio GXR whole home audio system and the IM-Net card support beam from the Twonky Mobile app.

sending individual tracks works fine. no limitations that i've seen.

Needs improvement:
only supports one app connected at a time does not allow two devices to send tracks at a time
does not provide updates to the app
will not play track lists. only individual tracks and repeats.

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Re: Recommended Devices List (Draft)

Post by stormtigers » Mon Jun 20, 2011 6:29 am

Greetings
As a new user of Twonky I can thus far commend my product to you after having some heart breaking episode's trying to use it to stream AV files using wireless networking. This failure however is more likely my setting up of the unit however it did tend to drop out without cause once running and lack of signal strength in an "all brick" house (i.e no plaster walls) is well the culprit.

The product I use is the Kaiser Baas WIFI Media Player available here for around $149.00.
I chose this unit in preference to other's as the claimed list of compatible playback formats was much more extensive and to date I have not found a format it won't playback ! In fact it even play's back ISO files directly from the 'host server'.
The specifications I believe are impressive for such a small box :
Video decoding
Video codec: MPEG1 / 2 / 4, Divx, Xvid, H.264, WMA, VC-1, RM / R MVB
Format: WMV, MKV, MOV, AVI, MP4, MPG, TS / M2TS / TP, ISO, IFO, VOB, DAT, RM / RMVB, BDMV, BDISO, MTS
Audio decoding: MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, OGG, Dolby Digital, DTS
JPEG decoding: JPEG, PNG, BMP, GIF
Network connection: RJ45 10 / 100M connect and via WiFi dongle (included)
Subtitle: SMI, SRT, SUB, SSA
Video output: Composite / Component / HDMI
Audio output: Stereo / Digital HDMI / Optical
USB: Host 2.0 x 2
Dimensions: 160 x 120 x 45 mm (width x height x depth)
Power adapter: AC input: 100 - 240V, 50Hz / 60Hz, DC output: 12V, 1.5A
On the down side the interface is a bit clunky but functional all the same.
The product can be found at link : http://www.kaiserbaas.com/kaiser-baas-p ... dia-player
Thus far I believe it well worth consideration for addition to your list.

stormtigers
Melbourne , Australia

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Re: Recommended Devices List (Draft)

Post by Twonky_Rick » Tue Jun 21, 2011 12:18 am

Thanks for the recommendation. We'll consider all of the recommendations posted here but going forward we're only going to add devices that are DMRs. That means they must be controllable by Twonky Mobile, TwonkyManager or other non-Twonky DMCs.

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Re: Recommended Devices List (Draft)

Post by joe » Wed Jul 06, 2011 8:07 pm

Support for xoom coming? :

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Re: Recommended Devices List (Draft)

Post by Twonky_Rick » Thu Jul 07, 2011 5:19 pm

We can beam media to the Motorola Xoom today. Was that your question?

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Re: Recommended Devices List (Draft)

Post by RickyD » Wed Jul 13, 2011 7:10 pm

So I have kind of just discovered this program and I was wondering if Twonky supports the Nook Color? I am honestly not a developer, but this just seemed like the best place to ask my question. I've rooted my Nook however, so I do have access to the Twonky Android application.

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Re: Recommended Devices List (Draft)

Post by Twonky_Rick » Sat Jul 23, 2011 10:36 pm

We don't support the Nook Color yet. It's possible we'll add support for this down the road, but it's not on the official roadmap yet.

I hope we do because we have a Color Nook at home!

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Re: Recommended Devices List (Draft)

Post by Connor » Sat Aug 06, 2011 9:56 am

I do agree with what you said regarding the improvements to be done in the case of Sony Bravia. It is true that they beat Samsung and Panasonic with their Bravia Engine but it is still a big shame that they haven’t added media format support not even to DivX and AVI.

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Re: Recommended Devices List (Draft) What about Philips Net

Post by sebibada » Thu Aug 18, 2011 3:20 pm

Hallo everybody,

I'm a new joiner of this forum. I dscribe my dlna:

QNAP TS-210 with TwonkyMS 5.1.4-RC2
DENON AVR-4310
Philips 40PFL7610

they are all cabled through CAT 5.

I found some trouble tryng both listening music and watching films.

Music listening: random it's possible to hear a sound cut off during the listening on the DENON, it's quite awful, because I found very easy to link all devices and playing files of all categories but sometimes it doesn't work properly. Actually It's not easy to understand the reason of this temporary "lack of sound" (about a 1/10 of second) but it's clarly audible. I read that the DENON is one of the recomm. devices so I posted this sticky to ask for some advice.

Watchin films: I have problem in FF and Rewind files like avi/mpeg through my philips TV moreover I can't be able to select audiostream and subtitles watching VOB files while this time I can FF/RW this files easily. I searched this kind of topics on different forums of philips and of QNAP but both seems to attribute these kind of troble to the TMS. Obviously I'm not intrested in the "guilty" but in finding a solution, so I'd like to know if you could have some helpfull hint to make it work properly.

Thanks in advance,

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Re: Recommended Devices List (Draft)

Post by Twonky_Rick » Thu Aug 18, 2011 7:06 pm

Your Denon problem sounds to me like a network issue. If you're on a wireless network, consider changing to wired Ethernet or Homeplug. If you're already all wired, check your router settings.

Subtitles and trick modes (FF/REW) are a problem with many devices. Some devices work better than others with these. Right now I think subtitles are only officially supported on Samsung TVs. Some codecs have problems with FF/REW.

Sadly there is not much that we can do about either of these issues.

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Re: Recommended Devices List

Post by Budgie » Tue Sep 06, 2011 9:15 pm

Three questions:-
1.Do Dune HD devices work with Twonky streaming from NAS?
2.If yes do flac files work?
3. When will this list be consolidated and updated. Been a long time since it was started.
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Re: Recommended Devices List

Post by Twonky_Rick » Wed Sep 07, 2011 12:39 am

As far as I can tell Dune HD is not a UPnP or DLNA-certified DMR. I checked the DLNA website and also the Dune HS site and couldn't find anything about DLNA or UPnP support.

I just made some updates to this list last week. As far as I'm concerned it's up to date. We don't expect to see new products added to this list often because frankly there aren't that many great network media players. If you're looking for a more comprehensive list of devices, check this: http://www.twonkyforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=5960

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Re: Recommended Devices List

Post by marchincin » Tue Sep 13, 2011 11:29 pm

I can not get my sony BDP-S470 blu ray player to view any music, pictures, videos from my WD mybooklive. what do i need to do?

Thanks

Also my Xbox 360 will only play music and not view photos or videos?

I have a linsys BEFSR81 router with UPnp enabled
Thanks

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Re: Recommended Devices List

Post by DaemonBeetle » Wed Sep 14, 2011 7:32 am

marchincin, might be best to start a fresh thread under the TwonkyServer forum.
No longer running Twonky

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Re: Recommended Devices List

Post by kahonen » Mon Oct 03, 2011 8:39 pm

One of the highlights for all of the WD devices that you have omitted is that they are the only players I've found with full MKV compatibility where chapters are concerned. Using software like MKVMerge allows you to embed chapters into the video which can be selected while the video is playing. This is possible with video files on hard drive and over a network.

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Re: Recommended Devices List

Post by Twonky_Rick » Wed Oct 05, 2011 12:38 am

Good point. I'll add that to my comments above and my detailed notes.

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Re: Recommended Devices List

Post by BreedBenR » Sun Oct 23, 2011 8:26 pm

Hello

I can confirm that Twonky Beam can beam to a 2011 model Sony Bluray player BDV-L800
The remark on pre2011 vs 2011 (and later) beaming compatibilty for Bravia TVs also applies to the Bluray range.
A difference with pre2011 models is that the Bravia TV image enhancement engine in 2011 tvs and blurays also works on internet/dlna streamed content.

I ran Twonky Beam from a Sony Tablet S with Android 3.2.

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Re: Recommended Devices List

Post by mikle_01 » Sun Oct 23, 2011 8:47 pm

Hi,

will the brand new "WD TV Live Streaming Media Player" (WD TV Live Gen.3) still supported by Twonky Beam!? The device is identified as the "WD TV Live" (WD TV Live Gen.2).
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Re: Recommended Devices List

Post by Twonky_Rick » Mon Oct 24, 2011 11:01 pm

mikle_01 wrote:Hi,

will the brand new "WD TV Live Streaming Media Player" (WD TV Live Gen.3) still supported by Twonky Beam!? The device is identified as the "WD TV Live" (WD TV Live Gen.2).
We don't have one of these in our test labs yet, but I would be very surprised if it does not work.

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Re: Recommended Devices List

Post by Twonky_Rick » Mon Oct 24, 2011 11:02 pm

BreedBenR wrote:Hello

I can confirm that Twonky Beam can beam to a 2011 model Sony Bluray player BDV-L800
The remark on pre2011 vs 2011 (and later) beaming compatibilty for Bravia TVs also applies to the Bluray range.
A difference with pre2011 models is that the Bravia TV image enhancement engine in 2011 tvs and blurays also works on internet/dlna streamed content.

I ran Twonky Beam from a Sony Tablet S with Android 3.2.
Thanks for letting us know this! This might be the first Blu-ray that you can push media to.

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Re: Recommended Devices List

Post by mikle_01 » Thu Oct 27, 2011 8:00 am

TMM_Product_Manager wrote:
mikle_01 wrote:Hi,

will the brand new "WD TV Live Streaming Media Player" (WD TV Live Gen.3) still supported by Twonky Beam!? The device is identified as the "WD TV Live" (WD TV Live Gen.2).
We don't have one of these in our test labs yet, but I would be very surprised if it does not work.

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I can confirm; TB can beam all files to the new WD TV Live Streaming Media Player (detect as "WD TV live").


BTW: It would be cool, if there was any Android App, to beam Videos, Photos and Music simple to the DLNA Device (like with iPhone AirPlay). I know, there is the Twonky Mobile App (I use also)...but that's not very comfortable..."start the TwonkyServer", "connect to media" "Beam"...that's not verry practicable...and beam Music is still verry faulty and scattered...stops after every single track...So -unfortunately- I use "Skifta" App..works reliable...and it's free...
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Re: Recommended Devices List

Post by Twonky_Rick » Thu Oct 27, 2011 4:25 pm

Thanks for confirming this.

Thanks for the feedback. We're looking into ways to make Twonky Mobile easier to use. We've looked into reports of music playback stopping on the WD and have not been able to reproduce this issue. Could you provide steps to reproduce this. Maybe that would help us.

BTW: I would go too crazy with plugs for Skifta (or other software) on this forum. I'm going to leave this one, but spam is not allowed on this forum. This is a Twonky forum and we try to keep focused on all things Twonky. :)

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Re: Recommended Devices List

Post by mikle_01 » Thu Oct 27, 2011 4:57 pm

I only use my Philips NP2500 to listen music - so I only beam my music (mp3's) with my Android Smartphone from my Synology NAS (with running Twonky Server and not the built in Mediaserver) to the Philips.

Then, after every track the music stops and I have to start every track manually again.

I don't beam local music from my Smartphone directly to the Philips.

Rick, I've only mentioned Skifta, because there is not the problem with it! I didn' t advertise that product and it must be tolerated?!
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Re: Recommended Devices List

Post by Twonky_Rick » Thu Oct 27, 2011 5:04 pm

mikle_01 wrote:I only use my Philips NP2500 to listen music - so I only beam my music (mp3's) with my Android Smartphone from my Synology NAS (with running Twonky Server and not the built in Mediaserver) to the Philips.

Then, after every track the music stops and I have to start every track manually again.

I don't beam local music from my Smartphone directly to the Philips.
That helps thanks. We have an NP2500 here we can test with. Let me make sure I have this correct.

- Your DMS is your NAS (running TS 6.0.x)
- Your DMC is your Android phone running Twonky Mobile 2.1.x and you're pushing a music playlist to your DMR.
- Your DMR is your Philips NP2500 running their newest firmware.

I already told you I was NOT going to delete your Skifta mention, so there's no need to get worked up about it. :wink:

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Re: Recommended Devices List

Post by mikle_01 » Thu Oct 27, 2011 5:27 pm

Yes, you're right, that's exact the way, Of course; the Philips NP2500 running the latest firmware.

About Skifta: I have understood that it is not desired and allowed to post s.t.like this :oops:

[Moderator Edit: Removed no longer working links to external graphics]

EDIT2:
I remember that some user also reported that issue in the Android Market...

EDIT3:

With my WD TV Gen.3 theres no Problem with playing beamed music!! Playing well; smooth transition! The NP2500 peeps after everey track (even with Skifta :( ) seems to have a short break and go back to the root of the album / directory and then starts next track.
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Re: Recommended Devices List

Post by Twonky_Rick » Thu Oct 27, 2011 6:33 pm

Thanks for the additional input. We'll look into this. :)

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Re: Recommended Devices List

Post by Shhhh » Sun Oct 30, 2011 10:40 pm

I can confirm the Samsung bd-7500 blu-ray player also works with the TwonkyServer. Just don't forget to mark it in the Twonky media receivers as a "Samsung TV", otherwise some file types will throw the unsupported format (x-matroska instead of x-mkv). Of course, the same features as for the TVs are still missing (subtitles on/off and resume). Strangely enough the fast.forward is not performing as for the TVs. On blu-ray it only just 10-20 seconds even if the button is continuously pressed.

Hope this helps!

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Re: Recommended Devices List

Post by Twonky_Rick » Tue Nov 01, 2011 8:11 pm

Thanks for sharing that info about your Samsung Blu-ray. I know that you can pull media from TS to the Samsung bd-7500 blu-ray player using it's remote. Can you also push using your mobile device or TwonkyManger?

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Re: Recommended Devices List

Post by Shhhh » Tue Nov 01, 2011 10:19 pm

Neither TwonkyManager or TwonkyBeam do not seem to recognize the Samsung blu-ray as a suitable media renderer. Are there any settings or tweaks that must be done for that?

Edit: It seems Samsung intended it in that way. AllShare also do not show the player as a possible media renderer.
Info from the net:

"A Samsung representative explained that the Blu-ray Disc players are not currently certified as Digital Media Renderers because they feel a renderer is a device that is commonly powered on most of the time, like a home theater receiver or a TV. Most people will only turn on a Blu-ray Disc player when they want to play a disc or use it to access other media. As the "other media" functionality gains popularity, Samsung may add the Digital Media Renderer certification."

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Re: Recommended Devices List

Post by Twonky_Rick » Wed Nov 02, 2011 7:02 pm

There are no settings for this. We display all DMRs. As you note, this device does not (yet) appear to be a DMR.

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Google TV version 2 update

Post by 1BigGuy » Thu Nov 03, 2011 10:14 pm

My GoogleTV updated to version 2 today. The update is based on Android Honecomb.

The TV can still see my Windows Home Server (v.1) as well the The Twonky Media Server v.6 (under two separate device names) running on the server. With the update, however, I lost access to my various media files on the server. It now lists neither music files on my server nor the videos. Only a few of the photographs are viewable.

I need to investigate this further to resolve why the update caused the lose of access to the server's media files.

Should I install a Twonky Android app on the Google TV to access the server's media files? What do you folks at Twonky think?

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Re: Recommended Devices List

Post by Twonky_Rick » Fri Nov 04, 2011 11:55 pm

Thanks for reporting this. We just updated one of our Google TVs here, but have not had a chance to test this yet. I have created a ticket so an engineer will look into this. To check status on this issue in the future, ask me about MM-5328.

In the meantime, you might want to install Twonky Mobile on your Google TV and see if that helps. Keep in mind, we haven't tested that yet either.

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GoogleTV v.2 update

Post by 1BigGuy » Sat Nov 05, 2011 1:42 am

Thank you Rick, it seems things still needed to settle in with the update to ver 2 of GoggleTV. Today, it installed a few app updates automatically, Pandora and such.

I opened the GTV Media Player app, it saw 2 Twonky Media Servers as well as the Windows 7 media player streams.
I selected Twonky one of the Twonky servers. I was able to play much of my families media files off the Windows Home Server. Now, when I open the GTV Media Player it defaults to the Twonky Server.

Much of my daughters' media on our WHS was purchased from iTunes. That media appears to be in an improper format for the GTV's media player. I have not been able to figure if there is a way to transcode the iTunes purchased media into a GTV compatible format.with Twonky Server. Any suggestions?

Thank you again.

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Re: Recommended Devices List

Post by ShamenKing » Tue Nov 29, 2011 4:04 am

This is really a great recommendation. I'll follow all the advice and update u guys! Thumbs up!

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Re: GoogleTV v.2 update

Post by Twonky_Rick » Tue Nov 29, 2011 5:32 pm

1BigGuy wrote:Thank you Rick, it seems things still needed to settle in with the update to ver 2 of GoggleTV. Today, it installed a few app updates automatically, Pandora and such.

I opened the GTV Media Player app, it saw 2 Twonky Media Servers as well as the Windows 7 media player streams.
I selected Twonky one of the Twonky servers. I was able to play much of my families media files off the Windows Home Server. Now, when I open the GTV Media Player it defaults to the Twonky Server.

Much of my daughters' media on our WHS was purchased from iTunes. That media appears to be in an improper format for the GTV's media player. I have not been able to figure if there is a way to transcode the iTunes purchased media into a GTV compatible format.with Twonky Server. Any suggestions?

Thank you again.
Wow. I'm really surprised that GTV can't play M4A/AAC files. First make sure her music does not have any copy protection. Then check the list of supported formats your device plays.

You have two options:
1. Transcode your files on the fly. (Setup for this is not that easy)
2. Locate software which can convert all of her files to MP3 so any device can easily play them. (Recommended)

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Re: GoogleTV v.2

Post by 1BigGuy » Tue Dec 20, 2011 8:34 pm

I am back to fiddling with playing media from Twonky Media Server loaded on Windows Home Server v.1 through GoogleTV v.2. I am unsatisfied with browsing the media with the TV's media player. Therefore, I used the TV's Google browser's GO TO function to view the server's HTML page at http://servername:9000/. The TV would not recognize the server's name as an address. However, if I used the server's IP address, i.e.http://serverIPaddress:9000/, the brower would open the server's HTML page allowing access to the media.

Twonky issue --
Since the last server program update, MP3 files play fine. However, the transcode music to MP3 is now grayed out in the server settings. I have not figured out why.

GoogleTV issues FYI --
The server media display does not include media cover art.
I was surprised that TIFF format photos displayed.
I still have not gotten the iTunes media to play.
Shoutcast displays stations but most do not play.
YouTube displays video lists but the video's URL is reported not locatable.

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