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TwonkyMedia, ReadyNAS NV+, and PS3

Last night I installed TwonkyMedia 4.3 for my ReadyNAS NV+. (NAS = Network Attached Storage. ReadyNAS NV+ is basically an intelligent, Linux-based, redundant, hard drive on your network.)

To install TwonkyMedia, I just followed the instructions on their website. I also followed the directions in this thread to fix a problem with ReadyNAS and TwonkyMedia. I also added my PS3’s IP address to the list of clients that TwonkyMedia will serve to. Note that if you use DHCP to assign an IP address to your PS3, you’ll have to change that so that the PS3 uses a static IP address.

To get it running on the PS3 side, I basically did nothing. You’re supposed to enable “Media Server Connection” (under “Network Settings”), but it was already enabled for me. So I move over to audio, and sure enough – there’s my TwonkyMedia share! Cool stuff.

I loaded photos just fine, and tried out the new slideshow option which was neat. I still haven’t figure out how to zoom way in on a picture, though I don’t think it’s even possible.

I wish that I didn’t see all three of Video, Audio, and Photo under Photo (and also under Audio and Video) – I just want to see the photos! It’s an extra level of indirection that I don’t wish to navigate.

Videos and music worked fine too, but only for those codecs that both the PS3 and WonkyMedia supported. Which is a bummer because most of my music is AAC, and WonkyMedia doesn’t support that.

To sum up, I’m pleased that everything was so easy to set up. But I’m displeased that the amount of stored media that I can actually use is so small. 🙁