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Help & troubleshooting for channels on your Roku device, including adding/removing channels, logging in to, authenticating, or activating a channel, channel-specific playback issues, assistance contacting channel publishers to report issues, and adjusting channel-specific settings.
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Re: roksbox -Streaming Local Media Channel Available for Tes

Blah. Time to eat some crow... mmm.. crow... Wait a second... this tastes horrible! Who do I complain to?

Apparently it couldn't look up the name of my web server. When I put in the IP, it started working. This is lighttpd on a Buffalo NAS. I guess my router caches it sometimes, and sometimes it doesn't. Anyway, sorry for the time waste Smiley Surprisedops:
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Re: roksbox -Streaming Local Media Channel Available for Tes

"terster" wrote:

P.P.S. I went back and looked at one of my converting programs... and it is set at 29.97fps. Should the BIT RATE be adjusted? It's set at 1200 kbps. What should the bit rate be for video? how about the audio? And the encoder is set as H.264 from video and AAC for audio. Unfortunately i don't know what this all means as im still a novice trying to learn.


I find the best quality at about 1500kbs other than that, those settings sound good.
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Re: roksbox -Streaming Local Media Channel Available for Tes

Has anyone had success using a ReadyNAS stream to roksbox? I would prefer to use my NAS as the server instead of my laptop.

Any suggestions? Should I set up a personal webserver (as described here http://www.readynas.com/?p=135) or can I use one of its media streaming options (ReadyDLNA, Home Media Streaming Server, or iTunes Streaming Server)? And are there any special settings that I should be aware of?

thanks!
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Re: roksbox -Streaming Local Media Channel Available for Tes

"midnight" wrote:
Blah. Time to eat some crow... mmm.. crow... Wait a second... this tastes horrible! Who do I complain to?

Apparently it couldn't look up the name of my web server. When I put in the IP, it started working. This is lighttpd on a Buffalo NAS. I guess my router caches it sometimes, and sometimes it doesn't. Anyway, sorry for the time waste Smiley Surprisedops:


I'm just glad it wasn't a Roksbox problem. We do thoroughly test every change, but Roksbox supports 4 different web servers, three OSs, some NAS devices, and USB on the XR model, so sometimes a little change can unexpectedly cause a problem somewhere else. I'm glad you got yours working again.
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Re: roksbox -Streaming Local Media Channel Available for Tes

"sacoward" wrote:
Has anyone had success using a ReadyNAS stream to roksbox? I would prefer to use my NAS as the server instead of my laptop.

Any suggestions? Should I set up a personal webserver (as described here http://www.readynas.com/?p=135) or can I use one of its media streaming options (ReadyDLNA, Home Media Streaming Server, or iTunes Streaming Server)? And are there any special settings that I should be aware of?

thanks!


It looks like the personal web server would be the way to go. Roksbox uses a web server to access your local media, so this should work. You don't need to do step 4 in the instructions unless you need public access to your NAS (not recommended for security reasons). It doesn't say what type of web server this is (Apache, Lighttpd, etc.), so there might be a problem if it isn't one that Roksbox currently supports, but we might be able to make it work anyway. Give it a try and see what happens.
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Re: roksbox -Streaming Local Media Channel Available for Tes

"WilDD" wrote:
"sacoward" wrote:
Has anyone had success using a ReadyNAS stream to roksbox? I would prefer to use my NAS as the server instead of my laptop.

Any suggestions? Should I set up a personal webserver (as described here http://www.readynas.com/?p=135) or can I use one of its media streaming options (ReadyDLNA, Home Media Streaming Server, or iTunes Streaming Server)? And are there any special settings that I should be aware of?

thanks!


It looks like the personal web server would be the way to go. Roksbox uses a web server to access your local media, so this should work. You don't need to do step 4 in the instructions unless you need public access to your NAS (not recommended for security reasons). It doesn't say what type of web server this is (Apache, Lighttpd, etc.), so there might be a problem if it isn't one that Roksbox currently supports, but we might be able to make it work anyway. Give it a try and see what happens.


Seems to work very well over Readynas with webserver setup. I'll post if I run into any problems.
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Re: roksbox -Streaming Local Media Channel Available for Tes

I fired this up over the weekend on the boxes in the house. Streaming from a HP WHS box to two Roku N1000's simultaneously on WiFi with no trouble. _registered_ Smiley Happy

This is a great piece of work - Thank You!
:: Mark
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Re: roksbox -Streaming Local Media Channel Available for Tes

Great work and easy to use!

Thank you so much for this additon. This makes the Roku player a
really great deal, (even with registering Roksbox).

Love the USB feature available with the HD XR version. Exactly what
I was hoping for when I paid extra for the HD XR version with the
USB port.


One thing I do want to ask, is that if the Internet connect is down,
will the registered version of Roksbox still work? Now and in the future?

Basically if my ISP is down, I would still want to play local media. At present
I don't have any other media players, (except DVD). In fact I may buy a
second Roku HD XR for my mountain cabin, (after it's built)), which won't
have broadband Internet.
Arwen Evenstar
Middle Earth
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Re: roksbox -Streaming Local Media Channel Available for Tes

"Arwen" wrote:
One thing I do want to ask, is that if the Internet connect is down,
will the registered version of Roksbox still work? Now and in the future?
I was wondering about this myself. It seems that the channel communicates with the internet before it will even start up? I'd like to be able to watch my local media (via http and usb) if the internet goes down for sure!
Roku Digital Video Player links:
http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/RokuDigitalVideoPlayer/links
Private Channel Database:
http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/RokuDigitalVideoPlayer/database
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Re: roksbox -Streaming Local Media Channel Available for Tes

As an experiment, I unplugged my DSL router/Internet connection. Roksbox was dead in the water - would not start up at all.
Powered up the DSL box, but unplugged the Internet. So I just had a local net. Roksbox was happy. I could get to all the content on the computer thru Mongoose. And all the content on the Roku-XR USB port.
Seems Roksbox needs a local net at minimum.
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