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ShaunIOW
Level 7

How do I view movies on a NAS drive?

I've just set up a new Roku Streaming Stick+ 4k HDR Media Player, but I can't find a way to stream from my NAS drive (Buffalo Linkstation NAS) which was the main reason for getting the Roku. 

I normally stream using Plex on a HP Microserver to my TV, but the server isn't up to 4k video, so I want to stream direct from the NAS drive, but every app (the only app I didn't try was one to pay for as I didn't want to risk it if it didn't work) I've tried on the Roku only sees a hard drive connected to the router via USB and an SD Card in an Android box, but not the NAS drive.

Everything is on the same network with the Roku connected via wireless and everything else via cable.

Cheers

   

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renojim
Level 21

Re: How do I view movies on a NAS drive?

You need to add a DLNA server (like minidlna or serviio) to your NAS, if possible.  Then you can use the Roku Media Player (RMP) or other channels.  I don't know if either of those servers would be any better than Plex.  Keep in mind that Roku only supports certain codecs.

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ShaunIOW
Level 7

Re: How do I view movies on a NAS drive?

Cheers for the reply.

My NAS has a DLNA media server, I've turned it on and the ROKU can see the NAS but is says it can't find any compatible files to play which is strange as it played identical files off my back-up HD plugged into the router via USB - the files being MKV, MP3 and JPG.

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renojim
Level 21

Re: How do I view movies on a NAS drive?

If you just turned on the DLNA server it may take it a while to build its database.  If you can figure out what DLNA server the NAS is using you should be able to do a little research on where and how it creates its database.

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ShaunIOW
Level 7

Re: How do I view movies on a NAS drive?

The DLNA Server is a Linkstation Media Server (NAS is Buffalo LS520D194 Linkstation 6Tb NAS connected to the router via a cat6e cable), I refreshed the database, but it made no difference, the ROKU still says there are no compatible files on there, and the Chaneru Media Player, just says the folders are empty even though there are over 4Tb of files on there including MKV's, MP4's, WMV, JPG's and MP3's and both media players do detect the files and play them from a 1.5Tb portable USB backup drive connected to the router (ASUS RT-AC3200), so I'm at a loss as to why it'll play an MKV from the USB drive but doesn't even see the exact same MKV on the NAS drive.

The NAS can be seen, accessed and have the files played from it on my other TV direct (Hisense), DVD player, Amazon Fire TV box (using Kodi), Android and Ipad tablets no problem, it's only the ROKU thats giving me issues and annoyingly the main reason I bought it as My 2015 LG TV in the bedroom doesn't have a media player for the NAS. 

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linkster
Level 7

Re: How do I view movies on a NAS drive?

i have the exact same problem, the files actually showed up the first time I tried it but actually stopped showing up after a router reboot. I am also using a buffalo linkstation drive, amazon firestick picks up all files, not sure what's going on with Roku.

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jeffstunes
Level 7

Re: How do I view movies on a NAS drive?

Not sure if you've already done this but on my Buffalo you have to share folders to DLNA for it to find anything.

If you haven't then go to the settings and  "File Sharing" and click to the right of "Folder Setup."

Click on the folder you wish to share. A box should pop up. Select the "Advanced Settings" tab.

Tick DLNA to share that folder with DLNA.

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