Can I use my Synology NAS as a media server for streaming to smart TVs and devices?
Yes, you can use your Synology NAS as a media server for streaming to smart TVs and devices.
1. Synology DSM (DiskStation Manager) Software
The Synology NAS comes with DSM software, which provides a user-friendly interface for managing and setting up various applications, including a media server.
2. Plex Media Server
Plex is a popular media server application that can be installed on your Synology NAS. It allows you to organize and stream your media files to various devices, including smart TVs and devices.
3. DLNA Server
The Synology NAS also supports DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) server functionality, which enables you to share and stream media files to DLNA-certified devices, such as smart TVs, game consoles, and media players.
4. Transcoding Support
Some Synology NAS models offer transcoding capabilities, allowing you to convert media files into different formats and resolutions on-the-fly. This can be useful for streaming media to devices with different playback capabilities.
5. Mobile Apps
Synology offers mobile apps, such as DS video and DS photo, which provide convenient access to your media files stored on the NAS. These apps support streaming to smart TVs and devices, allowing you to enjoy your media on the big screen.
6. Third-Party Apps
Aside from Plex, there are other third-party media server applications available for installation on Synology NAS, such as Emby and Jellyfin.
By utilizing the DSM software, installing media server applications like Plex, and taking advantage of DLNA and transcoding capabilities, you can effectively use your Synology NAS as a media server for streaming to smart TVs and devices.