January 6th, 2011, 05:49 AM
Synology NAS can't scan :(
I've read a few threads, and still can't get the boxee box to scan my media.
It doesn't show up as UpnP on boxee even though in the control panel on the synology it's enabled.
So I have to add it manually by entering an IP address, and a user name/pw of which I created that user account on the synology control panel with read/write access.
I can browse files manually by going over to browsing the network drive, but it won't scan the media and when I go to sources it's listed as disconnected.
On a reboot it'll show scanning and about 10 seconds later it'll go back to disconnected.
I have the synology ds211 with the new synology DSM 3.0
I've also enabled NFS on the synology as well as windows file service, along with optimize CIFS checked. (all suggestions from other posts)
Still no luck.
I just go the boxee box and really hope this can work.
January 6th, 2011, 07:16 AM
I have had the same problem with my DS209+II. for days :S
Now i think i got around the problem.
-first thing i did was activating "Netbios" o my router.
-Then i created a user wit R/W privileges on these folders(Samba)
-Deactivated the "built in firewall" on my Nas, saved settings.
-removed all shares on Boxeeeee, restarted, then i put the correct adress like:192.168.x.xxx//sharename (in boxee, manuall) .(they also now show up under "network" in "files"--> "browse" -->"Network"
When i now check under "settings"-->"file sources" all the sources show up as connected and like:"waiting to be scanned" or "scanning"
And all show up under Movies,Shows, Photo etc. like it should.
I think the solution was that i deactivated the Firewall on my Nas wich is't that good, so now i wonder what ports Boxee use???
all like NFS,SAMBA UPNP Netbios was accepted/open, so it should have been working before when the firewall was active.
Hope this helps!
January 6th, 2011, 08:08 AM
You shouldn't have to do anything at all with the default settings on the Synology NAS set though if you've gone changing things then thats where it can get complicated like the the_dude mentions with the firewall.
The Boxee Box works better with samba shares so dont use UPnP.
If it were me what I would do is go into restore defaults and choose the "format the hard disk and restore to factory default settings". This will of course erase the HDD so make sure all data is backed up beforehand you will then have to re-install the firmware on the NAS.
Once your back up and running the default settings should be fine no other changes need to be made, now go to into the DSM and create a shared folder for your media. Then set guest access rights on the folder so no user/pass is required by Boxee;
* Go to Control Panel->Shared Folder.
* Select target folder (e.g video) and click on "Privileges Setup".
* Local Users should be selected
* For the guest user account tick the boxes for read/write privileges.
* Click the drop down box for "Local Users" and select "Local Groups"
* Tick the box for read/write privileges for users.
The default network group is WORKGROUP on both the NAS and the Boxee Box so assuming nothing else is interfering on your network it should be simply a case of browsing your network on the Boxee Box and select the path to add as a media source & set it to scan.
You shouldn't have to be typing in an IP addresses or anything like that.
January 6th, 2011, 12:48 PM
I finally got it to work! I went into the firewall thru the synology control panel and enabled ALL and everything showed up on the boxee box.
It indexed everything last night. Anyone know how to not show/hide some things? For example I don't want all the christmas movies showing cluttering up the list right now, but would unhide it later next year.
January 6th, 2011, 09:06 PM
Take the files/folders you want to hide and move them into a different, unshared branch of your hard drive. When you want to share them later, just turn on sharing for the folder in your NAS and add the folder to Boxee to scan. If you've turned off sharing for this other folder on your NAS completely then no one will be able to access it from your Boxee until you've made it shareable again - I think this would be the most secure method (also good for "parental control" of a sort).
Originally Posted by boxeenewbie
Or, if security isn't an issue, then you could simply keep this other folder always shareable/within your main share in your NAS but just not set it up to be scanned by Boxee (so you could still navigate to the content via the Boxee File Browser to watch the content while still keeping the videos from being scanned into the Shows and Movies pages).
Or you could mark all of your Christmas movie's as "watched" and then choose to only see "Unwatched" items on the Boxee page; when you're ready to view the Xmas movies later you could switch the view from "unwatched" to "all" or remark each Xmas movie as Unwatched again.
On my NAS I've got everyhing shared via one big folder called "media", and within that folder I've got sub-folders for movies, U.S. sitcoms, tv dramas, music, foreign tv, etc. (and then sub-sub-folders within each of those for the individual shows). Instead of adding the main "media" folder to Boxee to scan, I've only added certain sub-folders (movies, sitcoms, etc.) while not setting other folders (foreign tv, etc.) to scan - either because I know that Boxee is going to have trouble identifying the content in these other sub-folders or because I purposely don't want the files to show up under Movies and Shows in Boxee.
This way Boxee only scans the folders I want it to scan, and a nice side-effect is that the Boxee File Browser becomes easier to use because each folder you individually set to be scanned shows up as a top-level item under Boxee Files - so I can jump straight to, say, Sitcoms, without having to drill way down into the folder structure.
This method isn't secure because I can still choose "network" in the Boxee file browser and then drill down to the sub-folders that I'm purposely not having scanned - so they're relatively easy for me to get to via Boxee anytime I want, and they're not hidden from people that know where to look - the point being, though, that people DO need to know where to look on Boxee and would have to put in the effort of digging through your network folders to find it - so it's an effective way to hide certain folders full of stuff from any casual users/visitors/etc. While keeping things pretty easily accessible to you (and not requiring a separate Boxee account and/or manually turning the sharing/permissions on and off for folders all the time - which you'd want to do if you really wanted to completely hide stuff and not just kinda get it out of the way).
Last edited by Lukecro; January 7th, 2011 at 03:17 AM.