Share media from Synology to XBMC with NFS

This week I’ve posted about my new Raspberry Pi which is running XBMC. All my media is stored on my Synology Diskstation and accessible over the network using the SMB protocol. The disadvantage of SMB is that it’s very CPU intensive, and because the Pi has only a 700 MHz CPU core you may experience some hick-ups during video playback. To solve this we can use NFS to share the media to XBMC. The NFS protocol has less overhead compared with SMB and therefor uses about 20% less CPU resources.

So in this post I’ll explain how to enable NFS on the Synology DS and connect these shares to XBMC.

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Synology DS Mobile apps updates

This week Synology updated there mobile apps for iOS and Android. There are some cool new features I’ve been waiting for for a long time;

  • Cloud Station support in DS File
  • Offline music in DS Audio

Here’s a complete list of the Synology DS apps and there new features;

DS Audio

Display lyrics of the song currently being played
Create and edit playlists from “Now playing queue”
Use the Offline mode to listen to songs cached in the mobile device’s local memory for when network is unavailable

Download links: Apple App Store Google Play

DS File

Supports Cloud Station for Mobile devices

Download links: Apple App Store Google Play

DS Photo+

Taken time as uploaded filename

Download links: Apple App Store Google Play

DS Cam

The event playback with H.264/MPEG4 can now support up to 1080p.
Supports HTTPS for secure connection.
Supports encrypted login over HTTP without SSL. (DSM 4.0 and onwards)

Download links: Apple App Store Google Play

DS Finder

Resolved the stability issues on iOS 5.1.1 iPad versions

Download links: Apple App Store Google Play


Synology adds new functionality to Cloud Station

Within the release of DSM 4.1 BETA Synology adds new functionality to the Cloud Station package. The following is now possible;

  • Shared folder can now be synchronized to different Cloud Station users on Windows PC or Mac Client. The maximum number of shared folder can be synced on Cloud Station is 2.
  • Data transmission is now encrypted by SSL to provide a layer of security over the Internet.
  • HTTPS tunneling is supported to sync data via HTTPS Tunnel with QuickConnect.
  • Proxy is now supported to establish connection to your Cloud Station server though your local proxy server.
  • Cloud Station package is not available on DS108j, DS109j and DS209j.

Also the DS File app for iOS and Android are updated with support for Cloud station. So now you can take your important documents with you on your laptop, phone and tablet.

DS File for iOS:
DS File for Android:

Synology DSM 4.1 BETA

This week Synology released the public BETA of Disk Station Manager (DSM) 4.1. I’m not copying the release notes into this post as you can read them over at Synology:

So how do you install the BETA on your DS?

First you have to download the firmware for you DS ( Now connect to your DS and open the ‘Control Panel’ and click on ‘DSM Update’.

Hit the ‘Manual DSM update’ button and select the firmware you just downloaded and follow the instructions. Wait a little while and after the DS is rebooted it’s running the DSM 4.1 BETA. After the upgrade you can upgrade you packages with the ‘Package Center’.

Please read before upgrading!

Synology CloudStation

Because of the popularity of my post Synology CloudStation (DSM 4.0)  and the final release of Synology DMS 4.0 if written a new post about how to setup Synology Cloud station, this time in English.

First of all, what is CloudStation? Well I can try to explain but this is what Synology writes about Cloud Station;

Automatic sync
Whether you are at home or outdoor, your PC always carries important files with the latest versions in a single folder. For that, Cloud Station does the work for you. It may looks like any other folder on your PC, but the Cloud Station folder is actually a private cloud that always prepares itself up-to-date. Cloud Station pushes files, songs, and photos to any PC that you are working on, and syncs automatically.

Offline viewing
View and edit your files anytime you want via the Cloud Station folder even without the Internet connection. You can edit spreadsheets, create a new document, or upload photos all within the folder offline. After Internet access is resumed, all changes will be automatically synced onto Cloud Station and will be ready again for next offline viewing. Your files are made truly available.

Everybody’s cloud
A single Synology NAS is everyone’s private cloud. Every user can own a Cloud Station folder on their own computers and enjoy all the benefits it has to offer. All clouds sit safe and sound in one DiskStation, where data security and privacy are guaranteed. In addition, when your PC and DiskStation are in the same local area network (LAN), you can also enjoy the speedier transfer rate than what’s offered over the Internet. Large file uploading and syncing just become faster.

So it’s a kind of private implementation of DropBox to run on your own storage solution. Now we know what Cloud Station is and we’re convinced we want to run this on our DiskStation we take a look on how to do this.

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