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    How to stream music from a NAS to AW2000 by using Win 8.1 PC?

    Hi,

    I have a NAS (Synology DiskStation) and the AW2000, both on the same network.
    Using my smartphone or tablet to control the AW is easy with AirStudio+.
    Using my laptop with Win 8.1 seems a no-go: I can't figure out how to control the music in such a way that, like with AirStudio+, I can play the music with my Windows laptop.

    Is there anybody who can direct me to an application for Win 8.1 which makes this possible?

    Twonky Manager doesn't work: see earlier topic.
    The new Twonky Server with Twonky Beam doesn't work as it can only stream music which is locally stored on the laptop.
    Windows Media Manager doesn't give you the possibility to stream it to an external device like AW2000.

    Is there an application which does the job ??

    Thanks,
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    Hello Bernd,

    Thank you for your post on the forum. I will contact you shortly with more information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philips - Sarka View Post
    Hello Bernd,

    Thank you for your post on the forum. I will contact you shortly with more information.

    Kind regards,
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    If you could make any solution to this question public that'd be most helpful. I have the AW9000 and would like to use it in similar fashion to the OP.

    Thanks

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    Lard, I haven't received any personal message yet. Like you I am waiting with great interest,

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    Well, a bump to see if anybody (consumer or Philips Support) has an answer on my simple question.....

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    Dear users,

    I am sorry for late reply.

    I would recommend you to use smartphone to play the content in NAS. You can also try with WMP or other PC SW if the NAS can be played, but it depends on the compatibility between the software and NAS.

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    I'm using Windows 8.1 on my laptop, I just use Windows Explorer to browse to the music folders on my Iomega IConnect NAS then right click on a track and in the menu there is an option 'Play to >' clicking on this shows a list of all the wireless speakers in the house so I can choose 'Kitchen', 'Bedroom' etc.

    When you choose this option a small music player pops up with a playlist, it has a volume, play pause options. To add more tracks you can drag and drop from Windows Explorer or keep right clicking on the songs you want and use the 'Play to >' menu.

    Works really well, I find it just as easy, if not easier than using the Airstudio+ app for music on the home network.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philips - Sarka View Post
    Dear users,

    I am sorry for late reply.

    I would recommend you to use smartphone to play the content in NAS. You can also try with WMP or other PC SW if the NAS can be played, but it depends on the compatibility between the software and NAS.

    Kind regards,
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    Using a smartphone is no option.
    Please read my first post, it tells you the problem I am facing:
    - Twonky does not see the NAS (but does see the AW2000)
    - WMP does not see the AW2000 (but does see the NAS)

    Why is Twonky not able to see the NAS?

    Philips should forget Twonky and buy good software from another maker to give to consumers of AWx000 products.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CianMcLiam View Post
    I'm using Windows 8.1 on my laptop, I just use Windows Explorer to browse to the music folders on my Iomega IConnect NAS then right click on a track and in the menu there is an option 'Play to >' clicking on this shows a list of all the wireless speakers in the house so I can choose 'Kitchen', 'Bedroom' etc.

    When you choose this option a small music player pops up with a playlist, it has a volume, play pause options. To add more tracks you can drag and drop from Windows Explorer or keep right clicking on the songs you want and use the 'Play to >' menu.

    Works really well, I find it just as easy, if not easier than using the Airstudio+ app for music on the home network.
    You are correct: it works like you describe.

    But when using WMP I am NOT able to select the "Play with ...", the icon is in the right upper corner but grayed out. Do you have any idea why WMP does not allow you to stream to an external player?

    I have to create a "simple to use system" as my wife is going to use it ....., . If not simple I am in trouble (and using Explorer is NOT simpel enough for her ).

    Thanks for your reply.

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    Ok, I set this up a long time ago but I think I remember.

    In WMP you click on the 'Stream' menu, then select 'More streaming options'. I think at this point it shows a box asking you if you want to turn on media streaming, you allow this (it only allows access for the home network you are connected to) and then it brings up a box which will scan your wifi and list all the devices on your network. Make sure your AW2000 has a tick and your NAS, if it shows up.

    Then click 'next' and it asks what type of media you want to share.

    I selected only video and music plus 'printers and devices' which I think makes your NAS accessible to stream through WMP on PC's in your network. Click 'next' and it gives you a password which you will need to set up other PC's on your wifi network to access your local library on your PC.

    Once you finish you should hopefully have the 'Play to' option when you right click any song on your NAS from inside WMP, and the icon at the top right should be active.

    Hope this works, as I said I set it up quite some time back.
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    Dear CianMcLiam,

    Can you please let me know if you managed to solve the issue?

    Thank you.

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    Hi Sarka, I can confirm the above steps worked for me, I am able to use Windows Media Player to play music from a NAS to my AW9000 and AW5000 speakers. Hopefully they will also work for Bernd and solve his problem!

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    Hi CianMcLiam,
    thank you for letting me know and sharing the solution with us!

    Very appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CianMcLiam View Post
    Ok, I set this up a long time ago but I think I remember.

    In WMP you click on the 'Stream' menu, then select 'More streaming options'. I think at this point it shows a box asking you if you want to turn on media streaming, you allow this (it only allows access for the home network you are connected to) and then it brings up a box which will scan your wifi and list all the devices on your network. Make sure your AW2000 has a tick and your NAS, if it shows up.

    Then click 'next' and it asks what type of media you want to share.

    I selected only video and music plus 'printers and devices' which I think makes your NAS accessible to stream through WMP on PC's in your network. Click 'next' and it gives you a password which you will need to set up other PC's on your wifi network to access your local library on your PC.

    Once you finish you should hopefully have the 'Play to' option when you right click any song on your NAS from inside WMP, and the icon at the top right should be active.

    Hope this works, as I said I set it up quite some time back.
    Hi,
    For me this is not working.
    In WMP, when I select the Streaming option and go to Advanced I see the AW2000 player with Allow activated.
    In this same window there is no NAS visible.

    When I hold my mouse on top of the "Play with..." symbol in the top-right-corner of WMP I am not able to select anything as there is no roll-down menu popping up. This is the whole issue of this post.

    I am using Windows 8.1 Update 1 on an ASUS X200CA laptop with touch screen.
    The Windows version is not the professional version with Media Center, yours is ?

    CONCLUSION:
    WMP is NOT able to stream audio to Philips AW2000 with the "simple" Win 8.1 Update 1 OS
    Last edited by BerndGaykema; 06-25-2014 at 08:33 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philips - Sarka View Post
    Hi CianMcLiam,
    thank you for letting me know and sharing the solution with us!

    Very appreciated.

    Kind regards,
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    Sorry to say, but this is not the solution for my AW2000. On my brand new laptop it isn't working like suggested by CianMcLiam.
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