Twonky Media Server Review

The Twonky media server often comes bundled with NAS devices. It is not a media center or home theater software, it is strictly a media server. It provides transcoding support for a large number of file types. This Twonky media server review is brought to you by TopNetTricks. Twonky media server can be downloaded here.

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Supported Formats

The following media file types are supported

  • Music: MP3, WMA, WAV, 3GP, M4A, MP4, LPCM, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, MP2, AC3, MPA, MP1, AIF, MID, ISMA
  • Photo: JPEG, PNG, TIF, BMP
  • Video: MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG2-TS, MPEG4, AVI, WMV, VOB, DivX, 3GP, VDR, ASF, MPE, DVR-MS, Xvid, M1V, M4V, WEBM, QT, F4V, ISMV, MKV, MOV

Learn more about how video file types and how much bandwidth you need to support them: Video File Formats for Media Servers and Players.

Twonky Media Server Installation

The Twonky installation, like all others is pretty straightforward. However when the installation program started in Windows 8 I got the following message:

TopNetTricks Twonky media server installation error message

After selecting “Run Anyway” I was on my way.

The installation prompts you for a license number which you will get through email after purchasing the product for a 1 time payment of $19.99. If you do not have a license number you can still go ahead and install the full featured version for a 30-day trial.

 

TopNetTricks Twonky prompt for lisence

User InterFace

Once installed, you use a browser to manage the server. That is also where you would enter the license number should you decide to buy it.

TopNetTricks Twonky media server management screen

 

 

The management interface also lets you specify which folders contain the media you want to stream. Note that it will not let you specify network drives.

TopNetTricks Twonky media server file locations

 

Feature Comparison

The trial version contains all the same features as the licensed version. One nice feature found in both versions is an “aggregation” feature. Aggregate your media from multiple servers, so that you can access everything from one place

Free DLNA Media Server Downloads

For a complete list of free media server software for Windows and reviews see  How to Use Windows Media Player as a DLNA Media Server and Top Free Windows DLNA Media Server Downloads.

To know if your home network is media ready read these posts: How to build a high-speed media network and How to test the speed of your home network.

Summary
Reviewer
Andre Roberge
Review Date
Reviewed Item
Twonky media server
Author Rating
5
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Comments

  1. James says

    I have downloaded Twonky. When looking/listening to music albums it orders the tracks alphabetically rather than in the order they actually appear in the album. This is frustrating. Is there any way to change this?

    • André Roberge says

      I had the same problem. The answer to this is to go in and edit Twonky’s configuration file manually. If you feel comfortable doing that then check out this link.

    • Mike Drake says

      This is why music files should be named in the format “01 – [Song Name].mp3″, etc – so they sort properly in any reasonable scenario.

      • André Roberge says

        Not quite right, Most media servers sort by the song name as it appears in the metatag within the MP3 file. So changing the file name doesn’t help.

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