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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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:
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.
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.
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.
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
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