Synology DiskStation adds Chromecast support for streaming media to your TV

Synology offers a line of Network Attached Storage systems under its DiskStation brand. Hook one up to your home network, add a few hard drives and you can backup the files from all your computers and stream audio, video, or other files to your TV using AirPlay, DLNA, or Bluetooth.

Now Synology has added Chromecast support.

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All you have to do is load the Synology DS Audio or DS Video apps on your iOS or Android device, connect to your DiskStation to find the files you want to stream, and send them to your Chromecast.

Since DiskStation storage devices can connect to the internet, you don’t even need to be connected to your home network to stream audio or video to a Chromecast. The company’s apps will let you stream to any Chromecast connected to the same WiFi network as your phone or tablet. So if you’re at a friend’s house you can pull up videos on your home media server and stream them over the internet.

Synology DiskStation systems sell for around $150 for a 1-bay unit without a hard drive to as much as $3000 for a 12-bay model. You can find some of the company’s more popular options at Amazon.

via Android Central

  • ausidog

    Damn. I literally just bought a Qnap over a Synology. I hope Qnap follows this lead.

    • boonesimpson

      well i would hope an open source variant comes online and then any linux box could run the same sort of service.

      • King of Hearts

        It’s not about the box. The NAS or box have NOTHING to do with Chromecast. It’s all about the capabilities of the app. There are literally tons of apps now that can stream content to your Chromecast from pretty much any NAS, provided the app can transcode to mp4. Synology happens to incorporate the functionality into their app, that’s it.

      • boonesimpson

        While many apps support dlna or smb or other methods of accessing networked content, my point is towards a more “turnkey” solution, incorporating mobile access, chromecast / remote play, and transcoding which some, though not all synologies do.

        It can be hodge-podged together with a few apps, but having an easy solution would be ideal.

      • King of Hearts

        I have the DS214play, which is supposed to transcode any format to something playable on the Chromecast. I have a few DVDs ripped to MP4. So, I’m trying to cast an MP4 from a DS214play, to a Chromecast from DS Video, and it’s not working. Still struggling. It’s not that simple!

      • zoom zoom zoom

        Can you see your chomecast device on the DSVideo “remote play” list?

  • http://www.appletvblack.com Savio

    is simple ! thanks for the tip ! we shared the news

  • King of Hearts

    It’s not that simple. What Synology doesn’t tell you, and you need to do the research on your own, Chromecast will only support mp4 video format. So, unless you want to convert all of those avi files, or standard mpeg files, you’re typically out of luck. Synology does offer the DS214play, which is one of their only units that will transcode video to mp4, making it playable on a Chromecast. I learned the hard way. I have hundreds of family videos in AVI format. Purchased a DS213j. I could not play to Chromecast. Had to return it, spend almost $200 more, and get a DS214play. Thanks for the hassle Synology. A little education or disclaimer would have been nice.