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Connecting the XBox to the FreeNAS UPnP server

As the Xbox has a built in UPnP client, it can be easily attached to the FreeNAS UPnP server (Fuppes) in order to gain access to Videos, Music and Photos stored in a centralised location.

Prerequisite for Connecting to a FReeNAS server from an XboxSetting up the UPnP Server on FreeNAS for streaming Media to the XBox

 

Connecting to FreeNAS UPnP server from the Xbox

Switch on your Xbox and go to your My Xbox menu.

Xbox - My Xbox

Connecting to FreeNAS UPnP server from the Xbox - Video

For Video, click on the Video Library option with your A button

Xbox Video- FreeNAs as a source

As you can see, the FreeNAS server is displayed as a source. Select freenas: with your A button to continue

Connecting the XBox to the FreeNAS UPnP server

Since 3 folders were added in the previous step, select the folder you added with the video content in you wish to view. Press A to continue.

Xbox showing Movie List from FreeNAs UPnP Server

Select your Movie and press the A button

Xbox - Playing Movie from FreeNAS UPnP server

You can now press the Y button to play the Movie. Note that it does not show the Movie Box cover or try to show you a snapshot of the film using FreeNAS as a server.


Playing Music from the Xbox using FReeNAs UPnP Server

For Audio and Music, go back to the Main menu by pressing the Back or B button and the select Music Library.

Xbox FreeNAS Music Source

As with Video, freenas: is displayed as a source. Select A to continue.

Xbox Music Content from FreeNAS

The Xbox automatically pulls in the tag information from the FreeNAS UPnP server and builds the lists as shown above. From here, you can drill down in a similar way to that of Video by pressing the A button to play individual tracks, Albums, playlists etc.


Displaying Photos using Xbox and FreeNAS

For Photos and Images, Go back to the Main menu by pressing the Back or B button and the select Photo Library

Xbox FreeNAs as a photo Source

As with both Video and Music, select freenas: as the source of your Photos and press the A button to continue.

 

Xbox Photos from a FreeNAS Source

As you can see here, FreeNAS pulls in all the photos from all the directories. The images shown here have been pulled out of the Music folders are are the album artwork you get after you've ripped CD's via Windows Media Player for example. Normal photos are all intermingled with these album artwork photos and you have no directory structure to choose from to narrow down your selection.

 

Next Step: connect the Xbox to Windows Media Connect/HMEStreaming Media to an Xbox 360 using Home Media Ecosystem.php

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