Heos - Setting up a Music Server
A Couple of Options
An Older Desktop/Laptop Running Windows 10
We initially setup an older laptop with Windows 10 Home as a server. The version of Windows does not need to be Pro. Even Windows 10 Home can be used. (We do not recommend using an older version of Windows.)
This requires some patience as there are a number of steps:
Go into Settings - Accounts
Under Family & Other Users, select Add someone else. Click on "I don't have this person's sign-in information." Then click on "Add a users without a Microsoft Account". I called my user Heos - give them a good, secure, password. Fill in 3 questions/answers.
b. Click on Explorer for your computer
Right click on the drive, or folder, where the music will be stored. Select the option "Give Access to".
Select "specific people." Insert Heos (or whatever name you assigned to the user.) Select the option for Read Only, as you'll move your music files to be played into the drive or folder from the computer.
Exit from Explorer
Heos has good information here on line for what needs to be done within Heos to connect to the computer. Go to the following lin:
Scrolls down to view "Click below to configure or setup your Heos App to play music shared on a home network."
QNAP NAS Music Server
QNAP makes an excellent device that can be used for setting up a music server. But it's instruction manual is simply dreadful. We'll try to simplify and provide some important highlights.
(1) Mechanical Assembly
The pictures on pages #1 - 5 are clear. Remove the plastic hard drive holders from the QNAP box. Insert the harddrives (purchased separately) into the holders. Screw the drives into the plastic holders. Reinsert the holders into the box. Then plug the unit into an outlet....please use a good surge protection outlet as this will always be powered on.
Connect - via an Ethernet cable - the QNAP box to your network at the router. (Later on, if you wish to use a Wi-Fi connection, one can modify the connection. For now use the Ethernet cable connection.)
Because QNAP is attached via Ethernet, it will now show in Windows 10 Explorer from any computer attached to the router via the Wi-Fi, or Ethernet connection. Within Explorer right click on QNAP device. There are two bits of information you MUST have right away:
a. Write down the IP address: Ours is 192.168.86.36
b. Also write down the MAC address: Ours is 24:5e:be:46:cd:fd. But leave out the colons so it reads 245ebe46cdfd.
QNAP's manual does not indicate that the initial user id is "admin" and the initial password is "245ebe46cdfd". Without that information you can not properly set up an account. Again substitute your MAC address - do not use "245ebe46cdfd."
(2) Setup up Qfinder Pro
One only needs QNAP's Qfinder Pro app. On your computer, go to www.qnap.com/download. You will need to fill in information about your QNAP box.
a. Type: NAS/Expansion We had 2 bays
b. Model we had TS-231K
c. Choose the Utility tab. On an Apple computer select QNAP Qfinder Pro for Mac - on Windows 10 select QNAP Qfinder Pro for Windows. Choose the download option for USA. Let it download. Then choose to install.
d. Within the options of QNAP you can now set up everything with the user id of "admin" and the password from your MAC address without the colons or hyphens. Familiarize yourself with each option - you'll need to Configure at the start. But sure to allocate a large area/folder for Music.
(3) Windows Explorer
We are almost done.
Open Windows 10 Explorer. Select the Files tab. Click on Map Network Drive.
For Drive we selected the letter X to map the drive. You can use whatever letter you'd like.
Enter your IP address in the format of: \\IP address\multimedia - for example our entry was \\188.8.131.52\multimedia
When it prompts for user id, select More Choices - "Use a Different Account"
Enter the user id as admin and the password as your MAC address without the colons (our password was 245ebe46cdfd
This will allow Explorer to read/write files to the Music folder. One can also define folders. It's a hard drive - just like any normal drive attached to the computer.
One can upload music from your computer, via Explorer, or utilize Qfinder Pro's option for "Media Upload." We found it easier to use the familiar Explorer for uploads.
Here's the cool thing: Heos is already attached to your Wi-Fi and will see the Music Server. Music can be played.
Select a speaker or Amp or Link on Heos
Go to Music. Click on Music Servers
Click on your music server - in our case it reads NAS46CDFC.
Click on Browse Folders - Click on Music - Click on Folder
We then have our music divided into 5 folders, Classical, Jazz, Rock, etc. Click on any folder and see a list of all your music
(You can create your own folders either within QNAP or with Windows Explorer.)
Select the albums or whatever you'd like to play. Enjoy your entire music collection online.