[BCAB] Synology and Alexa

Sean Randall contact at seanrandall.me
Sat Mar 24 08:39:40 GMT 2018


Hi

Our main need for it is playlists, I think, so I shall give it a try. I've got nothing to lose.

S.

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-----Original Message-----
From: Andrew Hodgson [mailto:andrew at hodgsonfamily.org] 
Sent: Saturday 24 March 2018 12:44 AM 
To: BCAB Discussion List
Subject: Re: [BCAB] Synology and Alexa

Hi,

I just had a play with this and it does work though I would say it isn't that good to use.

I have to say Open Plex each time, and finding the specific track to play has been impossible for me, though I have been able to
choose specific artists.

It is quite impressive though on the smart TV as it has just detected a Plex server on the network, and I can use Alexa to do
various things on the smart TV via Plex.

Not sure I will keep it around though, I can confirm it will take in over 65,000 tracks for Sonos fans with large music collections.

Andrew.

-----Original Message-----
From: Andrew Hodgson 
Sent: 23 March 2018 20:19
To: 'BCAB Discussion List' <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
Subject: RE: [BCAB] Synology and Alexa

Hi,

According to this post:

https://forums.plex.tv/discussion/272948/can-music-on-my-plex-server-be-played-through-the-alexa-echo-speaker

You can get content on your Plex server played via the Amazon Echo.

Thanks.
Andrew.

-----Original Message-----
From: Sean Randall <contact at seanrandall.me>
Sent: 23 March 2018 20:02
To: BCAB Discussion List <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
Subject: Re: [BCAB] Synology and Alexa

Hi Andrew

According to forums, Plex for DSM is Plex server. The skill requires a plex client instance, so I think that's a no go. 

No DLNA skills either that I can find. 

interestingly, all of the Echo stuff works both in and outside my network - i.e. heating, lights etc. So I assume the lack of DLNA
is deliberate because it's intranet only. 

S G



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> On 23 Mar 2018, at 19:37, Andrew Hodgson <andrew at hodgsonfamily.org> wrote:
> 
> Hi,
> 
> I would look at a skill that uses DNLA to access media, or get Plex installed on the Sonology.  Plex is available from the
Synology app store and as it is popular they do it for all the architectures.
> 
> I have looked at both options and skills are available but not sure to what extent they work etc.
> 
> If you install Plex you probably should remove Synology's own DNLA server from the system as it could cause a port conflict.  I
actually removed the Audio Station from my Synology since I don't use it, and Plex provides a lot of the features like an iOS app
etc.
> 
> Andrew.
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Sean Randall <contact at seanrandall.me>
> Sent: 23 March 2018 14:33
> To: BCAB Discussion List <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
> Subject: [BCAB] Synology and Alexa
> 
> Hi all,
> 
> 
> 
> Seeking expert advice please. Have had huge fun setting up my Synology NAS. Even though it's a budget entry-level model, I've been
able to learn a great deal.  I now have it streaming video, audio and music to our TV, iOS and Android, and file access in Windows.
> I can ssh in to reboot or reindex specific databases, and control torrents and large file downloads via the iPhone even when at
work. Everything is grand.
> 
> 
> 
> I come to follow the guide to setting up the alexa audio station skill, to be told it's available in the US only.  Obviously,
we're a British English family.  Can anyone advise how else I can get content to play from the NAS through the echo? The audio
station skill goes out onto the web - I had to jump through all sorts of SSL hoops - so happy to do that.  I don't have an x86
model, so I can't run a VM inside it, which was all I could find as an alternative.
> 
> 
> 
> Any other takers?
> 
> 
> 
> Cheers,
> 
> S.
> 
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