[BCAB] Synology and Alexa

john gallagher john at pianotuner.plus.com
Sun Mar 25 13:26:14 BST 2018


hi andrew which smart tv have you got this all sound very interesting. tomorrow i will go down to see this saamsung 32. 

----- Original Message -----
From: Andrew Hodgson  <andrew at hodgsonfamily.org>
To: BCAB Discussion List  <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
Date: Sunday, 25 March 2018 12:49 pm
Subject: Re: [BCAB] Synology and Alexa

>
>
> Hi,
> 
> Just tested and playlists are working fine via Alexa so I think this will work.  For what its worth I just migrated my media to Plex, as it gives me a consolidated view of all my media and also will help me as I plan to move to using containers to host my apps going forward.
> 
> Thanks.
> Andrew.
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Sean Randall <contact at seanrandall.me> 
> Sent: 24 March 2018 08:40
> To: 'BCAB Discussion List' <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
> Subject: Re: [BCAB] Synology and Alexa
> 
> 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
> 
> 
> 
> Sean Randall
> IT and Accessibility Specialist
> Email Contact at SeanRandall.me
> Phone +44 (0) 1905 692280
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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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> > 
> > Sean Randall
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> > 
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