I have a new Synology NAS DS412+ and a new WD TV and I’m trying to determine the optimal way to play/view my movies, music, and photos. It seems there are many possibilities, and I’m trying to understand the implications of my choices.
I’m thinking I could just set up WD TV to look at my specific shared folders on the NAS (Windows SMB shares) of movies, music, and photos. But I could also install Plex or Media Server and Photo Station on the NAS.
Does the WD TV *need* write access to these shares? If yes, *what* does it write to them? I have 2000 songs, 10000+ pictures, and hundreds of small video files. I might even want to dabble with ripping DVDs in time. What I *don’t* want to happen is for WD TV to write things *to* these files that will make them appear to have changed and cause my backup software to back it all up again. I guess it’s OK if it’s *adding* some files.
Right now, it seems that some of my folders are seen in *different* ways by the WD TV. Am I going to get some kind of duplication? Where is the media database stored?
Is this something that is going to really ruin me by updating all my files somehow or duplicating files?
Sorry for the confusion, but I really wasn’t expecting a 200+ page manual that *still* didn’t answer all my questions!