The above servers are examples of some of the media servers that are available and work with Roku through Chaneru. Which allows you access to files on your local network from your Mac, Windows, Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices and the USB drive on your Roku.
Chaneru provides a client application for Mac and Windows that acts as a web server for your media and is fairly simple to run. Please click on Server for usage and Download for the latest server application.
- Local Network Discovery
Chaneru will monitor your local network for UPnP devices that act as media servers that run on your Mac, Windows or NAS (Networked Attached Storage).
- Multiple Devices
Each media server will have an icon displayed on the Device screen. There can be multiple servers running on the same machine. With Chaneru you can have a slideshow from one device and play music from another.
- Media Categories
Most servers categorize the media by folders, Audio, Photos and Video. As you browse the folders, you may notice a loading progress bar. You can not select a folder until the loading for that folder is complete. You can speed up the loading of a folder by scrolling to it. Highlighted folders load at four times the rate as others.
- Audio Playlist
You can create an audio playlist by adding album folders or individual songs. These can be from multiple media servers. The playlist is controlled via the "Control Bar", which is displayed by clicking the "Play/Pause" button.
- Searches folders and media
You can search the titles of folders or media by clicking the "Replay" button or the "Search" icon on the "Control Bar". A single character typed will display all the titles that start with that character. More than one character, it will display titles that match.
- Displays movie information
Chaneru searches two movie databases for movie information based on title and date. Some media servers recognize .NFO files and movie sheets. They will be used if provided.
- Remembers current movie and location
If you exit out of a movie early, Chaneru will remember it's location. When you start up a new session and browse to a folder, the last movie viewed will be highlighted. If you select that movie, you can chose to have it start right where you stopped or start from the beginning.
- Syncs recent movie across Roku boxes
Whenever you pause a movie, a sync will be sent to any other Roku boxes on the network. This allows you to pause the Roku in the living room and resume play on another Roku in the bedroom.
- User Themes
You can modify how things are displayed on your TV. You can easily change the background, icons and text colors. Requires a USB drive or the Chaneru server running.
- The BIG thing is, it plays movies, photos and audio files.
Well sort of ! The Roku only supports certain video, audio and image formats. But a lot of media servers support transcoding from one format to the Roku preferred.
The Chaneru channel has a trial period of 30 days.
You may purchase it for a one time charge of $10.00 plus 61¢ PayPal fee.
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