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Stream Multimedia From Your ReadyNAS To Your Mobile Device Using Orb

iPhone and Android Supported for Media Streaming

orb on readynas for smartphone media streamingI just installed the free Orb add-on to the Netgear ReadyNAS NVX in the house so we could easily stream multimedia content to our smartphones and iTouchs. We even intend to do this when we are away from home.

Let’s take a look at why this is important.

The economy is in the dumps, right? Then why is it so hard to get your hands on an iPhone4, Droid X or HTC Incredible?

Simple. People care about entertainment and mobility. Unless we really hit the depths of The Great Depression II (as some predict), people seem to have money for what they want; I’ve seen this for decades – even in the recession of the 80′s.

Maybe it’s more than that. Some folks realize that to get ahead you have to stay connected with your network of friends, work, etc to find or keep that good job, and a decent smartphone is the way to do it. And since so many have idle time during commutes or even waiting in line at the unemployment office, they want access to their multimedia while they wait.

Don’t you?

How would today’s kids respond to the instruction I received as a kid: “sit down, be quiet” (with nothing to do, look at, or listen to)? How’s that working for you, parents?

A good home NAS to consolidate your multimedia files is a fantastic first step, now you have to make sure you can access it from wherever, on any mobile device as well. Forget all of that sync’ing, iTunes is as bad as Windows with updates, crashes and glitches.

And if you updated your 8GB Apple device to the latest OS you have found precious little room left for YOUR stuff, right?

Getting Started With Orb on a ReadyNAS x86

The first step is to make sure you have an x86 ReadyNAS (The Duo and NV+ are NOT).

Next, download the free Orb add-on (click the “x86″ button).

Then follow the instructions here. You will need to create a free account at Orb, you can do this within the ReadyNAS control panel, just create a username, password and provide an email address.

After that it will index your media in the default media folders. Fortunately, you do not HAVE to use just the default folders, you can add others. I like that, flexibility.

After that you need to go to the app store for your phone or mobile device and search for Orb live. There is a free version you can start with to check it out.

More on this as we get into it more. Up until now it has been easy watching movies and such via our PlayStation3 without needing an add-on like Orb, but – time to go mobile!

If you are really into media streaming and are looking for a great home network storage device or home media server then take a look at the new ReadyNAS Ultra 4.


  1. M Nilsson
    Posted October 6, 2011 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    I have a ReadyNAS Ultra 2+ with the “Orb” add-on installed and have also installed the “Orb Live Free” on my Galaxy S2. When I try to connect to my ReadyNAS I only get a message that the “Orb Caster” is too old and must be updated!

    Any solution?

  2. admin
    Posted October 6, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    I suggest heading over to the ReadyNAS Support forum, they have a section for “streaming services”

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