Thanks to FulGaz member Paul Taverner for the write-up!
If you have a QNAP NAS then you have everything you need to store FulGaz video files locally and stream them across your network. No additional software is required beyond a text editor that can create simple text files. You probably already have this but, if not, you can freely download ‘Text Editor’ from the QNAP App Centre.
With thanks to Peter Kettle for pointing me in the right direction:
Step 1 - Log in to your QNAP as an admin user, open the File Station App and locate the folder ‘Web’ that should be at the top level. Inside this, create a new sub-folder and name it ‘FulGaz’.
Step 2 - Using your text editing software, create a new text file. It needs to have a single line of text in it…
Note that there is a space between Options and +Indexes. Save this file into the FulGaz folder you created. The file must be a text (.txt) file not RTF or anything else and it must be named ‘.htaccess’ - note that the file name begins with a full stop. Once this is saved, use File Station to remove the .txt extension that your text editor will probably have added.
Step 3 - Download a ride video from the FulGaz members’ area and save or copy it to the FulGaz folder. Make sure it has the file extension ‘.mp4’
Step 4 - Open the QNAP Control Panel and look for the ‘Web Server’ application. Open this and check the following: Enable web server is ticked; Port Number is set to 80.
Make a note of the IP address at the bottom of this screen. On mine it is: http://192.168.1.133 but yours will probably be different. If you have made any changes make sure you apply them.
Step 5 - You can now check that the web server is correctly dishing up the video file by typing the IP address and path into any web browser. In my case this would be: http://192.168.1.133/FulGaz/ - note the extra forward slash at the end.
If all is correct your browser will now display the ‘Index of /FulGaz’. If not, then check back over each step - each detail is important. In my case, I also found that I needed to restart the NAS at this point.
Step 6 - If the browser check above is successful, all that remains is to configure FulGaz to point to the correct place on your web server. Open FulGaz on your ATV, iPad or whatever and open the ‘Video Settings’ menu item. Now open ‘Stream or download across your local network….’
Here are the settings:
- Enable NAS Support is ticked.
- IP address is just the four numbers you noted down earlier and used for the browser check - in my case 192.168.1.133 - note that there is no full stop on the end.
- Port is 80 and the path is /FulGaz/ - note the forward slash before and after FulGaz.
Step 7 - Return to the rides screen and scroll to the bottom. ‘Local Network’ should be added as a category and within a minute or so your test ride video should appear. Restart FulGaz if not.
Step 8 - Download some more ride videos (worth downloading 4K quality even if you don’t have a 4K TV in my opinion). Make sure the videos end up in the FulGaz folder on your NAS, that you don’t change their file names and that they do all have the .mp4 extension.
If you have any questions or queries regarding QNAP or NAS setup, please head to our FulGaz Riders group on Facebook and drop a post in there.