2 Replies Latest reply on Jul 9, 2013 3:29 AM by yocalif

    Streaming from PC > Nook HD personal Cloud

      Dropbox, Skydrive, Google Drive, etc online cloud storage has never been attractive to me, the number one reason is security.  I can tell you a long story about online employees accessing database info, that was never suppose to get hacked, yet did  (this was a small online company I am referring too) .  So I have never really used those services.  I have been using a simple HTTP file server to easily allow my Nook to access my PC, and copy files, books, music, however I couldn't stream with HFS.

       

      Yesterday I discovered Tonido Personal Cloud app to access, share and sync entire collection of documents, photos, music and videos in your computer, from anywhere. It is completely FREE.  Now I can stream from my PC to my Nook HD music & videos, copy books to my Nook, look at thousands of pictures on my PC, from anywhere.

       

      The Android Tonido app, logs you into your PC software based Tonido file server, and you have full access.  Tonido provides a relay service that only keeps your basic account info (name you choose for your acct, which will be your url to access your PC, your PC's IP address, and your email acct), it doesn't store your password. 

       

      So how does it work?  The music player is fairly basic, I have about 300 gigs of both MP3 & FLAC digital music, Nook HD handles both formats and played the music fine.  I only tested individual songs, which did fine.  Also if the folder is the entire album, the player will auto play the next song or you can random mix.  You are suppose to be able to create play lists, I don't know which format play list is used yet.

       

      I first steamed from my PC "The Day the Earth Stood Still", it played just fine.  However the player can't go full screen, so about 20% of the real estate is taken up with player controls which fade out / time out for displaying them, but you don't get the full screen.  Next I streamed Valkyrie, see comments below. My main interest are streaming music and moving files around, video watch is low priority for me.

       

      Next is transferring ebooks.  I have one folder on my PC with about 6500 ebooks, if I access that folder via HFS, it takes a couple of minutes before all the file names appear.  If I access with my browser the HTML file that lists all the titles it takes a couple of minutes.  Tonido's browser only took a few seconds to list all the files, the speed was impressive.  I had no problem transferring ebooks.  The biggest problem was finding out where those books were downloaded to?

       

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      Tonido app as it opens after logging into account.

       

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      Tonido's menu/gsi, in the large panel is album folder, and the song maria maria loaded in the player.

       

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      Searching on Michael Crichton results, followed by downloading...

       

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      Finding the location of where the epub the d/l was saved was a challenge.  By logging out of the PC, then logging into "this device" - your Nook, go to documents and long press the file name, it will give the location path as illustrated above.  Using "Open Explorer" as a file manager for my Nook HD, with Open Explorer then move the epub to "My Files/Books". 

       

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      Comparing the two videos, you can easily see different videos will either use or not use the screen real estate.  With no full screen option this is a bit annoying.  I did try downloading from PC to Nook "The day the Earth Stood Still"  File size = 718,252 KB, it took approx 7 minutes on my old wifi network.  For comparison I copied the same file directly from PC to Nook using the usb cable and it took 90sec.

      Next time I am away from home I will copy the same file and see how it transfers over the internet.  One nice thing about copying a video vs streaming with Tonido or d/l with Tonido, is you can play the video using Nooks player which has full screen capability.  Also the copied video when played has better resolution.

       

      Overall I really like Tonido, I started checking this out the other day when I setup my Nook HD playing Pandora via an old 2.1 gaming speaker system (no longer in use) next to the pool.  This made the perfect portable great sounding hifi setup.  My wife kept asking, "can you access all that music stored on your PC with this"?  So here we are.  Tomorrow we will be in the pool enjoying our fav music.

        • Re: Streaming from PC > Nook HD personal Cloud
          roustabout

          This looks pretty nice, with the drawback that your computer needs to be on.

           

          I do something similar with a Synology NAS at the house. Of course, it has to be on as well. But it draws about 40 watts and lives in a closet.

           

          My tablets can find it when I'm home and access media via upnp.  The Bubble upnp client works really well for me and might be worth looking at for you also for wifi-only music, photo and video from your PC.  For books, Calibre Companion on the nook and Calibre on the PC cannot be matched - you get format conversion, library management and bulk transfer as well as powerful organizing capability.  

           

          CompulsiveReader is our local CC guru.

           

           I have accounts on the synology for backing up to it as well, so in addition to media streaming I use it as a data repository.  When I go out for a week, I break it down and put it on a high shelf in the kitchen.

           

          I don't have the firewall configured for it to be internet-accessible but could.

           

          However, it's a big additional cost to set up and a bit of a 'busman's holiday' project to work on.

           

          I'll warn you ahead of time that watching a movie on the road on your setup will be, ahem, unrewarding. I grab a portable drive and load it before going on the road :smileyhappy:

            • Re: Streaming from PC > Nook HD personal Cloud

              roustabout wrote:

              This looks pretty nice, with the drawback that your computer needs to be on.

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              Yeah that is a drawback, however I'm one of those guys that never shuts of the PC, it goes into standby powers down the HD, but can be on with anykind of network or now access from the Tonido app.  BTW I tried it from 80 miles remote on Sunday, only tried to access text files, and after wake up the hard drive access worked fine.

               


              roustabout wrote:

              I do something similar with a Synology NAS at the house. Of course, it has to be on as well. But it draws about 40 watts and lives in a closet.

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              For years I have been considering various NAS setups.  I really need to do something I have 300+ gigs of music and some other important stuff.

               


              roustabout wrote:

              For books, Calibre Companion on the nook and Calibre on the PC cannot be matched - you get format conversion, library management and bulk transfer as well as powerful organizing capability.
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              I have been using Calibre since I first bought the Nook Color. However I decided I didn't need the database/sync stuff, unless I was doing daily news feeds, however there is Pulse app for that.  I only use Calibre for editing or converting epubs.  I find it just is easier for me to side load epubs from my PC directly to the Nook HD.  A lost of the books don't have covers so I use Calibre to embed the cover before transfer to the nook.