NAS and Sonos

NAS stands for Network Attached Storage - that basically means that the music on the Brennan B2 hard disk can be seen by other devices on the same network. 

The main benefit is that you can combine Brennan with Sonos.

To Enable NAS

Settings->Maintenance->Start NAS

You only have to do it once.
 

Using with Windows

Not very exciting but useful - skip this if you just want to use with Sonos. Some owners back up their B2s this way.

Start Windows Explorer
Click on the Network tab on the left.
It may take a while at first but you will see BRENNANB2 like this



When you click on BRENNANB2 the first time you will need a user and password as follows.

User: root
Password: brennan

You will then see the music folder on the brennan - you can treat it like any other folder on the PC.




If you add music to the B2 then you need to do Settings->Scan Disk for the B2 to be aware.

If you delete or rename existing music then you should also restart the B2 then do Scan Disk.

Using with Sonos

This assumes you have a working Sonos system on the same network as the Brennan.

You need to add the B2 to the Sonos Music Library

Launch the Sonos program then click on Manage->Music Library Settings...



Click on Add then select the NAS option.



Set the path to the Brennan B2 music folder. You can use Browse - you will find it under the network folder.



Click on the music folder. Or type the path directly as below.



Enter the user and password - “root” and “brennan” respectively - not the quotes



The Sonos will then spend quite a few minutes a ridiculously long time indexing the Brennan B2 - don’t worry it doesn’t do it every time. Make a cup of coffee. If you have a lot of music make a meal. You can tell its doing something if you listen to the B2 you can hear the hard disk head moving.



You can then find all the music on the B2 under Music Library/Folders.


 

The music is organised by artist and album - but paradoxically does not appear in the Sonos categories (artist, album, composer, genre etc) this is because B2 does not tag tracks with ID3 tags presently.

You can play music on the B2 to any and all of your Sonos speakers. Add music to the queue and create Sonos playlists. The B2 becomes part of the Sonos system.

iPad NAS App


I found an app for the iPad (and Android) that may be useful.

File explorer from Skyjos lets you use the B2 NAS on your tablet or phone.

To make it work hit + (New Connection) then select NAS and fill out the diaglog like this.



 

 

Can I play B2 through my Sonos speakers?

Strictly speaking you don't play the B2 through the Sonos speakers.

Instead the Sonos system plays music it finds on the B2 hard disk.

Its an important difference - it means you don't control it from the B2 but from the Sonos app.

 
But it does mean you can play different pieces of music on different speakers if you wanted.