Streaming music from a Mac,
PC or NAS.

To deliver a fast browsing performance when streaming music from shared music libraries in the network the Nativ Vita Network Music Player uses a sophisticated caching technology. This technology will read, index and cache all the music in your shared music library so it can be accessed at high speed. It also allows Nativ Vita to display your music in the same intuitive and harmonized categories as music on the built-in hard disk drives.Nativ Vita Network Music Player

To set up your music library please go to SETTINGS > MUSIC LIBRARY > NETWORK LIBRARIES.

As a first step please decide if you want to stream your music via UPnP or SMB.

UPnP Libraries

Select the UPnP library that you want to set as your Master Library. Currently Nativ Vita can only cache one library at a time. For music libraries that exceed 40,000 tracks you will need a built-in hard disk drive to store the cached music information.

Once you have selected the library please tap on the START CACHING NOW button. As this requires a lot of processing power Nativ Vita will disable all other functionality during the caching process. Nativ Vita Network Music Player

Depending on the size of your music category the caching can be time consuming. A library with approximately 1,000 tracks will take about 10 minutes if the DMS software on your computer or NAS supports UPnP Search (see below), and if the Vita is connected to the network via Ethernet and caching is done to the built-in EMMC memory:

  • If Nativ Vita has no built-in hard disk drive (HDD) it will cache the music library to the built-in EMMC (solid state) memory. It can cache a maximum of about 50,000 songs (which takes about 26GB in space). If the library is bigger you will need to insert a HDD into one of the HDD bays on the backside of Nativ Vita. We recommend SSDs for caching as they increase the performance tremendously. If Nativ Vita has a built-in HDD it will always be used for caching, not the EMMC memory.
  • We recommend to connect your Nativ Vita via Ethernet for large music libraries. After the caching has been completed you can connect Nativ Vita via WiFi.
  • Please also disable the indexing of photos, videos and other media in the settings of the DMS software on your computer. Nativ Vita’s caching process will otherwise parse all the photos and videos that are indexed by the DMS software, even though they will not be displayed on the Nativ Vita.
  • If you add music to your library after the caching has been completed you will need to cache the music library again so it shows up on the Nativ Vita. This is a limitation of UPnP. To avoid this problem we recommend to use caching via SMB (see below). With SMB the Nativ Vita can use the time stamps of files and will do incremental caching (i.e. it only needs to cache the newly added music). 

Note: If you also want to display the music in the original folder structure as on your Mac, PC or NAS please checkmark this option. The caching time might increase by 3X.

We have so far tested the following DMS software packages to work flawlessly with Nativ Vita:

 Feature  Software
 DMS software that supports UPnP  
 Twonky Media Server
 Logitech Media Server (LMS)
 TVersity Media Server
 Windows Media Center (WMC)
 DMS software that does not support 
 UPnP Search
 Asset UPnP
 Kodi (XBMC)
 Plex Media Server
 JRiver Media Center
 Synology NAS Media Center Software

DMS software that supports the UPnP Search feature can be cached with much greater speeds by our software. 

Note: If you have a Mac and want to stream your iTunes library please read the following FAQ.


SMB Libraries

In addition to UPnP the Nativ Vita Network Music Player also supports streaming of music via SMB. Simply select the SMB option and enter the network path to your library. The username and password is only required if your library is not openly accessible. Once you have entered the information please tap on the ADD LIBRARY button and the caching process will begin.

After the caching is complete your music will appear under the MY MUSIC category.

Important notes:

  • Please use the IP address of your computer or NAS when entering the path to your music folder, and not the host name. For example instead of writing “\\DISKSTATION3\Music” please write “\\\Music”.

    On a Mac the network path should use “/” to separate the folder path, on a PC please use “\”.

    To find out the network path of a specific folder on a Mac simply open TERMINAL and drag-and-drop the folder into the TERMINAL window. It will automatically display the network path for this folder. 

    On a PC please read the following article to find out the network path.

  • Please make sure the folder with your music is shared and publicly available: 

    1) Mac

    Please turn on the sharing under SYSTEM PREFERENCES > SHARING > FILE SHARING and add the folder you want to share under SHARED FOLDERS: File Sharing via SMB on a MacPlease also make sure you have set the access rights (under USERS) for EVERYONE to READ & WRITE.

    Next please click on the OPTIONS button and enable the SMB sharing option and select your account: 
    File Sharing via SMB on a MacIf you want to ensure that the Vita can access your SMB folder without any password you will need to enable the GUEST USER account under SYSTEM PREFERENCES > USERS & GROUPS and enable the following 2 settings:
    Enabling Guest Account on a MacOnce you have this enabled you will only need to enter “Guest” as the user name and can leave the password field empty (on the VITA’s settings for network libraries).

    2) PC

    In the File Explorer (Windows + E) select the folder you want to share. Right click on the folder and select “Properties”.

    Select the SHARING tab and then ADVANCED SHARING.
    Windows File Sharing
    Under ADVANCED SHARING checkmark the “Share this folder” box. You can also edit the name of the shared folder if you want to change it. 
    Windows File Sharing
    Click on PERMISSIONS and set the share permissions to ALLOW for the user to READ. If you set these permissions for the user “EVERYONE” then the Vita will not require a password to access this folder (see * below for additional settings).
    Windows File Sharing

    Once you have finished make sure to save/apply the settings. 

    *Note: Under Network & Sharing Center > Change Advanced Sharing Settings > All Networks: Select TURN OFF PASSWORD PROTECTED SHARING to allow access to the share folder from the Guest account without a password.
    Network & Sharing CenterYou will still need to enter “Guest” as the USER NAME on the Vita (but won’t need to enter the password).

    The path to the shared folder you need to enter in the Vita’s settings will be the IP address of your computer/NAS and the name of the folder, e.g. “\\\Music”.


Adding new music to the network music library.

If you add new music to the library on your computer or NAS you will need to manually initiate the caching process on the Nativ Vita again so it shows up there. As mentioned above the Vita has to cache the complete library if you use UPnP. With SMB the Nativ Vita will only scan the music library for changes, which is much faster.

Last Modified: Dec 06, 2018

Comments 8

  • Christian
    03/30/17 7:35 pm

    I cannot find the option to display the music in the original folder structure in my Vita ?

    • Sally Chen > Christian
      03/31/17 12:44 am

      Hello Christian, we have not implemented the “Folder” view yet. It will be implemented in version 1.3.0 of the software. I will see that I can get you an ETA for this version as soon as possible. We will also post a quick update for the feature roadmap for Version 1 of the software soon.

  • kirk S.
    05/27/17 12:57 am

    Under SMB it says to simply select the SMB option. I only see UPnP as an option from the Vita. Please clarify or advise. Thank you.

    • Nativ Support > kirk S.
      05/27/17 4:30 pm

      Hello Kirk, sorry for the confusion. SMB is not implemented yet, but will be in software 1.5.0 scheduled for mid/end of June.

  • Eduardo
    08/06/17 4:58 pm

    Is it possible play my music files from my Apple Time Capsule on network directly (using wired or wireless network) with no PC or Mac ?

    • Nativ Support > Eduardo
      08/07/17 2:52 am

      Hello Eduardo, that is possible if you can access the music on your TimeCapsule via UPnP or SMB. I am not sure how the TimeCapsule shares the music in the network, but I am pretty sure it can be accessed via SMB.

  • uncola
    10/21/17 11:48 pm

    If I want to switch from having an SMB network library and just use the internal hard drive to hold my music library, how do I remove my smb library settings? I assume after I do that I have to rebuild the local hdd library..

    • Nativ Support > uncola
      10/22/17 2:36 am

      Hello uncola, right now there is no way to remove the SMB library but there is no need for that. If you want to use the internal hard drives you simply switch to the local music library (in the MY MUSIC section). Once you have copied the music to the internal hard drives it will show up automatically, no need to rebuild the library.


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