How do I stream movies from Synology NAS to a Macbook?

How do I stream movies to a Macbook? I assume I will need to set up a desktop icon to the URL for the NAS folder within Synology Video Station? Do I then need to install a video player on the MacBook to play the video? I’ve been used to Netflix to date. Same for the TV where I use my Firestick as the “client” via Plex.

There two ways of streaming your video. One is using a web browser. This will mean that you need to save the address in your bookmarks or you can create a memorable quick-connect address.

The other way is to stream using your local media player installed on your computer. In this case, you either browse and find your network attached NAS or connect to your NAS with a network drive mapping function. This will add a virtual drive to your system which you can access like a connected external drive.

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You can setup easy link to remember if you want to quickly access your NAS from any device using a web browser.

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You can assess your NAS and Video station buy saving your URL with the IP in there. You might want to change your IP to a fixed one. By default, you will get a dynamic IP which will change every time the router is restarted. The Fixed one will never change. Usually, you can just change the last number of your IP to a number above 100 (hoping that no other device have the same IP) which would make your IP in this example be 192.168.0.101.

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If you want to open Video station in your browser with just a single click, you can set up a shortcut in Application center settings. This will redirect you to your chosen app automatically by just adding a shortcut to your NAS address.

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