UMP (Unified Media Platform)

2.1 How to access the Web Interface

 

The Web Interface of the device is the recommended way to configure its settings. Although it is possible to manually edit the configuration files, this is only advisable for advanced users.

 

To access the Web Interface you can either check the device’s IP address via Status -> Interfaces under Commands in the OSD or in the DHCP client list of your DHCP server (typically a router or similar device) if you use DHCP. If you set up a static IP address on the device, then use this address to access the Web Interface in your browser. Note that the use of non-W3C compliant browsers is not recommended, as only limited functionality will be available.

 

When accessing the Web Interface locally from the UMP, you will need to enter http://localhost:2080/ instead of just http://localhost/, as the web server process binds to this TCP port for security reasons. Alternatively, you can select UMP Management from the bookmarks menu in the browser.

 2.2 Samba Service

 

The UMP devices provide, among other things, a Samba service (also referred to as SMB, Server Message Block or Windows File Sharing service). This is the most common way of accessing the storage facility of the UMP via the network in most environments. As opposed to many similar devices, the UMP supports both NTLMv1 and NTLMv2, in other words, Windows Vista and Windows 7 clients should be able to access the shares without any further configuration to the OS.

 

By default, the only user with permissions to access the Samba shares is the default user of the device, ‘media’ with the password ‘media’. User management can be performed in the Web Interface under Shares -> Users.

 

To configure the Samba service on the device, access the Web Interface and navigate to Shares -> Local Shares. Here you will find a list of the 8 default shares provided by the device. Each one of these shares can be disabled by removing the tick from its entry on the page, and selecting Save Sharing Settings at the bottom. Alternatively, you can also disable the automatic sharing of connected USB storage devices by choosing Disabled in the USB SMB Sharing menu.

 

Please also note that the sharing services and client services are completely separate. If you disable the Samba service, you can still browse the network and mount Samba shares from other devices. Disabling USB Sharing does not influence the autoplay or automount functionality of the device.

 

If you are having trouble accessing, moving, renaming or deleting files in the Samba shares, you may want to re-enforce the existing permissions on these files. To do so, select Reset Permissions from the Commands menu in the OSD or ‘reset_permissions’ in the Web Interface under Plugins -> Helpers. This resets the permissions at a filesystem level, thus it should also solve similar problems for FTP or NFS connections, too.

 

To completely disable the Samba service on the device, select Disabled in the SMB/CIFS Service menu. Note that this is not recommended.

 

To restart the Samba service after saving settings, you can select ‘restart_smb’ under Plugins -> Helpers in the Web Interface or select Restart Samba Services from the Commands menu in the OSD.

2.3 NFS Service

 

As opposed to almost all other devices providing similar functionality, the UMP provides an NFS v3/v4 kernel service, which allows for a wide variety of usage, from simple mounting on NFS enabled systems like Linux, Free/OpenBSD, Solaris/SunOS, IBM OS/2 and Microsoft® Windows® (most versions require additional software for NFS functionality), but can even be used as a storage device by VMware® ESX servers.

 

Using the NFS service is reasonably simple in most cases. The device is configured to accept incoming connections from all hosts, and provides full read and write access to the data partition of the harddisk (/mnt/data/). The only user with permissions to access the service by default is ‘media’ using the password ‘media’. As discussed in the previous section, these credentials can be changed.

 

To disable the NFS service access the Web Interface either locally or from another networked computer, and navigate to Shares -> Local Shares. Next, set NFS Kernel Server to Disabled and click Save Sharing Settings.

 

To restart the NFS service after saving settings, you can select ‘restart_nfs’ under Plugins -> Helpers in the Web Interface or select Restart NFS Server from the Commands menu in the OSD.

2.4 FTP Service

 

Your UMP device provides an FTP service as well the NFS and Samba service mentioned previously which can be configured extensively in the Web Interface. The FTP service is similar to the NFS service in respect to the data which is made accessible. By default, the entire Data directory is shared (/mnt/data/).

 

To configure the FTP service, access the Web Interface and navigate to Shares -> FTP Settings. Here you will find the following configuration parameters:

 

 

Allow anonymous logins

Whether to allow anyone to access the service

Enable uploading files

Whether to allow users to upload files

Specify the local umask for uploads (default 022)

Permissions on uploaded files (default recommended)

Allow anonymous uploads

Whether to allow anyone to upload files

Allow anonymous users to create directories

Whether to allow anyone to create directories

Enable FTP messages

Whether to display optional FTP messages

Connect from port 20 (default YES)

Whether to initiate the connection on the data port

Idle session timeout(seconds) (default 1200)

Time before closing an inactive session

Data session timeout(seconds) (default 120)

Time before closing an inactive data session

Enable ASCII mode uploads

Whether to enable ASCII mode uploads

Enable ASCII mode downloads

Whether to enable ASCII mode downloads

Specify the FTP welcome message

The optional welcome message for the FTP service

Allow recursive listing of directories

Whether to allow users to list directories recursively

 

 

After configuring these parameters select Save Settings at the bottom of the page and restart the FTP service. To restart the FTP service navigate to Plugins -> Helpers and select ‘restart_ftp’ or Restart FTP Server from the Commands menu in the OSD.

2.5 UPnP Service

 

To ease the use of the UMP device as a storage facility both UPnP AV 1.0 client and server functionality has been integrated. Apart from this the device also features DLNA 1.0 support and an Xbox® Compatibility mode which is currently still considered experimental.

 

The following are the UPnP and DLNA specifications:

 

-         UPnP MediaServer DCP - which is the UPnP-server (a 'master' device) that provides media library information and streams media-data (like audio/video/picture/files) to UPnP-clients on the network.

 

-         UPnP MediaServer ControlPoint - which is the UPnP-client (a 'slave' device) that can auto-detect UPnP-servers on the network to browse and stream media/data-files from them.

 

-         UPnP MediaRenderer DCP - which is a 'slave' device that can render (play) content.

 

-         UPnP RenderingControl DCP - control MediaRenderer settings; volume, brightness, RGB, sharpness, and more).

 

-         DLNA Digital Media Server (DMS)

 

-         DLNA Digital media players (DMP)

 

-         DLNA Digital media renderers (DMR)

 

 

The UPnP service is slightly more flexible service compared to the FTP and NFS services as it can also share USB drives and allows the user to enable and disable the sharing of individual sections in the Media Library.

 

To configure the UPnP service, access the Web Interface and navigate to Shares -> UPnP Settings. Here you can select a name for the device to use in UPnP communication with other devices. It does not necessarily need to be identical to the hostname, though it is recommended to keep them the same.

 

The Xbox® 360 compatibility mode is in development and is considered experimental therefore it is disabled by default.

 

 

2.5 UPnP Service (continued)

 

You can optionally also disable DLNA support, although it has no impact on the system if it is not used.

 

To save any changes to these settings, select Save Settings at the bottom of the page and restart the UPnP service on the device by navigating to Plugins -> Helpers and selecting ‘restart_upnp_server’ or select Restart UPnP under Commands in the OSD.

 

Note: UPnP services pose an inherent security risk and should therefore only be enabled in an environment where all other network hosts with access to the device are fully trusted. The service is enabled by default on the device to ease the initial setup with security as a second priority.

 

To find out more about UPnP visit http://upnp.org/sdcps-and-certification/standards/