Scott Penrose


Scott is an expert software developer with over 30 years experience, specialising in education, automation and remote data.

All about Fuppes on my Drobonet

My Teac 42" Plazma died last week, after just over 5 years of service (and warranty) so we purchased a new Samsung LED (side lit) TV (which is using about a 3rd the power - horrah).

And to my delight I discovered an ethernet port. A little digging and I found out it is a standard called DLNA (which I had not heard about, having a 5 year old TV).

Turns out my Drobo share can have FUPPES installed.

The bad (rather unusually first):

  • No way to see the configuration or get info from Drobo on how to
    • The drobo web app does not have a link to config, nor the information bar
    • You have to do a search on the internet for FUPPES to even know where to start
    • Why doesn't the Drobo Apps site have a short paragraph saying: "Once installed, go to this URL to configure".

The good (once installed and directory setup):

  • It just works !
    • UPDATE NOPE Very bad - not one of my movies (mostly MP4 of various types) are supported by the TV. Apparently they all have to be exactly the resolution of the TV or something crazy !
  • Samsung TV found the box instantly
  • It seems to play all the movies I have tried so far.