What is the difference between server and manager

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I would like to know the difference between twonky server and the twonky manager. Is there a reason I should have both? I have wireless in my home, downloaded the free 7.0 and was able to actually watch pictures from my computer which had twonky on it before, but looks like license expired for manager. Didn't even remember having it before but twonky server etc always shows up on wireless devices but could never access until yesterday. I am excited and would like to to it the right way. I first heard of Twonky when I bought my book live. Can I access my pictures etc on my network drive also. Thanks for your help.
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    Hi Sherri,

    We're happy to hear that you're excited to use Twonky and we hope you enjoy the service. There are some differences between TwonkyServer, TwonkyManager and Twonky 7.0. Depending on your needs, you may want one over another.

    Twonky 7.0 validates itself through your free Twonky account. As long as you have an Internet connection and have used your Twonky account in the past 10 days through myTwonky or through the Twonky Video mobile application, then you will see Twonky 7.0 appear on your network and you will be able to share your computer's media with your devices, either through the beam buttons on myTwonky or by going through the device itself.

    TwonkyServer and TwonkyManager validate through a license key. As long as you have a valid license key, then they are available to the rest of your network. TwonkyServer is strictly a media server that makes your media available to other devices on your network, so that you can access your music, photo and video files from those devices. TwonkyManager includes TwonkyServer and offers a media management program, as well as the capability to drag and drop media files and playlists on to a device within TwonkyManager for immediate playback on the chosen device. TwonkyManager is more robust than TwonkyServer, but is only available for Windows PCs. If you want to continue accessing your video channels and online feeds from myTwonky, you would still need to install Twonky 7.0, even if you have TwonkyServer or TwonkyManager.

    If TwonkyManager is displaying an expired license key on your computer, then you most likely downloaded a 30-day trial at some point. If TwonkyManager is set to auto-start, then it may appear on the network without any accessible files if the license key has expired.

    From your question, it sounds like the free download from myTwonky is sufficient for your needs. If you are okay with logging in to your Twonky account every ten days and you will always have an Internet connection when using your networked devices, then Twonky 7.0 is the best product for you.

    As for your question on accessing your pictures on your network drive, I believe you would be able to do this by going in to the Twonky 7.0 settings, going to the Sharing menu and selecting the appropriate drive and folder. If you have any problems with this, please reply to this message and I will try to offer further assistance.

    Thanks,
    Cindy
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  • Hi Cindy,
    Thank you soooo much for your awesome explanation. I think the manager sounds like the best. Do I need the software on all computers that might share media?

    Thank you again,

    Sherri
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  • Hi Sherri,

    I'm glad the explanation helped. Yes, you will need to have TwonkyServer, TwonkyManager or Twonky 7.0 on each computer to access media files stored on separate machines. If you purchase TwonkyManager or TwonkyServer, the license key you receive can be used on up to three computers. The license key will work with TwonkyServer or TwonkyManager, so if you have a Mac and a Windows PC, then you can install TwonkyManager on the Windows computer and TwonkyServer on the Mac and use the same license key on both machines. Please note that there is also a helpful feature in the server settings that allows you to aggregate the media files on your network, so that you do not have to switch between servers to view all of the music, photos or videos on your network and you don't have to remember which computer has a specific file. You can set this up by going to the settings for the particular Twonky program on each computer and then going to the Aggregation menu. Hope this helps!

    Thank you,
    Cindy
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  • Oh Wow this is good information. I really had some problems last night when I purchased the Twonky manager. So what I am understanding is I only need the Twonky Manager on each computer? It is confusing seeing different computer names. So sounds like the best thing to do is to use the Twonky Manger with same license key and then everything will be conbined? Also Cindy I was under the impression that I could set up what will be available on the server. I don't see any way to choose just automatically displayed all pictures on computer which is kind of a mess. Is there any way to organize withing the Twonky program and be selective?

    Thanks again,

    Sherri
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  • Hi Sherri,

    TwonkyManager looks for media in default folders, such as the My Pictures folder in your My Documents. You can change these folders by going to the Settings in TwonkyManager. You access your settings by clicking on the "gears" icon at the top of TwonkyManager, to the left of the Manage button.

    To aggregate your media and specify the folders you want to share, go to Settings, then go to Servers. You will see all of the servers on your network, so any computer on which you installed TwonkyManager or TwonkyServer.

    Select the server you want to adjust. You will see a list of content paths. You can remove the default paths, add new folders and specify the types of media you want to share from those folders (e.g. music only).

    You will not combine everything just by installing TwonkyManager on each computer, but below the content paths, you will see advanced settings where you can set up aggregation. Make sure that you are on your local server's settings (the server of the computer you are currently using), select Enable aggregation and your server will automatically restart. Then, push View servers and set the type of aggregation you want for each server. You can set it to ignore a particular server's files, aggregate (combine into one list, but don't copy the files to your local computer) or auto copy (copy files from another computer to your local computer, so that they are available to you even when you turn off the other computer). For example, if you enable Aggregation on computer A, set it to ignore files on computer B and aggregate files from computer C, then when you go to your device and look at computer A's server, you will see all of your files from computer A and computer C. If you have turned off computer C, then you will only see the files from computer A.

    I know that these settings are a bit confusing, but I hope this explanation helps and that once you go through the initial setup, you don't have to look at these settings again.

    Best regards,
    Cindy
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  • HI
    so If I buy TwonkyManager it also comes with TwonkyServer? or is it the other way around.
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