Windows is the most popular operating system and everybody is used to it. But when it comes converting it to something else like Linux operating system can do, it would seem to be a little bit difficult. For example, Linux can use as a Web server, Media server, Homer servers, NAS ( Network Attached Storage), file server software and so on by using some commands. The same thing would be a little bit tricky to performed with Windows. Like if you want to use popular open source NAS software such as FreeNAS, Openvault, Amahi Home Server then you need to either do fresh installation on your PC or install theses Linux NAS operating system on a virtual machine running on your Windows PC. But don’t be disappoint there are some home server software’s those can work as NAS software on your Windows PC.
Opensource NAS software cannot be run on Windows natively but these Home server software which we are going to show can be and gives you the almost complete file share and media solution for your home and small offices.
Best Free Media server cum NAS Software for Windows
If you don’t want to go through the whole article, then here is a quick view of NAS Windows Software list.
- Home Media Center
- LXI Media Center
ALLMediaServer is free and still under development. It can setup easily and use yo store your media content such as music, videos, or photos. After installing the AllMediaserver you can use it to watch movies, view images or listen to music on tablets, smartphone, TVs supports DLNA or Samsung ALlshare. The system on which you are going got to install the AllMediaServer must be connected to local Ethernet or Wifi.
Plex is highly flexible and easy to setup media server software and can be setup on any hard drive. It is good if you use NAS drives for setting up Plex server if you are planning to use it 24×7. You can easily download the software for desktop and app for your smartphone to access your data. It can be used with smart Tv, web browser, Xbox One, Apple Tv or Playstation. The free version comes with some limitations.
It is an Opensource software and best part is its free with full media solution. It is little bit complex than Plex but we can accept that as it gives all pro features free of cost. The Universal Media server can be set up as NAS for software for windows.
It is packed with Podcast receiver, Chromecast, Sonos, jukebox mode, on-the-fly downsampling and conversion, multiple frontends, highly customizable, full support for tags, lyrics, and album art, DLNA, open REST API.
DivX is a free video player, video converter and media server for Windows or Mac. It allows you to play, create or stream your favorite videos up to 4K.
The Firefly is an open Source server works seamlessly with SoundBridge & SoundBridge radio. The Firefly Media Server supports the new Roku Server Protocol (RSP) and offers a richer experience than currently available with standard servers
Home Media Center is a server software for UPnP / DLNA enabled gadgets.This NAS Software for Windows helps in streaming and transcoding media documents, home windows computing device and video from webcams. This software is evolved in C#, C++ and uses DirectShow, Media Foundation.
LXI Media Center is a DLNA compatible, fully transcoding, media server designed for streaming movies, TV shows, music, photos to DLNA supported televisions and media players such as PS3 and XBox 360. The subtitles and audio language selection are also supported.
MiniDLNA is now known as a ReadyMedia. It is a simple media server software that fully supports DLNA/UPnP-AV clients. It is developed by a NETGEAR employee for the ReadyNAS product line.
Multicast2Unicast is a handy and reliable application designed for converting UDP multicast streams into an HTTP unicast.
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