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Intel® releases 64-bit driver for full Thecus® multimedia support!
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08/01/2012- Intel®  releases their new 64-bit driver for multimedia support, thus advances Thecus® new module that allows direct connection from Thecus® NAS to HDTV - the highly anticipated Local Display module. The module allows for users to eliminate a computer or laptop to display visuals on a TV, display multimedia via third party modules and utilize internet browser features. In addition, local display allows users to enter the NAS UI and conduct managements easily. Lastly, a terminal icon appears on the local display homepage for developer use. Local display module is now supported.

For local display and media player video, go to:

Thecus® Local Display


  • Eliminate computer for display
  • Multimedia playback
  • Internet Browser
  • Access NAS UI
  • Terminal access

Eliminate computer for display

With local display, displaying your Thecus NAS to a HDTV is hassle free. Often, a computer is required to manage display on a TV or projector. Local display module is the ultimate tool for those who seek a clean infrastructure set up. Eliminating a computer or laptop creates a sense that the NAS itself functions as a small computer.

Multimedia playback

Multimedia playback is something that almost everyone looks into when it comes to NAS storage, whether it's music or HD movies. Local display module allows for the user to play media from NAS to TV via HDMI output. Consumers have the choice to attain third party modules to display media such as XBMC and VLC. Furthermore, developers have the chance to create multimedia modules. With the flexibility of local display, your Thecus® NAS transform into a true a multimedia powerhouse!  

To access media playback, local display module must installed on your Thecus® NAS, third-party multimedia players such as XBMC can be utilized. Once XBMC is installed, local display page will appear above like so. Finding media is quick and effortless; simply click on music, photos or movies tabs for the desired media content. Please note that media must be preloaded on your NAS. For more details on how to use local display for media display, please see video link of local display below.  

Internet browser  

Besides the great opportunities that local display offers, browsing the internet is accessible as well. Users will see an internet browser on the local display homepage, simply click on the icon then users have full access to the internet.

Access NAS UI

Managing your Thecus® NAS via local display adds great user experience as it is not required to utlize a computer to make changes. As NAS users often times multitask, being able to control your Thecus® NAS while using local display is ultimately a great handiness.

Terminal access

The homepage of the local display will show a terminal icon, this is for developer use. Developers can enter Linux and make changes or modifications. However, it is recommended that causal developers do not use this as problems may occur; it is meant for development use only.

Local Display and DVB-T

Two of the great features supported by the new ThecusOS™5.0 are Local Display and DVB-T (digital video broadcasting–terrestrial). With these two features, watching TV from your Thecus NAS will be easy. With a setup that takes less than 10 minutes, you will be able to broadcast TV programs from your Thecus NAS with the Local display module. Let's have a look at the procedures and see how it works.

  1. Connect a USB keyboard and mouse in the available USB ports of your Thecus NAS system. Using an HDMI cable, connect your TV screen to the Thecus NAS. 

  2. In the NAS UI, go to the menu tree under “Module Installation”.

  3. Install the Local Display module. Click on “Install” to start the installation. It will take several minutes to complete the installation.

  4. Enable the Local Display module by clicking

  5. After the module is enabled, the status will change and if your NAS is connected to a TV screen using the HDMI connection, the following screen will appear.

  6. You can either click on the Firefox icon to access the “Thecus NAS System settings” as shown below, or, if nothing is selected, the default option will take you to XBMC automatically.

  7. If a DVB-T tuner is installed on the Thecus NAS, it can be setup by following these steps.
    Click on “Local Display” module.

  8. The setting will screen appear as shown below.

  9. Click on “Simple Setting” to discover the DVB-T tuner and scan the available channels. To schedule recording as needed, go to “Advance Setup”.

  10. Select the DVB-T tuner from the drop down list. If there are 2 DVB-T tuners listed please select the top one.

  11. A list of countries where DVB-T signal is supported will appear. From there, select your country and region. We will take Taipei/Taiwan for our example.

  12. Select Taipei/Taiwan or your region and click “Add to DVB-T Network”.

  13. The DVB-T channel scan will start.

  14. After the channel scanning is completed, the system will tell you that the DVB-T TV program have been exported to XBMC. It will also display the scan results, for our example, 20 channels have been found. Please go to XBMC to play the DVB-T TV programs.

  15. Let's now go over the Local Display operations by using our connected keyboard and mouse from the Thecus NAS system. Click on ‘XBMC”.

  16. Go to “Live TV” and click on “TV Channels”.

  17. The available DVB-T TV channels will be listed on the left pane.

  18. You can double click on the desired channel for full screen display.

Note: The sample channel here is the 2012 Olympics broadcasting a game of badminton.

Please refer below for available USB DVB-T tuner compatibility list.

In conclusion

Local display module ultimately provides conveniences such as eliminating a computer, access to play multimedia playback, and access NAS UI. However, it is safe to say that local display will be focusing on multimedia playback. As consumers in the entertainment industry lusts over this compatibility of connecting a NAS full of media files and displaying it on their desired HDTV. Thecus® once again steps it up and shows the NAS industry that innovation and performance is what Thecus® is all about.

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About Thecus®
Established in 2004, Thecus Technology Corp provides market leading network attached storage and network video recorder solutions, committed to revolutionize how everyone from home user to enterprise level business centrally stores, manages and accesses their digital data both onsite and cloud-based. Thecus strives to deliver continuous innovation through cutting edge technology and design to provide data storage with the most customer-friendly platform, rapid performance and robust security. In May 2016, Thecus was formally acquired by Ennoconn Corporation and thus became part of the Foxconn IPC Technology group. Partnered together this diverse group of companies work in tandem to provide a total IoT (Internet of Things) solution. Now with an unparalleled portfolio to work with, Thecus is collaborating to bring unprecedented change to the network storage industry.