The final storage option we have for the NVIDIA Shield is mounting network storage to it, like a full-fledged NAS or ethernet hard drive.
This is the third article in the series where we go into detail on the different storage options for the NVIDIA Shield.
We’ve already talked about external storage options like hard drives and SD cards, as well as connecting your Shield to your Windows PC.
If you’ve set up your network already, sharing drives between different PC’s in your home, you’ve done most of the work already. All you need is to go into your settings menu and do a few last things.
In his article, we’re only going to cover the process on the Shield TV. We won’t discuss how to set up a network share on your PC or NAS. There are already tons of articles and videos that will walk you through that portion.
But I will take you step-by-step through all of the Shield TV settings you’ll need to configure.
Let’s get started.
A Word About Mounting a NAS Drive for Streaming
I get asked quite a lot about how to mount a dedicated NAS (Network Attached Storage) to the Shield TV for streaming, and whether this process will work.
When I initially wrote this how-to guide, I was using an old Western Digital MyCloud external hard drive, and a newer external SSD for testing.
Since then, I’ve upgraded to a dedicated Synology DS920 4-bay NAS, so I wanted to see if this process would still work.
Thankfully, everything worked smoothly, and my NVIDIA Shield TV recognized my Synology NAS instantly. From there, I was able to play movies directly from the NAS by using VLC media player, Plex and Kodi.
If you use your NVIDIA Shield as a Plex Media Server, mounting a NAS as network storage is a great way to give your Shield access to all of your media files.
How to Mount Network Storage on NVIDIA Shield
To start, open your Settings menu. If you’re on your Android TV home screen, look for the gear-shaped icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
Scroll down until you see the Device Preferences section and click on it.
Then, look for the Storage section and click on it to continue.
If you’ve read the other articles in my storage series, this should look very familiar.
At the very bottom of this menu will be the option to Mount Network Storage on Shield. Click on it to open that menu.
The Network Storage menu will look very different, depending on what devices the Shield TV can see on your network.
In my case, I have three devices listed.
The first device (2015Shield) is the Shield TV that I’m using now. Because I’ve enabled Transfer Files Over Local Network, the system sees that network share and lists it for us.
The next two devices (WDMCM-R1-4TB and MYCLOUD-TJ6FSF) are both Western Digital network hard drives.
In this example, we’re going to mount the first one as network storage so my Shield TV can see the movies and TV shows I keep on it.
If you don’t see the device you’re looking for here, or under the See All option, you can add the storage manually. We’re going to cover that in the next section.
For now, let’s continue adding network storage through the wizard.
Adding Network Storage Automatically
In most cases, your NVIDIA Shield will detect the storage device on your network. If so, the process is really easy.
Once you select the device, a new window will pop up asking you to choose a login type.
What you select here has to do with how you’ve configured your network.
If you’ve set up username & password authentication on your network shared drive, then you’ll need to connect as a registered user. If you haven’t, then you can connect as guest.
I highly recommend setting up some sort of username & password authentication on your network. It may be a hassle to have to sign in, but the Shield will remember the password so you’ll only need to do it once.
Once you go through the standard username\password screens, a new heading called My Network Storage will appear and your Shield TV will attempt to connect to the device.
In most cases, this only takes a few seconds, depending on the speed of your network.
Once it finished, you’ll see the word Connected underneath the device name.
Now you’ll be able to see a breakdown of the mounted network storage, just like all of your other internal and external drives.
You won’t be able to make any changes to the files here, however. To do that, you’ll need to go to your favorite Android TV file manager.
Personally, I recommend X-plore. I recently looked at all of the different file managers available on Android TV and that was definitely my favorite.
On the left hand side, all of the mounted network shares will appear as different folders. There you can copy and move files around, just as you would with internal storage on your NVIDIA Shield.
Adding Network Storage Manually
If the network storage device that you’re looking for doesn’t appear in the list, you can still add it to your NVIDIA Shield. It’ll just take a few more steps.
Normally, the easiest way for me to create a network share is to enter the IP address of the device I’m looking for. However, many users, myself included, have trouble getting this to work on the NVIDIA Shield.
You’ll see lots of threads on the official NVIDIA forums discussing this issue. Unfortunately without much in the way of a resolution.
I did find a workaround that worked however.
If you know the full UNC path (usually \\device name\shared folder\), then that seems to work just fine.
If you only know the IP address, you can mount a particular folder on that drive. That seems to bypass the problem and I was able to connect.
Finding the UNC path can be a little tricky. However, if you have Microsoft Office, there’s a solution that user Dlauzon came up with on Stack Overflow that is pure genius!
If you hold down the right mouse button and drag the folder on to a Word document or Outlook email, you’ll get the option to ‘Create Hyperlink Here.’
That will be your full UNC path.
Depending on how your network is set up, you may be asked for your domain name.
Unless you’ve changed it, it should be WORKGROUP, so you can click Next to continue.
From here, it follows the same process as above. Enter your username and password and your NVIDIA Shield will attempt to authenticate the connection.