Music files stored on a Windows desktop or laptop can be accessed by Bluesound using Windows File Sharing. Windows File Sharing however is not enabled on a laptop by default. You can manually alter these settings by following the commands listed in these Screenshots.
Once completed, in The BluOS App, select Network Shares from the Settings, Music Library to add shares
Use the Local Shares Wizard for Windows
The BluOS App for Windows can easily locate files on a PC and create a share with to listen to Local Music with Bluesound using the Local Shares Wizard. If you have not done so already, download and install the BluOS Controller App for Windows from www.bluesound.com/downloads. Once installed, you can use the Local Shares Wizard to easily add files to the BluOS Local Library. Here's how;
- Open the BluOS App for Windows
- Select Settings, Music Library, Local Shares to launch the wizard
- Select Add Folder
- Select Browse and find the folder you wish to add and press Select from the browse window
- Press Next in the wizard
- Press Authenticate to adjust user permissions
- If prompted that changes will be made or authentication is required, approve these changes by saying yes or entering an administrative password
- Select Finish - The folder will be added and BluOS will begin an Index to update the Library
- Press + to repeat and add additional folders or x to close the wizard
The Local Shares Wizard is only available in the BluOS for Windows and macOS. The wizard can only share folders physically connected to the local PC such as the internal drive or an attached USB drive. To connect files stored on a Network Accessible Storage (NAS) device, please consult the NAS documentation and enable public Windows File Sharing. Once completed, in The BluOS App, select Network Shares from the Settings, Music Library Menu to add shares.
- If Shares cannot be discovered or fail to connect once configured as above, other 3rd party security software may be interfering. Please confirm with your 3rd party security software documentation
- Windows 8 users follow Windows 10 Instructions
- This process is designed for a home installation of Windows. Windows business computers work in a Windows Enterprise Domain may have group policies enforced to prevent or alter file sharing utilities
- When creating a Local Share in Windows, a standard user account named BluOS User is created with the password bluesound (all lower case - no special characters). Deleting this account will break file sharing on the local PC. To avoid this account, please follow the steps atop this article for manual sharing.