Id Install Guide

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Thanks for using the JRiver Id. The name rhymes with "hid", and it is derived from an "imaginary device" that we first discussed a few years ago.

It works as an audio player (DLNA / UPnP Renderer). You will play audio to it from a Windows, Mac, or Linux version of Media Center, or you can use a phone to play to it from any DLNA Server. The computer will require a DLNA Server (JRiver Media Center, for example, with the "Media Network" feature on). Other DLNA Servers will also work.

Specifications are on our wiki.


Position the Id near your audio amplifier or other audio output. If you don't have a network there, consider using Ethernet over Powerline.

Connect an Ethernet cable (network), USB keyboard, power, and audio output (USB, HDMI, or 1/8" stereo analog).

At this time, an HDMI monitor must also be connected. It is possible to use the Id without a monitor, but it is more difficult to get it running. See "Headless Text" below.


Turn the device on by pressing (not holding) the power button on the top. (See "Power" below if you need a different plug.) This same button is a safe way to shut down the Id (press, not hold).

In about 60 seconds, the Id should be running. If you have a monitor, you should see a text menu.

In another minute or two, the Id will show up under Playing Now in JRiver Media Center, running on your Mac or PC.


The Id uses DHCP to get a network address. It requires a DHCP Server, which is commonly used on home networks. The Id uses ports 52100 to 52199, so these must be open in your internal firewalls (but not external). Though the port can be changed in the Id settings, ports 1024 and below cannot be used.


The first time the Id is run, it defaults to HDMI audio out. To change the audio device from HDMI to analog or USB choose the GUI mode (1) which reboots the Id. Next in JRiver Media Center choose Tools->Options->Audio->Audio Device. You can then chose to reboot back into one of the text modes or remain in GUI mode.

USB DAC's will work if they present themselves as USB Audio Devices.

The Id comes with the DLNA Server enabled. This allows you to play files from the Id, on other DLNA devices or in JRiver Media Center. It will not broadcast it's presence until you add media. To load files on the Id, use a Mac or PC and find the "Media" directory on the Id through your computer's network. The Id runs a Samba Server and an NFS Server.

Updates are also available through this menu.


Settings for Id-ECXY6BGG520A Access Key: vMsxVj

1 GUI *

2 Headless Text (no monitor required) *

3 Text with HDMI initialization *

11 Show network information

12 Check for updates *

77 Revert to default settings (HDMI, no library)

98 Reboot

99 Shutdown

* Selecting this option will also reboot

If you see a different menu, try the "Check for Udates" option.

Audio Devices

You can use your computer's browser to change the audio device that the Id will use. The choices are HDMI, Analog Out, and USB.


When MC is pushing to any other MC, the receiving MC appears as a DLNA Renderer. Conversion, in this case, is controlled by the DLNA server settings on the "pusher". This is under "Add or Configure DLNA Servers".

When MC on the Id is pulling from another MC (using the Id in GUI mode, and connecting to another MC's library server), the conversion is set in the Id's Media Network Client Settings.

Both of these are in the Media Network section of MC's options.

Powering Down

The Id uses very little electricity, but if you wish to turn it off, just press (not hold) the power button on the top.

Current Limitations

Though the NUC has capabilities for Wireless Ethernet, Bluetooth, and IR, these aren't available in the Id. They may be added later.

Running in the GUI mode may be less stable than using the text mode.

Ports 1024 and below can't be used since they require root privileges to change. By default, MC uses 52100 to 52199.

Remote Control

Gizmo on Android or JRemote on iOS are supported. Other software remotes that work with JRiver Media Center may also work.

Connect to your source first, then choose to play to the Id.


The Id has a switching power supply. It can use 100 to 240 volts and 50 to 60Hz.

It comes with adaptors for all common plugs. In the center of the picture below, there is a button with an arrow pointing to it. Press this button if necessary to exchange the plug for the one you need. You should find it in the Id's original package.

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The Id supports USB keyboards and mice. Logitech wireless keyboards and mice will work.

You can attach a monitor with an HDMI cable. DVI will also work, if you have an HDMI to DVI adaptor.

Common Problems

If the Id isn't available within five minutes, try rebooting. This can be done by pressing (not holding) the power switch.

Text Mode may be more reliable than GUI mode at this time.

If MC stops running, it will be started automatically within one minute.


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