Sorry for the techie-speak.......
There is a Melco Hardware Manual at
I give the link as I do not know how to add diagrams to your forum. On PAGE 6 at the top is a diagram showing everything that can be connected to a Melco.
The Melco is normally connected to the residential network. This is ITEM 1 in the diagram and the Router / switch / hub connects to the LAN port on the Melco. Length of cable less than 90 metres and you CAN use Power Ethernet or other devices for this connection.
To use a Naim NDS network streamer, then that is ITEM 5 in the diagram. Note that this connects DIRECTLY to the PLAYER port on the Melco. Cable length max 90m and please do connect directly without any data switch as is shown in the diagram.
The Melco will pass to the NDS - Music as requested by the NDS, Streaming and Internet radio services, and of course control to the NDS from a TABLET on the residential network.
(Additionally the Melco will 'see' other UPnP servers from other network devices or computers or NAS drives, and these will be available to play on the NDS and are selected as part of the Melco Library.)
(Second additionally - if there is NOT a residential network - no ITEM 1 - then the Melco is set to DIRECT MODE and the Melco then gives DHCP to the NDS and music is selected using the NDS remote handset and front panel display. Obviously no streaming services or internet radio in that case)
I am happy to take phone calls for clarification - 07899 896 848
There are also application notes and more diagrams if you let me know what you need, but I need to send them to an email address to save the Naim Forum from my stuff.
The additional items on the diagram are simply - EXPANSION DRIVE to expand capacity of the N1 beyond the capacity supplied, BACKUP DRIVE for a two button fail-safe backup, and connection of external USB Music Source, or connection of a USB CD loader for direct import of music from the USB HDD or USB STICK or from a CD DRIVE to allow archiving of CD collection.
Finally, as an option, we show how a USB DAC can be connected to the USB DAC port for play into a DAC rather than a Streamer - or both at the same time if you wish.
Sounds more complicated than it is - honestly!!
Enjoy the music! Alan