Can anyone recommend a DLNA server for Centos 5.5?

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Can anyone recommend a DLNA server for Centos 5.5?

Post by richard_chapman » 2011/03/03 03:32:48

I am interested in setting up a DLNA server on a centos system at home for media streaming. I see there are many DLNA servers available - but to my knowledge - none in the CentOS repos - or RPMforge repo.

It also appears that there are varying levels of protocol support and compatibility between the many offerings.

Has anyone been through this process - and if so - do you have any recommendations or suggestions?

Thanks.

Richard.

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Re: Can anyone recommend a DLNA server for Centos 5.5?

Post by TrevorH » 2011/03/03 10:46:32

I've never used a DLNA server and didn't even know what one was until now. I had a quick search and found a wikipedia article with a comparison of a long list of them and went searching my installed repos for some of them. The only one that I found was mediatomb which is in EPEL.

[code]
Available Packages
Name : mediatomb
Arch : x86_64
Version : 0.11.0
Release : 2.el5.1
Size : 787 k
Repo : epel
Summary : MediaTomb - UPnP AV Mediaserver for Linux
URL : http://mediatomb.cc
License : GPLv2
Description: MediaTomb is an open source (GPL) UPnP MediaServer with a nice web
: user interface, it allows you to stream your digital media through
: your home network and listen to/watch it on a variety of UPnP
: compatible devices.
:
: MediaTomb implements the UPnP MediaServer V 1.0 specification that
: can be found on http://www.upnp.org/.
[/code]

Any good?

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Re: Can anyone recommend a DLNA server for Centos 5.5?

Post by r_hartman » 2011/03/04 10:46:12

UPnP and DLNA are family, but not quite the same. So your mileage may vary.
VLC supposedly can be used as UPnP server as well, haven't tried it:
[code]Name : vlc
Arch : i386
Version : 0.9.9a
Release : 7.el5.rf
Size : 20 M
Repo : rpmforge
Summary : The VideoLAN client, also a very good standalone video player
URL : http://www.videolan.org/
License : GPL
Description: VideoLAN Client (VLC) is a highly portable multimedia player for various
: audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, ...) as
: well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.
:
: Available rpmbuild rebuild options :
: --with mga pth mozilla
: --without dvdread dvdnav dvbpsi v4l avi asf aac ogg mad ffmpeg cdio
: a52 vorbis mpeg2dec flac aa caca esd arts alsa xosd
: lsp lirc id3tag faad2 theora mkv modplug smb speex glx x264
: gnomevfs vcd daap upnp pvr live portaudio avahi hal glide
: ncurses qt4 opencv
:
: Options that would need not yet existing add-on packages :
: --with loader ggi tarkin tremor[/code]

The [b]Available rpmbuild rebuild options[/b] seem to suggest that UPnP is not enabled, but as stated, I wouldn't know, as I do not use VLC.

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Re: Can anyone recommend a DLNA server for Centos 5.5?

Post by yves » 2011/03/07 19:44:14

Hello,

depending on your needs:
I can recommend ushare.

It can be found in the RPMforge repository and is a very small, but fast UPNP-Server.
I used this together with my Philips TV (UPNP-client) and I was able to stream Music, Pictures and Video to it.

Nowadays I switched using "mediatomb" also, as it's more flexible and even allows you to transcode Videos (e.g. if the TV can only show MPEG-videos, but you want to watch XVID- or others).

Both work quite well, so it's up to you to decide which is your favorite :-D


Regards Yves

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Re: Can anyone recommend a DLNA server for Centos 5.5?

Post by richard_chapman » 2011/03/08 01:44:27

Thanks to all of you for the advice.

I was planning to evaluate some of these and post my conclusions here - but it is taking some time. Regarding mediatomb - I installed the version from epel - but it appears to be a rather old version (0.11.0-2.el5.1) - and doesn't seem to include the trans-coding feature. Can Yves advise which version he used? Did you find an RPM - or did you install from source?

Regards

Richard.

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Re: Can anyone recommend a DLNA server for Centos 5.5?

Post by yyagol » 2011/03/08 06:48:47

there is a list at this site
[url=http://www.rbgrn.net/content/21-how-to-choose-dlna-media-server-windows-mac-os-x-or-linux]http://www.rbgrn.net/content/21-how-to-choose-dlna-media-server-windows-mac-os-x-or-linux[/url]

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Re: Can anyone recommend a DLNA server for Centos 5.5?

Post by yves » 2011/03/08 19:52:06

Hello Richard,

to be honest with you: I used mediatomb on Fedora 12. There it belongs to the Base-Repo and is in Version 0.12.1. Transcoding worked for me, although it was quite tough to configure until it was running. Can't speak for the version 0.11, but if I were you, I would give it a shot. Maybe (if there are no other dependencies) you could use the RPM from Fedora 12 ( or search whether it already exists in an older version of Fedora).

But if you really need just a small UPNP-Server that serves Files to a TV or another streaming-client, you should try ushare.

This one is really easy to administer, and is highly compatible (at least to the hardware I'm using :-D).

Regards Yves

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Re: Can anyone recommend a DLNA server for Centos 5.5?

Post by jap1968 » 2011/04/02 23:20:52

Hello,

I have recently setup a DLNA server on my CentOS based home server.
You can find a blog entry covering the [url=http://netpatia.blogspot.com/2011/03/setup-your-own-dlna-server.html]setup of miniDLNA on CentOS[/url].
Comments are welcome :-)

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Can anyone recommend a DLNA server for Centos 5.5?

Post by rklrkl » 2011/04/04 20:16:12

I'll add another thumbs up for MediaTomb - even has a Web server on port 55555 where you can add/remove
directories to be exported. I have a Technika 8320HD hard disk recorder from Tesco (now 155 quid from
Tesco Direct - twin HD Freeview tuners/hard drive and can pick up DLNA servers on the wireless or wired network)
and it works seamlessly with my Fedora 14 machine running MediaTomb.

Just tried "yum install mediatomb" on our CentOS 5.5 machines at work - it's in epel and currently versioned
at 0.11.0 (F14 is versioned at 0.12.1 - the latest release).

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Re: Can anyone recommend a DLNA server for Centos 5.5?

Post by sdcent » 2015/01/21 02:18:26

i wanted to revive this to get a more up to date answer. Is mediatomb still the best dlna/upnp you can find in repo?

I tried to install minidlna from fedora 19 (following the second post in this guide http://www.jeffarnold.net/readymedia-on-centos-7/ ..not the guide itself) but it did not work. Should I keep trying to get that to work or should I go to mediatomb or something else?

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