MediaServer App Installation

Welcome to the MediaServer for myServer.

The MediaServer App provides support for DLNA renderers to provide content.

If you have current generation smart TVs, Android TVs or even Tablets and you would like to watch your movies on them then you can install the MediaServer and MediaPlayer driver pair and you will be able to stream movies directly to those devices.

MediaServer driver:
When you install this driver it will add a DLNA compatible media server as part of myServer. There is no configuration for this driver just install it.

MediaPlayer driver:
When you install this driver it will automatically discover all compatible DLNA media players on your network and add them as new A/V Family media player devices. Once they are discovered they immediately become eligible as movie playback locations in myMovies.

System Requirements

  • myServer5 or later
  • Microsoft Windows (Vista, 7, 8, 10)
  • PC with persistent Internet connection (for streaming media)
  • MediaServer driver

Installation

Download and run the MediaServer App from myInstaller on the primary myServer PC. 

Restart myServer.

Set the Service Port to any number greater than 32676 and less than 65535.  It should not be blank.  It will default to port 41144.

Restart myServer and you should be able to connect to it with a DLNA Media Renderer.


Note: when you start playback on some devices you might get prompted about an external device wanting to control the device. Just answer yes if this pops up.

We have successfully streamed movies directly to Sharp TVs, Samsung TVs, Minix X7 Android TVs, iPads and Android Tablets.

If you have a current generation Internet connected device then it should be capable of streaming.

Please note: The MediaServer driver does not make any attempt to transcode the movie into a different format. Transcoding is not needed for nearly all modern devices.

It will only discover devices that are running compatible DLNA media player software. Out of the box iPads are not DLNA devices. You'll have to install a DLNA player from the app store.

If the MediaPlayer driver gets a "playmovie" command it builds the DLNA structure for streaming a movie and sends it off to the selected DLNA media Renderer. as part of the DLNA structure the Renderer gets is a path to the streaming movie file. That path is a url that is processed by the MediaServer driver.  DLNA Media Renderers cannot access network shares directly. the media has to be served to them via a MediaServer device

The media server driver lets you browse your movie collection directly from the Media Renderer device.

Common Questions

Can you delete an automatically added device in Family Manager?

If you delete it from Family Manager it will come back the next time it broadcasts its presence on the network.

What apps work with MediaServer?

For Android devices we have tested KX Player or eHomeMediaCenter. Both work well with the MediaPlayer/MediaServer drivers. On iOS devices we have not yet found a player capable of DTS decoding that is also a DLNA renderer. We have the Creation 5 app and its companion C5 MoviePlayer loaded on iPads and with that you can browse the movie files stored on your network and then play them back but alas the Creation apps are not DLNA media renderers so they are not controllable from our software. We will be interested in knowing if anyone discovers an iOS media renderer.  Please post on the forum if you find one that works!

IOS based DLNA media renderer currently being tested:   Neutron Music Player in the App store.  Seems to work for DLNA audio. Have not tested video yet...

The Oppo players are full DLNA media renderers. You can use our MediaServer/MediaPlayer driver to stream movies via DLNA from a NAS to the player. We have worked with a customer with an Oppo-103 and it was working well.

All Sonos speakers are DLNA devices and we can send audio files to the speakers using the MediaServer/MediaPlayer drivers.

Can the Service port be blank?

No, you should always have a port defined.  Default value is 41144.

UPnP troubleshooting:

http://www.meshcommander.com/upnptools

Run Device Spy.  Accept Private and Public access if Windows Firewall complains.  With Device Spy, you can see if UPnP is working.

 

Example of a command to initiate streaming of a file to a media renderer (as defined in Family Manager Video section): 

av|20~playmovie~\\SERVER\Video\Video\2 Fast 2 Furious\Video_TS\VIDEO_TS.IFO

 

Turn on streaming:

Your computer needs to detect suitable playback devices on your network before you can use Play To to stream media. That means media streaming must be turned on, if you haven't already done so. To turn on media streaming on your home network in Windows Media Player, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Start button Picture of the Start button, click All Programs, and then click Windows Media Player.
    If the Player is currently open and you’re in Now Playing mode, click the Switch to Library button Picture of the Switch to Library button in the upper-right corner of the Player.
  2. Click Stream, and then click Turn on home media streaming.

    Turn on home media streaming won't be available on the Stream menu if streaming is already turned on.

  3. In Media streaming options, click Turn on media streamingAdministrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

  4. Click OK.

 List of DLNA / UPnP compatible devices:

Hardware Players:

Avox

  • Avox Indio Mini

Bang & Olufsen

  • Playmaker [1] Requires Remote Speaker Output Plug-In [2]
  • Beosystem 4 [3]

Cambridge Audio

  • Cambridge Audio GO
  • Cambridge Audio Minx Xi

Denon

  • Denon AVR-2112CI

Grace Digital

  • Grace Digital Mondo

Kitsound

  • Pulse

LG

  • LG BX580 Blu-Ray

Marantz

  • Marantz AV7005

Microsoft

  • Xbox 360

Naim

  • UnityQute

Onkyo

  • Onkyo TX-NR 509
  • Onkyo TX-NR 708 AV-Receiver
  • Onkyo TX-NR 807

Oppo

  • Oppo BDP93

Panasonic

  • Panasonic Viera TX-L42DT50B smart TV but seems limited to basic playback controls by the TV. No shuffle, for instance, on mp3. Play is continuous but in alphabetical order.

Philips

  • Philips SLA 5520

Pioneer

  • Pioneer VSX-921
  • Pioneer A4 XW-SMA4-K (requires 3rd party DLNA controller such as BubbleUPnP)

Roberts

  • Roberts WM-201 Internet Radio client (Sometimes Device firmware needs to be updated)

Roku

  • Roku Soundbridge Radio

Samsung

  • Samsung Blu-ray - BD-C5500
  • Samsung TV - LN-xxC650, UN-xxC5000

Sangean

  • Sangean WFR-1D+

Sony

  • Sony Playstation 3 (PS3)
  • Sony TV - KDL-xxEX700
  • Sony TV - KDL-xxHX800
  • Sony TV - KDL-xxNX705
  • Sony Bluray - BDP-S480
  • Sony Blu-ray Disc DVD Player - BDP-S5100
  • Sony Ericsson
  • Sony Ericsson Hazel

Western Digital

  • WD TV Live

X4-Tech

  • X4-Tech IR-1200

Yamaha

  • Yamaha RX-A3000 (Discontinued) [4]

 

Software Players:

Android

  • BubbleUPnP
  • UPnPlay


iOS (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)

  • PlugPlayer
  • ML Player Lite
  • Browse UPnP
  • UPnPPeek
  • AirPlayer
  • media:connect (m-connect)
  • GoodPlayer

Windows Phone 7.5

  • Linada
  • Yxplayer WP7

Windows

  • Kinsky 4.2.3 UPnP Controller: Your results may vary as it's unsteady with other UPnP players too.
  • tVersity
  • TwonkyMedia
  • Windows Media Player 11, 12
  • XBMC