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MiniDLNA media server
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trapster


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PostPosted: Sat 24 Nov 2012, 15:25    Post subject:  

Peppe,

You're not going to see your smart tv. But, your network connected smart TV ( as long as it's DLNA / Upnp) should be able to see movies, pics and music from the the computer.

Set up port and multimedia directories in /etc/minidlna.conf. Things are pretty self explanatory in there.

start minidlna

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difedepe

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PostPosted: Sun 25 Nov 2012, 04:16    Post subject:  

Hi Trapster,
I edited the minidlna.conf and applied minidlna restat in the shell (minidlna start doesn't work ).

But, how can I see the files from my smart TV?
Do I have to install any app in my smart TV or I have to use Allshare Play or other?
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PostPosted: Sun 25 Nov 2012, 04:39    Post subject:  

HERE MY MINIDLNA.CONF FILE:
I AM USING A WIFI-CONNECTION.DO I HAVE TO SET ANY THING ELSE?

# port for HTTP (descriptions, SOAP, media transfer) traffic
port=8200

# network interface to bind to (this is the only interface that will serve files)
network_interface=wlan0

# set this to the directory you want scanned.
# * if have multiple directories, you can have multiple media_dir= lines
# * if you want to restrict a media_dir to a specific content type, you
# can prepend the type, followed by a comma, to the directory:
# + "A" for audio (eg. media_dir=A,/home/jmaggard/Music)
# + "V" for video (eg. media_dir=V,/home/jmaggard/Videos)
# + "P" for images (eg. media_dir=P,/home/jmaggard/Pictures)
media_dir=V, /mnt/home/Dropbox

# set this if you want to customize the name that shows up on your clients
friendly_name=My DLNA Server

# set this if you would like to specify the directory where you want MiniDLNA to store its database and album art cache
#db_dir=/var/cache/minidlna

# this should be a list of file names to check for when searching for album art
# note: names should be delimited with a forward slash ("/")
album_art_names=Cover.jpg/cover.jpg/AlbumArtSmall.jpg/albumartsmall.jpg/AlbumArt.jpg/albumart.jpg/Album.jpg/album.jpg/Folder.jpg/folder.jpg/Thumb.jpg/thumb.jpg

# set this to no to disable inotify monitoring to automatically discover new files
# note: the default is yes
inotify=yes

# set this to yes to enable support for streaming .jpg and .mp3 files to a TiVo supporting HMO
enable_tivo=yes

# set this to strictly adhere to DLNA standards.
# * This will allow server-side downscaling of very large JPEG images,
# which may hurt JPEG serving performance on (at least) Sony DLNA products.
strict_dlna=no

# default presentation url is http address on port 80
#presentation_url=http://www.mylan/index.php

# notify interval in seconds. default is 895 seconds.
notify_interval=900

# serial and model number the daemon will report to clients
# in its XML description
serial=12345678
model_number=1
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PostPosted: Sun 25 Nov 2012, 07:18    Post subject:  

Quote:
But, how can I see the files from my smart TV?


I use the "source" button on my Samsung remote.

Google your tv.

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PostPosted: Sun 25 Nov 2012, 12:15    Post subject:  

Hi trapster,
unfortunally I am not able to see it on my TV.
Probably I am wrong with minidlna setup.... can you help me on this?
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PostPosted: Sun 25 Nov 2012, 12:37    Post subject:  

First, try
Code:
media_dir=v,/initrd/mnt/dev_save/Dropbox
instead of /mnt/home/Dropbox
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PostPosted: Sun 25 Nov 2012, 17:50    Post subject:  

Hi Trapster,
I was able to set up it.

Thanks very very much!
Ciaooooooo!
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PostPosted: Mon 17 Dec 2012, 05:15    Post subject:  

hi shinobar:
I installed minidlna successfully, also starts from terminal without any issue. set the desired movies directory in conf. file, but I m facing the following problem. Posting the screenshot.
(Note: I m using frugall installation of lucid plus)
Please help.
Looking for quick response.
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PostPosted: Tue 18 Dec 2012, 00:06    Post subject:  

umair wrote:
hi shinobar:
I installed minidlna successfully, also starts from terminal without any issue. set the desired movies directory in conf. file, but I m facing the following problem. Posting the screenshot.
(Note: I m using frugall installation of lucid plus)
Please help.
Looking for quick response.
Regards
UMAIR

Actually I was looking for a video server, where we can access this server from any client using any web browser and play media files (video files etc) on the same network. I was thinking that minidlna will work like that, but I think I was wrong. If any one have an idea how to setup video server in puppy linux thn please share.
Thnx in Advance.
UMAIR
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PostPosted: Tue 18 Dec 2012, 19:44    Post subject: URL not found  

umair wrote:
but I m facing the following problem. Posting the screenshot.


Have you set 3131 as the port number on the conf file?
port=8200 is the default.
But anyway the DLNA protocol is not compatible with http.
There are some DLNA client softwars for Windows/Linux i suppose.

Or, you can use hiawatha for the http server.

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PostPosted: Wed 19 Dec 2012, 00:31    Post subject: Re: URL not found  

shinobar wrote:
Have you set 3131 as the port number on the conf file?
port=8200 is the default.
But anyway the DLNA protocol is not compatible with http.
There are some DLNA client softwars for Windows/Linux i suppose.

Or, you can use hiawatha for the http server.


Thnx for reply shinobar:
Yes, I set 3131 port in conf. file.
I never used hiawatha before, can anyone tell me how to use hiawatha to
work as video streaming server for LAN clients, So LAN clients may watch videos from thr browser.
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PostPosted: Sat 22 Dec 2012, 17:00    Post subject:  

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PostPosted: Thu 10 Jan 2013, 18:09    Post subject: MiniDLNA media server  

Hi @Umair

I am really late to this thread and your post.

DLNA is one type of protocol that can serve multimedia files. Thus to use it, you MUST setup DLNA as a server and YOU MUST have a DLNA user (so to speak) on your LAN who understands how to produce the media files for your enjoyment that are on the DLNA server. This is a DLNA to DLNA connection.

The browsers use a different technology for taking a media file from somewhere and playing it for your enjoyment. 3 technologies are: HTTP, FTP, and FILE.
DLNA is NOT one of the technologies that browsers understand or use.

BUT, there is hope! And this applies to the location on your LAN where your media folders/files are being shared from; You can do the following:
Install the SAMBA server and tell SAMBA to share your media folder with its LAN userss. You can then "play" your media files on ANY other LAN PC without the need to install anything.

One of the pieces of information missing in Puppyland is an explanation of what DLNA is and how it came to be. Briefly, the media monguls had NO luck in convincing the IEEE to move to modify the SMB protocol to their secure requirements. So they sponsored their own protocol (albeit inefficient) to match their needs. Hence, DLNA.

Your local PC using either MS/APPLE/SAMBA LAN services can access and "play" all/most of all your media files.

DLNA is being distributed by the Movie/Music/TV industry as their way of monitoring and controlling multimedia content within their domain of understanding.

On my Smart-TV I had to install a app-store program which allow me to access the media stored in my Windows+Samba PCs. This allows the Android to "mount" the folder from these LAN PCs so that I can play" them.

Anyone...did I infer this correctly. Is there anything that should be added about DLNA?

Also, there are several Puppy write-ups on SAMBA use in Puppy here. Post any issue you would have on its use, there.

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PostPosted: Fri 11 Jan 2013, 03:19    Post subject:  

gcmartin:
Thnx alot for such a detailed info:
I will try SAMBA and post the results.
Regards
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PostPosted: Sun 13 Jan 2013, 21:17    Post subject: A way to test using media files from one of your PCs  

umair wrote:
gcmartin:
Thnx alot for such a detailed info:
I will try SAMBA and post the results.
Regards
UMAIR
@UMair, if you have any Windows PC with media files on your LAN, and your device that you want to play the media files is on the same LAN, then you need NOT install anything on any Windows PC to test what I have shared. All Windows PCs have a server feature built-in (whereas in PUPs, SAMBA must be installed).

Here a way to test how it works with 2 PCs.
  1. On Windows, share the folder with the media files. (This is known as the server in this case)
  2. On Puppy, mount that sharename and double-click any media file (music or video) to see it play.
  3. Or, on another Windows PC access the sharename and double-click any media file to see it play
This proves to you it will work, leaving, only that you get an app on your Android device to allow you to see the folders that are shared by those PCs on your LAN.

One app, that I saw year ago, automatically searches your LAN for media files after you fill in the username(s) and password(s).

Here to help Smile

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