Best Dlna Server App For Mac

Posted By admin On 16/02/22
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Basically Plex is similar to XBMC but divided into two pieces- a server component and a client component. In that way it is the same model as DLNA server and client. The problem with DLNA is that you don't get the rich metadata that you get with XBMC and Plex. But you have DLNA clients on far more devices. With so many new DLNA media receivers emerging on the market, including the PS3 and X-Box 360, there are many options for media server software to run. Each server application has its own set of pros and cons.

Some DNLA software aka. UPnP software includes the ability to 'transcode' video and/or audio files from one format to another. So if you have a mixture of DNLA clients which do not all support the same format it can convert the files for those that need it. You may want to take this in to consideration when choosing a DNLA package for your Mac.


Before I get on to DNLA I would say that DNLA is old, poorly supported, poorly featured and I would advise if possible to avoid it. There are other approaches which you may decide are better for you but if not then move on to the DNLA answers below.


Firstly, other non-DNLA approaches. The premier approach for doing multi-room audio is to buy a Sonos system. With this you either buy Sonos speakers e.g. Play:3 or you buy a Sonos Connect which allows you to plug in to an existing amplifier. Sonos supports all the audio formats supported by iTunes including Apple Lossless which is going to be the best format to use if possible. While Sonos is the market leader there are other brands offering similar solutions. Examples of other similar systems to Sonos include Logitech Squeezebox, Roku SoundBridge (discontinued), an Apple TV3 or TV4, etc. All these support Apple Lossless and all allow different rooms to play different tracks at the same time.


A second approach is to use Apple's AirPlay standard, many AV Receivers now support AirPlay if you have a network interface on your AV Receiver which these days is either standard or an option on most. iTunes would then stream directly to the AV Receiver using the AirPlay standard.


A third similar approach is to get one or more AirPort Express WiFi base-stations, these have an audio out connector, you AirPlay from iTunes to the AirPort Express and it outputs via its audio connector to the attached audio device which could be speakers or an AV Receiver.


Now there is a limitation with AirPlay, a single iTunes can only output via AirPlay the same content to one or more AirPlay destinations, if you want to play multiple different music tracks at the same time then this is where Sonos and similar solutions win hands down. The iTunes however can be a Mac, or Windows, or an iPhone, or an iPad.


Moving on to DNLA. You are probably going to find many DNLA servers for the Mac are either discontinued, or semi-discontinued in that they have not had a recent update and therefore may have problems with newer versions of OS X, or only work with some clients, or do not do Transcoding well or at all. In other words like DNLA as a whole it is rather a mess. You will therefore find that you may have to buy a commercial DNLA package although this will be still cheaper than say buying a multi-room Sonos setup. I would advise testing the trial versions, make sure to remove each before trying the next.


With no particular sentiments, have a look at the following.


Getting your music and movies from one computer to another computer across the house or across the world has never been easier. There are tons of apps designed to make the process simple and painless so you can watch movies on your smartphone when you're out, or just listen to the music on your desktop downstairs in your upstairs bedroom. This week we asked you to name some of those great apps, and here are five of the best based on those nominations.

Earlier in the week, you told us which apps you thought were the best desktop media servers. We tallied up your nominations and picked out the top five based on the number of votes. The vast majority of you centered on a select few, but there are more options than we could possibly highlight here. Here are your five favorites:

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Plex (Windows/Mac/Linux)

We expected Plex to get some love in the nominations, but we didn't expect it to be as overwhelming as it was. It's true, Plex is a stellar media server and media center application, with mobile apps that let you take your music and movies with you on virtually any mobile device or operating system without worrying whether that system can play them. Plex transcodes on the fly, automatically adjusts its performance and quality for available bandwidth, and is a snap to set up. It works just as well locally on your home network as it does with your mobile device when you're out and about on 3G or 4G. If you have a supported set-top box, it's even easier. The desktop app is free, the mobile apps are $5, and the MyPlex media center hub gives you control over your files on the go.

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PS3 Media Server (Windows/Mac/Linux)

The PS3 Media Server started out as a project to just transcode and stream media from a computer to a PS3 somewhere on your home network, but it's grown to be much more than that. The app is DLNA compliant, so it supports just about any device on your home network that's DLNA or UPNP compatible, and it doesn't take a ton of configuration to do it. You'll need to do some heavy lifting with port forwarding and dynamic addressing to get access to your media outside of your home network with a DLNA-compatible device, but we've shown you how to do that before. While the app is PS3-centric, it also supports a number of Smart TVs natively, can pass media through VLC, so if you're playing internet radio or streaming TV on your computer, you can send it through to the PS3, and even supports browsing FLickr and Picasa photos, mounting ISOs as DVDs, and tons of file formats. It's completely free.

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Subsonic (Windows/Mac/Linux)

Subsonic has been around for a long time, but it's still an excellent option. It's most often used for music, but it also supports video. As long as the video format you have supports streaming over HTTP, Subsonic can show it to you on almost any device. After you get it running on your home network, Subsonic can also be configured to allow remote access to your media, so you can enjoy it on your mobile device or sitting at a laptop far away from your media collection. Subsonic also supports a number of set-top boxes, and can manage podcasts. It even has a handy web UI to manage your server from abroad. All of those features are more setup-intensive than some of the other contenders, but it's free, open source, and even the mobile apps are free to download. Keep in mind though: If you want to use Subsonic's advanced features, and you want to use it in conjunction with the mobile apps for longer than the 14-day free trial, you'll need to cough up at least a $15 donation to the project.

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Serviio (Windows/Mac/Linux)

Serviio is a contender we weren't terribly familiar with until those of you who nominated raved about it. Not only does Serviio stream across your home network to connected TVs from a variety of manufacturers, it also supports Blu-ray players, set-top boxes, and the PS3 and XBox 360. It's also DLNA compliant, so it works seamlessly with supported devices on the same network, but it doesn't stop there. Serviio transcodes video and audio on the fly in both standard and high definition, can stream from online sources, live TV streams, RSS feeds, and more, and can be configured to stream to the internet—assuming you're using the supported web-based media player or the Serviio Android app. There are community-contributed apps for Windows Phone and Android as well, but they're mobile consoles for the Serviio server application running back home. Serviio is free, but if you want to contiue using the web player or access your content when you're off of your home network, you'll need to pony up $25 for a Pro license.

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PlayOn (Windows)

PlayOn is a simpler take on a media server that focuses on two things: the media you already own, and web-based television from streaming services like Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Video On-Demand, ESPN, CNN, NBC, and many others. PlayOn supports streaming from the server app to any DLNA-compliant TV, set-top box, or game console. There are apps for iOS and Android that allow you to enjoy your media on the Wi-Fi or 3G/4G, once paired with your computer. PlayOn doesn't transcode (correction: PlayOn does transcode on the fly) or offer remote management features—as long as the app is running and your computer isn't sleeping, it works. It's biggest benefit is access to web-only programming. You can download and try PlayOn for free, but if you want access to all channels and features, you'll need to pay $90 (currently on sale for $40) for a Lifetime license. If you want PlayOn's new 'PlayLater' DVR/recording service, you'll need to cough up $129 (currently $60). It's pricey, but minimal configuration and supported by a company, so you have someone to call if you need help.

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Now that you've seen the top five, it's time to decide on a community favorite:

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This week's honorable mention goes out to XBMC, not because it didn't get a bunch of nominations, but because even though it was nominated, it's not the type of app we were looking for—it's more of a media center than a server. XBMC can share media to other computers on your home network if you have it on your computer already, but when we're talking about streaming your media to any device, on or off your home network, you're better off using one of these more focused and specialized media server apps instead. Still, we're willing to bet some of you have an XBMC setup that allows you to do just this, so let's hear about it in the discussions below!

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Have something to say about one of the contenders? Want to make the case for your personal favorite, even if it wasn't included in the list? Remember, the top five are based on your most popular nominations from the call for contenders thread from earlier in the week. Make your case for your favorite—or alternative—in the discussions below.

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The Hive Five is based on reader nominations. As with most Hive Five posts, if your favorite was left out, it's not because we hate it—it's because it didn't get the nominations required in the call for contenders post to make the top five. We understand it's a bit of a popularity contest, but if you have a favorite, we want to hear about it. Have a suggestion for the Hive Five? Send us an email at [email protected]!

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