Media Streaming with Top UPnP Servers
A music streamer lets you share your music, photos and videos
with your network. If you have a Network-attached storage (NAS) device,
it is likely that you already have the technology built-in to share
your media. Using a NAS is a neat solution as it can be left on all the
time, consuming very little power. However, this is only one method of
sharing your multimedia around a home network.
A PC can offer a more elegant home media solution
that allows you to easily share audio, video and pictures to other
devices on your network. Using the right software, interoperability is
achieved with other devices by conforming with the DLNA specification
and by converting media on-the-fly to formats that client devices
Many devices conform to the guidelines laid down by the
DNLA. DNLA is built into lots of
devices, from TVs to gaming devices such as the PlayStation 3, and Xbox
360. This is not the case for the latest heavyweight gaming consoles.
Support for the PlayStation 4 is not expected until the second firmware
update. The Xbox One also does not currently support DLNA content
DLNA devices use Universal Plug and Play (UPnP),
a collection of networking protocols that allows networked devices to
discover each other's presence and share data, communications and
entertainment without the need for manual setup. UPnP can be
considered an extension of plug-and-play. The software featured in
this article lets you stream digital media around your home network and
enjoy the multmedia on a variety of UPnP compatible devices.
Our Group Tests generally only feature open source software,
although we occasionally make an exception if proprietary
free-to-download software really stands out from the crowd. Plex Media
Server is one such example of proprietary software that warrants
inclusion. It is a fantastic no-charge UPnP server.
To provide an insight into the quality of UPnP server software
that is available, we have compiled the following list of software.
Hopefully there will be something of interest for anyone who wants to
share their music, photos and videos with their entire network.
Now, let's explore the software at hand. For each title we
have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth
analysis of its features, together with links to relevant resources and
||An easy way to
organise your media experience
MediaServer with an attractive web user interface
||Simple yet compliant with DLNA/UPnP-AV clients
Center with built-in UPnP A/V features
||DLNA compatible, fully transcoding, media server
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Last Updated Sunday, January 12 2014 @ 06:25 AM EST