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How can I make my Mac be a DLNA server and/or client?

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There are several choices based on the fact that any UPnP server should also be DLNA compliant :

The bold ones are directly mentioned to be DLNA servers.

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Eyeconnect works with eyetv recordings only (to my understanding) –  Thorbjørn Ravn Andersen Feb 23 '13 at 0:15
    
Few more miniDLNA, Universal Media Server –  est Jan 3 at 3:33
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I've had this same frustrating hunt for ages, tried and found all of them to have serious issues either with usability or actual functionality. Most sadly arent even worth trying. But then last week I found a poster who recommended Plex media server and its so good I'm trying to find the post and poster to thank him.

Plex server is totally free but you can pay for mobile clients. I have an iMac and MacBook Pro both running Mountain Lion, and the iMac now serves my xbox, wdtv live and archos 7 faultlessly. This may sound set up but save yourself the pain and effort and try Plex first.

Plex takes a while to run through a big, say 3tb collection but it genuinely has been the most painless and reliable of all I've tried and the searchable options are far more varied and sensible than those for others. Don't want to name names but I've pretty much tried them all. The only thing I can't comment on is transcoding; I assume their clients manage this. From my perspective, I needed something to access my library, rather than rely on hardware specific transcoding. If you need this its a mixed bag regarding codec support, and I found the issues with other servers made the solution less viable. Connect360 was not bad for xbox, they also do a PS version, but for straight media serving, Plex no question.

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"The only thing I can't comment on is transcoding; I assume their clients manage this." –  Will E. Aug 15 '13 at 14:49
    
(Sorry, I meant to add this note but missed the edit timeout.) The desktop clients will transcode on their own, but mobile clients make the Plex server do the transcoding for them. So if you run Plex Server on a "real computer" (i.e., on your Mac, but not on a NAS), this shouldn't be a problem. Section 1.2 of thi page of the Plex Wiki talks a lot about transcoding, and might be worth a look even if you will run Plex on an actual computer: [wiki.plexapp.com/index.php/FAQ:_Plex_Media_Server_and_NAS] –  Will E. Aug 15 '13 at 14:54
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I've been using the PS3 media server.

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+1 I use this too, but it sucks ... a lot of media simply wont work, or works badly. My AirVideo iPad/iPhone app can encode high def VLC files perfectly! –  Nippysaurus Aug 30 '10 at 1:14
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Serviio is a free DLNA server, with a Mac version.

http://www.serviio.org/

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I've been using Plex for a few months and its awesome - found it far superior to PS3MS. Get SABnzbD and SickBeard running as well.

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There are some free as well as pay for options:

http://mediatomb.cc/ (FREE)

http://www.wildmediaserver.com/ ($40)

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Rivet

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While this link may answer the question, it is better to include the essential parts of the answer here and provide the link for reference. Link-only answers can become invalid if the linked page changes. –  jmlumpkin Aug 31 '12 at 17:02
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Plex has recently added DNLA support, and is an excellent option.

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Please addd a link to Plex, so that the OP can find the correct software. –  daviesgeek Aug 14 '12 at 17:35
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Specify Machine...

eMac PPC 10.5.8 -

Serving :

TvMobili-Leopard-universal.dmg works as does Twonky 5.1.x for serving. XBMC seems to work but not thoroughly tested

Client :

Plex-0.9.5.3-PowerPC - This operates but I've not had any luck getting it to see my servers.... Apparently there is a way to get plex to see twonky but I cant figure it

Probably the best bet on a PPC is to get a distro of Ubuntu and go from there.... then all we need is a decent client on our $200 Tablet with HDMI to flatscreen.

Otherwise you can get DAAP clients for cross platform music streaming from OSX boxes....

Really it depends on what you mean by makeing a "Mac" into a media server/client.... If you have multiple apple machines, then far and away the best thing is iTunes (I stick to version 9), get vine server and chicken of the vnc.... and bVNC for your android... job done, no brainer

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Answer is informative, but I won't upvote until it's written a little more clearly. I.e. "Here's a DLNA setup that worked for me. My equipment is:...." Keep in mind that new/inexperienced users may be reading your answer months or years from now. –  gosmond Feb 22 '13 at 20:57
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TVMOBiLi (free) works with Macs really well. I have Macbook Pro Retina and I use it every other day mostly with my PS3 and Samsung Smart TV.

Due to my Smart TV not having a qwerty keyboard (and really rubbish remote). I tend to stream movies directly to the PS3 (which connects each time I switch it on).

I will rarely use it with my iPad but have the PlugPlayer app when I do.

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