[clug] uPnP clients and servers

Robert Edwards bob at dcsmail.anu.edu.au
Sun Mar 26 12:24:11 GMT 2006

I use gmediaserver with about 3000 mp3s, but they are all arranged in
(which, apparently, isn't how most modern MP3 players want to see them -
bad luck).
So, in any given directory, there is probably only an album's worth of
files for
gmediaserver to check.

As far as I know, gmediaserver is the only open-source implementation of
a uPnP
server available, so if you want all those features - start coding! As
far as I am concerned
uPnP sucks, not gmediaserver, but it is all my Philips SLA5500 can use.

I certainly don't have any problems with gmediaserver. You can look at
the quasi-free
server whose name I can't be bothered looking up at the moment. Worked
fine for about
3 months until some internal code caused it to time-out or something.
Won't go there


Bob Edwards.

Michael Still wrote:

> Greetings for California.
> I finally got around to playing with my Netgear MP101 uPnP client, and
> I've got it working. However, I am having this stange problem where
> the audio pauses for 30 second intervals during playback. I strongly
> suspect this is because of read delays from gmediaserver. I can reduce
> the delay time by significantly reducing the number of files
> gmediaserver is aware of (from thousands to tens).
> I want to verify that this is gmediaserver's problem and not a problem
> with the MP101 by running a uPnP client on my laptop, but I can't find
> a good uPnP client for Linux. Any suggestions?
> Also, I know that a bunch of you have been playing with uPnP
> devices... Does anyone have suggestions for a media server that
> doesn't suck? Features I'd like:
>  - random access to my thousands of mp3s
>  - streaming "radio" style music in the form of a web editable
>    playlist [1]
>  - good logging of client actions, such as skipping to the end of a song
>    and so forth
>  - support for snarfing audio from OSS / ALSA and streaming it over the
>    internet
>  - video support would be cool too
> So, thoughts people?
> Thanks,
> Mikal
> 1: In a perfect world it would learn the music that my various family
> members like, and then decide what to stream based on who is present.
> I am willing to consider RFID enabling my kids to make this happen,
> although it might be easier to have a web interface with checkboxes.

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