Streaming media

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Businesses are storing their data on the network for ages now, but the past few years, there has been a trend in home networking to put all content on a central server and distributing it to the home computers and dedicated appliances on the network. This page offers an overview of the possible packages to stream digital media (video, audio and images, and in several cases also online content) from your server to your clients.


Using a uPNP or DLNA-compliant server

Generic instructions

  1. Your server should be set up to use multicasting. This will ensure that your clients will always find the server automatically on the network:
    1. Setting it up manually in /etc/rc.conf:
ROUTES=(!gateway multicast)
multicast="-net netmask eth0"
    1. Using avahi and mdns
  1. Some of the hereafter mentioned software packages do not get along together. If you are experiencing problems, make sure you are not running two of them at the same time.


See MediaTomb


See Minidlna

Fuppes [1]


See uShare

Coherence [2]

Fairly new server, implemented in Python. Should be handling transcoding in the svn-version. Looked very promising, but development seems to have stalled somehow.

PS3 Mediaserver [3]

See PS3 Mediaserver

Rygel [4]

Server and client based on GUPnP and written in Vala - will be used in Gnome 3.0

Using other software


See article at Mpd


The VLC media player includes a Universal Plug'n'Play module and can browse and play from a server.


Using other software