Originally Posted by wmcclain
We're using "server" pretty loosely here. (Although accurately, I think).
You run a DLNA program on any of your networked machines and it is now a DLNA server. You can continue to use it for other tasks at the same time. Serving the files themselves is not that resource intensive, although if you get into transcoding I suppose it could take up quite a bit of cpu.
I've tested multiple DLNA servers simultaneously on one machine; no problems (although I wasn't hammering it).
Yes, I think people are getting thrown off by the term server, (which we are using correctly). The DLNA servers will run on your normal, everyday, computer (the one you are reading this post one). Serving up files does not take much in the way of system resources. That is why all the NASs people buy are running slow under/low powered CPUs. Even the new netbook processors (Intel Atom) are overkill for most home server applications. Memory requirements are likewise minuscule needing less than 128 MB in most cases.
Now, it's great if you can run a DLNA server directly on your NAS. If you rolled your own NAS, then you already know how to do this. If you just bought your NAS off the self, you probably have no clue how to do it and therefore shouldn't attempt it. Way beyond the scope of this post, thread, forum. Your best bet is to check with and pester your NAS provider to add a DLNA service to your NAS firmware.
So the thing to do while you're waiting for that NAS firmware update is to download and install the DLNA server of you choice to your computer. As Bill says, just treat it like any other program.
Next you need to configure the DLNA server. Tell it where to find the files you want to play on the Oppo. They could be on the same computer you installed the DLNA server on, they could be on an attached drive via USB, eSATA, firewire, etc, or they could be on your NAS and linked/mounted on your computer. However you normally use those files from your computer, configure the DLNA server to access them in the same way. This can be simple or complicated depending on the DLNA server and the features you need to use. If you need transcoding say to listen to or watch file formats that are not natively supported by the Oppo, then you need transcoding enabled. Look at the top of this thread and you will see some common configuration screens provided by dizziness.
That should do it! Click on the Oppo "Network" icon and you should see your DLNA server. Click on the server name and you should see the files you wanted to share. Click on a file and the Oppo should play it. Notice, there is no configuration to do on the Oppo
PS Yes, your computer and the DLNA server program must always be running while you are serving files to the Oppo. That is why the best place for the DLNA server IS on the NAS.