Originally Posted by Cebolla
I don't think Windows Server 2008 media services supports DLNA, you have to install Windows Media Connect. Even then I don't think it works properly because of not fully supporting DLNA 1.5, which most of these media player boxes require. Also, WMP is not considered to be a reliable DLNA server, which is why so many have abandoned it, preferering to use other non-Microsoft / Windows supplied DLNA servers.
Pioneer do not supply or need to supply a Windows driver for DLNA support for any version of Windows for the N-50. The N-50 is specified to connect to and see audio files on a DLNA server on the network out of the box, independent of what operating system the DLNA server is running in. Could you be confusing this with the USB audio class 2 (UAC2) Windows driver supplied by Pioneer for the N-50? It allows the N-50 to be used as a DAC by software playing music files on a Windows machine (such as Foobar2000 & JRiver's media player), when the pc is directly connected to the N-50, via a USB cable, by sending the music data from its USB port to the N-50's async USB DAC input (Digital in USB).
This driver is required because Windows does not fully support UAC2. The Pioneer UAC2 driver is certainly available for the current desktop/laptop versions of Windows, including 7 and 8, as well as XP and Vista. Not sure what you can do if you need to play files to the N-50 as a DAC from media player software running on your Windows server 2008, though. It's possible one of the Windows desktop/laptop driver's might be ok to use, but you'd best ask Pioneer for more help. It's probably not supplied because it's unusual to want to PLAY music files from a dedicated server machine. The latest Macs and Linux machines don't need a similar driver as they should already fully support UAC2.
First of, thanks for helping out here,
Second, what you mention is true, although pretty unacceptable for me, but anyway, straight away, after I discovered that N50 does not talk to Windows server 2008 and WMP, I bought MEZZMO.
N50 discovered mezzmo, but there is no artwork.
Before using Mezzmo, the iPad app was working fine and with artwork ! After mezzmo and the first upgrade which allowed gapless playback, no more ipad app!!!
True this is not a Naim, but the benchmark re software is WD and its likes..
The other ironic thing is N50 is a .... Network media player which does not support the very brain of a network: the Server ! And I am afraid that still Windows control more than 70% of the market, so being unable to see windows / samba files is somewhat ..... Bad....
In any event, there isn't much to be done now, because sooner or later either they will put their act together and present a complete software with auto upgrades and all the bugs shorted, or eventually will be finding its way to e-bay by the dozens.
I don't mean to be the " cranky-butt" here, and thanks a lot for setting this thread up, and helping us all. I hope Pioneer takes notice.