First off, I'd like to thank hernanu
for their help in choosing a Blu-Ray player. I went with the Sony BDP-S790
, and am quite pleased with it.
It loads up faster than I would have expected, upconverts my DVDs beautifully, works perfectly with the media remote app I installed on my iPod Touch, Netflix works well. I don't think I have any complaints with the unit...unless the following is going to turn out to be some sort of limitation with the Sony.
I'm addressing hernanu and Vampidemic specifically because, based on your previous responses, you both seem to have knowledge about DLNA servers
I've installed serviio
. I find it to use the least amount of CPU (I also tested out Twonky, TVMobili, XBMC--that one was weird--and PS3 Media Server. All of these had other issues as well, mostly file support), and it rarely balks at a file.
It's been a while since I've posted about this particular topic, so if you care to refresh your memories, I would respectfully refer you to the following post numbers:
And here are a couple of pertinent quotes:
Originally Posted by Vampidemic
"...overall I think your plan of getting the BDP-S790 and a dedicated streamer is a good one based on your description of how you intend to use the player and your budget considerations. Can't help much with the advice for the streamer myself as I haven't used many of those devices.
If you're open to running a DLNA server on your computer, file format compatibility may not be such a huge issue if you get a Sony. I have the Sony BDP S590 and that teamed with Serviio will play most of the formats you mentioned including FLAC. This player does not support DVD-Audio or Divx but it does play SACD and it's priced very reasonably, leaving budget to get another device for digital file playback. If you want to be able to tweak the image when playing DVDs, you might want to step up to the Sony BDP S790 as the 590 is limited in terms of picture adjustments."
This is technically (perhaps more than technically) the wrong forum section for the particular problems I'm having, but I've had no response in the other section. And based on your knowledge of DLNA and Serviio in particular, I'm really hoping you can be of some help.
1. I'm tearing my hair out over setting up mapped folders on Serviio to be seen on the Sony.
2. Some of the local folders, while showing up on the Sony, are missing many many files.
My post is located here, in which I tried to carefully detail the problems: http://www.avsforum.com/t/1442831/new-to-serviio-completely-lost-with-mapped-drives-folders
and I would be grateful if you could take a look--if anyone could take a look--and hopefully offer some tips or solutions.
And if you're willing to look, I made the same query at another site, and there is a bit more information there.
Since starting these threads, I finally stumbled upon a bit of information in the FAQ for the TVMobili server I briefly tried out. It seems to apply to my mapped folder/drive issue and will likely be applicable to Serviio, but I don't fully understand what the person is saying. To be clear, I'm using Serviio, not TVMobili...it was just there that I found this information.
Here's what was written:
Adding content using a mapped drive is a little bit of a problem on Windows due to the way that Microsoft map network drives on a user by user basis and not machine basis. This means that drives that you map using explorer are not visible to TVMOBiLi.
To solve this problem you need to do the following:
1) Open Control Panel->Administrative Tools->Services and right click on the tvMobiliService in that list.
2) Choose 'Properties' and change the logon account that the service uses to be your own personal logon account for Windows.
3) Restart the Service.
4) Ensure that there is a user on your NAS box that is EXACTLY the same as your Windows user account. Most NAS boxes provide you with an admin interface to accomplish this.
5) Use the full UNC path (\\sever\share) to add the NAS box into TVMOBiLi.
If those instructions make sense to anyone, if they appear to address my issue, and if someone might be able to explain them in more detail to me (dumb it down as much you possibly can) I'd really appreciate it. I'm assuming that though the person mentions a NAS box specifically for setting up the user account that it will also apply to my HomeGroup desktop (where all these mapped/remote drives and folders reside).
I've found no info on the other issue of some local folders not showing all contents, and this is truly frustrating.