I (only) have 400 titles in an external USB hard drive, and it's becoming a pain to get towards the end of the list, page by page, and I'm adding more titles all the time.
I would prefer Mac, but a Windows based software would be okay.
Am I correct in believing that, if I accessed my collection from a Mac computer with DLNA software, the display will be like in Finder? And in Windows, like Explorer? I want a simple and condensed list of titles which can be re-ordered by clicking on (ex) Name or Date Modified, AND can be quickly scrolled. Is this true? The only images I could find of DLNA servers in action ALL had ONLY graphic displays (e.g., album covers); no lists, only 8 per page.
Also, an OPPO question. If I use a DLNA server, will the Oppo read from any size hard drive? I assume yes, but I can't find it written.
Assuming yes to the previous 2 paragraphs, I've read some reviews and I've visited the Apple Store. The Apple store does not seem to have any broad-based DLNA server; most are targeted to a particular brand and component (e.g., Samsung TV). A 2019 review (https://hometheatrelife.com/best-dln...reaming-media/
) lists some good-appearing ones, but then the reviewer went on to say which you choose depends on your needs. He listed the most common needs, but he did not apply this knowledge to the list of best servers, so that was less than helpful. I don't need transcoding.
I'll be playing audio FLAC files (up to 192/24), all in folders with their jpg cover art. And my personal photographs as well. No movies. Primarily, I want to purchase a bare-bones computer, because I don't want to make playing music dependent on turning on my desktop computer. And if the 2/3TB limit is not in play, I'd buy a large capacity external USB HDD.
I would like to display this DLNA information wirelessly; either WiFi or Bluetooth I suppose. Not cell phone! Screen too small for me. I'l buy a tablet if I have to.
I am not particularly computer savvy; I'm 67, so self-taught, and networking is a weakness of mine, so easy setup would be nice. While I would prefer a Mac, I will consider Windows, as this drive will not be connected to the Internet so does not need protection.
Give my needs, would you like to suggest some brand names for servers (and computers too)?