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Seron
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 11:08 pm    Post subject: best way to serve Popcorn Hour from Gentoo server? Reply with quote

I got myself a Popcorn Hour A-110 but am completely new to the use of such a device. I don't know what software to use on the gentoo server to play movies on the TV. I've tried to use MediaTomb but PH hangs when I try to play an .avi movie. I could play .mp3-file though. But now PH doesn't list MediaTomb anymore as a media source. I've tried for a few hours now with very little success. I don't get why it only list MediaTomb only sporadicaly.

Does anyone use gentoo <-> Popcorn Hour and what would you suggest as a good setup?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 11:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't have a Popcorn Hour, but shouldn't it be able to access NFS exports?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it should but I haven't tried that yet as I'm not running an NFS server.

I don't understand what the point is to run something like MediaTomb instead of simply sharing directories over NFS or similar. What are the benefits of MediaTomb type of software?

I found that if I soft reset (Power on, eject) PH the MediaTomb media source is relisted in PH. So that problem is solved I think.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2009 12:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seron wrote:
I don't understand what the point is to run something like MediaTomb instead of simply sharing directories over NFS or similar. What are the benefits of MediaTomb type of software?

The main advantage of UPnP AV media servers is that most support on the fly transcoding, which is used heavily for devices that have limited codec support (i.e. PS3). Since the PCH has great codec support, using a UPnP AV media server is not necessary, so you would be better off using SMB or NFS.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2009 12:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The other advantage is significantly less overhead (mainly an issue if you have limited bandwith. For example, I can stream 1080P content over 802.11G without any performance degradation using UPnP, however it gets choppy with NFS over the same link. Additionally the protocol offers other features such as being able to automatically open ports in UPnP aware routers, automatic meta data seperation (e.g. I see artist folders, album folders, genre folders that get automatically generated), etc.

Personally I usually use NFS to stream my media content off my personal file server, but I'm using UPnP more and more as better clients (eg. my Xbox 360) become available. Also be sure to check out djmount, a UPnP FUSE driver.
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