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DLNA Server not showing on Mac

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DLNA Server not showing on Mac

I’m running VLC v2.2.4 on my Mac (Sierra v10.12.4) and I have Media Server running on a Synology RS815+ (DSM v6.1.1) but I can’t see the DLNA service in the Local Network (UPnP) of the VLC interface! However, it can be seen by Windows clients on the Network.

Can anyone help shed some light on this for me please, as I have a massive ? above my head here.

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Re: DLNA Server not showing on Mac

forgetting VLC for the moment.
can the mac see the DLNA server on the network?

it should show up as a device in finder if it can

VLC will only see if it the mac can, and i think VLC is a red herring at the moment.
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Re: DLNA Server not showing on Mac

I'm confused here @chenks76, what exactly do you mean by the DLNA server? If you mean the physical device on which the Media Server software is running then yes, I can see it in Finder along with other devices.

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Re: DLNA Server not showing on Mac

yes your synology is the DLNA server.
it should (if my memory serves me right) list a DLNA device as well too though, and not just the synology device.
does it do that?
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Re: DLNA Server not showing on Mac

In that case then No, listed under Shared (or Finder > Go > Network) are various PCs, the NAS and a Time Capsule, nothing else. I understand that the Mac doesn't have any native DLNA support so I wouldn't expect to see one hence the use of VLC.

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Re: DLNA Server not showing on Mac

i haven't booted into OSX for a while on my macbook pro so my memory is fuzzy on it.
i might boot into Sierra later on and see if it see the DLNA on my network.
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Re: DLNA Server not showing on Mac

Thanks, that would be appreciated.

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Re: DLNA Server not showing on Mac

well i enabled DLNA on my plex server, and VLC has it listed

 

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Re: DLNA Server not showing on Mac

Thanks for that @chenks76 but mine isn't a Plex server, but it can be seen by Windows. So I'm assuming this is down to my Mac's configuration. Mmm...

 

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Re: DLNA Server not showing on Mac

plex is just what i happened to have, but DLNA is DLNA.
saying that though, although i could see the DLNA listed, i couldn't actually do anything with it. but that may be more to do with plex than anything else.
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Re: DLNA Server not showing on Mac

I've installed VLC on a Windows 2012 R2 Server and I can see this:

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I can't actually play anything due to the server's sound configuration but I assume it would work but there is still nothing showing on the Mac even though I've set the broadcast time to 30s!

I've no firewall on the Mac, so I'm at a loss as to what to look at or for.

 

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Re: DLNA Server not showing on Mac

Well I’ve narrowed it down to the problem being my Mac but what that issue is I don’t have a clue!

Using VLC on my iPad I can play tracks from the NAS direct to my Azur-851N Network Streamer and I’m listening to Bob Dylan's Lay, Lady, Lay as I type this. But this doesn’t help me as I want all this be done from the Mac.

If anyone has any thoughts I’d appreciate them.

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Re: DLNA Server not showing on Mac

Is this any help?

I must have been really bad in a previous life as this was my 3rd ISP in a row that used lithium.
Now you're stuck with me because my new ISP doesn't run a forum Cheesy
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Re: DLNA Server not showing on Mac

Sorry @Browni not really as it was that very link that made me choose VLC. As noted in the OP I’m using v2.2.4 of VLC so according to that article I should see the media list after some time (5 > 10 mins) but there’s nothing. The VLC installed on the R2 Server and the iPad are near instant at displaying the media list. But even after waiting over 15 minutes nothing appears.

If I ‘right click’ on the Universal Plug’n’Play entry I get a context menu appearing that says ‘Enable’ but even after selecting that nothing ever appears.

The plot thickens!

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Re: DLNA Server not showing on Mac

I installed the UWP version of VLC on my Windows Insider build of Windows 10 and even that picked up the DLNA servers on my network Smiley
I must have been really bad in a previous life as this was my 3rd ISP in a row that used lithium.
Now you're stuck with me because my new ISP doesn't run a forum Cheesy