DLNA Server for Samsung TVs

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  1. Pagemakers macrumors 68020


    Mar 28, 2008
    Manchester UK
    Can anybody recommend a Mac DLNA Server that will work with Samsung LED TV's
  2. sud macrumors regular

    Apr 26, 2008
    Was wandering if you have found anything yet, have just bought the series 8 Samsung.

  3. Pagemakers thread starter macrumors 68020


    Mar 28, 2008
    Manchester UK
  4. anthall macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2009
    re:DLNA Server for Samsung TVs

    Hi - we have just got a series 7 LED - (great product) and I have been investigating DLNA servers. I came across this site: http://www.rbgrn.net/content/21-how-to-choose-dlna-media-server-windows-mac-os-x-or-linux and based on no more than reading through am currently trying the twonky media server on my macbook pro. It sees the TV ok over the wireless (I am using the wireless USB key from Samsung), but currently have not had time to try out any uploading of files etc...I also dont see a way to stream anything from the server to the TV, but that may be because I cant get the kids off the playstation! - I will post back if I get any further time / news. Look forward to hearing from anyone else who may or may not have investigated this...
  5. Pagemakers thread starter macrumors 68020


    Mar 28, 2008
    Manchester UK
    Give me an update if I don't do the same to your first....
  6. anthall macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2009
    DLNA servers etc...

    Ah, now I understand - have managed to prise the boys off the playstation for a minute...Having set up the server on the mac & made sure it can see the Samsung TV, you then browse the content on the TV, not the laptop! (obvious probably). Hit the "media p" button on the remote to access either the internal memory or any connected source. My laptop showed up straight away, but whilst I can browse all the folders correctly for video, sound & photos, almost none of the files play. The TV indicates that the media player is now exiting...I have managed to get 1 video playing from a downloaded itunes EP, but so far, thats it. No photos will play, and no music. Its either because the media server is dragging the files from native mac (ie, the iPhoto DB), or that the media server is not up to scratch...not sure which yet.

    Hope this helps for now....:mad:
  7. whooleytoo macrumors 604


    Aug 2, 2002
    Cork, Ireland.
    I believe Rivet might work, you can download a demo.

    This old thread indicates it didn't work with the developer's own 7 series.

    But then in a more recent thread, they mention it does work on that TV.

    I use Rivet (with my 360 and PS3) and it's pretty good.
  8. tomrossi7 macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2008
    No joy with Rivet or MediaLink

    I tried to DLNA servers for the Mac and had the same crappy results. They both share the libraries, the Samsung sees them. The problem is all of the file formats are reported as invalid. I'm not sure how that is possible since all of my photos are jpgs, but something is dorked up on either the Mac side or the DLNA server side. Let me know if you figure out a way to get it to work!
  9. Skeistrup macrumors newbie

    Jul 31, 2009
    DLNA Servers for Samsung TV tested

    So I bought my 37B658 LCD with all the whistles and bells also... that might have been a mistake thinking that I could skip the AppleTV box I have sitting next to the TV.

    First off all there is a latest version avail from Samsung of their PC Share Manager - Ver 2.1 is out - if you can get it to work on a PC.

    On my Mac Mini 1.66 GHz Intel Core Duo running 10.5.7, I tried Rivet (2.2) and EyeConnect (1.6) in different setups - wired and wireless - yes I bought the wireless dongle also... I also tried installing the Share Manager under Virtual Box but never got any connection with the TV.

    Wireless DNLA - do not go down that way. You might be lucky and get it working, I didn't. Tried two different WLAN setups (subnets) and could not get a reliable linking. So save yourself the wireless dongle and go wired.

    Rivet gives errors with "unsupported file format" when trying to play/show, but album art and picture preview works ok.

    EyeConnect on wire works ok. On wireless I get errors with "unsupported file format".

    So what can it be used for? Sorry but it cannot replace the functionality with regards to the ATV. Can only play chunks of music that one selects, it is just so simple file oriented! That might be ok for sporadic showing of a family picture or 10, but not a whole show! After this exercise I just love my ATV.

    Internet - Yahoo widgets. Yes they work wireless, except for the You Tube one. I does not show anything in any of the menu selections, the only one working is Seach, which is not so fun. Again my ATV does the job much better.

  10. errrlend macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2009
    How to make it work

    I have UE40B7000 and Samsung wifi dongle. With a trial version of Elgato EyeConnect the Samsung can read and stream from folders I share ...

    a) on my MPB
    b) on my Time Capsule
    c) on an external HDD connected to the Time Capsule.

    ... the MPB needs to be running (not sleeping) for b) and c) to work. I have tried to stream 720p content from the Time Capsule to the TV, and it plays beautifully. Takes a while, maybe a minute, to load first time.
  11. Schang macrumors newbie

    Oct 21, 2009
    Sounds great! I'm looking to buy a UE55B7070 and I want to stream media from my Mac Mini. Are you running wireless or wired?
  12. spacepower7 macrumors 68000

    May 6, 2004
    WD World Edition

    What about the Western Digital World Edition hard drives?

    Their website says that they are DLNA 1.5 and UPnP certified.

    Anybody try one of these?
  13. mathemabeat macrumors member

    Sep 1, 2009
    Cincinnati, OH
  14. Sgaar macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2009
    The problem with Samsung DLNA clients are that they are not fully UPnP complient which means that pause, FF and rewind doesn't work when playing movies. I called Samsung trying to explain the issue to them but either they didn't want to understand or they just don't get it. Either way I decided to drop the builtin DLNA client infavor of an HP x280n mediaextender. It works as expected. Given that the reason for me buying the plasma I got was the builtin DLNA client I whish that I would have known the limitations.

    Anyway, I have a WD 4TB ShareSpace NAS that holds all my media and has a TwonkyMedia mediaserver built into the firmware.

    Now please keep in mind that the Samsung DLNA clients does work but just not very well IMO and no one should by a Samsung TV just because it has a DLNA client built in. It is NOT worth paying the extra money to get.
  15. jaffajuice1 macrumors newbie

    Nov 24, 2009
    Use VM Ware

    1. Install vmware

    2. Install Windows XP

    3. Install supplied DNLA software from Samsung.

    Will work with no problems.

    I have a series 7
    I have a 17" MacBook pro.

    Can stream Photos, Music, Movies.

    Hope this helps
  16. jaffajuice1 macrumors newbie

    Nov 24, 2009
    1. Install vmware

    2. Install Windows XP

    3. Install supplied DNLA software from Samsung.

    Will work with no problems.

    I have a series 7
    I have a 17" MacBook pro.

    Hope this helps

    Can stream Photos, Music, Movies.

    Hope this helps
  17. natedawg996699 macrumors newbie

    Dec 5, 2009
    Got It To Work!!!!

    Hey guys... i must say i was getting nervous after I ordered my series 6 Samsung and read all the difficulties connecting to play media from the comp. But seems I found a way.

    I have Series 6 Samsung # ...650
    IMAC - Snow Leopard X OS

    I downloaded Eyeconnect to my IMAC.
    Connected my Samsung TV to my Airport Express via Ethernet.
    The TV found connection instantly....
    And through Eyeconnect... I can play all MP3 Audio, MPEG4 Video, and view all my photos from IPHOTO.

    I was amazed at how fast I got this to work after reading all the trouble many here on this forum, and elsewhere,were having.

    You just have to make sure you have your wireless netwrok set up properly with your MAC, wireless router, and your AirportExpress. Also it only regonized MP3 format for audio and MEG-4 for Video, photos had no problems.

    You can download, or buy really cheap video conversion software to convert your videos to MP4 to stream to your TV. I used Roxio Crunch to convert my Vids and they ALL WORK!!

    Love this TV and my MAC accessories AA HAA :D good luck all...
  18. dri3835 macrumors newbie

    Dec 20, 2009
    Eyeconnect not working for me

    Unfortunately Eyeconnect is not working for me, and neither does any other program I have tried right now (Samsung UN46B8000, iMac with SL)

    Eyeconnect: folders don't appear on the tv (only music and itunes which are empty)
    Playback: TV won't even recognize DLNA server
    Medialink: Files show up correctly but TV says unrecognized file format for every file

    Any suggestions to fix the above or try other DLNA server? Thanks
  19. dri3835 macrumors newbie

    Dec 20, 2009
    Eyeconnect worked (after downloading latest)

    Actually Eyeconnect seems to work now! I downloaded the latest version, I will try for a few days and maybe buy. I will post if I discover problems or I have more info.
  20. BJMRamage macrumors 68020


    Oct 2, 2007
    I just bought a Samsung and though my TV isn't offically DLNA certified/capable, others have modified some settings to get it working.

    perhaps i will give this a try down the road.
    good read through here.

  21. klawhammer macrumors newbie

    Jan 1, 2010
  22. tigerjacopo macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2010
    series 7

    hi everybody!
    i have another double problem:
    imac is connected wired to led550 series7.
    on osx i tried everithing:
    medialink by nulliver: perfect connect to my ps3, i can stream everything and play using ps3 showing on tv.. BUT using the dlna application of samsung the tv reports unknown file format.
    eyeconnet:samsung dlna sees the imac with all folders, IT PLAYS!!!!!!it woks!!!! it's alive!! BUT.....BUT.. it stops after few minutes, not the same time...randomly...it stops with the error (in italian ) " scoll media player homenet.telecom.it..etc.."...in english is : media player disconnected (than the network address)
    playback: the dlna sees everything but report unknown file format
    twonky crash.
    i have to understando what happen do eyeconnect...i think that samsung dlna have no buffer file or something like that, so, if connection has an error, the dlna disconnect the server...
    infact: streaming something from the imac to the tv using the ps3 as player and medialink as server program sometimes on the top appear "connection erron" but ps3 doesn't stop....this is the reasun why i think ps3 have somekind of buffer...
    TODAY i update the samsung firmware to the new 11/2009....same problem with internal dlna and medialink:unknown file format...
    i have to try eyeconnect...maybe the new firmaware has some kind of buffer...
    cannot understand the problem of file format.....
  23. Lemans1 macrumors newbie

    Jan 14, 2010
    Eyeconnect - Samsung - Express via Ethernet

    Just bought 40’ series 7 and was happy to see the different posts - there is hope :)

    I have Series 7 Samsung (UE40B7050)
    MacBook Pro - Mac OS X

    I followed the steps described by natedawg996699
    - I downloaded Eyeconnect to my My MacBook Pro.
    - Connected my Samsung TV to my Airport Express via Ethernet.
    Nothing happened!

    Anyone who experienced this following the steps above?

    natedawg996699 wrote “You just have to make sure you have your wireless network set up properly with your MAC, wireless router, and your AirportExpress”

    Anyone who could describe these specific settings? Any other suggestion on what I’m doing wrong?
  24. croz23 macrumors newbie

    Jan 17, 2010
    This is great that you got this working. I'm about to by an 8000 series and have been reading up on the DLNA functionality. I have a question for you...are you connected to the Internet via a wired, or wireless connection?

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