|2011-08-22, 09:26 AM||#1|
Join Date: Nov 2008
There is hope for Upnp Linux and TVs afterall!
The latest gupnp tools set actually works correctly with our samsung series c led tv
Even though it is installed in Ubuntu variants under programming...(which I guess could be construed to mean upnp device programming tools) It is not a default install software choice which is rather unfortunate. The same as all the codec nonsense. All this aside it is very simple to use and understand like most great software.
You launch your dlna server...in my case a java based one called Serviio...but the PS3 Media Server from the google crowd will work just as well I am sure. The native linux app Mediatomb can work but needs special tweaks to make Samsung products work correctly and is really dicey at best streaming web content. Serviio will soon support web streaming so that is why I am using it.
As you can see from the Gupnp Universal Control Point interface it is for diagnosing connections and debugging what is going on with state requests and responses. Whereas the Gupnp AV Control can send request to control the TV renderer and send files directly from the server (in my case Serviio).
Fortunately the AV control has a button that will clear the request states. Really useful in my case because the Samsung Allshare Busy-Box based firmware on this 5000 series TV is flaky there are some really bad bugs in the firmware for this particular Samsung. It will crash if certain conditions occur during a upnp state request ...Hope they update soon. The allshare remote UIserver device will not even show up in Windows 7 so you cannot send media or play control the tv directly by just right clicking the way you can in theory to an XBOX and some other obscure Windows friendly devices...... Though it will accept some limited content from the WiMP player dlna it is essentially useless with most Microsoft drm codec altered media content. However the Ps3 media server for windows will work fairly well if you install real java, even so you cannot play control the tv. The software (PC share Manager Windows only) from Samsung is essentially useless, and will not even correctly send mkv or mp4 which the TV does render! Though it will send VOB if you scream at it hard enough
Here is a screen shot of how it works in linux...although I cannot just right click on a file and send it directly to the tv I can control the volume, play controls and state of the tv with gnupnp. It is essentially the same media framework used in the Samsung hacked Busy-Box firmware which runs the TV.
Imagine my surprise when I accidentally side scrolled my T43 laptop touch pad and sent the TV (and audio system) volume through the roof directly without using the tv remote Then I realized the Linux based control point actually worked as a remote.
"if it ain't broke ..let me have a crack at it"