Exploring DLNA: Linux, iOS, Android 4.2/4.4, Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Part 3

Continued from Exploring DLNA: Linux, iOS, Android 4.2/4.4, Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Part 2

iOS access using the MediaConnect app

The MediaConnect app from the iOS app store is a free DLNA streamer and player. Like most UPnP/DLNA apps, MediaConnect can handle common file formats such as JPEG, PNG and MP3 but will have problems with certain types of video containers/formats such as .mkv and .avi. For this scenario, MediaConnect is installed on an Apple iPad 2 running iOS 8.2.

 
A Will Smith and Jazzy Jeff track streamed to an iPad 2 running MediaConnect using Rygel on an Ubuntu server.


MediaConnect will automatically start serving up content from the iOS device's Music, Photo and Videos folder when you launch the app. It doesn't take much time for client devices to detect MediaConnect. The following devices/apps were able to pull up content from the iPad 2:

1. Sony Walkman, Album, Movies apps on Android 4.4 - Sony Xperia Ultra Z
2. MediaMonkey on Windows 8.1*
3. Smart Player on Windows Phone 8.1 - Lumia 925
4. Western Digital TV Live Media Player

 
The Walkman app on a Sony Xperia UltraZ accessing the iOS folders served by MediaConnect.


Note: Both modern VLC for Windows 8.1 and VLC for Linux crashed a few times so my test results with using VLC to open MediaConnect photos were inconsistent. However, the Linux version of VLC was generally more reliable than the Windows version. MediaMonkey was able to connect to the iOS folder but struggled with indexing and displaying photos.

You can select which client devices can access content from your iOS device by tapping Server and then clicking the Client Manager tab.

 

MediaConnect couldn't access all the content from my media servers. MediaConnect wasn't able to even detect the Sony Xperia server even after being granted client permission though surprisingly it allowed the Sony Xperia Ultra Z to access content from the iPad 2.

MediaConnect successfully displayed photos and played MP3s from the following servers in my network:

1. Rygel on Ubuntu 14.04 MATE - Toshiba NB520
2. Windows 8.1 media streaming - Lenovo Ideapad Z360

 

MediaConnect worked better as a server than a DLNA player.


Continued in Exploring DLNA: Linux, iOS, Android 4.2/4.4, Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Part 4

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