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== Overview ==
 
== Overview ==
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[http://www.gnu.org/software/gmediaserver/ GMediaServer] is a [[w:UPnP|UPnP]] compatible media server for the GNU system. It is part of the GNU project.
  
Having built apache2 and mod_musicindex the usefulness of the linkstation for streaming music all over the house has become an interesting intellectual exercise. Realizing that the built in PCast software is not up to the grade some investigation showed that GMediaServer seems to be the most tested software with a wide range of Wireless media devices so I thought I would get it working and see. So far I have tested it with djmount (an open source UPnP client for linux) and it works fine.
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GMediaServer serves audio and video files to certain network connected media players. Most hardware media players only play music and/or video—they don't provide the media themselves. Those media files have to come from a device on the network. GMediaServer is a server for such UPnP compatible media players, including:
  
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* NETGEAR [http://www.netgear.com/products/details/MP101.php Wireless Digital Music Player (MP101)]
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* Linksys [http://www.linksys.com/products/product.asp?grid=33&scid=38&prid=631 Wireless-B Music System (WMLS11B)], [http://www.linksys.com/products/product.asp?grid=33&prid=632 Wireless-B Media Link for Music (WML11B)]
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* Philips [http://www.streamium.com/products/sl300i/ Streamium SL300i], [http://www.homecontrol.philips.com/ Streamium RC9800i], [http://www.consumer.philips.com/consumer/catalog/catalog.jsp?fhquery=fh_secondid%3Dsla5520_05_gb_consumer%26fh_location%3D%2F%2Fconsumer%2Fen_GB%2Fcategories%3Ccatalog_gb_consumer%2Fcategories%3Chome_audio_video_gr_gb_consumer%2Fcategories%3Cwireless_av_networking_ca_gb_consumer%26&productId=SLA5520_05_GB_CONSUMER&activeCategory=WIRELESS_AV_NETWORKING_CA_GB_CONSUMER&fredhopperpage=detail.jsp&concept=SB30000002&language=en&country=GB&catalogType=CONSUMER Streamium SLA5520]
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* Omnifi [http://omnifimedia.com/products/omnifi_details.jsp?productId=12542 DMS1]
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* SMC [http://www.smc.com/index.cfm?event=viewProduct&localeCode=EN_USA&cid=11&scid=&pid=1333 EZ Stream 11Mbps Wireless Audio Adaptor (SMCWAA-B)]
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* D-Link [http://www.dlink.com/products/?pid=438 DSM-520 Wireless HD Media Player]
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* Roku [http://www.rokulabs.com/products/soundbridge/index.php SoundBridge Network Music Player M1000]
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* Terratec [http://entertainen.terratec.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=228 NOXON audio], [http://entertainen.terratec.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=241 NOXON 2 audio]
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* Pinnacle [http://www.pinnaclesys.com/PublicSite/uk/Products/Consumer+Products/Digital+Media+Adapters/Digital+Media+Player/ShowCenter+200.htm ShowCenter 200]
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Other UPnP media players (including software based) may work as well—see the manual for a more complete list.
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GMediaServer is written in C by Oskar Liljeblad. It should compile and run on any modern [[w:POSIX|POSIX]] compatible system such as [[w:GNU/Linux|GNU/Linux]]. GMediaServer is a console based application which is usually run in the background. It is free software, licensed under the terms of the [[w:GNU General Public License|GNU General Public License]].
  
 
== Pre-requisites ==
 
== Pre-requisites ==

Revision as of 21:25, 10 September 2006

Originally by AndreGauthier from linkstationwiki.org
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Contents

Overview

GMediaServer is a UPnP compatible media server for the GNU system. It is part of the GNU project.

GMediaServer serves audio and video files to certain network connected media players. Most hardware media players only play music and/or video—they don't provide the media themselves. Those media files have to come from a device on the network. GMediaServer is a server for such UPnP compatible media players, including:

Other UPnP media players (including software based) may work as well—see the manual for a more complete list.

GMediaServer is written in C by Oskar Liljeblad. It should compile and run on any modern POSIX compatible system such as GNU/Linux. GMediaServer is a console based application which is usually run in the background. It is free software, licensed under the terms of the GNU General Public License.

Pre-requisites

  1. Linkstation2
  2. OpenLink - mipsel-openlink-052b.zip (from the downloads section and installed as per README).
  3. Precompiled C development environment, running on the LS - mipsel-tools-2.tgz (from the downloads section and installed with the install.sh).
  4. mipsel-screen-1.tgz (from the downloads section and installed with the install.sh). (NOT REQUIRED but the compile takes ages and this helps if you get disconnected when it is running).
  5. /usr/bin/sort extracted from the debian package coreutils-5.2.
  6. gmediaserver-latest.tar.gz from http://www.gnu.org/software/gmediaserver/
  7. obtain required libraries.

Required Libraries

The libraries were downloaded from my local debian mirror and I used alien -t <debfile> to convert them to tgz files which were extracted into the root of the link station.

  • libid3-3.8.3-3.8.3.tgz
  • libupnp-dev-1.2.1.tgz
  • libid3-3.8.3-dev-3.8.3.tgz
  • libupnp0-1.2.1.tgz


Procedure

( If you add media you should restart the server as it will need to rescan the directories )

  1. Extract gmediaserver-latest.tar.gz
  2. cd gmediaserver-0.11.0
  3. ./configure --prefix=/mnt/hda/gmedia
  4. make
  5. make install
  6. Insert init script into /etc/init.d (See Below)
  7. cd /etc/rc.d/rc2.d
  8. ln -s ../init.d/gmserver S98gmserver
  9. cd ../rc0.d
  10. ln -s ../init.d/gmserver K02gmserver
  11. cd ../rc6.d
  12. ln -s ../init.d/gmserver K02gmserver
  13. Disable the pcast server (use the web interface).
  14. run the gmedia init script with a start parameter.
  15. Wait a while as it scans the whole collection on every startup.

( you should edit the script to change the directory that should be shared. )


#!/bin/sh
#
# gmediaserver - startup script for gmediaserver 
# This goes in /etc/init.d and gets run at boot-time.
#
# . /etc/timezone

PATH=/bin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/usr/sbin

GM_HOME=/mnt/hda/gmedia
NAME=`hostname`
DIR=/mnt/hda/share/home_backup/media/mp3

if ! [ -x $GM_HOME/bin/gmediaserver ]; then
       exit 0
fi


case "$1" in

   start)
       echo  "Start services: gmediaserver"
       $GM_HOME/bin/gmediaserver -b -i eth0 --friendly-name=$NAME \
           -o $GM_HOME/log/server.log -v1 $DIR
       ;;
   stop)
       echo  "Stop services: gmediaserver"
       /sbin/start-stop-daemon --stop --quiet --exec $GM_HOME/bin/gmediaserver
       ;;
   restart)
       stop
       sleep 1
       start
       ;;
   *)
   echo "usage: $0 { start | stop | restart}" >&2
   exit 1
   ;; 
                                                                                             
esac

exit 0