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ckent 01-04-2007 11:41 PM

Cannot stream media across network
 
I have two computers, a laptop and a desktop (both running Ubuntu), connected across a wireless network. I can see and access the files on my desktop from my laptop, but cannot stream video files. If i copy the file to my laptop it will play, but not streaming across the network.

I have been using VLC to play the files, but also tried kaffine with no luck.

I really want to set up a media centre in my living room, so how can i play videos across the network? Your help is greatly appreciated

-CK

jens 01-05-2007 01:38 AM

VLC works very well for me. What exactly didn't work for you.

Documentation ("Chapter 2.Easy streaming" should be enough) :
http://www.videolan.org/doc/streamin...-howto-en.html

ckent 01-05-2007 05:04 PM

vlc wont play the files. With a windows network i can double click on the file and it will begin to play (by streaming across the network). with my ubuntu network it will not play the file unless i first copy the file to my laptop.

i understand that vlc will stream its output across the network, but i'd rather not have to go upstairs to my computer to set up things there, then come downstairs to watch tv. i'd like to be able to do everything from my computer downstairs.

is there a way to make my ubuntu newtork work like my old windows network, or is this just a limitation of linux programs?

-CK

ARC1450 01-06-2007 09:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ckent
vlc wont play the files. With a windows network i can double click on the file and it will begin to play (by streaming across the network). with my ubuntu network it will not play the file unless i first copy the file to my laptop.

i understand that vlc will stream its output across the network, but i'd rather not have to go upstairs to my computer to set up things there, then come downstairs to watch tv. i'd like to be able to do everything from my computer downstairs.

is there a way to make my ubuntu newtork work like my old windows network, or is this just a limitation of linux programs?

-CK

'Tis not a limitation, as I have a server with all my multimedia on it that I can play from 4 different clients .

I primarily use mPlayer to watch video and Audacious to listen to audio. Both work the same way their Windows counterparts do.

I did notice you said you're using wifi. If the reception sucks, it'll be harder than hell to stream multimedia.

ckent 01-06-2007 01:12 PM

it's not my wifi. My windows network will stream fine and it uses the same thing as my ubuntu setup. also i can transfer files just fine between the two ubuntu computers, i can even open pictures and oo files, just when i click on a video or audio file it won't do anything. vlc will open and that's it. i've now tried mplayer and gxine with the same results.

I'm using a shh network to link my computers and I know that when i open oo files it sometimes asks me for the password for my host computer. could it be that vlc can't 'login' and that is why this is failing? is there a way to fix this? if not would another network protocol be better (smb, nfs, etc) and how do i set that up?

Thanks a bunch!

-CK

ARC1450 01-06-2007 02:00 PM

Hrm.

Well, I use NFS between Linux machines and Samba for Windows/Linux. No issues for me. I've never used shh, so I can't attest to how it works. Never even heard of it, TBH.

For Samba/NFS/CIFS, you can find Wiki's to help set it up.

http://ldp.linuxhelp.ca/HOWTO/NFS-HOWTO/index.html << There's something for NFS. . .think I might have used that.
http://www.linuxhelp.net/guides/samba/ << There's something for Samba. Dunno how it is, 'cause I actually used the Samba 3 manual for help.

jens 01-06-2007 04:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ckent
vlc wont play the files. With a windows network i can double click on the file and it will begin to play (by streaming across the network). with my ubuntu network it will not play the file unless i first copy the file to my laptop.

i understand that vlc will stream its output across the network, but i'd rather not have to go upstairs to my computer to set up things there, then come downstairs to watch tv. i'd like to be able to do everything from my computer downstairs.

is there a way to make my ubuntu newtork work like my old windows network, or is this just a limitation of linux programs?

-CK

Oh ...
I was under the impression you had to stream something over a network.
In a lan connection, the location doesn't even matter.
Could you post the exact error message?

The above instruction will still work though, did you read the part about streaming files using VLC?

ckent 01-16-2007 10:55 AM

Thanks for all your help. I ended up solving the problem. The issue was with the newtorks and not with the programs. Turns out all i needed to do was mount the ssh network using sshfs. i also set up a NFS network that also streamed video with VLC.

Here's the sites that helped me:

NFS:
http://czarism.com/easy-peasy-ubuntu...s-file-sharing
http://ubuntu-tutorials.com/2006/10/...buntu-606-610/

SSH:
http://ubuntu-tutorials.com/2007/01/...untu-6061-610/


Hope that helps those of you also having issues.

-CK


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