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Old 04-12-2014, 08:47 AM   #1
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Simple Media Center with access via WWW

Hi guys,
I am looking for very simple media server which needs to have following:
(1) I can put some video files (music clips)
(2) I need access via WWW (any browser)
(3) I want to organize playlists like on YouTube

Plex is almost (!) perfect, but I does not have point (3).
Basically I want to have own media storage and not use YouTube anymore.

For mp3 I am using uShare and this is ok.
Now I want to have something for videos.

Of course it should tun on Linux.

any recommendation ?

I found something here:
but not sure which one will be the best.
As I said....Plex seems not to have playlist option. Maybe there is any trick.
What I do not like with Plex, apart of the fact that I needed to buy Client for my Android, I need the Plex account. I want to control my media without any 3rd party.

Old 04-12-2014, 09:11 PM   #2
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Have you looked at or tried mediatomb?

Also, you do not have to use the plexpass to access your plex from android. You can use other clients to access it as well.
Old 04-13-2014, 10:10 AM   #3
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Hi RAFAL, I wrote the article above, and yes It needs an update which I am hoping to do soon. See, to interface with your media, you need a client of some sort. One of the things you could do, is set simple Apache server at home, so your media is acessible over teh web (I do the same for some cases, non-media files). Not sure what the other person meant, but you do need to sign into "My Plex" to access your server outside of your WLAN, if you are on the go. If control is paramount, look into OwnCloud, which has an Android application and web interfaces. E

Media Tomb is pretty nice, and just involves a little bit of router setup for outside your LAN. I play on doing a how to for this software as well, and it will make the list I will update above. This is a very good suggestion.

If you don't mind having to download the file, rather than stream it, I would set up an Apache server/folder. It is not as straightforward, but is workable. For a simple setup (, and if you are security minded (

In a nutshell, you'll still have to log in SOMEWHERE, and I understand if you don't like the closed source backend portion of Plex. I would go with OwnCloud or MediaTomb.

Last edited by degmic71; 04-13-2014 at 10:14 AM.
Old 04-17-2014, 03:39 PM   #4
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[SOLVED] playlist

hi all,

thanks for all replies. I think I have found solution which I need. i will not go for media server in this case. I simply tested this:

this is exactly what I want ;-)
I simply download MP4 files from YouTube and then store on my small server. I want to have access to them without annoying commercial adds, so I configured videoJS with playlist. Not only adds are annoying. Sometimes my favorite songs disappear from youTube (they are deleted). Therefore I download them as MP4.
Now I can open my html page with play list and all songs are played one by one. I can as well select them. The solution is quite easy. The only disadvantage from my side can be that each time when I want to add something to the list, I need to change HTML file, therefore maybe in the future I write small PHP code to generate the whole playlist from the entries in Database (which will store mp4 file names and titles).

For my Marantz Network Player I use uShare and this works for me very well. I can access music files via my network. For this I do not need any Web Access.



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