[Wolves] OpenVPN under Ubuntu on both its server & client

John Rose john.aaron.rose at gmail.com
Wed Apr 16 16:49:40 UTC 2014

I'm using Ubuntu 12.04. I don't like using STS releases. I'll upgrade to 

I've now been able to get Plex to see a /TV folder (with me as the 
owner) & its contents. It looks like there's a bug in Plex preventing it 
seeing the Videos folder setup by Ubuntu in my home folder. I was 
'corresponding' with someone on Ubuntu Forums about playing video from a 
PC to a TV. He recommended Plex. To play a video 'monitored' by PLex, he 
"For example, I have a plex server and a number of DLNA client devices 
and DLNA "renderers". Often, the "client" and the "renderer" are the 
same - like Android or WDTV or Roku or Chromecast devices. Using the 
WDTV, when I ask it to connect to a "media server", it shows a list 
available on the LAN, I select "Plex-something" and it shows a 
pseudo-menu with Video, Music and Photos. I select Video and it displays 
Movies, Adult, Videos, Home, and TV. Each of those have been specified 
in the Plex web GUI as "video" content folders. You probably just want 
"videos" if there isn't IMDB metadata you want. TV, Movies **must** be 
separate and content that won't have metadata needs to be separate.

So ... any DLNA client should "see" the plex server on the network. No 
authentication needed. The chromecast is the only device that I have 
which DOES NOT act like a DLNA client - it is just a "renderer" capable 
of being "streamed at" from a client.

The Plex web interface doesn't let you "stream at" your TV/media player, 
at least mine doesn't. My TVs are not networked - all I need is for the 
damn TV to be hit with a virus and never patched again. "

I have no idea from the above what to do in order to play a video from a 
PC to a TV!


On 16/04/14 17:39, Adam Sweet wrote:
> On 15/04/14 13:09, John Rose wrote:
>> Chris,
>> I don't know what a Roku streaming box is let alone have one. The only
>> thing that I can think of that might cause this is that I have installed
>> Plex Media Server in order to play single video files from my
>> laptop/desktop to my new Sony TV. I've given the TV a fixed ip address
>> on my home network (i.e. configured my router). I haven't had any
>> success yet with Plex as it doesn't even want to see my home Videos
>> folder even though it has permsissions for Others to access it & files
>> on it have Others' read access. I've tried using minidlna & failed with
>> it. Any ideas for another ap to do this job?
> I've used minidlna successfully, but not with a TV. As far as I
> understand, some TVs can be pretty fussy. Googling for problems with
> minidlna (a year ago so I can't remember the specifics) turned up some
> config options that can assist with handling TVs from various
> manufacturers. Doing the same might help you with minidlna at least. I
> know Dave Morley runs Mediatomb, so you might try that too.
> About a year ago, I stayed up til 5am trying to set up minidlna on
> Ubuntu, (I started at 23:30) and couldn't get it working. I spent
> another 4 hours the next day, including downloading it from the upstream
> author's website before giving up.
> 6 months later I upgraded to the next Ubuntu release, then a month or
> two later decided to have another go at minidlna and it just worked out
> of the box after I'd pointed it at media. Still no idea what the problem
> was, but I can only assume a software bug. It's worked for me since
> Ubuntu 13.10.
> Regards,
> Adam Sweet
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