jmarshall Wrote:It's not ideal as not everything is shared exactly as you may wish, but give it a go and let us know how it goes (I suggest starting with confluence).
Well I definitely gave it a try. Hopefully I did something wrong, because the results weren't that great.
Sitting room XBMC with the specs in my signature. I went into Settings and enabled the uPnP stuff.
Then in my bedroom, I have an HP Pavilion dv5 or whatnot. It plays things nice enough, no problem. I do a lot of my XBMC testing on here before I do it to the sitting room bit, that way I don't mess things up. So I know it's well capable of playing this stuff. Default skin, nothing extra going on.
On the laptop, I went to video and added the uPnP share. It saw the sitting room machine right away, which was very cool. It let me choose between Music Video and Videos.
From there was a tree like Movies, Recently Added, Tv Shows and a couple others.
I selected Movies, from which it went to Actors, titles, etc. From here I just selected OK and let it refresh.
It didn't actually create a library. I could access the files from "video", but none of the .nfo information was present. The only way I could tell which films were in the presently connected drive was that they had a filesize. But there was nothing. Worse yet, the films buffered loads. Now, that's probably my local network - but I'm not sure why it would do that when I can stream from the laptop to ps3 using (i think) uPnP with not a single stutter.
There wasn't as much stuttering with TV Shows - but the interface and navigation, basically not library mode, made it far from desirable.
Did I miss a step? Should I be able to get library mode through uPnP?
I like managing my database with XBMC as well and would prefer not to use windows media server or any of the other things, as I really like XBMC. All I do is use EMM-R to create the .nfo files, but that's just because I like the concept of the .nfos and found the process fun.