the ps3 came today and i eagerly hooked it up to try it out.
frustration upon frustration set in when i couldn’t get the ps3’s HDMI to work. my configuration is a little awkward though. i’m actually feeding the ps3’s HDMI connection to my outlaw receiver which only has DVI inputs. so i am currently using an HDMI => DVI cable for video and a toslink cable for audio. it turns out that the way that the outlaw stacks its video ports over different connection types. that is, the component 2 video input and the DVI input are shared. so if you want to use DVI 2, you cannot use component 2 for anything else. makes sense, i guess….but that means that you are limited in terms of how many component inputs you can use if you use both DVI inputs.
anyhow, i got that mess sorted out and it looks like all is working just fine now. the next problem was that the ps3 does not support samba shares. this means that trying to share a folder over the network (like a windows share) is not possible. instead, what the ps3 does support is a DLNA media server.
what i really wanted to do is make use of my d-link dns-323 nas, but i had read that the UPnP server that comes with the NAS doesn’t work with the PS3. bummer!
i also read that gmediaserver is a DLNA server and there’s a port for the DNS-323 by fonz. great! i install and run it, but encountered some issues. i kept getting DNLA protocol errors. it turns out that the gmediaserver port by fonz for my NAS is broken and does not work.
by the way, i just wanted to take a second here to rant about DNLA. why? why oh why is this standard around? is it cutting edge? i’ve never heard of it until now. all of my streaming had previously been working over samba and it worked just fine. there shouldn’t be any royalties that you need to pay microsoft to use the samba protocol, right? grrrrr.
it seems everyone is using the twonkymedia server but i just don’t want to pay money for a streaming server. twonkymedia is a commercial product that seems to be compiled to work on a variety of platforms. what’s particularly interesting about them is that they support a large number of devices that have embedded linux. good for them, but bad for me, i don’t want to pay to stream files! but, i did install twonkymedia just to see if it works and it did work fine…
after more research, i read that the default UPnP server in the newly upgraded firmware for the DNS-323 should work. after a firmware upgrade, i enabled that, but it didn’t work. the same DLNA protocol errors!
after a little more research and some guessing, i found out that if you have the NAS’s iTunes server enabled, it interferes with the UPnP AV server. once that was shutdown, the NAS’s UPnP AV server seems to be working out ok. loads on the NAS are higher than i like them to be (i’m running a bittorrent client on the box too), but everything seems to be working ok.
after even MORE research, i’ve discovered that there’s a port of mediatomb for the DNS-323. mediatomb has an admin web interface and my initial testing of a video seems to work great.
so in summary:
to stream video from the DNS-323 NAS to your PS3, you need a UPnP AV server. the latest firmware has a server that seems to work fine, but you can also install mediatomb if you want something a little fancier.
there are a lot of issues with pure streaming of xvid files. it seems that if the encoding is not done properly (which is often the case in downloaded tv content), the PS3 will choke on your file. the way to ensure that your content will stream correctly is to transcode the files on the fly with something like tversity. i think that mediatomb now has a hook into mencoder if you have a powerful enough device to do real-time transcoding, but the DNS-323 is not that device.
until sony fixes the streaming issues, i’ve gone back to the xbox as my media center. 🙁
i have installed the twonkymedia server for the DNS-323 and have not yet run into any problems streaming video to the ps3. this really is awful because it’s a commercial product and you have to pay for it, but after the 30 day trial, i may end up buying a license because nothing else has worked problem free for me yet. i really wish that there was an open source/free solution that works on the NAS.
i have installed ffp 0.5 and the associated mediatomb package and everything works just fine for me for streaming to the ps3. it’s a nice free solution, though mediatomb’s indexing of mp3s is way, way slow.