Known Limitations

Note there are some known limitations with DLNA access.  These are discussed below:

1. DRM

As with iHomeServer Web Access, only media files that are NOT protected with DRM or Apple FairPlay can be streamed via DLNA clients.  Most audio tracks downloaded from the iTunes Store since 2009 have not used DRM so should play fine, however, Apple still uses DRM for movie/television shows that are purchased from the Apple Store so these cannot be streamed.  Media that you have added to iTunes itself, eg via Handbrake encoding, should stream ok.

2. Network access

Only DLNA clients within the same IP subnet as the computer running iHomeServer will be able to view and access your iTunes library.  This is a restrcition for your security as there is no authentication for DLNA clients.

3. Bandwidth

Remember that the content being streamed is served from your computer running iHomeServer - You need to have sufficient bandwidth to stream your content between the DLNA client device and your iHomeServer server.

4. DLNA Client Compatibility

Although DLNA is a cross-vendor standard, different hardware vendors support different codecs / media container file formats and can be particularly picky about which file formats they will play.  Although we have tested iHomeServer DLNA access on many devices from different vendors, there will always be DLNA clients where iHomeServer DLNA access either does not work or partially works.  We do not support all combinations of all devices, and therefore rely on you to test your specific client combination during the iHomeServer trial period.  Note that you can potentially use the transcoding features built into iHomeServer to transcode formats that your DLNA device cannot play natively into playable devices.  We have provided some profiles to help with this, however, you can potentailly develop your own by following the instructions in the Transcoding section.

5. Photos

Note that in the current release, iHomeServer does not provide access to your photos collection from any DLNA device.