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marknyc
Level 7

Roku Media Player no longer sees my media server

I set up Windows 10 media server, installed Roku Media Player, and it worked great!

Then, my power strip failed and I had to reboot everything. It's all set up the same way, but now Roku just says "Waiting for Media", and does not see my server.

What could have changed?  I did everything the same way, and now I get nothing. What can I check to see why Roku no longer sees my media server?  I know it's turned on and there are files in my library.

Please help!

Mark

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atc98092
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Re: Roku Media Player no longer sees my media server

Windows Media Services is miserable in general. Offers little transcoding, no metadata, and has issues like this. More than likely, your Windows firewall has lost its setting allowing Media Sharing to be available. If your computer suddenly thinks you're now on a public network connection (I've seen that happen before, especially if there was a power issue), the firewall is blocking access.

One of many reasons I use a different DLNA server than what Windows offers. 

Dan

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marknyc
Level 7

Re: Roku Media Player no longer sees my media server

Found a workaround - installed Plex server - works great!

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TaraReske
Level 7

Re: Roku Media Player no longer sees my media server

Plex only works for a media server if you pay the monthly fee. No chance in that happening

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atc98092
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Re: Roku Media Player no longer sees my media server


@TaraReske wrote:

Plex only works for a media server if you pay the monthly fee. No chance in that happening


No, it isn't necessary to subscribe to Plex Pass. I've never paid them a dime and have used Plex for years. It;s my backup media server, only used when I travel. For home use I have Serviio instead, because I have far more control over its functionality and since it supports PLS and M3U playlists. 

Dan

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bahara
Level 7

Re: Roku Media Player no longer sees my media server

I started expericinng the same issue not being able to connect RMP to my DLNA server.

The issue was resolved by enabeling "Automatically allow devices to play my media". I belive it started happening after a recent windows update.

The steps used to resolve the issue;

Launch Windows Media Player.

On the Menu bar, you will see the Stream drop-down menu. Click on it.

From the options under Stream, choose “Automatically allow devices to play my media”.

Restart your Windows Media Player and check whether Media Streaming now works

 

atc98092
Community Streaming Expert

Re: Roku Media Player no longer sees my media server


@bahara wrote:

I started expericinng the same issue not being able to connect RMP to my DLNA server.

The issue was resolved by enabeling "Automatically allow devices to play my media". I belive it started happening after a recent windows update.

The steps used to resolve the issue;

Launch Windows Media Player.

On the Menu bar, you will see the Stream drop-down menu. Click on it.

From the options under Stream, choose “Automatically allow devices to play my media”.

Restart your Windows Media Player and check whether Media Streaming now works


Windows Media Services is a lousy DLNA server. It offers limited transcoding, no metadata retrieval, and there is zero control over how the media is handled. I strongly suggest investigating alternate DLNA servers. 

Dan

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