To ease the use of the UMP device as a storage facility both UPnP AV 1.0 client and server functionality has been integrated. Apart from this the device also features DLNA 1.0 support and an Xbox® Compatibility mode which is currently still considered experimental.
The following are the UPnP and DLNA specifications:
- UPnP MediaServer DCP - which is the UPnP-server (a 'master' device) that provides media library information and streams media-data (like audio/video/picture/files) to UPnP-clients on the network.
- UPnP MediaServer ControlPoint - which is the UPnP-client (a 'slave' device) that can auto-detect UPnP-servers on the network to browse and stream media/data-files from them.
- UPnP MediaRenderer DCP - which is a 'slave' device that can render (play) content.
- UPnP RenderingControl DCP - control MediaRenderer settings; volume, brightness, RGB, sharpness, and more).
- DLNA Digital Media Server (DMS)
- DLNA Digital media players (DMP)
- DLNA Digital media renderers (DMR)
The UPnP service is slightly more flexible service compared to the FTP and NFS services as it can also share USB drives and allows the user to enable and disable the sharing of individual sections in the Media Library.
To configure the UPnP service, access the Web Interface and navigate to Shares -> UPnP Settings. Here you can select a name for the device to use in UPnP communication with other devices. It does not necessarily need to be identical to the hostname, though it is recommended to keep them the same.
The Xbox® 360 compatibility mode is in development and is considered experimental therefore it is disabled by default.
2.5 UPnP Service (continued)
You can optionally also disable DLNA support, although it has no impact on the system if it is not used.
To save any changes to these settings, select Save Settings at the bottom of the page and restart the UPnP service on the device by navigating to Plugins -> Helpers and selecting ‘restart_upnp_server’ or select Restart UPnP under Commands in the OSD.
Note: UPnP services pose an inherent security risk and should therefore only be enabled in an environment where all other network hosts with access to the device are fully trusted. The service is enabled by default on the device to ease the initial setup with security as a second priority.
To find out more about UPnP visit http://upnp.org/sdcps-and-certification/standards/