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Auto-add New Devices As Generic DLNA Profile!!



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Post Sun Aug 29, 2021 8:59 pm

Auto-add New Devices As Generic DLNA Profile!!

This is important/necessary for the following reasons:

1) Most new devices aren't from 2009-2013 and dont have the same limitations and restrictions as they did then, and are far more capable (dont need transcoding/etc).
2) New devices from the same manufacturer of already-existing profiles (e.g. LG TV) dont have the same limitations as devices from 2009-2013 as per the profile that is auto-detected for them.
3) Already detected LAN Devices occasionally shift IP addresses (DHCP reassignment or different wired/wireless interfaces used) thus causing them to be re-detected, and re-assigned the auto-detected profile (which is of course as previously stated, woefully outdated and problematic) as compared to the wide capability and compatibility of the Generic DLNA profile, thus "overriding" manually configuration of Generic DLNA profiles.
4) The Generic DLNA profile is by far the most compatible (and therefore most usable) profile, especially for new more capable/complaint DLNA devices, and should be the default for all newly added devices.
5) Saves the user the very likely laborious and unnecessary effort of trying to modify some buggy/old/outdated specific manufacturer/device profile, when in fact the Generic DLNA profile is most compatible.
6) Its the most rational default setting for new devices, especially considering the problematic outdated devices profiles and all of the above.

FTR, I have to go in and manually override "new" devices every time they shift IPs/interfaces to "Generic DLNA profile" as it is the only profile that actually works without issue with every single UPnP/DLNA device I have on my network (and there are many from all sorts of manufactuers and model years) - every other specific manufacturer/device type profile is, quite simply, broken/limited/restricted/outdated/unecessary - whereas the Generic DLNA profile "just works", every time, without issue: I have yet to encounter a device-specific profile that actually didn't break streaming for the detected device in one way or another.

Even if you think device-specific profiles are necessary, due to the reasons expressed above, the Generic DLNA profile needs to be the default for all new/re-detected devices, and barring that, the setting I have described needs to be added to allow the user to force anyappvalley tutuapp tweakbox
/all "newly" devices to be detected as Generic DLNA (to prevent/address all the problems listed above)

A simple setting to prevent a lot of unnecessary individual reconfiguration of "newly" detected devices.


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Post Sat Oct 09, 2021 1:18 am

Re: Auto-add New Devices As Generic DLNA Profile!!

The problem with doing this is that even today many devices require some specific setting that is contained within a brand specific profile. It might be audio codecs that are unsupported (practically no TV supports lossless audio, although with eARC that might change), or unsupported video (this happens with many devices even today). And for whatever reason, it seems that many Serviio users are unaware of the various profiles available, or how/why to change them.

I could see a benefit of having a user setting that makes this happen, but not as a default.

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