I've had this same frustrating hunt for ages, tried and found all of them to have serious issues either with usability or actual functionality. Hp designjet 750c plus printer. Most sadly arent even worth trying. But then last week I found a poster who recommended Plex media server and its so good I'm trying to find the post and poster to thank him.
Universal Media Server is a DLNA-compliant UPnP media server. Mean well eln6048p dimmable driver for macbook pro. It is based on PS3 Media Server by shagrath. It is actually an evolution of the 'SubJunk Build' of PMS. UMS was started by SubJunk, an official developer of PMS, in order to ensure greater stability and file-compatibility.
Plex server is totally free but you can pay for mobile clients. I have an iMac and MacBook Pro both running Mountain Lion, and the iMac now serves my xbox, wdtv live and archos 7 faultlessly. This may sound set up but save yourself the pain and effort and try Plex first. Plex takes a while to run through a big, say 3tb collection but it genuinely has been the most painless and reliable of all I've tried and the searchable options are far more varied and sensible than those for others. Don't want to name names but I've pretty much tried them all.
The only thing I can't comment on is transcoding; I assume their clients manage this. From my perspective, I needed something to access my library, rather than rely on hardware specific transcoding. If you need this its a mixed bag regarding codec support, and I found the issues with other servers made the solution less viable.
Connect360 was not bad for xbox, they also do a PS version, but for straight media serving, Plex no question. Specify Machine.
EMac PPC 10.5.8 - Serving: TvMobili-Leopard-universal.dmg works as does Twonky 5.1.x for serving. XBMC seems to work but not thoroughly tested Client: Plex-0.9.5.3-PowerPC - This operates but I've not had any luck getting it to see my servers. Apparently there is a way to get plex to see twonky but I cant figure it Probably the best bet on a PPC is to get a distro of Ubuntu and go from there.
Then all we need is a decent client on our $200 Tablet with HDMI to flatscreen. Otherwise you can get DAAP clients for cross platform music streaming from OSX boxes. Really it depends on what you mean by makeing a 'Mac' into a media server/client. If you have multiple apple machines, then far and away the best thing is iTunes (I stick to version 9), get vine server and chicken of the vnc.
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And bVNC for your android. Job done, no brainer.
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Playback is my favorite DLNA Server for MAC OS X, but I just found out that they closed business and are no longer supporting any of their software as of March 2014. I'm using Plex right now as the best of the two others that I've tried; Plex and XBMC (KODI). I just have problems with Plex not understanding my naming convention for TV show episodes. They get out of order and the program reads 4,14,114 as the number 4 for episode numbers.