The first question is, do you have a DLNA/UPNP device on your local network?
Built into your router?
Does your router have a USB slot? If it does then your router more then likely supports DLNA. Try plugging in a USB drive and fiddle with the routers settings to enable a local DLNA server to share content. I would suggest searching online for the manual for your router and see how to enable DLNA or Media Server support.
Things to watch out for
- Some routers have limits on the size of the flash drive
- Some hard drives will need external power sources
- You should try to use ExFat format to support larger file sizes [A Guide]
Running a local server?
If you want a decent and low cost media server for your home consider running Kodi on a Raspberry Pi. The [LibreELEC] project is a good start.Mobile VR Station Developer
- Are you on the right network?
- Try running VLC on your phone, can it find your server?
- Is the server running?
- Sometimes you need to turn it off and on again
- Server is there, but the content won’t play?
- This is going to sound weird, but is the attached hard drive on? Sometime when the power has an issue attached hard drives turn off.
- Is it formatted correctly?
- Try to download a file from the server and see if it plays locally
- Use the edit icon for download options next to a file