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Stream music to many computers on LAN

As simply as possible:

  1. Install VLC onto the "server" of the music. vlc-nox is a handy package in the Linux world.
  2. Run VLC on "server" as something like vlc *.mp3 --sout rtp: --ttl 4 means feeding the data out to the multicast All Hosts group.
    TTL 4 means only cross at most 4 routers which should be more than adequate for any small LAN
  3. On any workstation machine now connect to rtp://
See for the different types of multicast addresses