How to Stream UDP on VLC

By Mark David

Having a digital library of thousands of media files has become commonplace in recent years. Being able to play media files on one computer is not as convenient as it once was, so it would be nice to be able to stream media files from a central location to a laptop or portable device. VLC has robust support for streaming media over a network. Among the many protocols it supports is UDP, which is widely supported and requires less configuration than other protocols.

Step 1

Open VLC and select "Media" and then "Streaming" from the menu.

Step 2

Find your media file by using the "File," "Disc" or "Network" tabs, depending on the location of the file. Click on the "Stream" button after the file has been chosen. Select "Next" after confirming that the correct source has been chosen.

Step 3

Choose "UDP (legacy)" from the drop-down menu and click "Add."

Step 4

Type the IP address of the computer that will receive the network stream and click "Stream."

Step 5

Open VLC on the computer that will receive the UDP stream and click "Media" and "Open Network Stream" on the menu.

Step 6

Type "udp://@" in the box and click "Play."