Now when I think about it you already use Mediatomb to stream over you LAN right? UPnP I read on there page: http://mediatomb.cc/dokuwiki/faq:faq
I'm not sure but is it not possible to access the LAN with OpenVPN mentioned in the faq I linked above.
Yeah, I was reading the mediatomb stuff earlier.
I *could* use vpn (actually I'd use samba tunnelled over SSH as I use tunnelling all the time for VNC while away anyway) - I used to use the vpn setup on ip-cop a lot at work and at home, the problem I have then is getting mediatomb to a) not transcode when I'm on the PS3 at home and b) transcode to a lower bitrate when I'm out of the house at my girlfriends. From looking at the mediatomb setup I can set transcodes by filetype, but not by machine accessing the file. Obviously I'd prefer to keep full quality for LAN viewing, but even a 5mb upload won't work reliably at full data rate.
I'll have a look at getting a later version of vlc - I got the webgui working no problem, just no stream and then I found the notes about the old version not coping well with streaming. The VLC website wasn't too helpful at first glance for finding the later versions, but I'll keep looking.
As for the sid version - I'll look, but it depends on just how many includes it needs. I have Lenny as the server needs needs to be rock solid stable (it's an external-facing web/mail server as well), I know it's probably over-cautious (my IT manager background), but I want to keep experimental packages off it.
Thanks for the help!