VLC Connect To DLNA Server

In VLC 2.x and up you can access your share DLNA server by opening View -> Playlist. This will open up the playlist view. Go to Local Network -> Universal Plug’n’Play

Here you’ll see all your visible shared folders and files.

In older VLC versions it’s in a different place: Tools → Preferences → All → Playlist → Services and Discovery, and enable Universal Plug and Play (UPnP).