DLNA in Windows® 7
What is DLNA? Which applications are supported by DLNA in Windows 7?
DLNA is Digital Living Network Alliance. It has specific standard for moving movies, photos, music and other media from device to device. It works with servers that store media in one location, without any setup or configuration, and can stream the media to DLNA compliant players, like PS3 and Xbox 360. Data transfer has been made easy between various home media. That is, users can effortlessly stream media between various devices in home network. It is based on Universal Plug n Play standard (UPnP). There are lots of DLNA certified brands in the network. For e.g., if you want to play a video in Nokia N90, then you can do it easily from a Media Server. You can also print from a mobile by sending files to DLNS enabled printer.
Following are the important points related to DLNA in Windows 7:
- Connect PC with TV
- Connect PC with NAS device
- Supports shared network
Connect PC with TV
To get started with DLNA, find an appropriate server for your network. You already have a TV with DLNA logo, and music, video and pictures are stored in a Windows 7 PC. Through TV, you can access videos, pictures and listen to the music stored in the PC. Here, Windows 7 PC behaves as Digital Media Server (DMS). It stores data and transfers it to Digital Media Player (DMP) like TV and Digital Media Renderers (DMR).
Connect PC with NAS device
NAS devices plug directly into the network, freeing up a computer from staying on all the time and serving media. Here, music, video and pictures are stored in Network Attached Storage (NAS) device which acts as a DMS. Now open Windows Media Player in your Windows 7 PC behaves as a DMP. You will find an option of NAS device. You can watch videos, pictures and listen to the music stored on the NAS device.
For a network, you need to have a stereo system with DLNA logo. With Widows Media Player, you can search, organize and select songs. Once you have selected the songs, push the songs to stereo system by 'Play To'. A NAS device is also there containing large collection of songs. You can easily use Windows 7 PC to browse contents (songs) of NAS device and playback them in stereo system. Windows 7 PC behaves as both DMS and DMP.
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