Steaming Media Is Easy: We explain how to use DLNA on Windows 8

DLNA is commonly use to stream content across devices. You can use this in the latest OS as well, but you have to change the network sharing settings

Preview DLNA

DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) is a non profit group which has more than 250 alliance members formed in 2003 by Sony to allow interoperability for sharing digital media in between different consumer devices like TV, computers, camcorders, printers, phones and other multimedia devices.

Steps to use DLNA on Windows 8

1. Open the Charms bar by moving your mouse pointer over the right cornor of your screen. Alternatively you may press Windows key + C on Start screen to open Charms bar. Then select Search.

search DLNA

2. Next, type ‘control panel’ in the search box and click on the search button. Then click on the Control Panel icon on the left side of the pane.

control DLNA

3. Next, click on the Hardware and Sound.

choose homegroup DLNA

4. If you are using Home Group feature for the first time, then you will have to choose what to share or if another computer has already created homegroup then you can join. First we will change advanced sharing settings. Click on the Change advanced sharing settings link.

change advanced sharing DLNA

5. Click on the All Network tab and then click on the Choose media streaming options.

choose media DLNA

6. If Media streaming is not turned on then you will be asked to turn it on. Click on the Turn on media streaming. Next, the Media Streaming Options open. Enter a name for your Media Library then select Show devices on: All networks and choose your desired settings.That are the complete steps to use DLNA on Windows 8.

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If the device is DLNA certified then many digital devices with different technologies or even with different architectures are capable of connecting with each other. DLNA certified device use Plug and Play or UPnP for Media management, Media discovery and Media control.

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