How to Connect Smart TV to Windows DLNA Media Server
Before You Begin:
- You must have access to your Windows 10 computer to setup the DLNA server.
- You must have access to a Smart TV or Roku with DLNA support.
What is DLNA?
DLNA stands for Digital Living Network Alliance. Usually, it's used to refer to a suite of services that can run on a computer and allow access to a media library by other devices on your home network.
This means it's a quick, easy method to share your whole media library from your computer to the rest of your devices on your home network.
In this case, you'll be creating a DLNA server on your Windows 10 computer, then connecting your media devices — smart TVs, streaming media players, tablets, and smartphones — to it.
There are a few things to keep in mind when using your computer as a DLNA server.
1 Enable Media Streaming
First, we need to turn on the media streaming server.
- Open the Start Menu and select Settings.
- Select Network & Internet.
- Select Ethernet (if your computer has a wired connection), or Wi-Fi (if your computer uses a wireless connection) on the left.
- Select Network and Sharing Center on the right.
- Select Media streaming options on the left.
- Select Turn on media streaming.
- Name your media library, then select OK.
Next, we need to make sure we're sharing the files you want to share.
- Open File Explorer, then select This PC on the left, and Videos on the right.
- Make sure you see your movies listed here, and that they have sensible names. Move any other movies you want to be able to play into this folder. This is the folder your other devices will see when they browse for videos to play.
2 Browse DLNA Servers
- Press the Menu or Sources button on your remote and select Apps for your Smart TV.
- Select the Media Player or DLNA player.
- Select your computer from the list of available devices.
- Select your media library.
- You should be able to select a video of your choosing from the list.
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