How to use DLNA server in Windows? Streaming media from PC to TV
One of the characteristics that distinguishes some modern TVs from others is the degree of their intelligence. In a figurative sense, of course. We are talking about the technological benefits of so-called Smart TV. Conventional digital TVs usually can play the role of the actual TV, working in tandem with the receiver to play back the media content using the built-in player (alas, often with a limited list of readable formats), and to serve as a monitor for computer, gaming or TV set-top box. While Smart TV, they’re smart TVs are capable of greater to participate in the chain of playback content as individual participants.
On the LG website, choose the Windows version and download.
Install LG Smart Share standard. Running the program, you must choose any of the available options content settings – Movie, Photo, Music.
The primary choice is not fundamental. Next, directly in the program window click the option in the upper right corner «Settings».
In the resulting window must be enabled on the access. If it’s disabled, set the switch to «On».
Switch to the tab «My shared files». Here you can allow access to files in the specified folders. Using the button as a folder with a plus sign is required in addition to existing folders of the user profile to add any other folders with media content. After you have added click the «Apply» button at the bottom, then «OK».
Now the content of all folders that are displayed in the programs tab of the «My shared files», will be available for devices on the network, particularly for TV.
In the tab of the program options below – Settings «my device» you can change the computer name. Using this name, the computer will depend on the network for other devices.
The service process of the program LG Smart Share, you will automatically start with Windows, providing further access media files on your computer.
To make sure that everything works as it should, start the SmartShare app on the TV.
Go to the «Device» and choose our media server.
Open any of the shared folders in which media files.
Try to play the file.
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Download the program, install it and run. When you start will appear from the window the initial settings. It is possible to leave everything default and refuse to scan the media files. To program settings go in a certain order.
In the program window click the button «Settings» on the toolbar at the top of the window.
In the opened settings box will see to the right of the category tabs. In the first tab, «Media-resources» can use the button «Add», respectively, add to the list of programs any folders with media content to open access to streaming. Sharing can be open to all sections of the hard drive (C, D, E, etc.), to all network drives to all connected removable media. This requires the bottom of the window put the checkmark near required options, respectively, «Local disks», «Network drives» and «Removable devices».
Settings tab «Media» provides plenty of options for added folders. For example, clicking the «Edit» button, you will get the option to exclude hiding the files and directories to remove specific types of files, set a different name for the folder – and all this through the work of the DLNA server, without any changes on the computer.
At the bottom of the tab «Media» are separate sections with lots of different settings. In the section «Scanning» it is possible to pay attention to the option «Always use the filename as name of media resource». Without the establishment of a tick on this option, the names of the media files in Russian will be converted into the transliteration in Latin or in unreadable krakozyabry.
In the settings tab «Devices» you will see a list of all discovered devices in the network, which will be available from the file DLNA server. Any of the devices list can be disabled by removing the green button activity.
In the settings tab, the Server can instead of the name of the DLNA server by default, set its name, for example, is more readable. Next to server name see port – 45397. It may happen that the computer running antivirus or firewall will block DLNA server. In the case of a lock port of the DLNA server needs permission to work in the settings of the antivirus or firewall.
Also in the tab «Server» you need to pay attention to the default option that prevents the computer enters sleep mode during operation of the DLNA server. If it becomes a need to transfer a PC or laptop in sleep mode, DLNA-server in the future will need to stop. If, on the contrary, tick on the option «Obstacle the computer enters sleep mode during a server», for some reason is not installed, it is better to put. Otherwise, watching a movie on TV is unceremoniously interrupted as soon as the laptop will go to sleep to conserve battery.
The program has a «Home media server» have a very wide selection of settings, and its potential can be opened gradually by testing these or other opportunities as you meet them. And while that would restrict the already done settings, save them. Click «OK» at the bottom and agree to the scanning of media files in the configured folders.
After the program finishes scanning, you can run DLNA server. To do this, click the «Start» button on the toolbar at the top of the main window.
«Home media server» is running in the background, the program can be controlled from the system tray. By right-clicking on the program button in the system tray, DLNA server, you can stop, start, restart.
To automate this process, so the DLNA server starts automatically with Windows startup, in the program settings. The last settings tab «Advanced» provides in the «startup» options in the startup of the program at Windows startup, startup DLNA server along with running the program and setting its background service in Windows.
Once the DLNA server is started, all the available media of the computer can be played back on a TV through local apps to interact with DLNA technology. In the application of the TV, the DLNA server will appear as a connected playback device. Within it are available folders with media content of a computer configured in the «Home media server».
Start playback of the available media not only in the application of the TV. Start media playback on the TV can be charged and the funds of the program «Home media server». For this the main program window, select the appropriate content – click on the toolbar at the top click «Movies», «Music» or «Photo». On the right side of the program window displays the files of the folders that were previously available for broadcast on TV. Select in the list the desired video, audio or picture that is called on the file context menu and the number of teams, select «Play on». In the list of devices, select the TV. A selected movie, song or photo unfold on the TV screen.
6. The option «allow the device to» Windows 8.1 and 10
Launch media playback on a computer display on a television is envisaged in the number of established functionality in versions of Windows 8.1 and 10. If Windows is set to permit the playback of media files of computer network devices in Windows Media player, as discussed above, a movie, an audio track or a photo can be run on the computer, and watching or listening to continue on the TV. This is a handy thing when no particular desire to mess around with the TV remote and try to discover, for example, the movie you need among a heap of other media, killing the nerves the monotonous flipping through the file at a time.
To start the media file on the computer, in Windows Explorer, call it the context menu and select «Allow device». This command is for Windows 10. In Windows 8.1, this context menu command called «Play» (Play To).
After that, you will see a list of available playback devices on the network. Choosing a TV. Running the file will unfold on the TV screen and on the computer screen we will see a little window of Windows Media player with a playlist where you can optionally add some files.
7. The function of «Lead device» in the Windows 10 app «Movie and TV»
Available for media files in the context menu of Windows Explorer, the function «Result unit» is implemented in the Windows 10 app, «Movie and TV». It works on the principle of the start of the video in the app on the computer and continue viewing it is already on the network device, in particular, on the TV screen. Open the application «Cinema and TV», launching a video in playback mode, press the first button at the bottom – a button to connect to the available playback devices. In a separate small window will appear a list of all defined output video device. Choosing a TV.
Further viewing of the movie, you can continue again on the computer, the application «Cinema and TV». This is a great idea for home with digital technology, which combined into a single network. For example, start watching a movie on the screen of the TV in the living room, you can continue viewing on the TV screen cuisine. And then you are back together with movie to move into the living room. And for this you just need to step away for a couple of simple steps on computer.
As you can see, the choice of configuration methods, computer parts chain of computer interaction and television network great. Despite the fact that the article turned out to be voluminous, is actually not considered all the market programs of software for implementing streaming media from PC to TV. Setting up the TV is easier.
As mentioned above, access to the media files of the computer, you can get in local apps smart TVs. And these above mentioned Smart Share for LG TVs, AllShare for Samsung, Vaio Media Server for Sony and others. In conventional TVs that support network where the firmware does not provide individual applications, file access, computer may be adjusted by the media server as a signal. In many cases a signal on the TV remote called «Source».
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