What is a DLNA Server?

DLNA stands for the "Digital Living Network Alliance," and it is a protocol that has been growing rapidly in the consumer electronics market. Once a device is connected to a DLNA server, the user can then use and view their digital media over a wide range of devices and products. For example if you want to stream a video on your high definition television through your video game console, DLNA will allow that to happen. It was started in 2003 by the Sony Corporation, and it has taken off ever since. In 2012, there were already more than 9,000 different devices considered to be DLNA compatible, with millions of units being sold to homes and businesses. It offers a powerful means of connecting new technology that has many different uses.

The different devices that can connect to a DLNA server include Blu-Ray players, home theatres, tablets, smartphones, high definition televisions and video game consoles. Yet one of the things that consumers need to be careful of is assuming that their device is DLNA compliant. If an electronic device is able to utilize the DLNA platform, it will have a clearly visible stamp on the box to indicate compatibility. In many cases, the device itself is also stamped as being DLNA compliant. Without this stamp, it will be impossible to stream digital media to the device using DLNA server technology.

There are companies that offer products which allow people to bypass the need for a hardware DLNA server and share media in their home network by downloading a simple piece of software and creating a digital sharing network. Once the software is in place, it can translate your digital media into the formats that are recognized by a DLNA network. Then you can watch the home videos you made on your computer on your large high definition television with the same clarity as they appear on your computer. The ability to share digital media over several platforms can allow you to take your music and movies wherever you want.

A DLNA server can be the bridge between your home network and your DLNA enabled home devices, but without having to deal with the complexity and expense of running a dedicated media server. And a correctly set-up DLNA server means that you don't even need to be at home to see your movies or pictures over a network. The ability to manage and utilize your digital media presentations will allow you to share your pictures and movies with friends and family members no matter where you are.

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