How Does a DLNA Server Work?

If you've ever wanted to watch a movie from your laptop on a flat screen TV, or play a track from your iPod on your home stereo then you need a media DLNA server, which allows you to enjoy your music, movies and photos on the various media devices scattered throughout your home.

So how does a DLNA server work? DLNA stands for Digital Living Network Alliance, a group of organisations that created an industry-wide standard enabling all DLNA devices to share media over a home network. Once a device is connected to a DLNA server, you can access your media content with the minimum of hassle so you can watch movies and listen to music on games consoles, tablets, mobile phones and televisions or enjoy your digital photos through your Blu-Ray player or more.

Content is shared via a wireless network or a wired, ethernet network and there's no need to shell out on costly equipment as most users already own the gear needed to stream media (as long as it's DLNA certified). Once the network is set up, you can add to your library at any time and you can watch a movie or show your family photos no matter where you are.

What's more, as the DLNA server acts as a bridge between your home network and your DLNA enabled home devices, you don't have to deal with the complexity and expense of running a dedicated media server.

There's also the issue of security, which KooRaRoo Media DLNA software provides. You don't want your files being accessible to just anyone so will allow you to block private files from being seen or even set up restricted access to all of your media content. You may also want parental controls, which allows you to specify which files and folders will not appear on certain devices, so you can protect your children from content you don't want them to see or listen to.

Another advantage to having your own DLNA server is the advanced management capabilities that allow you to organise and arrange your files in any way that you want. For example, KooRaRoo's Media DLNA server allows you to create playlists and organise your content so you have complete control over what you want to view or listen to. It also automatically finds new content and creates playlists according to your settings and finding content couldn't be quicker or easier as the software allows you to group files by artist, album, genre, creator, studio and many more criteria.

If you're worried about compatibility issues, DLNA server software will automatically convert all of your media files to formats that are compatible with each of your DLNA devices and when your network is set up, you won't need to invest in costly online storage services either.

And unlike many DLNA solutions, KooRaRoo works out-of-the box straight after installation and can be used as is or can be customised to suit your own personal needs.

Most major manufacturers, such as Sony, Samsung, LG, Panasonic, Pioneer and Toshiba support the DLNA standard and KooRaRoo Media can send your files to all of them. Click here for a list of all supported devices.

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