DLNA is a special software protocol which allows devices such as TVs and media boxes on your network to discover media content stored on your computer. This is quite useful, as it allows you to browse your media collection stored in one place with various devices. With a couple of clicks, you can enable the built-in DLNA server in Windows 10 and start streaming your media files.
DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) is a non-profit collaborative standards organization which is defining interoperability guidelines to enable sharing of digital media between multimedia devices. DLNA uses Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) for media management, discovery and control. UPnP defines the type of device that DLNA supports ("server", "renderer", "controller") and the mechanisms for accessing media over a network. The DLNA guidelines then apply a layer of restrictions over the types of media file format, encodings and resolutions that a device must support.
Windows 10 includes everything you need to utilize DLNA out of the box: a DLNA client, a (good) multimedia player and a DLNA server.
To Enable DLNA Server in Windows 10, do the following.
- Open the classic Control Panel.
- Navigate to Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network and Sharing Center.
- On the left, click on the link 'Change advanced sharing settings'.
- On the right, expand the section All Newtorks.
- Click on the link Choose media streaming options... under Media streaming.
- On the next page, click on the button Turn on media streaming.
- Name your network multimedia library and choose devices which will be able to read it.
You are done. Once finished, your personal folders such as Music, Pictures, and Videos will automatically become visible to any streaming device with UPnP support.
For instance, I can browse and play the files using my Android tablet with the DLNA software for Android installed.
The built-in DLNA server can be disabled at any time. Here is how.
Disable the built-in DLNA server
- Press Win + R shortcut keys on the keyboard to open the Run dialog. Type services.msc in the Run box.
- The Services console looks as follows.
- In the "Services" window, find the service named Windows Media Player Network Sharing Services.
- Double click and set the "Startup type" as "Manual".
- Stop the service.
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Tip: You can open the Run dialog from the right-click context menu of the Start button or from the Win + X menu.
Also, you might be interested in learning Win key shortcuts.
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