What is and what is a DLNA server for?


Most likely, on some occasion have you heard about a DLNA server. Here we tell you everything you need to know about it. From what they are and how useful they are, to the way in which we can configure it easily on our Windows 10 computer. Since you will surely find it interesting to have information about it.

DLNA server has become a term that we meet frequently today. So it is important to know what this technology means and everything you are going to be able to do with it. Ready to find out more about it?

What is and what is a DLNA server for?

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We must start by mentioning that DLNA or Digital Living Network Alliance technology is present in a large number of devices. From your TV, consoles like Xbox One or PlayStation 4, laptop applications, NAS hard drives, devices like Roku's or on your smartphone. A large amount, as we have told you. It is a standard that is responsible for communicating devices in a simple and direct way. Thanks to it, files can be shared between these devices.

In this specific case, the connection is carried out using a network that is configured on your home network. This means that all devices that use the same WiFi network will access it. Although, this is only possible if all these devices are DLNA compliant. Something that is not always the case. But it is important that at all times there is a device that is in charge of acting as a server to offer content. The rest will be receivers.

When we do this, a network is created in which one device acts as a server and will share media files. So the rest of the devices on this network will have access to these files. One of the great advantages of DLNA is that we don't have to install anything. Since it will simply automatically detect the files that are being shared. So it is a very comfortable technology to use.

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The most common is that thanks to a DLNA network you can access said content that is on a computer connected to that network and can be played. In these cases, the most common is to use a desktop computer or NAS disk, so that they are the central axis of this DLNA network that you are going to create. You will have to configure them as a server, to be able to share these files on the network.

In this way, if there is any multimedia content (photos, music, series, movies ...) that you are going to want to share on said computer or NAS disk, they will be able to be played from other devices connected to this network. Be it your television, console or smartphone. So it facilitates the process and makes it much faster. It is enough that said device is going to be connected to your WiFi network. It saves us time compared to other methods, such as using a USB or having to send it through an email or the cloud.

One of the best aspects that we have to take into account is that Windows, in its most recent versions such as Windows 10, comes with a built-in DLNA server. So we will not have to do anything at any time. We simply have to carry out the configuration and thus we will be able to enjoy the advantages it offers us. In addition, we have the possibility to select which folders we want to share with the receiving devices. In this way, we will only have to move to those folders. the files we want to move.

Ultimately, we can already see the usefulness that DLNA has and in a following article we will tell you the way in which we have to configure it on our computer in Windows 10. Thus, we will be able to take full advantage of it, as we have commented.

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