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How to set up a DLNA server on your home network

In June 2003, Sony established the not for profit trade organization named the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) which formulated guidelines to enable sharing of media (i.e. music, video) between consumer devices such as computers, TV, printers and mobile phones. Products that are Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certified are able to connect with other digital equipment on a home network, whether it be wired or wireless. This how to guide explains how to set up a DLNA server on your home network.


You need to download and install a media server program to establish the connection between media files to your renderer devies (i.e. PS3, Mobile phone). For our example, we chose to use the free version of Serviio. You can download Serviio from here.

Once Serviio is installed, click Start – All Programs – Serviio. Click on Serviio Console.

The Serviio Console home screen displays. The digital equipment that you can connect to on a DLNA server will appear under Renderer profile (as shown below).


Navigate to the Library tab and select the Shared Folders subtab where you can configure the type of digital media you wish to share on the network.


Click on Add Local and navigate to the folders you want to include in your library and specify what type of media files should be searched for in the folder by Serviio.


For our example, we decided to select Music and Videos found under the User folder to share on the network. Click Save when you have finished adding your preferred folders to the Shared Library.


Note: By default, the Serviio Library will automatically update every 5 minutes. 

To test if the connection has been established successfully we access one of the renderer devices that is listed on the Serviio Console status page. In our case, we use the Samsung Galaxy S2 mobile phone (IP address

Prerequisite: For Galaxy S2, ensure that the WLAN Feature is turned on by navigating to Settings – Wireless and networks – Wi-Fi settings – Wi-Fi Direct.

Navigate to Applications and click on Allshare


Tap on Remote Device to scan for remote devices. Your configured PC should appear after a few seconds (as shown below).


Select on your PC and three folders will appear – Audio, Image and Video.  Navigate to the Audio folder.


More folders appear on the following screen. Select Folders – Music and your shared music files will display. Click on any music file to play.




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