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DLNA
Category: Home Tech

You may have seen this as a feature on your TV / Media player or Network storage device. What does DLNA mean?
Literally it means Digital Living Network Alliance and it is supposed to make all our media sharing easier.
The DLNA certification you see on many devices means that the device can share or play media that resides on other DLNA certified devices.
The most common of those being Windows 7 and Windows Media Player 11 (and above).
In the Windows Media Player it can be enabled by turning on the stream to other devices.

DLNA Stream img

 

Once the service is enabled in Windows your DLNA devices will automatically list the servers. It's a simple matter of opening the connection to the server by clicking on it and navigating to your media.

The second option “Allow remote control of my Player…” will allow other windows 7 PC to push content to this PC.  Conversely this PC will be able to push media to other compatible devices.
 

Media Centre PC
Category: Home Tech

Media Centre PC's are a dedicated multimedia PC for the purposes of home entertainment. The computer case is designed to look and feel like a HiFi or stereo component.

Key features of the computer are dual HDTV tuner card, HDMI output capable graphics card, generous HDD space, appropriate media centre operating system (or equivalent ), a DVD or Blu Ray player, 5.1 Surround Sound and most importantly a remote control.

The media centre PC is designed to reside near your TV with the display output going directly to the TV and the sound optionally to a 5.1 AV receiver or the TV as required. The PC can also be connected to your local area network and out to the internet and other shared resources (media files) on other PC's etc.

Once set up and configured the media PC should be capable of viewing and recording free to air digital broadcast, viewing and playing Blu Ray and DVD movies, MP3 and various other media formats.

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