How to use DLNA to connect a laptop to a television?

Jayne P November 6, 2013
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How can I connect my Lenovo Ideapad Windows 7 laptop using DLNA to the Sony Bravia TV?

I want to watch what I’m streaming on the laptop on the TV without connecting with an HD cable. I have wireless WiFi.

  1. VC
    November 9, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    If am not mistaken, the author of this post probably is looking for the below. I apologize if that's not the case as the below is on my mind since I have been using this dlna technique to stream my media.

    How can I stream my laptop screen (not just browser or media, but screens like text editor or pdf reader etc..) via dlna to my dlna-supported tv?

    Thanks in advance.

    VC

  2. Igor R
    November 7, 2013 at 3:36 pm
  3. Igor R
    November 7, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    The tvs that support DLNA have a lan and a wlan connector...What you need to understand is that your smart tv can show media trough dlna from a dlna server. That means you need an application that acts as a dlna server that identifies itself as a dlna server on your network. Your tv will, when instructed, scan for dlna servers. It will only find dlna servers that have been activated on your computer.

    As such, when you activate a program that actually is a dlna server, you can then find this server on your tv. You can then access the media that particular server has access to. So if you activate the windows media player server your tv will find that server and you can access only the media windows media player has in its library. This works similar for all applications acting as a dlna server.

    If you activate a dlna server and it still does not show on your tv then you have a network issue. I guess however that you only have 1 network and 1 access point and as such all devices are already within one network.

    Is your TV DLNA compliant? If it is, then it probably has a wired ethernet port (rj45) on the back (and maybe a USB port as well for a wireless adapter) and you should be able to pull content directly to the TV from your PC/laptop via standard file sharing protocols. But it’s just a plain ol’ TV with only various analog/digital inputs, then you need a separate media server.

    Btw, all that your typical router does is switch/route traffic. So I don't see how DLNA compliance is a factor in your search for a router. If anything, you might want to consider QoS (Quality of Service) features, esp. if you have lots of other traffic competing w/ your home theater.

    The reason many ppl like XBOX and PS3 as a media server is simply because so many ppl already have them, and it's only a short step from there to a full-fledged media server...

    But if you’re looking for a simple standalone device, Western Digital carries a popular line of media servers that would probably meet your needs.

    If you want to stream media,like movies and such from your laptop to your tv ,check this out http://www.wdc.com/en/products/homeentertainment/mediaplayers/

  4. Jan F
    November 7, 2013 at 10:42 am

    When using DLNA you don't literally stream something from your laptop screens to your TV but you offer a media library on your laptop for the TV to access and playback files from.
    Of course both devices have to be connected to the same network for this to work.

    A few options for UPnP/DLNA servers
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/6-upnpdlna-servers-streaming-media-devices-crossplatform/
    How to setup a DLNA server using Windows Media Player
    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/e7/archive/2009/05/12/media-streaming-with-windows-7.aspx

    If you want to actually stream your desktops content you need to setup a streaming server. Here is a simple how-to on streaming your desktop using VLC:
    http://grok.lsu.edu/article.aspx?articleId=14625

    However, this also means that your TV needs to support playback from an actual "live" stream. You also might have to play around with the output settings to find working settings.