DLNA Network Guide
The Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) is
a group of companies working to create a
common, open standard for connecting devices.
Use this guide to find out how to connect DLNA certified devices
throughout your home into one single entertainment network, plus get
some handy tips to help you if you have any questions.
Before you start you might want to read about how DLNA works and
what you'll need.
What types of devices are DLNA compatible?
DLNA compatible devices include TVs, mobile phones, PCs and
laptops, music players, consoles such as the PLAYSTATION®3, printers
and HiFi systems.
Start by checking your devices are compatible. All DLNA certified
devices have a logo or sticker to tell you that the product meets
DLNA testing requirements and can connect with other DLNA certified
devices. Each product also comes with a description identifying the
type of digital content it supports (e.g. audio, video, images) and the
kind of services or features available (e.g. player, printer, etc).
How does a DLNA network work?
DLNA devices have been designed to connect to one another. Each
device is classed according to its use. For example, any device which
stores content is classed as a Digital Media Server (such as a mobile
phone storing photos, music and videos in its memory). And any
device which can play digital content from another DLNA device is
known as a Digital Media Player (such as your BRAVIA TV which can
show and play photos, videos and music from other devices).
To create a DLNA network you'll need at least one DLNA certified
server that stores content (e.g. a VAIO laptop or Sony Ericsson phone)
and one DLNA certified device to play it (e.g. your BRAVIA TV).
What equipment will you need?
DLNA certified devices connect and communicate with each other
over a home network. This works using a similar set-up you may have
for your Internet connection. In fact, a router is the key communication
point of the network as it is used to link devices to each other.
Here's a quick checklist of what you'll need:
• a DLNA certified BRAVIA TV
• at least one DLNA certified Digital Media Server (e.g. laptop, phone, etc)
• either (A) Powerline adapters (B) Ethernet cables, or (C) a wireless
bridge to connect your network – see diagram.
If you are using a wireless connection and want to play HD video,
we recommend you use at least an 802.11n wireless connection.
Broadband connection speed is not important.