Advice on DLNA
How does DLNA work?
You can put video files in a shared folder on your NAS via the explorer on your computer, thereby creating a media server. This folder ensures that other devices can access the videos in this folder. Afterwards, you open the integrated media player of your smart TV, or a suitable media app on your smartphone or tablet. Once your TV recognizes the media server, you can immediately open the folder and choose the video you want to watch.
Devices with DLNA certificate
- Smartphone (Android and iOS)
- Tablet (Android and iOS)
- Audio streamers
To make sure your device works with DLNA, check whether it's DLNA certified in the specifications.
Create a media server from your NAS
Your NAS functions as a central storage in your home network. Videos are sent directly from your computer to your NAS, after which your smart TV plays the video. This gives you your own media server for home. Advanced NAS also have functions to share media. In this way you also save holiday photos, selfies and videos that you have made yourself and send them straight to your family and friends. In the meantime, you are building up your own film and series collection on your NAS.
Disadvantages of DLNA
DLNA isn't software, but it's a communication method. DLNA creates a bridge between devices in your network. That's why sometimes you can't open certain video and audio files, this has to do with the support of your smart TV or other device. This device does the computing. Often, there is no optimization to watch videos more efficiently. As a result, it may happen that loading a video when starting up takes about 30 seconds.