How To Enable DLNA Streaming Server

How To Enable DLNA Streaming Server In Several Easy Steps On Windows 10 PC

Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) is used for various multimedia DLNA certified devices to communicate with each other when connected to a local/home network. There are many DLNA certified devices, including PCs, storage servers, smartphones, tablets TV sets, game consoles, digital cameras, etc. All can display and upload photos, play movies, download and play music, send photos, etc. For example, if you have two DLNA certified devices such as a Blu-ray player and a PC, you will be able access multimedia files including music, photos, and videos on your computer and stream them through your Blu-ray player.

There are four basic media sharing DLNA certification categories: Digital Media Player (DMP), Digital Media Server (DMS), Digital Media Controller (DMC), and Digital Media Renderer (DMR). These categories apply to different devices but their main purpose is identical: to communicate and stream media between devices that are connected to the same network. If you have a Windows PC and a DLNA server turned on, you will have the ability to stream media from various devices such as gaming consoles and others that support the Digital Living Network Alliance.

Many third-party software packages are available on the Internet that can turn on the DLNA streaming feature on your computer, however, they are usually not needed to enable the DLNA steaming server, since you can achieve this by using the built-in Windows DLNA option. In the guide below, we describe how to turn on media steaming on your Windows 10 PC in several easy steps.

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How To Enable DLNA Streaming Server?

First, open Control Panel by typing "control panel" in Search and click the Control Panel result.

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Now find the "Network and Sharing Center" option and click it. If you do not see the Control Panel as shown here, choose to view by "Large icons" on the top-right corner.

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In the Network and Sharing Center window, click the "Change advanced sharing settings" on the left pane.

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Now click "All Networks" to see more available options.

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You should now be able to find the "Choose media streaming options..." option - click it.

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You should see a window which states that media streaming is not turned on. Click the "Turn on media streaming" button.

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Now you can start adjusting streaming options for computers and devices, however, the default options should be fine and you will not need to adjust these.

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Now your music, photos and videos should be visible to any streaming device that is supported by DLNA.

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How To Turn On Indexing

If you cannot enable the media streaming option in Control Panel, this is probably because Windows Indexing is turned off. The Indexing service is used to improve search performance on computers and corporate computer networks. To check if Indexing is enabled, open Windows Services. Windows Services (also know as services.msc) are used to modify how Windows services run on your system. These services are responsible for running available programs and managing many system settings and resources. You can modify a service's settings for security, troubleshooting, and performance-related reasons.

Press Windows (Win) key + R, or simply right-click Start and select "Run" from the contextual menu. In the Run dialog box, type "services.msc" and press Enter or click "OK".

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You will see a list of Windows services, find Windows Search service, right-click it and select "Start" from the contextual menu if it is 'stopped'. To ensure that it will be disabled the next time you start your computer, right-click it again and select "Properties".

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Make sure that the "Startup type" is set to "Automatic (Delayed Start)". Click "Apply" to save the changes (if any were made).

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Also, if the media that you want to stream is stored on your Local Disk (C:) or any other disk, go to This PC and right-click your Local Disk, select "Properties" from the contextual menu.

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Ensure that the "Allow files on this drive to have contents indexed in addition to file properties" checkbox is ticked and click "Apply" if any changes were made.

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If this does not solve the problem, go to Control Panel again and click "Indexing Options".

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Now click the "Modify" button.

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You will see a list of indexed locations. Ensure that the location where your media is stored is selected to be an indexed location. Additionally, expand the indexed location and ensure that a folder containing your media is also selected to be indexed. Click "OK" and check if you are now able to turn on media streaming.

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We hope that this guide was useful and you can now enable the DLNA streaming server on a Windows 10 computer. If there is something we missed or you would like to add something, do not hesitate to share it with us by leaving a comment in the section below.

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