How to turn your Windows 10 computer into a DLNA streaming server

Ever thought about turning your Windows 10 computer into a cool DLNA server? You can, and we are going to tell you how to do it. Fear not, it is a lot easier than waking up in the mornings.

With your own DLNA server on Windows 10, you will have the ability to stream content from the Xbox 360, Xbox One, and other devices that support DLNA or Digital Living Network Alliance.

Set up Windows 10 PC as a DLNA streaming server

At the moment, the Internet is filled with pieces of software that can quickly turn your computer into a DLNA streaming box, but we’re not going to dig into those because they are not needed. We are going to talk about using the built-in DLNA option in Windows 10.

It is not as easily done when compared to downloading software, but it is much more reliable, and one less software to download onto your device.

What is DLNA or Digital Living Network Alliance

Many computer users must have heard about DLNA at least once or twice, but probably have no idea what it is or what it means. We’re going to break it down as best as possible for the noobs out there looking for some information on what this thing is.

DLNA means Digital Living Network Alliance, and it was founded by a group of companies that were interested in making it simple to share media content across devices. However, despite a number of companies and devices supporting DLNA, streaming media from one device to another is not an easy affair for the layman.

How to activate DLNA in Windows 10

First of all, you need to open the “Control Panel” and search for “media streaming.” Do this by using the Search bar to search for Control Panel, then when you’re in the Control Panel, search for media streaming.

You should now see it under Network and Sharing Center. Once here, click on the option that says, “Media streaming options.”

Turn on media streaming

After that, click “Turn on media streaming” to permit the media streaming server. From here you can customize the streaming service.

turn Windows 10 computer into a DLNA streaming server

We should point out that it is not possible for us to help you with adding media for streaming because it would involve us knowing which DLNA capable media box you’re using.

Windows 10 DLNA streaming server

What we can say, is this, make sure local network streaming is turned on your media streaming box. This can either be a PlayStation 3, Roku media box, an Xbox One, or some Chinese product “Straight Outta Shanghai.”

Now, once your media streaming box has been connected to your Windows 10 PC, you can check the available streaming files by launching Windows Media Player. Don’t think about using Groove Music, because it is as basic as they come.

All in all, streaming content over your local network is better than streaming from a third-party source. The only downside users might come across is if their upload speed is slow. However, if your upload speed is modern, go have some fun.

This post will help you if Media streaming is not working.

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