What is DLNA Technology? Everything You Need to Know About it
DLNA, the word which can now be easily found in the specs of the newly launched Smartphones, Computers, Media players, TVs, Digital cameras and many more other devices, but most of the buyers out there, didn’t know much about DLNA technology. Today, most of the new Android smartphone buyers seeks this DLNA certifications on their next device, but hardly from little to nothing they knows about the real capabilities of DLNA. So, here we’ve prepared a complete guide about the DLNA and this guide comprises some important possibilities, explaining its usage and how it can be useful in nourishing your daily digital life.
What is DLNA technology and its History?
First of all, DLNA stands for Digital Living Network alliance, an organization founded in 2003, by 250 multi industry companies from all around the world, amongst which 26 are promoter members, and rest are contributing members. DLNA’s global member companies come from the consumer electronics, mobile, personal computer, service provider, automotive and semiconductor industries. They are united by the common goal of using standards-based technology to make it easier for consumers to use, share and enjoy their digital content.
DLNA sets standards and guidelines for home networking and media devices that allows sharing of HD videos, music, photos between DLNA certified devices, no matter what’s the model or maker. For instance you had stored all you digital stuff on a DLNA certified network attached storage (NAS) drive and without the need of any configuration or any kind of setup, you can stream that data on any DLNA capable devices including TV”s, DVRs, Gaming consoles, Smartphones, Computers, Printers and many more devices.
What you can do with DLNA?
Well i guess this the most important question buzzing in your mind that why only DLNA? and what are its possibilities. So, here is the catch:
You can watch movies – For instance, you had transferred any new recorded video or any movie to your computer from your camcorder and now you want to playback that video on your HDTVs to watch along with your family and what will you do normally – you’ll burn a DVD and carry it to the DVD player attached with TV or else if you’ve a notebook with built-in HDMI-out port then, you can hook it up directly with TV, via using data cables still its wee bit messy . But in case of DLNA certified devices it’s very easy and all you have to do is call the video or movie from your DLNA certified NAS (Network attached storage) and just play the video from your remote, simple! Isn’t it?
Listen Music – Similarly, when you want to play music, you can play from any DLNA certified Mobile to any DLNA capable devices, such as HI-FI systems, but without DLNA you have to burn CDs of your music tracks or either put up any music player etc. DLNA also allows you to listen your favorite tracks (though, you can also listen ugly tracks! no like restrictions, here) and transfer those tracks from your DLNA enabled PCs to DLNA certified mobile or DLNA media player and you are on!
Enjoying photo slide shows and printing – Usually, when you want to share a photo on other than mobile devices it’s really annoying, but with DLNA you can share any of your slide show on any DLNA certified devices including HDTVs and can even store it on any DLNA enabled NAS drives. While, in case of printings you can easily take a print of any images via any DLNA certified devices to the DLNA capable printers, but without DLNA, first you have to connect your device and then transfer them to your PCs and after than you can make a print.
Now i am sure, these features are enough to make you know what revolutionary or hassle-free, to be appropriate, changes you can experience with DLNA certified devices.
Are DLNA certified devices available in market?
Currently, there are more than 440 million DLNA certified already in use by users all around the world, including TV’s, gaming consoles smartphones cameras and many more. If you talk about upcoming devices than as of January 2011, more than 9,000 devices receives DLNA certification and according to the recent research that number will rise to more than 300 million in the 2012 which, will be followed by rapid growth curve in the coming years.
So, next time before purchasing any new devices make sure to look for DLNA certified logo on its packaging and don’t forget to confirm it interoperability with other devices.
Some DLNA compatible devices
- Samsung Galaxy Note
- Samsung Galaxy SII
- Samsung i9000 Galaxy S
- Sony Ericssson Xperia Arc
- HTC Sensation
- LG Optimus 2X
- Motorola Defy +
- Nokia E5
BRAVIA™ HD TV (LED & LCD) – HX925 Series
Digital Media Player
LG Media Station MS400
Sony Playstation CECHH00
D-link HD Media Router 3000 DIR-857
Netwrok attached storage
Seagate BlackAmor NAS 220 2TB
Sony Cybershot DSC-G3
HP Photosmart Premium Fax All-in-One Printer CQ521