We configure the DLNA server using the “Home Media Server (UPnP, DLNA, HTTP)” program. View files from your computer on your TV



In this article, I want to tell you again how to create a DLNA server on your computer (laptop, netbook). This will allow you to view movies and photos on your TV screen, as well as listen to music stored on your computer.

You just need to connect the TV to the computer with a network cable or simply to the same network, run the DLNA server on the computer and start watching the movie or photo.
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I have already written about this detailed instruction, but I showed it on the example of LG TVs and their proprietary Smart Share application (this is LG’s proprietary workstation for transferring multimedia content from a computer to a TV using DLNA technology). Here is this article: “Setting up DLNA (Smart Share) on your LG Smart TV. Watch movies and photos on your computer.”

But, as it turned out, there are a lot of problems with the Smart Share application. The fact that it does not start, gives various errors or closes. You can read about it in the comments that visitors left in the article, the link of which is above.

It is a very good and completely free program.“Home Media Server (UPnP, DLNA, HTTP)”which is a great smartphone equivalent to LG Share or for example Samsung AllShare.

“Home Media Server (UPnP, DLNA, HTTP)” is a universal program that you can use to run a DLNA server and connect to it from almost any TV that supports DLNA technology (and if your TV has Wi-Fi or a network connection it most likely supports this technology ). Basically, a DLNA client can be not only a TV but also a gaming bailiff.

This manual is suitable for TVs from different manufacturers: LG, Samsung, Toshiba, Sony etc. Compared to proprietary applications such as Smart Share, “Home Media Server (UPnP, DLNA, HTTP)” has a large number of settings.

We’re not going to go into all the nuances, but just consider how to share the folders or drives you need. How to create a server and how to start watching a movie using DLNA technology on your TV.

Connecting the TV to work in DLNA technology

Before starting to configure the program, we need to connect the TV to a computer or laptop. If you already have everything connected, for example through a router, you can move on to the next item.

We need to connect the laptop and the TV to the network. If you have a router installed at home, you just need to connect the computer to this router, via cable or via Wi-Fi, it is not important. And you need to connect the TV to the same router. You can also connect the TV via a network cable or Wi-Fi (see connection instructions here).

Our task, the TV and the computer (in my case, the laptop) were connected to the same router. I have a TV connected to the Asus RT-N13U (Rev. B1) router via Wi-FiLG 32LN575U and laptop Asus k56cm. It will be an instruction on their example.

What if there is no router?

In this case, you can connect your computer directly to the TV with a network cable. It is enough to take the required length of the network cable (it can be compressed in almost any computer store) and connect the TV to the computer.

It looks like:

Linking like this should work fine. But for me, the TV refused to see the server made on the laptop. But in the program “Home Media Server (UPnP, DLNA, HTTP)” the TV was displayed and I was able to start viewing the photo from the laptop itself and the photo appeared on the TV screen.

There is also a thought about how to connect them without a cable and without a router, but I’m not sure if this method will work and will only work for TVs that have the ability to connect to Wi-Fi.

You can try to create a computer-computer connection on a laptop, about which I wrote in the article “We use a laptop as an Internet access point (Wi-Fi router). Configuring a” computer-computer “connection via Wi-Fi”. Then connect the TV to the created access point and try to access files on the computer.

I think the connection has been dissolved. Let’s move on to server configuration.

Configuring “Home Media Server (UPnP, DLNA, HTTP)”

First of all, we need to download and install the program itself. I recommend downloading from the official site: https://www.homemediaserver.ru/index.htm. There is always a new version and it is safer.

Click the link and click the button. “Download”.

Save the archive on your computer. To install, just run setup.exe, which is in the archive. I will not describe the entire installation process, it is simple. Follow the instructions.

After installation, run the shortcut to the program on the desktop.

Let’s go straight to the program settings. There we will not do anything special, we just list local drives, flash drives, external hard drives or folders whose contents we want to see on the TV. For example, you can only open a few folders for Videos, Photos, and Music.

The settings window will open. In the first category Multimedia resources, we need to define which drives or folders we want to display on the TV. By default, there are open folders with standard photos, videos and music.

The program tries to sort everything out. In order not to confuse all these folders on the TV, I advise you to share local drives. By default, if I’m right, access to them is already open. Make sure there is a check mark nearby Local drives.

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If it is set, it means that you can open any file on your TV stored on these local drives (C, D, E etc.).

You can also specify individual folders or, for example, an external hard drive. To do this, click the right button To addand select the desired folder, USB flash drive or hard drive in Explorer.

We can see which folders and drives we have access to. We can delete selected folders. These are the basic settings, if you look there are a lot of settings there, I won’t be careful about everything. Click the button to save. Approxand you agree to the scanning of multimedia resources.

We are waiting for the program to scan the folders and the drive. Moreover, you can already start the DLNA server yourself. To do this, just press “Run it“.

Watch the message that the server is running.

Now turn on the TV. If everything is properly connected, it should appear in the “Home Media Server (UPnP, DLNA, HTTP)” program. To do this, go to the tab Playback devices (DMR)and on the right click Refresh.

If our TV showed up, everything is fine. You can try to start viewing photos directly from the program.

If the TV did not appear in the program and the server we created is not visible on the TV, please check the connection first. The TV is connected to the network and connected to the laptop.

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Then completely disable anti-virus software and firewalls. They can block access to the server.

To do this, in the main program window (above), select one of the tabs: movies, music or photos.

The left pane will show the media content that is located in those folders and drives on which we opened. For example, right-click a photo and select “Continue playing“Then choose our TV set.

The photo should immediately appear on the TV screen.

You can play video and music in the same way. This means that we can start playing on the TV screen from the program “Home Media Server (UPnP, DLNA, HTTP)”.

But this is not always convenient. Much better, go through the TV and open the necessary files. To do this, start the server. You can hide the “Home Media Server (UPnP, DLNA, HTTP)” program. Click the red cross (close the program) which will hide in the notification panel.

At the same time, the server will be operational and you will be able to access your computer from the TV.

We start browsing files on DLNA from the TV

So the server on the computer is running, the files for viewing are open.

Now we are on TV, we have to move on to the program that is responsible for working with DLNA technology. For example, in LG it is Smart Share. This application can be named differently for other TVs.

For example, to run Smart Share on LG, go to Smart TV (blue button on the remote control) and select Smart Share. If there is no Smart TV on your TV, but DLNA exists, the process may be different.

Then go to the tab Connected devices and select the server we created.

Open the folder My computerand there we can see our local drives and other folders that we have access to.

Then we go to the folder we need and start browsing photos, videos or playing music.

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“Home Media Server (UPnP, DLNA, HTTP)” is actually a very nice program with many settings. We only considered opening general file access and starting the server. When I started watching a movie through Smart Share, the laptop went into sleep mode and playback was interrupted. “Home Media Server (UPnP, DLNA, HTTP)” has a lock that prevents the computer from going into sleep mode when used as a server.

Hope you made it and now you are watching your favorite movies on the big screen TV using DLNA technology.

If something did not work out, write in the comments, we will try to figure it out.


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