DLNA Setup for a Panasonic Viera TV28th March 2011     By: Panasonic Media

Most of us have used and are familiar with Windows Media Player. It allows users to play and burn music, watch videos and DVDs and import digital photographs.

And, depending on the version you have on your computer, you can also stream music, watch music videos, listen to a variety of Internet radio stations and watch TV clips and movie trailers.

If you have a Panasonic Viera TV, you're in luck because it's already DLNA certified. That said, you may not know how to set up the streaming so we have provided you with a guide below.

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Connect an external device, such as a gaming console or additional computer, to your main computer's wired network with an Ethernet cable. If you want to stream through a wireless external device, go to "Start," open the "Control Panel" and add your device your computer's wireless network in the "Network and Sharing" section.

Go to "Start," click "All Programs" and open Windows Media Player.

Click on the "Library" tab and select "More Options." Next, click the "Configure Sharing" button. Select your external device from the list of options. Click the "Allow" button.

Click the "Library" tab and select the "Media Sharing" option. Check the boxes next to the "Find media that others are sharing" and "Share my media to" options. Next, click "OK." If you're using a gaming device, your computer's name will appear in your "Settings" pane. Click on your computer's name to locate your streamed files. If you're streaming to another computer, open Windows Media Player on the secondary computer and repeat Step 3 and Step 4.

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Same as above for the first two elements of the process…

Then click the "Stream" tab and select the "Turn on media streaming with HomeGroup" option. A password will be displayed on a pop-up screen. Write the code on a piece of paper and click "Finish." Depending on the external device you are connecting to, you may or may not need the code.

Click the "Stream" tab and select the "Automatically allow devices to play my media" option. Go back to the "Stream" tab and click on "More streaming options." Next, click on the "Show devices on" drop-down menu and switch the option from "Local network" to "Allowed." Click the "OK" button. You can now locate the streamed files in your "Settings" section.

Connecting a Viera for a basic DNLA equipped TV


Connecting a DLNA TV to a network is simple. An Ethernet cable can be used to connect the Ethernet socket on the rear of the TV to an unused Ethernet port (LAN Port) on a home broadband router. Ethernet cables are inexpensive and can be purchased from most PC retailers. This is the cheapest and simplest method of connection.

STEP 1

Connect one end of the Ethernet cable to a spare ethernet socket on the broadband router.

These are often marked "LAN" on the router.

STEP 2

Connect the other end of an Ethernet cable to the ethernet socket on the rear of the VieraCast TV.

Once connected, there are usually no settings to change on the TV.

Connecting a Viera to a wireless network


Connect the Panasonic wireless dongle to the USB in the back of the TV (use the cable provided).

In the Setup menu of the TV connect to your wireless home broadband router (note you may have a password you will need to provide).

Contact Panasonic NZ

To contact Panasonic New Zealand for all media enquiries:

pnzmedia@nz.panasonic.com
09 272 0100

We are located at:

18 Sir Woolf Fisher Drive
Highbrook Business Park
East Tamaki

Postal address:

Private Bag 14911
Panmure, Auckland 1741