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
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"
Go to "Start," click "All Programs" and open Windows Media
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
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
Connect one end of the Ethernet cable to a spare ethernet socket on
the broadband router.
These are often marked "LAN" on the router.
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
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).