How to Use DLNA on a Laptop

By Charles Poole

The Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) is a trade organization that comprises most major electronics and software companies. DLNA maintains a strict set of guidelines that allows computers and other devices to share digital media via a network. If you have a Windows 7 laptop and you would like to use its DLNA capability, you need to use the Windows Media Player software installed on your system. Media Player allows Windows 7 users to stream their media to DLNA-compliant devices on the same network.

Step 1

Launch the Windows Media Player from the icon in the "Programs" menu via the "Start" button on your computer.

Step 2

Click on the "Switch to Library" button on the right side of the player.

Step 3

Click on the "Stream" option and then click the "Automatically allow devices to play my media" option. This turns on the DLNA-compliant capability of your laptop.