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  1. Aerimus

    Aerimus Well-Known Member

    First off, I posted this guide over the weekend and couldn't figure out where it went...until finding out today that the server had to be rolled back. So here it is again.

    This is from the Microsoft blog, but does a great job explaining how to set up your Windows 7 computer to stream via DLNA. I use this all the time with my Captivate via AllShare, and I hope you can enjoy it like I do.

    Media Streaming

    There is a new “Stream” menu prominently displayed in the Window Media Player user interface (see figure below) that exposes simple scenario-based configuration options. These options allow you to:

    1)Set up your home PC so you can access your media libraries while away from home

    2)Allow other Windows 7 PCs and devices to push media to your Player and control it

    3)Quickly authorize all home PCs and devices to access your media collection

    Each of these scenarios will be discussed throughout this post.

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    HomeGroup introduces the concept of “shared libraries” for music, pictures, and video. As described in a previous blog post, these shared libraries are accessible from within the navigation pane of Windows Explorer and Windows Media Player, and from the “shared” view of each media category within Windows Media Center (see figures below). The scope of these libraries is the same from each of these views.
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    Windows Explorer will automatically discover and provide access to shared media libraries on other HomeGroup PCs. In addition, Windows Media Player and Windows Media Center will automatically discover shared libraries from:

    1)Windows Media Player 11 and 12

    2)Windows Home Server

    3)All DLNA compliant media servers (Samsung AllShare devices)

    Who Can Access My Shared Media Libraries?

    A HomeGroup is a secured set of Windows 7 PCs that can view and consume each other’s media seamlessly. Sharing is automatically set up among HomeGroup PCs and HomeGroup settings allow you to choose what types of media you would like to share; for example, you may choose to only share your music library and not your video or pictures.
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    In addition to all HomeGroup PCs being able to access your media, it is easy to allow devices to access shared media libraries on Windows 7 PCs. This can be done conveniently from either HomeGroup settings or within Windows Media Player:
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    You can also choose to restrict which specific PCs or devices have access to your media by choosing “more streaming options…” from the Windows Media Player “Stream” menu.
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    After this you just need to make sure the folder that has your videos in it shows up in Windows Media Player. This is a simple Drag and drop procedure. I find that I sometimes have to manually add some new content.

    At this point you just go into your AllShare on your Captivate and you should be able to navigate through to your videos.

    Let me know if you have any questions on any of this and I'll be happy to answer them. Also, if someone wants to post details on how to do this with Windows XP, Mac OSX, or Linux, I'll be happy to add it to the post.

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  2. madiom

    madiom Well-Known Member

    All of my settings match up but, I get an "unable to play, signal too weak" the weird thing is that I have full bars to my wi-fi. any advice? -Samsung Epic
  3. Aerimus

    Aerimus Well-Known Member

    Hmm...I haven't seen that one in particular. Are you running Windows 7? If so, have you tried restarting your router, and/or your phone?
  4. madiom

    madiom Well-Known Member

    windows 7, reboot didn't work
  5. NightAngel79

    NightAngel79 Bounty Hunter Administrator Moderator

    Gonna move this to tips and tricks everyone
  6. mongstradamus

    mongstradamus Well-Known Member

    I wanted to give all share a try, but everytime i get an error message say Sorry, this video cannot be played. I tried to follow the op directions , i can see the shared folder and its contents thru all share , but it just wont play :-(
  7. thetomas

    thetomas Member

    I'm having the same problem, does anyone have any ideas?
  8. LenDB2

    LenDB2 New Member

    I'm in the market for a new Windows 7 computer with a built in TV tuner. It appears that the older DVR-MS recording format has been replaced with a newer .wtv format. I want to play back (stream) these .wtv recordings to my new Samsung Blu-Ray DLNA (BD-C6900) compliant player over my wireless-n network. However, the documentation that comes with my Blu-Ray player does NOT list the .wtv format.

    How can I confirm that the .wtv format will work in this scenario? I've already setup my Wireless-N network and have successfully streamed from my Windows Vista laptop to my DLNA player. I had to download some software from Samsung which makes my Vista laptop media (specific folders) visible to my DLNA player. It sounds as if Windows 7 takes this to an even higher level. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  9. ekaxel

    ekaxel New Member

    I have the same problem. I have converted the .wtv to .mpg, ,avi and .msdvr. The Samsung player still rejects it. SOMEONE must have solved this!
  10. liltaz

    liltaz New Member

    I have a Dell Windows 7 Home Premium and Droid X and was able to share all compatible files. Thanks for the info!
  11. RandomIdeaMan

    RandomIdeaMan New Member

    Does anyone know if you need to use media libraries in Win7 to have allshare work?

    Is is possible to have it work with normal shared folders (the system I already have set up on various PCs in the house across several windows versions, and interacting appropriately with my WD TV Live)?
  12. RandomIdeaMan

    RandomIdeaMan New Member

    I would imagine that it is 100% related to the codecs within your Samsung device, and to my knowledge there is no way to update the codecs on Android devices unless it is pushed through by the manufacturer (ie. Samsung) or Google themselves.
  13. amber chandla

    amber chandla New Member

    try choosing the option " allow remote control of my player" in stream option it worked for me!!
    now i can play media on my phone on pc and pc media on phone!
    i have samsung galaxy s gt i9000:)
  14. ScootchMcgootc

    ScootchMcgootc New Member

    I got my Galaxy S II streaming to and from WMP just fine. I would really like to be able to stream to WMC though so that I don't have to switch from one app to the other on my htpc. I hate losing that emersion cool factor especially when showing off my htpc to guests. What do I need to do to get it set up?
  15. fskuipers

    fskuipers New Member

    If your mobile device is discoverable with allshare, you can view videos in the "shared" section in "Videos" on 7 MCE and audio in the "shared" section in "Music". Does it for me. In case you would like to use your cellphone only and not the mce remote, you could try "Unified remote". Great Android app with small server component. I have my mobile usually closer on the couch than the remote...
  16. scoutxlt

    scoutxlt New Member

    I am attempting to connect to my Windows 7 "Pro" tower &/or Laptop via my WiFi Server, all my systems are Networked/HomeGroup[ed] so I should have access, but for some reason my Phone can't recognize the media one way or another?

    I have a Motorola Droid 3 and its using DLNA 'app' embedded in the system, when I scan my Server it sees the server its self, but nothing on it? I had assumed Windows 7 was DLNA compliant, I have the latest Media Player Updates installed, and can see the settings discussed above and actually had them already set in that fashion... yet the Phone doesn't seem to be able to get past my server...? I suspect it is looking for a Networked HDD or some other stand-alone device like a Game Console etc. Any ideas how I can get past the server/router to my system...? All allowances that I can find are authorized.
  17. nmccready

    nmccready New Member

    I have gotten Android to stream from WM12, but I have yet to get a DLNA client that works for MAC OSX. Any suggestions?
  18. vzwandroid

    vzwandroid New Member

    Aerimus...that was a great explanation on setting up the DNLA server on Win 7. Can you tell me how you got your HDTV to show up in the "Network & Sharing Center"?
    I believe once I figure that out, then my problem is fixed. My smart tv is on the network, but I cannot see it when I have the computer look for devices on the network.
    Please let me know. Thank you so much.
  19. Alfa56

    Alfa56 New Member

    Could also not play several moviefiles, in fact only MP4.
    After installation of MediaHouse UPnP on my SG2 I could play almost everything except .wtv. These could be converted, but thats a little to much for what it's worth.
    Windows7 could connect to and from my SG2 (play both directions).
  20. Thanks for the guide. Because I was setting everything by random clickin on buttons and enabling and disablin of random options.

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