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Old 01-16-2012, 09:22 AM   #1  
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Default PC to Sony Bravia via Ethernet

Hello everyone, I hope someone can help me. I have a Sony Bravia KDL-60EX700 that I connected via ethernet to my wireless router, Linksys E4200. I don't have a long ethernet wire running thru my home, I puchased a Monster PowerLine. I have a small unit plugged in by my router and the other unit with a 4-port hub plugged by my tv. The tv has an has internet connection but I cannot steam my movies that are on my desktop pc to my tv. When I go to the video menu on the tv, I do not see my folder that I've already shared on my pc. How can I stream my movies from my pc to my tv? Any help is always appreciated.

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I believe you have to use a DLNA server to send multimedia to your TV. You can't just connect the TV to your network and browse files, like you would with a computer.

Check out the Sony website and do a search for your model TV, find the manual and the DLNA setup guides, and give them a read.
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Most of the multimedia TVs do require DLNA and will have a fairly restrictive list of file formats they will play. Plus the files have to be placed in the PC in a fairly restrictive manner.

I find it a much better solution to use a Western Digital WD TV Live player connected to the TV. They run about $90 at amazon and in addition to being able to browse shared folders on any PC on the home network, it has support for Netflix, youtube, vudu and many other internet based media sources.

I know you already bought the TV with some of the capabilities built in, but the WD player may be money well spent.
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Old 01-17-2012, 08:52 AM   #4  
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Thanks for the replies. I downloaded ps3 media server and my computer picked up my tv instantly and vice-versa. I was able to view movies that are stored in my HD but all is not great. The picture freezes for a while and I sometimes lose audio. I can see the people on the tv talk, but no audio. I'm sure there must be a establised DLNA media server out there. I just don't know of one. If someone has been using a MS for a while without any interruptions, plesase pass along the information? And, I'll look into the WD rbinck. Any help is always appreciated.

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Your issue may now be the powerline equipment. The WD Live player uses N wireless which works pretty well. I use a Netgear wireless router that will allow both G and N wireless at the same time. But nothing is like a wire.
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Old 01-18-2012, 08:47 AM   #6  
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I have a Linksys E4200 wireless router. My tv is connected via ethernet to Monster PowerLine. I really havent had anytime to try another movie. I hope to later tonight. I'm looking into the WD Live Player but I would rather not include another piece to the puzzle, if I don't have to. Does anyone have experience on another DLNA media server that is really easy to use and has great HD streaming? Any help is always appreciated.

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I don't find any DLNA servers very easy to use. But maybe there are some for small collections. I have over 400 high def movies stored on my servers and I haven't found a DLNA server that will accommodate them in any friendly manner.
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What DLNA server are you using rbinck?

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Old 01-18-2012, 03:06 PM   #9  
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I don't use a DLNA server at all because they tend to be too restrictive especially for a large collection such as I have. I use an older PC with about 8 Terrabytes of hard drive storage for my media server. With the media players I use (I have both ASUS and WD Live units) the browsing via the Ethernet allows me to play any movie in my collection. I use a separate database on my laptop to aid in the locating of the movie I wish to play.

Also I have home theater PCs (HTPC) connected to all my TVs on which I use XBMC software to allow playing of any of the movies. It is very friendly media software that gives a thumbnail of the covers (which the WD Live does as well) for selecting movies. For the wife she likes the XBMC better, but the WD players permit playing movies without having to boot up the HTPCs.

The bottom line for me is I have not found a DLNA server that will accommodate my needs. But then I never considered trying to use a TV's built in media player either.
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