All About Media Servers for Home Entertainment

How Media Services and Associated Devices Work in Home Entertainment Environment

Home Entertainment used to be pretty simple - turn on the TV, adjust the "rabbit ears" and sit down to an evening of laughter and drama. Today, it is not so simple - we have HDTVs, cable, satellite, Blu-ray discs, and DVDs and now the internet and home networks have changed the way we access movies, music and other options. As a result, media servers are now something that consumers need to know about, as well as knowing how to use them. Learn the details on how media server hardware and software works in a series of articles by Barb Gonzalez.

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What Is a Media Server -- How a Media Server Shares Photos, Music and Movies

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To stream your photos, music and movies to a media streamer or network media player, you need a media server. Learn what is a media server and how it organizes your media files to make it easier to find the media you want to watch or listen to in our article: What is a Media Server?

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How Media Server Software Works With Network Media Players, Streamers and PCs

To share the photos, music and movies saved on your computer with your home theater system, you may require media server software. Learn how media server software has different features to make it easier to find and stream the media you want to your network media player, media streamer, network Blu-ray Disc player, TV, or home theater receiver in our article How Media Server Software Works with Network Media Players, Streamers and PCs.

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What Is a NAS (Network Attached Storage) Device?

What is a NAS anyway? A NAS, or Network Attached Storage device, may be the best place to save your media library. Find out if you should use a NAS device as a media server with your network media player to access your photos, music, and movies over your home network. For all the details, check out our article on NAS (Network Attached Storage) Device Basics.

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What to Look for When Shopping for a NAS (Network Attached Storage) Device

A NAS (Network Attached Storage Device) can store a centralized media library of photos, music and movies to access on your network media player and home network computers. NAS devices are not just hard drives, they have features like remote access of stored audio, video, and still image files. For details on how to shop for the best NAS for your home theater/home network setup, check out the article Ten Features to Compare When Shopping For a NAS.

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What Is DLNA?

DLNA stands for Digital Living Network Alliance. The DLNA sets standards and guidelines for home networking media devices. Learn more about DLNA and how DLNA certification makes it easy to set up your home network to share and stream photos, music and movies. For all the details, check out What is DLNA?.

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DLNA Certification Basics

When buying a network media player or device, you want to be sure it is DLNA certified. Learn about the DLNA certifications and gain a better understanding of how to stream media over a home network. For all the details, check out the article DLNA Certification Basics.

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Samsung AllShare Basics

Samsung AllShare easily streams photos, music and movies between TVs, home theater, blu-ray disc players, Galaxy Tab, and WiFi cameras and camcorders and can all be controlled by a Galaxy S phone. Learn how AllShare makes networking home entertainment simple using DLNA certified products. AllShare products are the perfect example of DLNA certifications and the perfect way to understand DLNA. For all the details, check out the article: Samsung AllShare Simplifies Media Streaming.