According to the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA), there are nearly 1 billion DLNA Certified® products available on the market, including TVs, DVD and Blu-Ray players, game consoles, NAS devices, PCs, laptops, and smartphones.
For consumers, the idea behind it is to simplify the use of multiple devices, making it possible to print from your TV or view TV on your phone, for instance. Movies, music, and photos will follow people from the stationary home network as well as to/from mobile devices.
For the industry, it means that interoperability is key. And compliance to specs and interoperability guarantees are critical. Connectivity is based on Internet Protocol (IP), and the latest version of the spec (from 2011) supports: Ethernet, WiFi 802.11 (a,b,g,n), Bluetooth, HPNA, MOCA, and WiFi Direct.
According to the DLNA, certified devices include a service discovery and control feature, which enables home network devices to automatically self-configure network properties and control and collaborate with the other devices on the network.
If you need to work with DLNA, here are some articles that appeared on EDN.com from the University of New Hampshire Interoperability Lab (UNH-IOL) https://www.iol.unh.edu/ that might help you get started. The UNH-IOL has been a member of the DLNA since 2004.
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