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Accessing Media Servers

Media Servers

DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) defines interoperability guidelines to enable sharing of digital media between consumer devices. Media Servers are a type of DLNA devices that store content and make it accessible to media players. You can find devices that function as Media Servers using DLNA’s Product Search tool.

Pairing a Media Server

Once you have a Media Server running and connected to your local network pairing it with Windows 8 is easy:

  1. Using the Search Charm type “Devices” and click on “Settings”.
  2. Tap the “Devices” tile.
  3. You will be taken to the PC settings, and in the right side you will see a list of devices that are currently attached to your computer.
  4. Tap “Add a device” and wait for your Media Server to appear in the list.
  5. Select your Media Server and wait for the progress bar to fill up.
  6. Your Media Server is ready to be used.

What can Multimedia 8 do with Media Servers?

Multimedia 8 can play any media file from your Media Servers as if they were locally stored in you computer. You can manually browse each Media Server by tapping the “Media Server” tile in Multimedia 8′s home screen, or you can click the “All media” tile which will show all media content stored locally and in all your Media Servers (this can take some time).

Finally you can use the Search Charm and Multimedia 8 to search for media in your Media Servers, just type the name of the artist or movie you are looking for and Multimedia 8 will show results from both locally stored files and Media Servers,

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