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N900 Home Network Media Streaming – The Windows Setup

23 February 2010Entry by

Here is the promised “Part 2″ of the Home Media Streaming with the N900. In this short tutorial I will show, how to setup Windows Vista for the use as an UPnP server, so that you can stream all kind of media (with some exeptions – read more about in the maemo.org talk section, link in previous post) with your N900 over the air. In Windows 7 it will work similar. Unfortunately I cannot describe the setup for the use on Windows XP, but maybe a reader could add some lines in his comment about this.

First go to the Control Panel in the Windows system settings. Click on “Network and Sharing Center” to open your network connections setup. Make sure that the network is set to “Private network” otherwise it will not work. In case you find listed “Public network” you need to customize the network to private.

In the Sharing and Discovery section you will find sharing options for several services listed. Chose “Media Sharing” to open the tap, and click on “Change”. In the appearing window check “Share my media to” and goto settings. Just make sure that the media types you want to share are checked.

Confirm all windows with “OK” and your setup is done. Open your network environment and make sure that the Media Server icon appeared. Otherwise open the Windows Media Player to activate the server. You can close it after you checked the functionality of your Media Server. 

Fact is, by activating the UPnP Media Server on Windows you can stream to several devices in your home network, not just to the N900. Try it out. Have fun!

– sam –

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