Dlna Support For Mac

 

What is Airplay, Miracast and DLNA

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  • What is Airplay, Miracast and DLNA. Airplay is a wireless streaming service from Apple (Itunes program), designed to allow users to stream contents from any Apple devices to speakers, AirPort Express or an HDTV. Using Airplay, you can either display the content on a bigger screen with a full HD resolution or listen a high quality sound over WiFi.
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  • JRiver Media Center, a DLNA media server for Windows and Mac. Also includes Renderer and Controller. KooRaRoo Media (UPnP, DLNA, HTTP), a multimedia organizer and media server for Windows. On-the-fly transcoding, supports multiple video/audio streams in files, includes a DMS (server) and a DMC (controller) with 'play to' functionality.

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Airplay is a wireless streaming service from Apple (Itunes program), designed to allow users to stream contents from any Apple devices to speakers, AirPort Express or an HDTV. Using Airplay, you can either display the content on a bigger screen with a full HD resolution or listen a high quality sound over WiFi.

Miracast is a wireless display standard from WiFi Alliance. Designed for mirroring any Miracast devices to a TV, projector, monitor without any cables, it uses the peer-to-peer WiFi direct standard. That allows an optimal video 1080p HD and sound 5.1 running without a wireless router. In addition, easy to use and plug into HDMI or USB port, users can mirror the content on a bigger screen.

DLNA stands for Digital Living Network Alliance, and was set up by Sony. Defined as an open standard, that allows devices to share media content with each other such as photos, videos, music through TCP/IP network and UPnP protocol. In other words, devices are connected to the same home network, without having to store the content. Therefore, DLNA users can share its media to other multimedia devices, by streaming on bigger screen with a resolution of 4K ultra high definition.

Main differences between Airplay vs. Miracast vs. DLNA

1. Compability

In term of compatibility, DLNA is more flexible and supported by most DLNA devices (e.g: TV, laptop, smartphones) and platforms, so that users can share content between devices. On the other hand, Miracast is mid-diversified by offering a compatibility on system such as Android and Windows to Miracast devices. Easy to use and plug into HDMI or USB ports, it doesn’t require any cables. However, Airplay is more limited and compatible with Apple devices to speakers, AirPort Express or an HDTV, requiring users to use Apple system.

2. Networking

In term of networking, Airplay, Miracast and DLNA use a wireless network based on 802.11 (a,b,g,n, ac). Nevertheless, to broadcast and perform an optimal content, the network protocol may differ between them. Airplay is a standard / network protocol stack using UDP for streaming media content and is based on RTSP network protocol.

On the other hand, DLNA uses a synergistic approach with a DLNA protocol set to ensure DLNA devices are suitable. Defined by an Universal Plug and Play, that allows devices to share media content with each other through its home network. In addition, DLNA and Airplay need WLAN AP for relay purpose compare to Miracast, which uses a WiFi Direct/TDLS and WPA2 security. That allows users to share multimedia between Miracast devices. In other words, Miracast use its own network even if the WiFi is not available.

3. Interface and local APP

Airplay, Miracast and DLNA provide an interface to a larger screen. Indeed, they all adopt an APP-centric interface and make the TV look like a giant tablet via screen mirroring or extended screen. Intituive and creative with their functionalities, users can customize their favorite features and configuration. Though DLNA has a biggest advantage since it is multiplatform, users can enjoy and download free APP on their devices and rearrange them as favorite.

The menu bar and layout allow them to browse content and stream from any devices. Nevertheless, streaming players may differ in term of screen projection. Miracast and DLNA don’t allow Application content projection while on the other hand DLNA and Airplay allow client multi-task during projection.

4. Set up

In term of setting up, they all require a small device (e.g: computer and office) to perform the content. DLNA Media Server is easier to set up, and doesn’t require to install anything because system is built-in with DLNA. On the other hand, Airplay requires an Apple TV or Airplay-enabled speaker to screen mirror, while Miracast require a Miracast compatible device and a Miracast TV or dongle to allow point to point projection.

Let’s sum up main differences

Apple Dlna Server

Differences

Airplay

Miracast

DLNA

Compatibility

- Apple devices

- Third party speakers, AirPort Express or an HDTV

- Android, Windows

- HDMI or USB ports

- Supported by most platform

Networking

- Wireless type: 802.11 (a,b,g,n,ac)

- Standard protocol / prototype: proprietary

- Standard protocol / type: Airplay

- Need WLAN AP for relay purpose: Yes

- Wireless type: 802.11 (a,b,g,n,ac)

- Standard protocol / prototype:Open standard

- Standard protocol / type: Wi-Fi Direct / TDLS

- Need WLAN AP for relay purpose: No

- Wireless type: 802.11 (a,b,g,n,ac)

- Standard protocol / prototype:Open standard

- Standard protocol / type: DLNA protocol set

- Need WLAN AP for relay purpose: Yes

Interface and local APP

- APP centric interface: Yes

- Screen mirroring: Yes

- Application content projection: Yes

- Client multi-task during projection: Yes

- APP centric interface: Yes

- Screen mirroring: Yes

- Application content projection: No

- Client multi-task during projection: No

- APP centric interface: Yes

- Screen mirroring: Yes

- Application content projection: No

- Client multi-task during projection: Yes

Set up

- Require a device: Apple TV or Airplay-enabled speaker

- Require a device: Miracast compatible device and a Miracast TV or dongle

- Require a device: DLNA server, DLNA compatible device

Wrap up

To conclude, they all provide a bigger screen and require a small device to perform an optimal content. Nevertheless, streaming players differ in term of technologies and performance though they have same type of wireless network.

Dlna Support For Mac Os

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If you are looking for a point to point projection capabilities and something mid-diversified in term of compatibility, Miracast is more suitable because it is supported by Miracast devices such as HDTV and doesn’t require to purchase an additional receiver. If you are looking for customized features and something easy to set up, more flexible, DLNA will be suitable since it support multiple platforms. On the other hand, if you are an Apple user and having an Apple equipment, the Airplay will be more suitable to the screen.

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Get started

Make sure that your devices meet the requirements for using AirPlay. To use Siri to play and control video from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, add your Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV to the Home app and assign it to a room.

Stream video from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Connect your device to the same Wi-Fi network as your Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV.
  2. Find the video that you want to stream.
  3. Tap . In some third-party apps, you might need to tap a different icon first.* In the Photos app, tap , then tap .
  4. Choose your Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV. Need help?

To stop streaming, tap in the app that you're streaming from, then tap your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch from the list.

*Some video apps might not support AirPlay. If you can’t use AirPlay with a video app, check the App Store for tvOS to see if that app is available on Apple TV.

If video automatically streams to an AirPlay device

Your device might automatically stream video to the Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV that you frequently use. If you open a video app and see in the upper-left corner, then an AirPlay device is already selected.

To use AirPlay with a different device, tap, then tap another device, or tap 'iPhone' to stop streaming with AirPlay.

Stream video from your Mac

  1. Connect your Mac to the same Wi-Fi network as your Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV.
  2. On your Mac, open the app or website that you want to stream video from.
  3. In the video playback controls, click .
  4. Select your Apple TV or smart TV. Need help?

To stop streaming video, click in the video playback controls, then choose Turn Off AirPlay.

Mirror your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Use Screen Mirroring to see the entire screen of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch on your Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV.

  1. Connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to the same Wi-Fi network as your Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV.
  2. Open Control Center:
    • On iPhone X or later or iPad with iPadOS or later: Swipe down from the upper-right corner of the screen.
    • On iPhone 8 or earlier or iOS 11 or earlier: Swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen.
  3. Tap Screen Mirroring.
  4. Select your Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV from the list. Need help?
  5. If an AirPlay passcode appears on your TV screen, enter the passcode on your iOS or iPadOS device.

Your TV uses your iOS or iPadOS device's screen orientation and aspect ratio. To fill your TV screen with the mirrored device screen, change your TV's aspect ratio or zoom settings.

To stop mirroring your iOS or iPadOS device, open Control Center, tap Screen Mirroring, then tap Stop Mirroring. Or press the Menu button on your Apple TV Remote.

Mirror or extend your Mac display

With Apple TV or an AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV, you can mirror the entire display of your Mac to your TV or use your TV as a separate display.

  1. Connect your Mac to the same Wi-Fi network as your Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV.
  2. On your Mac, click in the menu bar at the top of your screen. If you don't see , go to Apple  menu > System Preferences > Displays, then select 'Show mirroring options in the menu bar when available.'
  3. Choose your Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV. Need help?
  4. If an AirPlay passcode appears on your TV screen, enter the passcode on your Mac.

Change settings or stop mirroring

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To change the size of your desktop mirrored on your TV, click in the menu bar. Then select Mirror Built-in Display to match the size of your desktop or Mirror Apple TV to match the size of your TV.

AirPlay also lets you use your TV as a separate display for your Mac. Just click in the menu bar, then select Use As Separate Display.

Dlna supported formats

To stop mirroring or using your TV as a separate display, click in the menu bar, then choose Turn AirPlay Off. Or press the Menu button on your Apple TV Remote.

Learn more about mirroring or extending the display of your Mac.

Do more with AirPlay

  • Use Siri on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to play movies and TV shows, and control playback on your Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV.
  • Use AirPlay to stream music, podcasts, and more to your Apple TV, HomePod, or other AirPlay-compatible speakers.
  • Add your AirPlay 2-compatible speakers and smart TVs to the Home app.
  • Learn what to do if you can't stream content or mirror your device's screen with AirPlay.