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Configuring the Media Server feature on your Linksys cloud account

The External Storage Tool on the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router has a Media Server feature that will enable you to stream media files to your DLNA or UPnP enabled devices within your network.  Follow the instructions below on how to enable this feature using your Linksys cloud account.

Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) is a standard set by electronic companies to ensure interoperability of devices within a network.  If you have a DLNA Certified® device connected to your home network, it will automatically communicate with other connected DLNA Certified® devices.

NOTE:  The DLNA server feature is available on the latest Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Routers.

Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) are protocols for discovery of devices within a network as well as automatic configuration and data transfer via peer to peer connection.

Enabling the Media Server
Scanning of media files
Adding shared media folders
Expanding your network

 

Enabling the Media Server

Step 1:
Log in to your Linksys cloud account.  For instructions, click here.

Step 2:
Click on External Storage.

 

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Step 3:
Click on the Media Server tab.

 

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Step 4:
Ensure that the Enable Media Server is switched ON.

 


 

Scanning of media files

Scan Folders – You can choose whether to scan your media folders in a certain interval for any changes or just manually scan by pressing the Scan now button.
 


 

Adding shared media folders

Adding shared media folders will enable your router to specifically scan media files on certain folders.  Follow the steps below:

Step 1:
Click on Add New Folder.

 


Step 2:
Select a folder that you want to add then enter your desired Share name.

 

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Step 3:
Click Ok.


What’s next?

Your DLNA Certified® and UPnP enabled devices should now be able to access media files from the External Storage connected to your router.  You will now be able to stream audio and video within your network.

Expanding your network

Once you have successfully set up the Media Server feature on your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, you might consider expanding the range of your wireless signal to ensure optimum coverage within your network range.  Check the following articles for more information:

Getting to know the Linksys AC1200 Max Wi-Fi Range Extender, RE6500
Getting to know the Linksys AC1200 Amplify Wi-Fi Range Extender, RE6700

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