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Stream Videos from Windows 7 PC to DLNA supported Smart TV

This article will show you how to stream videos from Windows 7 PC to Dlna supported Smart TV. I have already discussed How to connect DLNA enabled Smart TV with Windows 8. If you are using Windows 7, you may get confused and face different problems during the setting up of connection between your Smart TV and your Windows 7 PC. So, in this article I am just summing up the steps that you need to perform to stream a video file to your DLNA enabled Smart TV from your Windows 7 PC.

Connect dlna tv with windows 7

You will need a Router (or you can say a modem having multiple ports). If you are using a Wi-Fi router, you don’t need to think about number of ports.

Before getting into the steps, I just want to clear one thing that, Modem and Routers are not same things. Modem stands for (modulator + demodulator). It converts the incoming analogue signal to digital signal and sends that signal to your computer and again converts the digital signal (coming from your computer) to analogue signal.

Router is a Three Layer Switch. In this article we will need at least a two layer switch (a bridge). So, you can perform the following steps with a router or a bridge. Without going into the depth of these Networking devices, Let’s Discuss how can we create connection between the Windows 7 PC and the Smart TV. We need to create a LAN segment between Windows 7 PC and Router (or modem or bridge) and another LAN segment between SMART TV and the Router. The Router or the Bridge will do the Bridging action. These two LAN segments can be two wireless links, One Ethernet link and One Wireless link or two Ethernet Links.

wireless bridge network

Steps to stream video from Windows 7 PC to DLNA enabled TV

1. Connect your TV and PC with your router. Here I am showing two different physical connections. My connection between Windows 7 PC and Router is a wireless connection, where I am using an Ethernet cable to join Smart TV and Router.

Connect PC with router

Connect TV with router

2. Now, create a HomeGroup from your Windows 7 PC. In Control Panel -> Network and Internet -> HomeGroup location select Choose media streaming options…

Choose media streaming options

3. In new window select Allow All. Then dialog box select select “Allow all computer and media devices option. Press OK.

Allow all network devices

Connect TV with router

4. Now, put a video file in “My Video” folder. You can see the exact location in the screenshot below. Replace “Anik” with your username.

put files in my videos

5. Turn on your TV and make sure it is connected to your router. You will see available network on your TV Screen. Connect to the network. In Samsung Smart TVs you may need to press Source button of your remote to see the available network.

Connect to network

6. Now, select Videos in Content type window.

select videos type

7. Now, open Videos folder and followed by All Videos.

Open Videos Folder

Open All Videos Folder

In All Videos folder you will see all the videos which are in the My Videos folder of different User Accounts and Public account. Now, click to play the video files. Video files will be streamed without any lag.

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Nick is a Software Engineer. He has interest in gadgets and technical stuffs. If you are facing any problem with your Windows, feel free to ask him.

 
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Hi Nick

Thanks for directing me to this procedure. I have followed it to the letter, but I still get no joy. I still can’t get NETWORK to appear in the source list.

A friend has exactly the same Samsung TV. I went round to his house and set up streaming in ten minutes and was able to watch video files by selecting them on the TV. Same settings on my PC – Zilch! Ran diagnostics: no faults reported. Deleted Homegroup and restarted, still no joy. I’ve run out of ideas. What could be wrong?

Hi Colin,
Sorry to hear that your problem has not fixed yet. Please See Step 3 and make sure Media Player on the Computer and your TV both are Allowed to stream and not in Blocked state.
If you can not see your TV in that list, let me know that.

Hi Nick
The wording is slightly different: it says ‘Media programs on this PC and remote connections’ rather than ‘media programs on this computer’.
The TV also appears there plus two instances of Colin-PC.

All devices are allowed to access shared media, using default settings.

Hi Colin
As u said, you have tried the same thing on your friend’s PC and there was no problem. Then It can be a problem of your Wireless router. Some routers don’t fit properly with Samsung’s built in Wi-Fi adapters. Here are some things, you may try out :
1. Try to update your Wireless driver of your PC
2. Make sure your Samsung TV’s system software is updated to its latest version.

If the problem still persists.

A. Re install Windows 7 (If you were using Windows 8, I would suggest you to Refresh your computer. But that is not possible in Windows 7. I know RE-installing Windows 7 is a time consuming and frustrating option.)
B. Try to connect Samsung TV with your router using LAN wire instead of connecting over Wi-Fi. (Your Samsung TV must need to have a PPoE port to do so)
I don’t think there are other options to fix your problem.
At the End, if the problem is still there, it’s better to contact SAMSUNG SERVICE TEAM.

the tv is not plug and play to add it to a network you will have to go thgoruh the menus and add it to your wireless/wired network, i don’t have the same tv so unfortunately´╗┐ i can’t guide you

In Samsung Smart Tvs, Network detection is enabled by default, So, it will automatically connected to the available wired/wireless network unless you turned off the network discovery settings of the TV.

This worked perfectly for me. I did not have my network settings set correctly, but I followed your instructions and I am streaming like a champ. Thanks!

Hi TDJ,
Good to see that this article helped you. Please keep in touch.
Cheers,
Nick

live tv from internet

hey there and thank you for your info

My problem is a little different but still thought I would ask. I am trying to go to a live webcast via my church website on the browser of the Samsung Smart TV UN32EH5300F. The webcast is set up to either play through the browser or you have the option to play it through YouTube. When I click on the play button , it acts like it will load but the it doesn’t and it pops up this: “error occured, try again later”. I’ve tried reducing pixel size, didn’t fix it. I set up account with Youtube and made sure the TV and youtube were in sync, didn’t fix it. Do you have any clue why it won’t just work??!!!! So frustrating!! Your thread here of syncing my PC seemed to maybe be a fix for the whole problem but my question with regards to streaming live video, will that work for this issue?

Thanks

Hi Anik,

I have a shared folder under which I have 7 shared folders, only 5 appears 2 do not. Under properties all 7 folders are shown as shared, but 2 do not appear. What could be the possible reason ?

Many thanks

Hi, Mushtaq.. plz double check the sharing properties of those to folders. Check whether they are shared with “Everyone” or not. If possible plz send me the snapshot of the “sharing” tab of those folders. you may mail me : anik.of.c41@gmail.com

hi Nick, thanks for the post. It worked for videos, audios shared from laptop to TV. Can I share documents as well, i.e. use my TV as a monitor?

Rakesh

Hi Rakesh, as most of the smart TVs don’t have document viewers, they will not able to open any document file. You may share your laptop screen with your smart tv using HDMI cable or over WiFi.