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How to use DLNA technology

Brian1 6,233 1,370 January 4, 2012 at 08:25 PM
How can I stream Grooveshark on my laptop through my receiver via DLNA?

Does DLNA allow me to stream any audio or video that my laptop plays? If so, how do I accomplish this?

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here is a walkthrough for spotify. you can use this to help with groveshark
G. Use your PS3/Xbox 360

Another solution, a bit less smooth, is to stream Spotify to your gaming console or other devices that support DLNA (such as the Xbox and PS3). DLNA is a protocol for sharing music files and playing them. DLNA isn't integrated into Spotify, but you can hack it installing a program to record the sound from Spotify and send it over the Wi-Fi using DLNA. Your gaming console will believe it's like an MP3 track on your computer - but a very, very long track, containing whatever you currently play in Spotify.

For Mac, users have reported that you can use DSBridge and PS3 Media Server in conjunction to make it work. If you try that alternative, make sure to post a comment about how to make it work (if it does), and we'll update this tutorial.

For Windows, there's a program called JamCast ($29.99, 14 days trial) which lets you do just that.

Simply download and install JamCast and enable the Virtual Soundcard playback. Go to your gaming console and search for Media servers, and see if your computer shows up. If it does, access it and go to Playlists -> Virtual Soundcard and play it.

If you have any lag or playback problems, make sure your connection to your wireless router is good, and that your gaming console is using a wired (rather than wireless) connection, since the lag normally has to do with the speed of your wireless connection.

In our experience, this solution works but takes a little fiddling before it's optimal, not to mention it takes at least 10-20 seconds from the time you start the playback on the gaming console until it actually plays. But if it floats your boat, then we're happy.
You need

XBox 360 or PS3 (or another DLNA-enabled device)
JamCast ($29.99)
Windows PC

+ No need for extra devices

- Complicated and often a bit laggy.
- Long start up procedure each time you want to listen to music.
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I use PS3 Media Server to stream to my XBox, PCs, TV, and Bluray player. I have it installed on a computer upstairs in the bedroom. Windows Media Player is a DLNA receiver.
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How can I stream Grooveshark on my laptop through my receiver via DLNA?
What type of receiver do you have? Some have built in ethernet/wifi but I have not yet seen one with built in apps. You may have something which will support the Grooveshark stream already in your entertainment center (xbox, PS3, WDTV, HTPC, App-enabled TV). But this is not exactly what you are specifying.
You would need a physical audio cable to go from this device to your receiver. Also in this case DLNA would not seem necessary because such a device would have a web browser you could simply go to the web site and start the Grooveshark stream. I have 3 devices in my home hooked to receivers that have Pandora apps on them and it works very well.

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Does DLNA allow me to stream any audio or video that my laptop plays? If so, how do I accomplish this?
DLNA is a protocol that supports media streaming. You need a server and a client to accomplish this. In your case you would run the server (playon player, serviio, etc) on your laptop then you would need a DLNA client connected to your receiver to playback that media on your receiver.

DLNA WIki [wikipedia.org]
An easier method might be to simply hook up your laptop to the receiver when you want to listen to music / watch videos. If it has HDMI out you are golden.
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What type of receiver do you have?
Sorry, I should have mentioned that.

Receiver: Pioneer VSX-1021-k

Blu-ray player: Panasonic DMP-BDT210
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An easier method might be to simply hook up your laptop to the receiver when you want to listen to music / watch videos. If it has HDMI out you are golden.
It doesn't.

Would a VGA-to-HDMI adapter degrade the audio and video too much to make that route viable?
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It doesn't.

Would a VGA-to-HDMI adapter degrade the audio and video too much to make that route viable?
Well unfortunately VGA to HDMI won't include the audio portion. you could go with a 1/8" stereo to RCA jacks cable for the simplest source

your receiver is pretty nice, you should be able to use a couple of other methods in addition to or instead of the cable:

Does your laptop have bluetooth?

Unleash your Smartphone's Music with Bluetooth(R)

The VSX-1021-K is fully ready for wireless connectivity with Bluetooth audio from your iPhone(R), Blackberry(R), or Android(R) smartphone or other Bluetooth-enabled sources like laptops. With the Pioneer AS-BT200 Bluetooth adapter, you can untether yourself from headphones, cables and inputs. And you'll enjoy near cd-quality with Sound Retriever AIR technology, created specifically to enhance Bluetooth audio.


Actually it looks like your receiver will find your DLNA server.
Connect to your PC Music Files or Internet Radio

The VSX-1021-K's networking ability opens up an entirely new world of possibilities. A rear panel Ethernet port allows full integration into your home network. With DLNA 1.5 certification, a whole new level of entertainment options are at your fingertips. Stream your MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV, or even FLAC music files from your PC, laptop or smartphone to your home theater system.

The Pioneer VSX-1021-K receiver also supports Internet Radio with vTuner, so you can enjoy 1000's of internet radio stations from around the world .Controlled by Pioneer's iControlAv2 app, it accesses tens of thousands of web-based radio stations worldwide, making it easy for you to find the ones you want and listen to them directly on your receiver - no antenna required.


Check this out http://www.pioneerelectronics.com...VSX-1021-K, download a DLNA server for your laptop and start playing aro
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VGA doesn't carry audio signals. If you're trying to do audio-only, you could just use an audio cable.

Edit: Beefcake beat me to it Frown.
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Does your laptop have bluetooth?
I just checked and it doesn't.

I'll explore those other options you mentioned though and post back with my findings.
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