It’s all about connectivity today—between people and devices. But with so many types of technology speaking different languages, what bridges the gap so that your tools can talk to each other to help you reach your goals of using various devices, both for business and pleasure? Part of the answers lies in DLNA—which stands for Digital Living Network Alliance. DLNA is a type of technology and an organization wrapped in one powerful acronym.
Yet while you may have never heard of DLNA, chances are good that you’re affected by it every day as you summon your electronic devices to share content with others. That’s because DLNA is an organization that defines standards that allow your various tech tools—from smartphones to tablets and smart TVs—to communicate so that you can share things with others like video, music, and photos.
There are actually more than 9,000 different DLNA devices, so you can see why it’s so important for the organization to set standards for them. The nonprofit group relies on over 200 members who take responsibility for doing this. No longer do you have to configure individual components using IP addresses to get them to communicate with each other—with DLNA, a single communication protocol now ensures that multimedia devices of all types and brands can work together, even if they are designed by different manufacturers.
One way to think about what DLNA does is to picture it as a “home cloud” of sorts, since the hardware operates on a home network (either wired or wireless). No matter which type of device you’re using, DLNA makes it possible for various types of content to reach you, regardless of where your media is or what device you’re holding in your hand at that moment.
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