Android and Me

aVia Review: Android device = DLNA Media Server

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Headed to your living room, friend’s house, roommate’s room, parent’s house, etc. but don’t want to bring a flash drive, external hard drive, or your whole linux based media server with you? Want to throw up your camera clips onto a DLNA enabled TV or Google TV, etc without transferring over?

If any of the above are true, the aVia application is for you. While ASUS tablet owners have MyNet to provide dual direction DLNA streaming and a DLNA server, the aVia app on the Play Store provides the ability to serve up videos, pictures, music from:

  • Your device’s internal memory
  • Your device’s SD Card
  • Facebook Pictures
  • Picasa/Google Picture Albums
  • Remote sources like Windows Media players across the network

To get started, grab the app from Google Play (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.videon.android.mediaplayer&hl=en) or Amazon. Next, you’ll need to connect to the same network the device accessing the DLNA server is on (i.e. the same router). Ask your friends for the password to connect or use Android’s built in WPS feature.

You can then set up any DLNA capable media center, TV, screen and stream content from your Android device – no additional media center needed.

Additional use: extremely low powered DLNA server for your home! Combine with an app like Airdroid to remotely manage the files on your device to complete the ultra low powered media center.

Has anyone else used aVia or know of a better alternative? Thoughts on Google TV with aVia?

Aug 30, 2012 at 1:12 pm in Threads > Entertainment