aVia Review: Android device = DLNA Media Server

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

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?

  • alexanderharri3

    I haven’t heard of iMediaShare before. I’ll have to check that one out, although the $4.99 price tag to take away ads and add more HD online content is a bit steep.

  • SUMS

    Just have a look into Pixel Media Server on Android Platform. This app make your phone to DLNA server. Once your phone is become DLNA media server, your all media contents will be shared to your Home Network. Now from your TV you can play your songs, movie or see your images. It support all popular video file format (AVI, MP4, MPG, 3GP, MKV etc). This app is free to download.

    If you want to control your TV from your app, you can also download Pixel Media Controller. Free to download.

  • Turer

    I use ArkMC as Android DLNA server, controller, player, renderer. http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.arkudadigital.arkmc.gm
    It works nice with my WD live book and Sony TV

    • Starter

      Thanks for the link. I have tried ArkMC it works fine and have really plesant interface.

  • biko

    No cast icon after unlocking extras The cast icon does not show up after unlocking the extra features. I am using samsung galaxy note 2

  • alexanderharri3

    That app seems to act as more of a portal to online media that can be streamed to the TV rather than your phone’s own media (minus photos and camera roll videos).

    Slightly different than the all-files/SD card capabilities of aVia, but still useful nonetheless. Personally, I’m streaming to a Google TV so these features other than camera roll/videos aren’t all that useful for the more tech savvy.

    It looks much more easy to use than aVia off the bat – minus the ads – and that’s what most users need.