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Windows 7: Downside to setting Media Sharing to ON?

26 Dec 2014   #1
chamlin

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 
Downside to setting Media Sharing to ON?

Media sharing ON seems like a convenient idea that would be beneficial in my home "workgroup". Does it work smoothly? Or does it lead to slowdowns, difficulties on the network?

Just a desktop and laptop for now. Later, a smart tv.

Thanks,
Chamlin


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26 Dec 2014   #2
theveterans

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

Keep media sharing/streaming on if you need to use DLNA or Samba protocol for easy media streaming. There should be no downside to this (and to your internet connection) as long as the bandwidth is sufficient. On wired networks, you should have no issues streaming 1080p H.264 videos on LAN as long as the bandwidth is 100 Mbps or 1 Gbps. With WiFi, you run in to bandwidth/latency issues unless you're using 5 GHz 802.11n or 802.11ac which I highly recommend if you choose the WiFi route.

I have been streaming 1080p videos (from TV apps or DLNA server) with my smart TV while downloading/streaming from my 3 other devices without a single streaming lag from DLNA server to Smart TV over WiFi 5 GHz 802.11n.
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26 Dec 2014   #3
chamlin

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Thanks for that.

I'll start educating myself on DLNA and Samba. Know nothing. We're "wired" only. I have an AT&T Uverse 18 Mbps plan (their top is 24 Mbps). Here's what I "think" I want to do:

Phase I:
I want my wife's laptop to be able to play .avi, .mkv, vob, etc. files that are on my desktop, via our workgroup.

Phase II:
Once I finally choose a smart tv (was trying to hold out for flicker-free but it doesn't appear to be coming), I'll want to learn how to deliver those same files mentioned above, to the tv without having to put them on a USB stick.

Is this easy?
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26 Dec 2014   #4
theveterans

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

Phase I is done via DLNA or Samba (aka Microsoft's Windows network). Samba is native to Windows so just enable file and folder sharing on both desktop and laptop then store the videos, music, files, etc. on that shared drive and it should be accessible on both computers.

Phase II is done using DLNA. DLNA supports those formats you mentioned, as well MKV with SSA (aka soft styled subs) subs too (Keep in mind that the SSA sub support varies by TV model. At least in my Sony Smart TV, it is fully supported but I know that some Samsung model's don't support soft subs). The difference is that you don't need a PC connected to the TV since the TV will natively decode and play those files via DLNA protocol. Enabling Media streaming in your Windows network properties turns that PC or laptop in to a DLNA server and the TV will be able to play whatever the file is stored in the "Libraries" folder.
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26 Dec 2014   #5
NimoTony

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

for phase 1 you only need be networked and you should probably download and install VLC Media plaer--it's free and will play most/all video formats

VideoLAN - Official page for VLC media player, the Open Source video framework!

for phase two-there is a free version of Servio (a DLNA server app)

Serviio media server
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26 Dec 2014   #6
chamlin

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Excellent. Thank you both!
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26 Dec 2014   #7
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

I have 2 Vizio Smart TVs and, if I were to buy again, would forgo buying Smart TVs and just buy a regular TV and a Roku. The Roku has far more support and far more apps available than my Smart TVs. Other brands of Smart TVs may be better, I can only speak for the ones I have.

The media player in my Smart TVs is virtually worthless, it can connect to a DLNA server but can't play most of the videos I have while the media player app for the Roku has no problem playing any of my videos. It's frustrating because if I plug an external USB drive into my TV with the same videos, it can play them fine.

Another option would be to buy a TV with Roku built-in. In any case, I don't recommend Vizio Smart TVs.
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27 Dec 2014   #8
chamlin

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Thanks, Strollin. Good to know. I've seen the nice interface but limited functionality of the LG's, the not so nice interface of the Samsungs but better functionality, and have heard from several people to get a standard tv with a roku or other box. Will dive in now in anticipation of pending price drops prior to the new model season.
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27 Dec 2014   #9
NimoTony

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

another option--IF you have a Blu-Ray player--is to connect thusly:

PC wired to router>Router wired to BluRay>BluRay to TV and 5.1 surround sound system via HDMI.

Serviio shows up in the list (along with Amazon,Hulu,Netflix and many others) as a server on the BluRay players 'home' screen

note: most modern BluRay players perform the same function as a Roku--so if you have one you wont need a Roku
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27 Dec 2014   #10
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NimoTony View Post
... note: most modern BluRay players perform the same function as a Roku--so if you have one you wont need a Roku
Not quite. Can you name a BluRay player that has the capability of downloading and installing hundreds of apps? How about one that supports Miracast? You can also plug in a USB drive to the Roku and it even has an SD card slot. The Roku can even play games and the remote doubles as a game controller. Can you name a BluRay player that has all those capabilities?

The ones I've seen have the top apps like Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, etc... but not much more beyond that. Your statement would be more accurate if you said, "most modern BluRay players perform similar functions as a Roku--but the Roku goes beyond what the BluRay players offer".

Personally, I have a BluRay player but have not connected it to my TV nor even turned it on since I got my Roku.
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