Connecting Samsung DLNA TV to PC via LAN




I recently got a Samsung LCD TV and was pretty excited about the Ethernet Port. But very soon I discovered that my router was not supported and I could not connect to the Internet. However, I thought I must be able to connect the TV to my PC and stream content over it. I started looking for suggestions and learned about the DLNA standard. However, there was no properly written tutorial about streaming content on a DLNA device. All I found was bits and pieces on various forums. So I decided to try it myself. After an hour or so, I was finally able to connect the two devices. When I was done, I thought why don’t I write the tutorial myself? So here it is.Samsung_AllShare_Logo

All 5 series and above Samsung LCD/LED TVs have Ethernet ports. The connection with PC is made through the DLNA standard. Many other devices also support DLNA including Sony PlayStation3. Samsung calls this AllShare. All Samsung devices having the DLNA certification will have AllShare logo on it. Once the two devices are connected, you will be able to play content from the PC on your TV.

Things you will need:

Connecting

First of all, download and install the Samsung PC Share Manager on your Windows PC. Now connect the Samsung TV and your PC via Ethernet cable. Run PC Share Manager on PC. Go to the Share menu and click on Set Device Policy. Your TV should be listed there.

Samsung_PC_Share_Manager

If it is not listed, make sure your TV is switched on and media sharing is enabled in the AllShare menu. Once your TV is shown there, click on the Accept button beside its name. You are now ready to stream media from your PC to your TV.

Samsung_TV_AllShare_Menu

Samsung_TV_AllShare_Settings

Streaming

Normally you will be able to stream any type of file that you can play via USB. There is also a way to stream some incompatible media. However, it is still not possible to stream all types of content.

There are 3 ways to stream audio/video or images from your PC on to your TV. Each method is explained below. (Note that no matter what method you use, Samsung PC Share Manager will need to be kept running for it to work)

Through PC Share Manager

The first method is to use Samsung PC Share Manager to share folders and stream those media files. To do this, launch PC Share Manager. In the left pane browse for the folder you want to share with your TV. Drag the folder to the right pane. When you are done, click on the Set Changed State button on the toolbar. Keep in mind that this takes a long time and larger the shared folders, larger will be the time. So keep the number of shared files as low as possible. You can just share the content you want to play.

Samsung_PC_Share_Manager

Once this process is complete, go to the TV. There should be a popup showing the newly connected device. If there isn’t one, go to the TV’s source menu and select PC Share Manager. Your shared folders will be visible there, grouped into Video, Photos and Music. You can play the supported files now.

PC_Connected_to_TV

If you are unable to connect the TV, go to the TV’s network menu. Select wired connection and assign settings manually. Assign any IP address and Default Gateway. Now assign the same Default Gateway to your PC and any other IP Address. Now try to ping the TV. To do this, open command prompt and type Ping -t <TV’s IP Address>. If you receive a response, then the connection is fine. This only to test if the devices are connected, this does not help in streaming media.

Streaming Directly from PC Library

You can also stream content directly from PC. This can be done only with Windows 7. To do this, you will need to enable media streaming on your PC. Follow the steps below:

  • Open Control Panel
  • Go to Network and Sharing Center
  • Click on Choose homegroup and sharing options
  • Click on Change advanced sharing settings…
  • Scroll down to the Media streaming section and click on Choose media streaming options…
  • Click on Turn on media streaming
  • You TV should be listed there. Select Allow from the drop down beside its name if it is not already selected.
  • Click on OK and close the window

Homegroup_Settings

Advanced_Sharing_Settings

Media_Streaming_Settings

Media_Streaming_Options

Now go to the TV and go to the source menu. Besides AllShare, there will now be a source named Network with your PC’s name beside it.

PC_as_source_on_TV

On selecting this source, you will be able to see all the files in your media library. You can play any file from within your library as long as the format is supported by the TV.

This is the best way to share as you will be able to access all files on your PC from your TV and there won’t be any waiting time like the first method.

Playing via Windows Media Player

You can also use Windows Media Player to play media files on your TV directly. In the earlier methods, once the files/folders were shared, everything was controlled from the TV. However in this method, you will be playing audio/video from the PC directly on to the TV. This method is also very simple. You’ll need Windows Media Player (WMP henceforth) 12 which comes preinstalled on Windows 7.

First enable media sharing on your PC. To do this, follow the steps in method 2. You could also select Stream from WMP toolbar and click on Turn on media streaming… It will take you to step 6 directly. Once you are done, open WMP. Right click on any file you want to play on TV and select the Play To option. Your TV should be listed here. Click on the TV’s name and the media will start playing on the TV.

Playing_through_Windows_Media_Player_12

The_Media_playing_on_TV

When you do this for the first time, your TV will ask whether to allow the device to play media on your TV. Select allow and the media will start playing. If you select deny by mistake or you want to block it for some reason, you can change it later from the AllShare menu.

Media_Sharing_settings_on_TV

You can queue files to play one after the other and they’ll keep playing. You can control the volume of your TV from within WMP itself. Play/Pause and seek also work. You can also pause from the TV and resume from the PC, yes the settings are transferred. The media won’t be playing on PC at this time. So you can play a different video on your PC too.

I thought I would be able to bypass the codec limitations of the TV using this method. However, WMP proved too stubborn for this. Even after installing the codec packs required, it won’t add .mkv files to its library. And only files which are there in the library can be played on the TV. However, I still think there must be a way to this as I was able to play a .wma audio stream on the TV even though this is not supported natively by it.

Third Party Applications

Since DLNA is an industry standard, I thought there must be some third party application too. I found a free software named Serviio which is a DLNA media server. This did not work for me though. The TV did not detect a server. However, I still mentioned this here because it might work for other people or other devices (like a TV from some other company). Also, Serviio is available for Linux as well.

If you have any questions or suggestions on this topic, or if I have left something out, do leave a comment to let others know. Or just leave a comment if this post helped you connect your devices.

Download Samsung PC Share Manager

Download Serviio


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  53. Ryan h says:

    Hi I just have a question I have satellight direct on my pc how do I stream that to my samsung smart tv over my lan network?

  54. josue says:

    Hello this could not be more useful, just learned what this Lan port is for. One extra question, does this work with the samsung dongle?

  55. devashish says:

    pinging is done sent 45 receive 45
    i had samsung 6030r i having problem to detect led tv on my pc samsung allshare program not detecting my tv i don’t know why ? i contacted service station but they can’t help me out they said connection from tv to modem is correct but we dont know about modem to pc. i shared pc to laptop and it sucessfull but not from tv to pc or laptop ..will u help me

  56. venkat1926 says:

    I have connected TV to PC by HDMI cable. I can play video files with TVscreen either as clone monitor or as extended monitor. I can play video files but the video is darker than Pc and the audio is only form PC speakers. any method for the aduio through TV speakers in such a connction and also improving video

    what is the advantage of connecting through LAN. perhaps aduio may be throug TV speaker.
    how to browse inernet in TV like youtube by LAN method. prhaps I have again study your insgtrctions.
    thanks for the good guide
    my TV is LA46D550

    • Gourav says:

      Adjust the brightness of the TV.
      For Audio through TV speakers:
      1. right click on volume icon in system tray
      2. Select Playback devices
      3. In the dialog box that opens, select HDMI and click on Set as Default button below.

      As for advantage of connecting through LAN, refer comment below

  57. pkmr says:

    what is the difference if I connect my laptop with tv using a HDMI cable??? why should I be using the allshare feature? pl enlighten.

    • Gourav says:

      1. HDMI Cables are of limited length and are very thick, and expensive
      2. When you are playing videos through allshare, you can control the playback using the TVs remote
      3. If the TV is wi-fi enabled, you can connect the TV wirelessly
      4. Few other samsung devices like Blu-ray players are allshare enabled. You can connect all of them together

  58. sanjay bajpai says:

    I m using windows XP professional
    can i use share manager of samsung
    and can i show ppt and xls files
    on the TV directly by using connection
    through LAN cable

  59. sanjay bajpai says:

    CAn i show ppt, xls and any other video by using samsung share manager in PC and on TV through LAN . pl. confirm.

  60. JK says:

    Hello,

    Please advise me to buy a 32 inch Tv. My requirements are
    1. full HD
    2. USB ports, HDMI
    3. Good natural picture
    4. DLNA capability , wireless not necessay
    5 good dynamic contrast ration and response time

  61. Adam says:

    Nice guide. I just wanted to share my experience with Serviio and my Samsung TV. I had a problem where I added my TV to the Serviio list, set up my folder shares, but could not see the server. I ended up changing my DNS server to manual in the TV settings and using Google’s DNS – 8.8.8.8 . After this I could see the Serviio and connect and stream my files. Hope this helps others…

  62. SkyCanada says:

    Hi Guys,

    I have Samsung LN40C6101F and the TV is not detecting HOME-PC at all. Whenever I click on PC –:– it says check signal cable. It is not connecting to the home network. I have windows-7. Please Help. Thanks

    PS: I have an external Jadoo TV device and it connects to the websites and I can play youtube video on my tv but even Jadoo don’t connect to the home network.

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  65. Emin says:

    I have read (see source) that my settings can be automatically detected.. Is this possible?

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  66. Duy says:

    Thanks for this! I was never able to see the TV under Samsung PC Share Manager >> Set Device Policy. But I could see that in Windows 7, under Network and Sharing Center >> Media Streaming options, that my TV was ALLOWED. If anyone is getting “file format not supported” when trying to play a movie via DLNA, reboot both TV and PC. That fixed it for me. I’m still not able to play via Windows Media though. But that isn’t needed.

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  68. Ali says:

    thank you for this … .finally i did this

  69. Tendi says:

    I have a panasonic vierra and it says to use a cross-linked ethernet (Lan) cable and no router to stream content from pc to tv, but did not mention special software and so i assumed that it refers to windows7 as you described. Thanks for your article; more light has been shed!

  70. shasi says:

    very useful.very good to share the information. I understand that i can use my pc similar to a external hard disc to see movies,photoes in tv (if i am correct). i want to know whether we can see youtube streaming in our tv with my pc playing that (i.e without downloading, only streaming).

  71. dries says:

    I have a samsung series 5 LA40D550 and can not get all share to work, what ever i do no device is shown in the allsharesoftware etc.

    What can i do????

    PLEASE HELP

    • Dries says:

      Im trying wired connection….. ping works everything on order, but no device on allshare or serviio???

      I need to et allshare working wired and not wireless.

      PLEASE any help… :-)

  72. rehan says:

    Hi,

    I have 46d630, but i want to play the video file from the pc, I didn’t get my tv in the list but I already mark allowed in the tool/setting/privilidge. Can you please advise me what to do,

    Thanks in advance,
    RA

    • Gourav says:

      Which list were you unable to find your television in?
      Make sure Samsung PC Share Manager is running on your computer and it has detected your television. If Samsung PC Share Manager does not show your TV, try to ping the TV as directed at the end of method 1. If you get a response, that means the connection is fine. Try refreshing or restarting TV and Computer after that.

      • Kalyani says:

        No audio in Samsung LED 5 series (UA40EH5306MXXS) purchased from Singapore. When I try to play any video format .avi , .mpeg , .flv from my USB or even when I use Allshare using smartphone or computer. I get audio output only when I use DVD player with TV. ANy help would be appreciated.

        • pradeep says:

          Your TV has limitations in playing the files such as pictures only with .jpg or .jpeg formats are supported. You can check the user manual to see what files are supported on your TV. Load mp3 files into your USB device and try to play.. You will get the audio..

  73. Klabauterman says:

    Is this also possibe if the tv is connected via a router? i have tried you’re way but my pc does not see the TV. Media sharing IS enabled. please help me.

  74. Rick says:

    Thanks a lot for this! A very clear guide, also for rookies :)

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  76. Premkumar says:

    I tried to share my computer media files to samsung tv but i can’t. I believe this tutorial will help me with step by step. Thanks for sharing.

    -Prem

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  78. ANdrei says:

    Very useful tutorial! Thank you! I’ve just bought a Samsung 32D5000 and I did not know how to use the AllShare! Now it’s more clear!

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