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Jul 24 2009

DLNA builds momentum and expands focus to consumers

Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) is an organization that envisions products from different manufacturers interoperating with each other across home networks, making it possible to share and enjoy digital content throughout the home. To achieve this goal the alliance has developed a set of guidelines that utilize Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, UPnP and Ethernet to deliver multimedia content to devices. DLNA is comprised of more than 200 companies from around the world, including heavy-hitters like Cisco, HP, Microsoft, Panasonic, Samsung and Sony.

The organization was established in 2003 and has continued to build momentum; DLNA now touts 5,000+ certified products in the marketplace including:

  • 3,800 PCs
  • 31 A/V receivers
  • 27 digital media adapters/set-top boxes
  • 2 game consoles
  • 423 TVs
  • 114 networked hard drives
  • 23 Blu-ray players
  • 20 mobile phones
  • 4 printers

Six DLNA members recently visited consumer electronics company Crutchfield to demo interoperating DLNA certified products. DLNA was also looking to gain insight into the consumer market, as mentioned on the Crutchfield company blog. Awareness among consumers and retailers has become more important as the number of certified products has grown.

To achieve DLNA certification, you should incorporate DLNA standards into your products and put those products through a rigorous test program to ensure that you have implemented the features necessary to comply with DLNA design guidelines. Allion works closely with DLNA to verify that your products can function appropriately when connected to other DLNA certified devices in a home.

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