How to Use a Sony Bravia as a Windows Media Sharing Client

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How to Use a Sony Bravia as a Windows Media Sharing Client
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Built with plug and play connections, a Sony Bravia television integrates seamlessly into your home network. When connected to a wireless router, the Sony Bravia acts as a media-sharing client for any computer that is equipped with a wireless card and connected to the network.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Ethernet cables
  • High-speed Internet connection
  • Modem
  • PC running Windows Media Player 12
  • Wireless network
  • Wireless router

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    Connect to the Network

  1. 1

    Move the modem and wireless router to a jack or cable connection that's close to the Sony Bravia television. Reconnect the modem to the telephone jack or cable connection, and connect the wireless router to the modem using an Ethernet cable. Log into your computer to ensure that the wireless signal is up and running.

  2. 2

    Connect a second Ethernet cable to the wireless router and then to the LAN port on the back of the Sony Bravia.

  3. 3

    Press the "On" button on the supplied remote to turn on the Bravia and then the "Home" button to activate the menu bar. Use the arrow keys on the remote to highlight "Settings."

  4. 4

    Press the "Up" or "Down" arrow to highlight the "Network Setup" icon located in the "Settings" menu. Press "Enter" on the remote.

  5. 5

    Press the "Down" arrow to highlight "Wired Set-up." Press "Enter." On the "Select how to configure the IP address and proxy server settings" page, highlight "Auto." Press "Enter" on the remote. An information page listing the steps that the software will take to configure the wired network is displayed. Press the "Right" arrow key to launch the set-up program.

  6. 6

    Highlight "Save & Connect" after the set-up program ends to save the settings. The Sony Bravia connects to the network, and after the connection is complete, click "OK" to end the session.

    Connect Sony Bravia to Windows Media Player

  1. 1

    Click the "Start" button and then click "All Programs." Locate "Windows Media Player" in the program list and click it.

  2. 2

    Click "Library," which is located on the navigation bar. A list of media stored in the "Windows Media Player" library appears. Click "Stream" and then "More streaming options." The "Choose media streaming options for computers and devices" box appears.

  3. 3

    Click on the drop-down menu located next to "Show devices on." Click "All networks" to reveal the devices that are available to receive streaming media.

  4. 4

    Click the "Allowed" button, which is located next to the "Sony Bravia" television icon on the right side of the window, to enable streaming to the television. If Windows Media Player does not list "Sony Bravia" in the device list, look for "Unknown device" instead and click "Allowed." Click "OK."

  5. 5

    Click "Customize"; the "Customize media streaming settings" dialogue box appears. Click the check box next to the media that you want to share. Click "OK." Click "OK" in the "Choose media streaming options for computers and devices" box to save your settings.

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