What is the Wireless Media Server

Article ID: KB31183

Type: Support Content

Last Modified: 07-03-2012


Product(s) Affected:

  • BlackBerry Bold 9930
  • BlackBerry Bold 9900
  • BlackBerry Bold 9790
  • BlackBerry Curve 9380
  • BlackBerry Curve 9370
  • BlackBerry Curve 9360
  • BlackBerry Curve 9350
  • BlackBerry Torch 9860
  • BlackBerry Torch 9850
  • BlackBerry Torch 9810
Jump to: Environment | Overview
  • BlackBerry Device Software 7.1 Bundle 921 and higher

What is the Wireless Media Server?

Wireless Media Server is a new feature (starting in BlackBerry 7.1 Bundle 921) that allows a user to turn their BlackBerry into a media server and share pictures, music, and videos residing on their BlackBerry via Wi-Fi with other media devices connected to the same network.

How does it work?

Wireless Media Server works using uPNP technology (universal Plug and Play). When Wireless Media Server is turned on, any other device which implements uPNP and is connected to the same Wi-Fi network should be able to stream media content from the BlackBerry.

How do I turn on Wireless Media Server?

Users can access the Media Server options directly from the Media Options screen on their BlackBerry smartphone. From here users can turn file sharing on/off. File Sharing works via Wi-Fi only.

Once the Media Server is enabled, a new icon will appear on the user's home screen.

Can I configure which media others can see?

Yes, you can choose what media (i.e music vs pictures vs video) on the device (internal and/or external memory) to share via Wireless Media Server

A "friendly" name for the device (as shown to other devices on the same Wi-Fi network that also support media sharing) can be set.

Selecting "Access Control" allows users to manage what device can have access (or not have access) to broadcasted media as well as select to "Auto Accept All Connections" with other devices.

Is Wireless Media Server based on DLNA?

No- Wireless Media Server is based on uPNP technology and BlackBerry 7.1 devices are not DLNA certified. Both uPNP and DLNA are standards based technologies. To be DLNA certified, a device must support both uPNP and DLNA. Our Wireless Media Server is based on uPNP only, so we can't claim that we will work with all DLNA devices. But, many DLNA devices will work with uPNP only. DLNA capabilities were out of scope for BlackBerry 7.1 OS. Our BB10 smartphones are planned to be DLNA certified.

What file formats are supported?

Any file format supported by the BlackBerry will be what others can see and should be able to play (based on UPnP technology). That means whatever a user can see/play in their BlackBerry media applications should work. The BlackBerry simply broadcasts all the media files on the device, the other wireless device is doing the playback/decoding of the content that is on your BlackBerry. If the other device doesn't support the BlackBerry supported codecs, it is up to that device to inform the user it is unsupported. This is unfortunately how such protocols work.

What other media devices will work with the Wireless Media Server?

We don't have the resources to test every media device out there, so we can't publish a list of supported devices. But we can say that we have tried popular systems to make sure there is interoperability.

Why can't my DLNA certified device see and/or play the content on my BlackBerry?

Likely, there is an incompatibility in the implementation of uPNP between the BlackBerry and the other device or the other device may not support the required codecs to playback content residing on your BlackBerry. If these issues exist, you will experience missing content when viewing your BlackBerry media on the other device, or playback errors upon playing the media.


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