VLC can easily access media from UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) as well as DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance). The option is available in the View > Playlist section of the media player. UPnP and DLNA allow you to stream content over your local network. You can see televisions make use of this feature to access videos from your laptops and other devices supporting the standard. It’s like sharing the media content that you have on your computer or phone to other devices without the need to copy and move files. All of them should be connected to the same network or Wi-Fi.
If you have VLC on your computer, you will be accessing the files available via UPnP as well as DLNA. There should be another device sharing media files using this standard or protocol. It’s like a private network for audio and video files.
Here’s how you access media from UPnP or DLNA using VLC:
- Open up VLC Media Player.
- Go to View > Playlist [CTRL + L].
- On the left under Local Network, click on Universal Plug’n’Play.
- You’ll see a list of files or streaming networks listed on the left.
- Browse through them and right click on them to Play, Stream or Add to Playlist.
- You will be playing media from your network in some time.
Note: It can take some time for VLC to discover and list all the folders and sub-folders from your UPnP and DLNA servers.