Novatel MiFi 2372 turns media server with DLNA support

Novatel Wireless has clinched DLNA certification for the MiFi 2372, turning the portable 3G hotspot into a mini media server. A new app running on the MiFi OS – the hotspot's own operating system – the DLNA Server functionality can share content stored on a microSD card to nearby smartphones, notebooks and WiFi-compatible HDTVs.

That media could be music – bypassing limited space on cellphones – or it could include photos or video; Novatel suggests shooting video on a phone then switching the microSD card into the MiFi so that multiple viewers could access it. More on the MiFi 2372 in the full SlashGear review.

Press Release:

Novatel Wireless MiFi® DLNA Server Receives Certification for Seamlessly
Sharing of Digital Media Across Multiple Platforms

SAN DIEGO ­March 21, 2011 ­ Novatel Wireless (NASDAQ: NVTL), a leading

provider of wireless broadband solutions, today announced that it has been

granted certification from the Digital Living Network Alliance® (DLNA) for

its MiFi® 2372 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot.

The MiFi DLNA® Server resides on the MiFi 2372 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot

and runs on the MiFi OS as an application to provide simple, hassle-free

media sharing. The MiFi DLNA Server enables users to browse, play and share

movies, music and photos anywhere, anytime, on any DLNA-compatible device.

Users effortlessly access their media stored on a microSDHC card inserted

in the MiFi device, stream to their screen of choice, and enjoy.

³The DLNA CERTIFIED® MiFi 2372 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot improves the end

user experience by allowing mobile access to a users personal content such

as video, music or pictures and allowing that content to be shared across

multiple devices,² said Rob Hadley, CMO of Novatel Wireless. ² We are

excited to see the rapid adoption of DLNA Certified devices and believe our

MiFi DLNA Server is a great application to empower consumers to share and

communicate anywhere with industry leading ease-of-use².

The MiFi 2372 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot will be the first DLNA Certified®

device commercially available. AT&T will be the first wireless carrier to

offer this service with the MiFi 2372 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot.

The MiFi DLNA Server enables seamless access to digital content on

DLNA-compatible DVD and Blu-Ray players, game consoles, televisions,

tablets, mobile devices, computers, audio video systems, digital frames,

home theater devices and more. The MiFi DLNA server makes it easy to share

both user-generated and syndicated digital content without complicated

configuration and without having to copy, move and synch media files on

multiple devices.

User scenarios with the MiFi DLNA Server include:

€ Stream movies to your laptop and/or watch directly on your living room TV

€ Listen to music stored on a microSDHC card on your home sound system

€ In the van, let the kids watch one video on a Galaxy Tab® and another on

an iPod Touch®

€ Share vacation photos on the grandparents¹ TV using their Blu-Ray® player

€ Film the wedding reception, slip the microSDHC card into the MiFi device,

and share the movie instantly on an iPad®

According to ABI Research there were more than 440 million DLNA Certified

devices already installed in users¹ homes at the end of 2010. ABI Research

estimates there will be nearly two billion DLNA Certified devices in homes

worldwide by 2014.

Novatel Wireless will demonstrate its MiFi® 2372 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot

with its MiFi DLNA Server at CTIA Wireless in Orlando on March 22-24, 2011

at booth #3416.