Novatel MiFi 2372 turns media server with DLNA support

Chris Davies - Mar 21, 2011, 10:14am CDT
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.

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