Anyone who's attempted to share a broadband connection among multiple computers knows that the line between networking and not-working is nerve-frayingly thin. For a true adventure in agitation, though, try feeding your computer-based music, photo and video files to your TV and home A/V equipment.
The Digital Living Network Alliance was founded in 2003 to create "a wired and wireless interoperable network of Personal Computers (PC), Consumer Electronics (CE) and mobile devices in the home, enabling a seamless environment for sharing and growing new digital media and content services." Gadgets that play nicely together when tested are allowed to flaunt the DLNA-certified logo.
I brought home a sampling of the first products with that badge for a test drive. The results? A few hits, but mostly misses.
Launch the gallery here to see how each fared.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.