The Value of the Certification Program Over 20,000 device models have been DLNA Certified by over 100 member companies since the launch of the program in 2005. In addition, it is projected that there will be 3 billion DLNA Certified® products available on the global market by 2014. With more DLNA Certified products becoming available every day, consumers’ options for interoperability are endless.
DLNA Certification is beneficial to all technology companies, from chipset designers and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to software developers and service providers. OEMs prefer DLNA Certified components for their devices to ensure interoperability and compliance to the DLNA Guidelines. OEMs and software companies benefit from DLNA Certification as consumers increasingly look to purchase devices and software with the DLNA logo. Service providers look to DLNA Certification as a way to ensure interoperability and high quality for their subscribers.
How to Certify a Device
- Review and analyze the DLNA Guidelines. Choose the feature sets needed in your company’s product and which DLNA device class or classes the product will include. Then, implement the features necessary to comply with the Guidelines in your device. Download the Guidelines
- Take advantage of DLNA resources. After you implement your product in accordance with the Guidelines, DLNA Certification Administration will assist you with all of the resources you need to prepare for Certification testing.
- Make sure your device has necessary Certification Prerequisites. Certifications from other organizations are required for devices supporting certain functionalities. Some of these may include UPnP, Wi-Fi, MoCA, or HomePNA.
- Use the DLNA Test Tools. DLNA Test Tools are available to Members only and are a critical component to certifying your product. Using the DLNA Certification Test Tools during product development enables defects to be found quickly and ensures nothing has broken between builds, saving your developers time and effort.
- Attend a Plugfest. Plugfests are separate from the Certification Program, but can be a great opportunity for Member companies to pre-test their products with other companies’ products and discover any bugs prior to submitting for Certification. Members have the opportunity to work with Technical Operations, Independent Certification Vendor representatives, and Test Tool developers all in one place to answer all questions regarding test execution, test tools, the Certification Process and more.
- Submit Your Product for Testing. DLNA has six Test Labs or Independent Certification Vendors (ICVs) around the globe, and this is where all Certification testing is done for DLNA Certified products. ICVs are experts in running the DLNA Test Tools and all have the interoperability equipment needed for Certification. ICVs can also provide pre-testing services to help Members achieve Certification.
- Types of Certifications and Fees
- Class 1 Base Device: The cost for this type of certification is $15,000 and an unlimited number of derivatives can be submitted for one year from the original date of certification.
- Class 2 Base Device: The cost for this type of certification is $1,000 and up to 40 derivatives can be submitted for one year from the original date of certification. Additional derivatives may be purchased for $25 each.
- Class 3 Software: The cost for certifying software is $1,000.
- OEM Transfer: The Certificate for a base device is transferred from one company (A) to a second company (B). For OEM transfers, the cost will either be $1,000 for Class 2 or $15,000 for Class 1. An OEM transfer allows company B to create as many derivatives from the transferred base device as the Certification Class they pay for (40 derivatives for Class 2; unlimited derivatives for Class 1). Transfers must be done within one year of the base model certification.
- OEM Derivative: The Certificate for a base device is transferred from one company (A) to a second company (B). For an OEM derivative, the cost is $500 per device. An OEM derivative transfer does NOT allow company B to submit derivatives for the transferred base device.
- Receive the DLNA Certificate. If all tests pass and the results are approved, the device will be DLNA Certified.
- Use the DLNA Certified logo. Now that the device is officially DLNA Certified, it will be displayed in the external product search for consumers to find. Members may use the DLNA Certified logo on DLNA Certified products, packaging, or other collateral to market the newly certified product.
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