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Hi all

I'm not a computer geek/expert by a long shot, but I'm not a total goose either.

What's the story with media servers? Preferably budget ones. What I'd like to do is have a storage bank of music and movies etc and be able to 'send it' to one or more TV's around the house.

How hard is it? Wireless or cable through ceiling space? Approx cost? Options? 5+ TV's. How controlled? Links with info?

I have assumptions but would like the facts from you guys.

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Hi all

I'm not a computer geek/expert by a long shot, but I'm not a total goose either.

What's the story with media servers? Preferably budget ones. What I'd like to do is have a storage bank of music and movies etc and be able to 'send it' to one or more TV's around the house.

How hard is it? Wireless or cable through ceiling space? Approx cost? Options? 5+ TV's. How controlled? Links with info?

I have assumptions but would like the facts from you guys.

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If you have a spare PC or what not around the house.......... then just install PlexTV or XBMC and then add whatever media you want to share...........

I am running Plex at home, and it rocks...... two desktops, laptop, five iPad's, PS3, Samsung WiFi Smart TV.....four iPhones........all run clients and it works bloody well!

everything is WiFi except the main PC which runs the server........ and that is connected to a decent WiFi Router (Netgear R7000)

Have not had any issues with multiple movies streaming to different devices! Oh I have used XBMC previously and that was also good!

The iTunes app to run the plex client is about $6 i think, but it is worth it IMHO!

https://plex.tv/


http://xbmc.org/
 
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Build a little system based around the Intel NUC (Nice small sized computer) and run either XBMC/Plex as swabio suggested, or look into MediaBrowser 3. Can use a regular remote if you set up an IR receiver, better off using the respective apps on your phone though, then you can use it from anywhere in the house.

I'm an XBMC user, love it, but don't use it for streaming to other devices.

For bulk storage, get a dedicated nas, something from Synology for example.

I find media streams fine across the wireless network which doesn't even have the greatest signal here. Cable does have the benefit of no funny stuff potentially happening from time to time, tends to just plain work, but you do lose a bit of freedom of movement.

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I've got a few various things right now. Have had plain old Win7 machine as our media centre for years. Runs Windows Media Center with only Media Browser plug in for viewing movies. Rest is as Microsoft intended. I use Media Center Master to fetch the meta data for Media Browser. That's about it on that machine. Whole house is networked as a Homegroup. Even my carpc is too. Connects as I park. Nice. :) So any Windows device, well anything to be honest inc my phone, can access it all. Watch anything stored on the network from anywhere. Even remotely.

Just built a new editing machine this week. My cousins, both IT nerds, have just done a real sweet media pc too. Just based on Win8.1 Pro but only yesterday installed Media Portal. Looks the goods as an all round media interface. Literally just playing with it now myself. Media Portal I mean. Does both client and server. They want it for gaming and emulation. Works a charm so far.

I'm savvy but no nerd. Well sort of. Only for this sort of stuff. My point is I feel I'm in the same boat as you. Not awesome at it all but happy to tinker. But also need stuff that anyone, mostly the kids, can use. And my kids love it. They're 10 and 14. So it's that easy.

Edit: I had looked at xbmc years ago when looking into doing a HTPC. Back then I felt it a little too cobbled together and a tad bogan. Just not for end users. Still needed a lot of tinkering. A mate, who owns a pc shop, tried to talk me into it. But did what I did and was and still am very happy. But the boys looked a xbmc just last week and I have to admit it does look very sweet now.

Edit 2.0: But definately think if you are good with pc's then you gotta go with that. World is your oyster from there. Can chop and change anything and everything as needed.
 
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Essentially you can watch your 4tb Japanese Bukake porn collection anywhere in the house.

I'll write more when beers are finished.
 
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With a good enough 'net connection at both ends, you can watch your bukake collection anywhere in the country, the world even, streamed all the way from home base :p
 

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I am going to look into a wifi hard drive that will accept android and apple, then with my Samsung tablet I can access and stream to all wifi points in the house, no need to buy servers or anything techy like that.
 

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Pretty much is. But you could simply run a basic pc and just share a drive or folder. Fhat way any device should be able to access all media within it.
 
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Thanks heaps for the responses guys; much appreciated!

Plex looks good as I can include all devices. I've got my Samsung phone but wifey has an iPhone, iPad and a Macbook Pro and the kids have iPods and an iPad amd phones and stuff.

BUT, none of our TV's are 'smart' TV's with the built in wireless stuff; what bit of hardware do I need to buy to make them receive the WiFi signal? Some kind of USB dongle WiFi receiver?

I looked on fleabay at media server and found a 4TB Synology NAS (O now know what that stands for - thanks LordBug!) for about $500. Is that a good deal?

And then I need a computer to run it all. Right? Any minimum specs to do it properly?

Again, thanks for all your help.

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I am going to look into a wifi hard drive that will accept android and apple, then with my Samsung tablet I can access and stream to all wifi points in the house, no need to buy servers or anything techy like that.
How's that work Scrawni? Pro's and cons over a servrr arrangement?

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Thanks heaps for the responses guys; much appreciated!

Plex looks good as I can include all devices. I've got my Samsung phone but wifey has an iPhone, iPad and a Macbook Pro and the kids have iPods and an iPad amd phones and stuff.

BUT, none of our TV's are 'smart' TV's with the built in wireless stuff; what bit of hardware do I need to buy to make them receive the WiFi signal? Some kind of USB dongle WiFi receiver?

I looked on fleabay at media server and found a 4TB Synology NAS (O now know what that stands for - thanks LordBug!) for about $500. Is that a good deal?

And then I need a computer to run it all. Right? Any minimum specs to do it properly?

Again, thanks for all your help.

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Were actually moving away from our media server storage system.

I currently have a 'server' PC setup with Windows Home Server. It has about 18TB of drives with loads of movies, tv shows, photos, etc...

We used to download and watch all our content through that server, free to air TV is virtually non existent in our household.

BUT... To be honest, we have been running netflix (for about 6 months) and recently hulu premium. Between these two the server doesn't really get used at all. We are looking to sell it.

The great thing about netflix / hulu is the fact it will run on any HDMI enabled TV with just a $40 chromecast dongle. So you don't need any PC / Server to run and maintain.

So for about $100 p/a + a $40 chromecast you have an amazing catalog of content available on your TV. Netflix will also run on a few devices at once... Not sure about Hulu.

Ideally I am looking to have netflix, Hulu Premium & HBO Go. Between those 3 your Movie / TV Show needs would basically be totally covered, without having to store any content locally.
 
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