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post #1 of 17
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Hi Gurus of HT setup!

I am trying to figure this out but there seems to be missing part in most information I found online so I was wondering if there were any experts that can help me out.

This is my setup.

1. Macbook
2. Desktop PC
3. PS4/Xbox one
4. TV
5. PC Laptop.
6. apple tv 3rd gen =(
7. airport express router.

I currently have a Laptop connected to my tv as HTPC but would like to get rid of it.

The goal is to have a clean setup where devices connected to the TV will be able to stream movies in a media storage device.

I would like to setup something in the living room where it can just store all music/movies. And I would like this be able to accessible by all my computer devices and be able to upload with all the devices as well.

Can anyone help me setting this up? I am ready to buy whats needed to make this happen. Ideally it would be best to stream through ps4 and xbox one. I have also seen tablet being used as a device to shuffle through library of movies via XMBC. Is this the best way?

Thanks for all your help!
post #2 of 17
If i'm understanding you right you want someting to stream videos to different devices? If so there is plex, and mediabrowser 3 will do that.
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post #3 of 17
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But that requires a server.

Is it possible to do it without?

Thanks for your input!
post #4 of 17
A server just means a computer you leave on all the time to serve things (content, backups, etc). Looking back at the op, you want something to store your media, play it on a TV, and stream it to devices correct?
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post #5 of 17
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yes. prefer not to have a server.
post #6 of 17
Just get a DNLA server for $100 plus the cost of 1-2 HDDs.

You could you use desktop as a server but it will always have to be on for other devices to use.
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post #7 of 17
Two ideas for media streaming.

Option 1: Plex

This is what I use. It's on a separate PC that I use as a server but still just a standard desktop. You can set up a Plex Media Server on any PC to stream videos to pretty much any where. With Plex you even use their web streaming service to stream from your server to any pretty much any web connected device, PC, Mac, iOS, Android, for $4 a month. Plex does not directly stream to the AppleTV though, but I think Plex can mirror from iPhones and Macs to the AppleTV with the sharing turned on, you'd have to make sure you have enough bandwidth for this though since it basically doubles the data rate required for streaming. If you aren't an iPhone user you would still need a separate HTPC or Smart TV to stream to a TV.

Option 2: iTunes

I used iTunes for local streaming to my network before I switched to Plex so I know iTunes can stream to the AppleTV and Macs through the home sharing feature. This is severely limited though and not the best option in my opinion because it can only be used for local streaming and requires iTunes account and home sharing to be turned on. iTunes also limits the file formats that you can use, I've found that h.264 or x.264 encoded MP4's work the best.
post #8 of 17
Depends what TV you have - i.e. a networked one would do, but you can buy a networked (preferably Gigabit Ethernet if you stream BR files... takes about 300MB/s) BR Player at around $70 (just a guess) to stream to TV whatever Media Folders on your devices you want to share. The main advantage would be ease of setup.

Could be done on PS3/4 or AppleTV, Roku as well.

For me, most convenient is Samsung Smart Hub TV with AllShare because once the devices are on, I can browse and play through the shared media folders straight from TV (or BRPlayer) with the TV remote controller. ... except for some subtitles but I also have a 25ft HDMI cable to my main PC (good for gaming, too).

Others swear on Roku, or AppleTv, SSD attached to router USB port and so on.
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post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by morago View Post

yes. prefer not to have a server.

so you want something to be serving files but not a server?

is this just a language barrier where you by "server" understand a rackmountable one or just do not want to have a dedicated machine for this in general?
post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by boyk0 View Post

so you want something to be serving files but not a server?

is this just a language barrier where you by "server" understand a rackmountable one or just do not want to have a dedicated machine for this in general?


I wanted a hdd storage device attached to my router, and have my xbox or ps4 or apple tv access it, and not have my computer turned on all the time for file sharing.

Right now I have an extra laptop being used as server but would love to not have a dedicated machine.
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