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We recently built an HTPC and have all of our music, movies, etc. on it. I am wondering if there is an easy way to make the files available to us from anywhere we have internet access. I really have no idea what options are available but I want it to be secure so only we can access it. Is this even possible?
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I'd suggest Orb but they have taken the company in a different direction. Not so cool anymore... Unless your an iphone user.

EDIT:
but have a look for yourself orb.com... Won't stream 1080p at 1080p but its decent enough to watch. when they were actually working on it and not ripping people off I use to stream movies of all formats to my android phone.
    
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You can open up a premium dropbox account (easy to integrate into windows, has the features you're looking for), you can allow access to as many people as you want, even privatize certain folders (like permissions).

Similarly, you can also use Google Cloud storage services.

If you want something that automates all of this, look into Sling Players and Sling Catchers. Might be your cup of tea if you're less than excited about setting this up yourself.
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I have a domain I own and a host. Would I possibly want to use that for anything?
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post #5 of 10
Actually, try this Engadget quiz. It might help you out with hardware that streams your media. It's tv boxes but I'm pretty sure some can be connected to stream your personal media as well.
    
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You can stream from the web but there are several things to consider:

How much content will your host allow you to store?
How much bandwidth will you be going through on a monthly basis?
You'll need an interface of some sort and probably a way to keep it all secure (I don't think you want the entire web to have access).

There's also the matter of the streaming itself. If you're on a shared server I don't know how the snappy the connection will be or if you'll be able to stream enough bits for HD. I'll admit, I don't know much about streaming from a website but these are the things I can think of off the top of my mind.

If there's no problem with the cost involved and you can get the speeds you need for decent quality streaming than password protecting the domain shouldn't be that big of a deal at all.

You'll also have to consider what type of application you're going to need if you want the player on the web, as opposed to uploading a library and then using a local player.

P.S.- Dropbox and the like are really worth a look at for something like this. It behaves like a folder on your computer but it's accessible from anywhere and you can even have the same folder being shared across multiple computers. I use it for the graphics work I do and have accounts for several clients. Each is assigned folder and they have permission to only their folder. It makes it easy for me to get the digital materials I need (photos, copy, powerpoint slides) from my clients, all they do is drop it into their folder for me. You can do the same with music/video etc.
Edited by SpankyFantastic - 12/26/10 at 6:27pm
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post #7 of 10
Not sure what hardware or requirements you have, but it's a piece of cake to stream over SFTP depending on your player/implementation. I can point my Ubuntu box at the house and simply launch it from the folder..

Granted, you have to keep in mind how much upload you have, and the file size/bitrate of the content you're playing... I've also been looking for an implementation which will reencode files to a variable bitrate depending on bandwidth (similar to a SlingBox). Does anyone have suggestions for this?
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I have unlimited disk space and bandwidth. I don't want to have to upload all my files to the server, just stream them through the server (or if that isn't needed, straight from my HTPC).
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ZUMOCAST ZUMOCAST ZUMOCAST. This is hands-down the best solution for what you're looking into.

*deep breath*

I used Orb for a while, but it's low-performance and yes it's going in a different direction. Now I use Zumocast on my rig to provide 24/7 media hosting accessible anywhere over the web so long as you know the password.

Zumocast installs with no hassle (just create an account), can utilize as storage as you provide, transcodes on the fly, offers both streaming + download via remote access, has a free iOS app, has a browser interface accessible anywhere, and is free. It's perfect.

The download has been taken down on their website temporarily for maintenance, but you can find download links elsewhere. I highly recommend it.
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I have unlimited disk space and bandwidth. I don't want to have to upload all my files to the server, just stream them through the server (or if that isn't needed, straight from my HTPC).
This is a bit easier. Scrap the hosting, keep the domain, have it point to your htpc using a dns service. Basically, you'll set it up like a home web server.
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