Media Server

Media Server

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sun Jan 22, 2017 8:56 am

I had an older mini-tower PC sitting around, and decided to set it up as a media server. The PC did not have enough resources to run Windows 10, and I already have a linux desktop...so I decided to install Ubuntu server edition (very basic install of Linux with no graphical interface). Install was very easy, just booted it up off a USB drive and went from there. Installed SSH to control it remotely, and then moved it down to the basement with no keyboard, monitor, etc.

Took me a little while to get the network sharing working properly, but once I got that setup I installed PLEX on it.

https://www.plex.tv/

PLEX is a free media server app that you can install on many different devices, I followed their instructions and installed it on my linux server. Once it is installed you access PLEX via a web browser - I do this with our laptop upstairs. I ripped some of the kids DVD's into the recommended format and put them on the server - now they can watch these movies without having to handle/change the DVD's - via a Roku box, or even on an iPad.

So far so good.
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Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy


Re: Media Server

PostBy: ricoman2737 On: Sun Jan 22, 2017 6:50 pm

Rob,

Very clever. Sounds like Geek Squad Stuff. John
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Re: Media Server

PostBy: titleist1 On: Sun Jan 22, 2017 7:05 pm

And to think I was happy I figured out the TV to DVD to sound bar setup here..... :cry:

Very impressive...

:notworthy:
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Re: Media Server

PostBy: Rob R. On: Mon Feb 20, 2017 6:58 pm

Update on this - I have added a significant amount of content to the Plex server, and enjoy being able to access it from any of our TV's. I also added a second hard drive to the media server and use it to back up pictures, etc.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Lehigh Rice
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Media Server

PostBy: northernmainecoal On: Tue Feb 21, 2017 8:34 am

Have you looked at running Kodi as your media server? Lots of free content available as well as the ability to store personal media
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Re: Media Server

PostBy: WNY On: Tue Feb 21, 2017 7:19 pm

Cool. might have to check that out.
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Re: Media Server

PostBy: Rob R. On: Tue Feb 21, 2017 8:11 pm

northernmainecoal wrote:Have you looked at running Kodi as your media server? Lots of free content available as well as the ability to store personal media


Yes....but I preferred the Plex interface, and that it is a simple install on our Roku boxes.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Lehigh Rice
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy