In order to help you to get the most out of your custom Home Theater PC system, I have put together a list of 15 essential HTPC tips for you all do it yourself (DIY) builders. You will learn insider secrets from the experienced computer builders on how to keep your computer cool and silent.
Since launching My Media Experience in 2009, I have received hundreds of interesting questions from my readers. There are surprisingly many similar challenges, so in this long and detailed post, I will try to provide an answer to the 8 most common HTPC problems.
In this shootout, I will compare 8 different XBMC remote control alternatives to see which one is an ideal way to control your media center PC. The contenders are Motorola NYXBoard Hybrid, XBMC Constellation app for iPad, infrared PC remote control, keyboard remote, air mouse, Wiimote, HDMI CEC Adapter and Flirc. After testing each control device in the past months, I can say that the clear winner of this shootout is …
Have you ever wanted to have a media server that is able to serve all your media files with their meta data information and live TV stream on any device such as HTPC, iPad, Apple TV or Raspberry Pi? The objective of this guide is to help you to set up unRAID NAS software and install Plex Media Server and Tvheadend TV server into to it. After completing this practical tutorial, you will have an ultimate media server to serve and transcode media files and also provide live TV stream to other devices.
Many people have been struggling to get a wireless adapter working with their Raspberry Pi. Thanks to OpenELEC Operating System, it is now quite easy to configure WiFi inside XBMC. The additional advantage of OpenELEC is that it is a bit faster compared to Raspbmc. These installation instructions are bit more advanced compared to the Raspbmc installation, so if you are not familiar with Linux or using a command line to install software, I would suggest trying the Raspbmc first.
Here are the findings so far in my attempt to build an ultimate silent HTPC. This silence project means that I am attempting to set up a system that does not make any audible noise above the background noise levels. Read more about the key points everyone should take into account before getting started.
When building a new home theater computer, a common question is whether you should run off the Intel HD 3000 graphics or do you need a discrete video card. In this comparison, you will learn the main differences between an integrated Intel HD 3000 graphics and discrete video card GeForce GT 430. Continue reading to find out which one is ideal for the home theater PC use.
Welcome to the future of HTPCs. Now, it is time to take a look into the future to discuss how the home entertainment industry will be developing and how media centers fit into the big picture. Will home theater computers be all about streaming from the server to their clients? Front-end devices will get smaller and smaller or become embedded inside TVs, but you’ll still need to stream the content from somewhere, so computers are still needed in the home theater ecosystem. I will also reveal how to experience the future with today’s technologies.
This guest post is by Rob de Maat. With the growing number of computers in my household, as well the growing digitization of media there came a point where I decided to invest in hardware and software to make things go easier. The whole project did not go as smoothly as I had expected, some challenges were nice, but there were a few lessons I learned.
Building a centralized storage for your media files does not necessarily need to be expensive. In this guide, you will learn how to build your own home media server with FreeNAS software by utilizing old computer parts.