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LAN speed test

May 14th, 2014
LAN data transfer test

    Why would you need LAN speed test? Usually one of the reasons, why you get interested in LAN speed test, is when something does not work in your LAN. Just few examples of this: streamed video gets choppy or freezes, it looks like the LAN becomes sluggish for files transfer. You may want to […]

Raspberry Pi XBMC

April 3rd, 2014
Putting OpenElec on Raspberry Pi

    Preparation As it was already mentioned in a previous post about Raspberry Pi, it has some nice features as media player including a powerful enough GPU for decoding Full HD videos. In this post, I am going to explain to you how to setup Raspberry Pi XBMC. XBMC has quite a long history and […]

Ubuntu Serviio

March 11th, 2014
Installing Serviio on Ubuntu

    This guide will help you install the Serviio media server from the sources on Ubuntu server. After testing different media servers, I had the biggest success with Ubuntu Serviio media server. At the moment, I have it running with my D-Link DNS-320L NAS as well. I assume you already have a basic Ubuntu Linux server running and […]

DLNA

February 25th, 2014
DLNA media server

    What is DLNA? The network devices can discover each other and share the media using a UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) network protocol, which was developed by the UPnP Forum. The UPnP devices are “plug-and-play” and automatically establish hassle-free streaming of media without the need for manual setup around the house. Sony founded […]

Requirements For Your Ubuntu Media Server

February 5th, 2014
Media server requirements

    Mini Ubuntu Media Server requirements Linux (including Ubuntu) does not have high hardware requirements. The minimal requirements which are given in Ubuntu Server Guide are quite low: CPU=300 MHz, RAM=128 MB with 500 MB hard drive. It should be enough for testing purposes and you can even swap your hard drive into another computer with minimal […]