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What You Need to Play Media on a Network Media Player or Streamer

Make sure you have everything you need to play your stored or streamed digital media content.

Tired of crowding friends and family around your computer to view photos or watch videos? You may want to watch movies downloaded or streamed from the Internet on your big screen TV, or listen to music on full-range speakers in your living room away from your desk.

Now is the time to get a network media player or media streamer (boxes, sticks, smart TVs, most Blu-ray Disc players) that will stream your media, allowing you to browse and play your media on the Internet, your computer or other network-connected device. Enjoy movies, music and photos in your home theater.

However, you will need at least a network media player or compatible media streaming device for everything to work.

This is the back of a typical router.
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You need a router

First, you will need a router to connect to the computers and media players you want to add to your network. A router is a device that creates a path through which all computers and network devices can communicate with each other. Connections can be wired (Ethernet), wireless (Wi-Fi), or both.

A basic router costs less than $50, but when you set up your home network to share media, you’ll need a router that can handle HD video. Choose the router that best suits your needs.

A network and modem cable connected to a computer modem.

A network and modem cable connected to a computer modem.
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Modem required

You will also need a modem to download or stream content from the Internet. When you sign up for Internet service, your Internet service provider usually installs a modem.

Some modems are also routers, but not the same. You can tell if your router has a built-in modem if it has one or more Ethernet ports on the back of your router, or has built-in Wi-Fi.

However, you may not need a modem if you don’t need access to the Internet and just access media stored on another computer, network server, or other device around the house.

Connect network media players, streamers and storage devices to the router

Connect your computer and media player device to the router using an Ethernet cable or wirelessly via Wi-Fi. Most laptops have built-in Wi-Fi. Most desktop and NAS devices require an Ethernet cable, but more and more are incorporating Wi-Fi.

Networked media players and media streamers usually have built-in Wi-Fi, and most also offer Ethernet connectivity. If your device doesn’t have Wi-Fi and you want to use this option, you’ll need to purchase a wireless “dongle,” a device that plugs into your media player’s USB port. Once connected, you will need to open the media player’s wireless settings and select a network. If your wireless router has a password set, you will need to know the password.

When connecting a device or computer via Wi-Fi, you need to make sure it is on the same network. When setting up a router, users sometimes choose one network for their own use and another for guest or business use. In order for devices to be able to see and communicate with each other, they must all be on a network of the same name. Available networks are displayed in a selection list when establishing a wireless connection between your computer and your network media player or media streamer.

Eliminate configuration hassles using a wired connection

A simpler and more reliable way to connect is to connect a network media player or media streamer to the router using an Ethernet cable. If you have a new home with ethernet wall wiring throughout your home, simply plug the ethernet cable into your device or computer and then plug the other end into an ethernet wall jack.

However, if your home doesn’t have a built-in Ethernet cable, I doubt you want to add a room-to-room cable. Consider a powerline Ethernet adapter instead. When you plug the powerline adapter into a wall outlet, it transmits data through your home’s electrical system as if it were an Ethernet cable.

contents

After setting up your network, you will need photos and/or content such as music and movies to utilize it. Content can come from a variety of sources, including:

  • You have downloaded photos and videos from your digital camera, digital camcorder, or smartphone.
  • Friends and family photos downloaded from photo sharing sites like Instagram or photos sent via email.
  • Copy music CDs or use your device to record from vinyl albums or cassettes.
  • Download or stream digital versions of Internet movies or movies included on DVD/Blu-ray Discs. Note: Digital versions of movies are copyrighted and may not be compatible with all network media players.

Save downloaded content

A storage location is required to download content from the Internet, or to transmit or store your own content. The best way to store content is on a PC, laptop or NAS (Network Attached Storage Device). However, if you have enough storage space, you can also use your smartphone as a storage device.

access stored content

Once downloaded or transferred content is stored, the storage device of your choice can be used as a media server that can be accessed by a network media player or compatible media streamer. The storage device must be DLNA or UPnP compatible, which can be further enhanced with 3rd party software options.

final result

A network media player or network compatible media streamer (including dedicated boxes or sticks, smart TVs or Blu-ray Disc players) allows you to stream content directly from the Internet and/or still images, and play the music and videos you own. There is. As long as all devices are connected to the same network and that network media player or streamer can read the digital media files you are accessing and wanting to play, they are stored on your PC, media server, smartphone or other compatible device.

Networked media players extend the reach of content access for home theater and home entertainment experiences.


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What You Need to Play Media on a Network Media Player or Streamer

Be sure you have what you need to play stored or streamed digital media content

Tired of crowding your friends and family around your computer to view photos or watch a video? Maybe you just want to see the movies you’ve downloaded or are streaming from the internet on your big-screen TV or you just want to listen to your music away from your desk, on your full-range speakers in your living room.

It is time to get a network media player or media streamer (box, stick, smart TV, most Blu-ray Disc players) that can retrieve the media from the internet, your computer, or other network-connected devices, then plays your movies, music, and photos on your home theater.

But you need more than just a network media player or compatible media streaming device to make it all work.

The back of a typical router.
Mohd Haniff Abas / Eye Em / Getty Images You Need a Router

To start, you need a router that connects to the computer(s) and media playback devices you want to include on your network. A router is a device that creates a path for all of your computers and network devices to talk to one another. The connections can be wired (ethernet), wireless (Wi-Fi), or both.

While basic routers can cost less than $50, when setting up a home network to share your media, you’ll want a router that can handle high-definition video. Choose a router that best suits your needs.

Network and modem cables plugged into a computer modem.
Jill Ferry Photography / Getty Images You Need a Modem

If you want to download or stream content from the internet, you will also need a modem. When you sign up for internet service, your Internet Service provider typically installs the modem.

While some modems are also routers, they are not the same. You will know if your router has a built-in modem if it has more than one or two ethernet connections on the back, and/or features built-in Wi-Fi.

However, a modem may not be necessary if you do not need to access the internet, but only access the media stored on your other computers, network-attached servers or other devices within your home.

Connecting Your Network Media Player, Streamer, and Storage Devices to a Router

Connect your computers and media player devices to the router either with ethernet cables or wirelessly via Wi-Fi. Most laptops come with built-in Wi-Fi. For desktops and NAS devices, most of the time you will need to use ethernet cables, but an increasing number also incorporate Wi-Fi.

Network media players and media streamers usually have built-in Wi-Fi and most also provide ethernet connections. If yours does not include Wi-Fi, and you want to use that option, you will have to purchase a wireless “dongle”, which is a device that fits into your media player’s USB input. Once connected, you must open your media player’s wireless-connection setup to choose your network. You will need to know your password if you have one set up on your wireless router.

If you connect devices or computers via Wi-Fi, you must be sure they are on the same network. Sometimes, when a router is set up, people choose one network for their own use and another for guests or business. For the devices to see each other and communicate, they all must be on the network of the same name. The available networks will appear in a list of selections, both on computers and when setting up a wireless connection on a network media player or media streamer.

Forgo Configuration Hassles by Using a Wired Connection

The easier and more reliable way to connect is to use an ethernet cable to connect your network media player or media streamer to the router. If you have a newer home with whole-home in-wall ethernet wiring, you will simply connect your ethernet cable to your device or computer and then plug the other end into the ethernet wall outlet.

However, if you don’t have built-in ethernet cabling in your home, it is doubtful that you would want to add cables running from room to room. Instead, consider a powerline ethernet adaptor. By connecting a powerline adaptor to any wall electrical outlet, it sends data over your home electrical wiring as if it were ethernet cables.

Content

Once you have your network setup, you need content—photos, and/or music and movies to take advantage of it. Content can come from any number of sources:

Downloaded photos and movies from your digital camera, digital camcorder, or smartphone.
Downloaded photos from friends and family from photo sharing websites like Instagram or from emailed photos.
Copy music CDs, or use a device to record from vinyl record albums or cassette tapes.
Download or stream movies from the internet or digital versions of movies included on DVD/Blu-ray Discs. Note: Digital versions of movies may be copyright-protected and may not be compatible with some network media players.
Storing Downloaded Content

If you choose to download content from the internet or want to transfer or save your own content, you need a place to store it. The best options for storing content are a PC, laptop, or NAS (Network Attached Storage Device). However, you can use your smartphone as a storage device as well as long as you have enough space.

Accessing Your Stored Content

Once downloaded or transferred content is stored, you can use your selected storage device as a media server that your network media player or compatible media streamer can access. Storage devices need to be DLNA or UPnP compatible which can be enhanced further with third-party software options.

The Bottom Line

With a network media player or network compatible media streamer (which may include a dedicated box or stick, smart TV or Blu-ray disc player), you can stream content directly from the internet and/or play still images, music, and videos that you have stored on your PC, media servers, smartphone, or other compatible devices, provided all the devices are connected to the same network and that network media player or streamer can read the digital media files you wish to access and play.

Using a network media playback device, you can expand the reach of content access for your home theater and home entertainment experience.

#Play #Media #Network #Media #Player #Streamer

What You Need to Play Media on a Network Media Player or Streamer

Be sure you have what you need to play stored or streamed digital media content

Tired of crowding your friends and family around your computer to view photos or watch a video? Maybe you just want to see the movies you’ve downloaded or are streaming from the internet on your big-screen TV or you just want to listen to your music away from your desk, on your full-range speakers in your living room.

It is time to get a network media player or media streamer (box, stick, smart TV, most Blu-ray Disc players) that can retrieve the media from the internet, your computer, or other network-connected devices, then plays your movies, music, and photos on your home theater.

But you need more than just a network media player or compatible media streaming device to make it all work.

The back of a typical router.
Mohd Haniff Abas / Eye Em / Getty Images You Need a Router

To start, you need a router that connects to the computer(s) and media playback devices you want to include on your network. A router is a device that creates a path for all of your computers and network devices to talk to one another. The connections can be wired (ethernet), wireless (Wi-Fi), or both.

While basic routers can cost less than $50, when setting up a home network to share your media, you’ll want a router that can handle high-definition video. Choose a router that best suits your needs.

Network and modem cables plugged into a computer modem.
Jill Ferry Photography / Getty Images You Need a Modem

If you want to download or stream content from the internet, you will also need a modem. When you sign up for internet service, your Internet Service provider typically installs the modem.

While some modems are also routers, they are not the same. You will know if your router has a built-in modem if it has more than one or two ethernet connections on the back, and/or features built-in Wi-Fi.

However, a modem may not be necessary if you do not need to access the internet, but only access the media stored on your other computers, network-attached servers or other devices within your home.

Connecting Your Network Media Player, Streamer, and Storage Devices to a Router

Connect your computers and media player devices to the router either with ethernet cables or wirelessly via Wi-Fi. Most laptops come with built-in Wi-Fi. For desktops and NAS devices, most of the time you will need to use ethernet cables, but an increasing number also incorporate Wi-Fi.

Network media players and media streamers usually have built-in Wi-Fi and most also provide ethernet connections. If yours does not include Wi-Fi, and you want to use that option, you will have to purchase a wireless “dongle”, which is a device that fits into your media player’s USB input. Once connected, you must open your media player’s wireless-connection setup to choose your network. You will need to know your password if you have one set up on your wireless router.

If you connect devices or computers via Wi-Fi, you must be sure they are on the same network. Sometimes, when a router is set up, people choose one network for their own use and another for guests or business. For the devices to see each other and communicate, they all must be on the network of the same name. The available networks will appear in a list of selections, both on computers and when setting up a wireless connection on a network media player or media streamer.

Forgo Configuration Hassles by Using a Wired Connection

The easier and more reliable way to connect is to use an ethernet cable to connect your network media player or media streamer to the router. If you have a newer home with whole-home in-wall ethernet wiring, you will simply connect your ethernet cable to your device or computer and then plug the other end into the ethernet wall outlet.

However, if you don’t have built-in ethernet cabling in your home, it is doubtful that you would want to add cables running from room to room. Instead, consider a powerline ethernet adaptor. By connecting a powerline adaptor to any wall electrical outlet, it sends data over your home electrical wiring as if it were ethernet cables.

Content

Once you have your network setup, you need content—photos, and/or music and movies to take advantage of it. Content can come from any number of sources:

Downloaded photos and movies from your digital camera, digital camcorder, or smartphone.
Downloaded photos from friends and family from photo sharing websites like Instagram or from emailed photos.
Copy music CDs, or use a device to record from vinyl record albums or cassette tapes.
Download or stream movies from the internet or digital versions of movies included on DVD/Blu-ray Discs. Note: Digital versions of movies may be copyright-protected and may not be compatible with some network media players.
Storing Downloaded Content

If you choose to download content from the internet or want to transfer or save your own content, you need a place to store it. The best options for storing content are a PC, laptop, or NAS (Network Attached Storage Device). However, you can use your smartphone as a storage device as well as long as you have enough space.

Accessing Your Stored Content

Once downloaded or transferred content is stored, you can use your selected storage device as a media server that your network media player or compatible media streamer can access. Storage devices need to be DLNA or UPnP compatible which can be enhanced further with third-party software options.

The Bottom Line

With a network media player or network compatible media streamer (which may include a dedicated box or stick, smart TV or Blu-ray disc player), you can stream content directly from the internet and/or play still images, music, and videos that you have stored on your PC, media servers, smartphone, or other compatible devices, provided all the devices are connected to the same network and that network media player or streamer can read the digital media files you wish to access and play.

Using a network media playback device, you can expand the reach of content access for your home theater and home entertainment experience.

#Play #Media #Network #Media #Player #Streamer


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