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OT: Setting up a home media server on PS3

J. Dan

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I've had a PS3 with WIFI connection for a very long time, and I've seen the media server icons under each of the categories (music, video, etc.) before but nothing ever showed up there.


I had been using iTunes and had my drive shared on my home network.


I got a new Win 7 machine that had Windows Media Server on it. All of a sudden it showed up on the PS3 but I couldn't access anything. Since the drive was shared, I pointed WMS on the new PC to all the audio/video on the old one. I found trying to set up a play list almost unusable because of the way it's laid out. When trying to play media, it went through some weird thing where it said I had to enter a code to connect, but on the other end there was no code, but a password....they just seemed mismatched, but then some stuff seems to occasionally show up on the PS3, and other times not.


What I'd really love to do is just have iTunes on my original PC show up as a media server on the PS3. Anybody know if this is possible, and have any experience with setting this up on Windows media server as well?


For now, I have a wireless AV sender between my upstairs computer and my downstairs PS3, but it cuts out sometimes, and it would be nice to be able to access music/video/playlists from the PS3.



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No PS3 no iTunes experience, but I use Windows Media Center currently to share music, pictures, videos, and recorded TV between 5 Windows 7 and one Windows 8 (which has a TV tuner also).

The key to doing that sharing easily is to make sure all the media is stored under the Public user. Otherwise, you have to have same user name and password or set up specific sharing arrangements.


My music files tend to be ripped CDs (not stolen, I own the CD for each.


As far as the iTunes stuff, from previous postings you and others have made, I'd be reluctant to move any of that that was already working, unless I was sure I could put it back in the original location if iTunes lost track of it.


I do have 100 meg wired networking between all the machines, although wifi is also available for things like the netbook, Nooks, and phones. When I am streaming a HDTV recording, I do get some interruptions in the audio stream of my shop security camera. Might move all of it over to gigabit networking.


The Win 8 box is in the living room, attached to a 55" Samsung HDTV, and gives me good DVR capability. Win 7 boxes are in the various bedrooms and in the shop, also hooked to HDTVs.


A HDTV costs about the same as a monitor of equal size, and gives both functions. Using a 32" monitor on this machine.


If you have to use wireless, the key is that a STRONG signal is needed. Modern wireless units multiplex the signals, but the number of multiplex threads reduces with lower signal strength, causing the bandwidth to also reduce. When one is just transferring a file, it just takes longer for the packets to all get transferred. When one is streaming audio or video, if the network cannot keep up, the result is artifacts and cutouts.


I installed a good sized TV antenna on the roof last week. Once I get the distribution system installed, we are going to eliminate one monthly cable bill, and just keep the Internet connection. 24 different channels (OK - 2 of them are shopping channels) available free on air - I figure the whole system with new TV sets, wiring, cabling, antenna, and all will pay for itself within 18 months.



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Yeah, that's why I really didn't want to move anything over to the new machine. Actually, I didn't really intend to use the new machine for that stuff at all, it just so happened that with media center, it all of a sudden showed up on my PS3 and a light bulb went off.


I'm sure my wireless is sufficient - I watch Netflix on the PS3 all the time and that's streamed over wifi, so mp3's shouldn't be an issue. It's more a matter of figuring out how to connect to a "media server" in terms of how a PS3 sees it.



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iTunes... you'd have to hack around it (Google for potential solutions), but the short answer is that it doesn't support the media sharing protocols the PS3 is expecting.


Me, I didn't even bother with setting up my PC + Windows Media Server.


I went with a LaCie Cloudbox. I can play music off that box via iTunes, PS3, PC, etc. Great device and dead simple to use.



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