How to enjoy saved media on your entertainment system
1. Centralise your media storage
First, you’ll need a hard drive. You can use a standard external USB hard drive or a NAS Device. A USB hard drive can be easily used by the device it’s connected to directly. A NAS gives you extra flexibility because it can be attached to your router and accessed from any PC or media player device in the house. D-Link’s DNS-325 is a fine choice for a NAS, offering exhaustive storage capacities in a convenient and compact package. Simply connect it to your network and fill it with movies, music, photos, and anything else you’d like to view on your television.
2. Set up a wireless network
The next step of the operation is wireless. Any wireless network can send media from your NAS to your TV, but if you’re interested in high definition media, then speed,range and bandwidth are crucial. D-Link’s DIR-657 Wireless N HD Media Router is a 802.11n router that provides all the bandwidth you need for today’s HD movies and television programmes. With its built-in DLNA-certified Media Server, this router allows you to stream media content directly onto computers, game consoles and media players like the Boxee Box by D-Link. The DIR-657 comes with a SD card slot so you can share your photos, music and videos in a standard SD card with everyone in your home. You can even share any USB device (like a Printer or Hard Drive), courtesy of D-Link’s SharePort™ Plus technology across your network with family and friends.
3. Connect to your media
Since most TVs can’t access your computer network directly, you need an interface between your television and the network you just set up. The Boxee Box by D-Link plugs into your HDTV via an HDMI cable and can access your network wirelessly. Just configure it for wireless and you’ll have direct access to online media as well as the movies, music and photos stored on your NAS, or on other computers in the house.
With a NAS device and a Boxee Box you can access media from your computer and the web right from your living room.