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by DarrenHill
Sun Apr 07, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Beginner wants to set up a Media Center
Replies: 3
Views: 326

Re: Beginner wants to set up a Media Center

The Pi also has CEC built-in, so in many cases if you're using a HDMI connection to your TV then the TV remote itself can run things. There's no real need for a kit (unless you want to have things just delivered and ready to work). A Pi 3B+ running LibreElec will cover most things, and it's easy to ...
by DarrenHill
Tue Apr 02, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Networking and servers
Topic: Media Center + Owncloud + Apache2 + bind9 + Pi-Hole
Replies: 3
Views: 157

Re: Media Center + Owncloud + Apache2 + bind9 + Pi-Hole

Agreed concerning Nextcloud - runs fine on my Pi3 server at home. If you want to go headless or at least without GUI, then you can consider either Raspbian Lite or something like DietPi. One other option to maybe think about is basing things around Docker, and HypriotOS. Although there getting the v...
by DarrenHill
Wed Mar 27, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Media centres
Topic: RasPlex
Replies: 4
Views: 394

Re: RasPlex

Kodi (via LibreElec, OSMC, Xbian or just a straight install under Raspbian) has an official Plex add-on available in its official repo.
by DarrenHill
Tue Mar 12, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Graphics, sound and multimedia
Topic: Portable media Server
Replies: 2
Views: 292

Re: Portable media Server

Either Kodi or Plex would work. Kodi isn't designed as a server, but can be set up to share media on the Pi that a second installation of Kodi on the tablet could access and use via SMB. It can share via UPNP as well, which may be an option. Plex is more designed in the server/client model, and the ...
by DarrenHill
Tue Mar 12, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: What pi, what OS, for Kodi media server only.
Replies: 17
Views: 1396

Re: What pi, what OS, for Kodi media server only.

I've just recently retired an older zero running LibreElec (replaced by a Pi3b+ running it) as my travelling media player. Occasionally a little slow on the menus, but very usable and generally worked fine. In my case I had it with a soldered IR diode and a spare old remote, but that's been replaced...
by DarrenHill
Mon Mar 11, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: What pi, what OS, for Kodi media server only.
Replies: 17
Views: 1396

Re: What pi, what OS, for Kodi media server only.

And if not then either a Flirc dongle or just set up your own IR receiver diode. Then you can use any spare remote control to operate it.

I've done both over the years, and both work fine (with some minor tweaking occasionally of the Kodi keymap using the Keymap Editor addon).
by DarrenHill
Thu Feb 21, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: [Guide][Testing] Kodi 18.0 Leia beta versions for Raspbian Stretch! [obsolete and locked]
Replies: 110
Views: 48943

Re: [Guide][Testing] Kodi 18.0 Leia beta versions for Raspbian Stretch!

Also where is your Kodi database stored, locally or remotely?

That kind of delay sounds to me like some issue with the database, either some corruption in it or some network issues in trying to write and update it after watching something (changing the watched state stored etc).
by DarrenHill
Thu Jan 24, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: Graphics, sound and multimedia
Topic: Noob question about media player and hats
Replies: 3
Views: 263

Re: Noob question about media player and hats

Have a look at https://pinout.xyz/ . On there you can look up the pins actually used by a large number of HATs and pHATs. With that information you can judge if the two hats will work happily together or if there's any conflicts. If they can share, you can use something like a pico hat hacker or a b...
by DarrenHill
Sun Jan 20, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: Networking and servers
Topic: Using putty for remote access to raspberry pi (outside local network)
Replies: 6
Views: 476

Re: Using putty for remote access to raspberry pi (outside local network)

Not really, but if you just search for "dynamic DNS" or "ddns" you'll turn up various sites which offer the service. Look at some of those, which should have help or FAQ pages about what they do and how much they may charge for it (many have free tiers, like noip for example). But basically you regi...
by DarrenHill
Fri Jan 18, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Networking and servers
Topic: Using putty for remote access to raspberry pi (outside local network)
Replies: 6
Views: 476

Re: Using putty for remote access to raspberry pi (outside local network)

If your ISP doesn't give you a static external IP address, you can use a dynamic DNS (DDNS) service to overcome that. Basically they will assign you an address on their server which will resolve to the IP address of your router, and for most you can install a small application somewhere on your loca...
by DarrenHill
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Lots of beginner questions about arcade cabinet
Replies: 1
Views: 198

Re: Lots of beginner questions about arcade cabinet

The commonly used software solution is RetroPie - https://retropie.org.uk/

Have a look at that and see if it is the kind of thing you're thinking of.
by DarrenHill
Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Cannot find NAS drive in Plex app
Replies: 16
Views: 1033

Re: Cannot find NAS drive in Plex app

https://forum.kodi.tv/showthread.php?tid=136333 https://www.kvibes.de/mediaelch/ Those threads may help you. It's not something I've personally used, but I think it creates .nfo files which you should have beside the media files and that Kodi will then see and inhale rather than needing to use scrap...
by DarrenHill
Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Cannot find NAS drive in Plex app
Replies: 16
Views: 1033

Re: Cannot find NAS drive in Plex app

If you look at the wiki link in my post above it gives details of how to set up your Kodi library for both TV shows and movies. The first key point is not to mix types (movies, TV shows etc) in one tree, and to set the type correctly when you define the source. Basically the movies should have the s...
by DarrenHill
Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Cannot find NAS drive in Plex app
Replies: 16
Views: 1033

Re: Cannot find NAS drive in Plex app

If you're using Kodi as your front-end then basically you just need a NAS/file server set-up as the back-end to supply the media. Either your existing one or one you can set up on your Pi (something like OpenMediaVault, or even just under Raspbian - there are numerous tutorials on the net for Pi-bas...
by DarrenHill
Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Cannot find NAS drive in Plex app
Replies: 16
Views: 1033

Re: Cannot find NAS drive in Plex app

Try this as the line in your fstab: 192.168.0.101:/nfs/NFS /mnt/media nfs defaults,noatime,x-gvfs-show,nofail 0 0 and if that doesn't work simply 192.168.0.101:/nfs/NFS /mnt/media nfs nofail 0 0 That's based on the mount I set up between my Pi and my MyCloudMirror, which works fine (at the command l...
by DarrenHill
Sun Jan 06, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Cannot find NAS drive in Plex app
Replies: 16
Views: 1033

Re: Cannot find NAS drive in Plex app

How are you editting the file? As it's a root owned one you need to use "sudo nano /etc/fstab" to give you temporary privs to do the edit, rather than just "nano /etc/fstab" which won't be able to save as your normal user can't write to /etc. For reference, this is the fstab line I'm using to mount ...
by DarrenHill
Sun Jan 06, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Graphics, sound and multimedia
Topic: I want to attach a Raspberry Pi Zero and a tiny speaker to a bobblehead and have it play MP3s. How?
Replies: 5
Views: 577

Re: I want to attach a Raspberry Pi Zero and a tiny speaker to a bobblehead and have it play MP3s. How?

Sounds like a good solution to me :) That way you don't even have to have the Pi too near the bobblehead. For your forum question - click on the topic tools menu (the spanner icon near the bottom of the page - just below the last post, near the left hand side beside the post reply button) and in tha...
by DarrenHill
Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Graphics, sound and multimedia
Topic: I want to attach a Raspberry Pi Zero and a tiny speaker to a bobblehead and have it play MP3s. How?
Replies: 5
Views: 577

Re: I want to attach a Raspberry Pi Zero and a tiny speaker to a bobblehead and have it play MP3s. How?

Fair enough ;) The zero as shipped doesn't have any audio output at all except on the HDMI port, but if you're into tinkering then it can be added. https://learn.adafruit.com/adding-basic-audio-ouput-to-raspberry-pi-zero http://shallowsky.com/blog/hardware/pi-zero-audio.html https://www.raspberrypi....
by DarrenHill
Sat Jan 05, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Cannot find NAS drive in Plex app
Replies: 16
Views: 1033

Re: Cannot find NAS drive in Plex app

From your screenshot you're using afp (apple file sharing) as the protocol? Is there any specific reason for this rather than using NFS or SMB? I think the EX2 supports both of those (I have both types of shares on my WD MyCloudMirror, which is basically the same device with a few tweaks as the EX2)...
by DarrenHill
Thu Jan 03, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Cannot find NAS drive in Plex app
Replies: 16
Views: 1033

Re: Cannot find NAS drive in Plex app

I don't think Plex can work with networked drives, only local ones. At least when I've set up my server in the past (on a Pi3 via docker) it's never been able to access anything shared across the network, but works fine with anything local on the USB ports. Perfectly willing (and indeed happy) to be...
by DarrenHill
Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Raspberry Pi blocked by corporate network
Replies: 10
Views: 330

Re: Raspberry Pi blocked by corporate network

The Pi3 can be set up to boot/run from a connected hard drive. If it's just the use of an SD card as the storage device for the OS that's the issue (bureaucracy rather than technical) then that might give you a route to explore? Arguably booting that way isn't any more secure etc than using the SD c...
by DarrenHill
Mon Dec 31, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Basic mp3 "music box" with Speaker phat
Replies: 4
Views: 553

Re: Basic mp3 "music box" with Speaker phat

There are at least two plug-ins available in the Volumio plug-in store which will start playback on booting iirc.

Autostart and autoplay - both in the Miscellanea section of the plug-in lists.
by DarrenHill
Mon Dec 31, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Basic mp3 "music box" with Speaker phat
Replies: 4
Views: 553

Re: Basic mp3 "music box" with Speaker phat

Have you tried Volumio?

That would I think fit what you're trying to achieve very well...
by DarrenHill
Fri Dec 28, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Dual Purpose External Hard Drive
Replies: 5
Views: 736

Re: Dual Purpose External Hard Drive

You may be interested in the set-up I have on my desk - a Pi3 running HypriotOS and then using Docker I have a number of different applications running, including a Plex server, NextcloudPi, Calibre server and a TVHeadEnd server. All that paired with a 2TB WD drive (an old MyPassport) which is dual ...

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