Forum Spotlight

Forum member “jmpage2″ has shared a writeup of his experience setting up a video surveillance system with his Home Server. He received an early Christmas present in the form of a Panasonic BB-HCM511A network camera that features Power over Ethernet, motion detection and audio capabilities, and he attached it outside his home to monitor the […]

Forum member “festiva” has posted about his experience setting up a touchscreen display to work with his MediaSmart Server LX195. The display is mounted on the wall near outside the closet that houses the LX195. Here is festiva’s description of the project. I have successfully installed a Lilliput 7″ touchscreen monitor directly to my LX195. […]

Forum member “cavediver” has been busy working on his DIY Home Server (aka Andromeda) and he’s recently shared with us his latest modification. He developed a new fan board for his Norco RPC-4220 case that accommodates 3 x 120mm fans instead of the stock 4 x 80mm fans, with the end result being a significant […]

Forum member “cakalapati” makes and sells the MediaSmart Server VGA/PS2/Serial debug cables (that also work on the Acer easyStore). Now he’s working on an idea for a new hardware modification for Home Servers, and he wants your input on how to make it meet your needs. More and more people are building their own WHS […]

There is no denying that the MediaSmart Server is one attractive piece of home computer equipment. Some people love the hardware, but would rather run another operating system besides Windows Home Server. We’ve seen a few users install Server 2003, a few more have tried Server 2008, but the largest and most active group have […]

Long-time forum member “cavediver” was first spotlighted in my Massive Storage and the MediaSmart Server blog post, when he shared his 17-drive, 21 terabyte MediaSmart Server setup with us. A little while after he increased his storage capacity to 27 terabytes across 22 drives by adding an additional 4-drive Sans Digital storage enclosure. This led […]

Forum moderator Nigel “Cougar” Wilks has been hard at work getting all the steps ironed out for installing the 2.5 Software Update installed and running on the EX470 and EX475 MediaSmart Server, and I’ve been helping out when I can. This has been made more complicated by HP pulling the original 26972 release, but fortunately […]

If you’ve seen the MediaSmart Server in retail stores, you’ve likely seen the demo units that are created to show off the sleek form factor and soothing blue glow of the server. These demo units are stripped down to pretty much just a shell with a power supply and LEDs. The motherboard is in the […]

Forum Moderator Nigel “Cougar” Wilks is at it again, this time with the beginnings of a series of tutorials that will guide EX470 and EX475 users on how to get the recent 2.5 Software Update running on their first generation MediaSmart Servers. Note that this is a work in progress and does not yet get […]

It only took a few hours after the release of the 2.5 Software Update for enterprising individuals to dig deep into the workings of the new software and find ways to tweak and improve the experience. New forum member “BigKahuna” dropped two big tutorials on us, the first of which describes how to install additional […]