Confused over software versions and Media Collector
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Author:  biterbit [ Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:09 am ]
Post subject:  Confused over software versions and Media Collector

Hi. I recently acquired an EX470 and did a factory restore and it then went through a long round of automatic software upgrades to bring itself up-to-date. I now have it running to backup a couple of Windows 10 PCs and am thinking of using it as a media server. This is where I am stuck. Looking around this forum and the Wiki I see references to, and screenshots of, the Media Collector and advice on accessing it via a tab in the Server Settings page of the Windows Home Server Console.

When I look at my Windows Home Server Settings page, there is no Media Collector tab. I see Windows Media Center, Media Sharing, PV Connect (which I installed as an add-in) and Settings for iTunes but none of these seem to relate to collecting media files from other sources. I have looked around the forum but I am getting confused over whether the advice offered is relevant to me or if I am missing some software. I see references to WHS v1 and v3 and WHS 2011. On the Resources tab of the Windows Home Server Settings page it says I am running Windows Home Server with Power Pack 3 (no version number mentioned). In the Version Information list it shows (amongst others) Windows Home Server Console v6.0.2423.0,

With this version of the WHS software should I be seeing a Media Collector tab? If not, how do I get media files on to the media server?

Sorry if this is a stupid question - but I'm stuck for ideas on how to proceed.

Author:  Ruben Rocha [ Mon Jul 09, 2018 2:02 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Confused over software versions and Media Collector

I have never used the ex470, Just the ex490.
There are media features that are inherent to the unit.
But bear in mind that it has been "End of life" for many years.
Such as Itunes is outdated.
There was Twonky that worked for a few for a while.
But those features were in the first tab on the far left not the settings section.
My suggestions to set it up as a media player is to think of it as a nas and then use media players connected to it.
Such as the rasberry PI. with Kodi. or popcornhour or whatever.

Author:  biterbit [ Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:41 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Confused over software versions and Media Collector

OK. Thanks for the advice.

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