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If you do not yet have a solution to watch pictures and movies on your TV, you really should buy a Raspberry Pi. It is around 40 euro and needs an SD card, USB to micro USB and HDMI cable. And last but not least some free Linux distribution with the famous XBMC. I have blogged before about RaspBMC but I have moved to Xbian because there are more developers involved and some are Dutch. You can reference network locations on your small raspberry xbmc to list the movies inside them. There are several solutions to make that reference. One is samba. This works great, but samba has some protocol overhead. NFS is an other option and is more ‘lightweight’. 

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So download the windows installer for Xbian .  Or check this page for other operating system options. Put it on your SD. put the SD in your pi and power up and make sure it is connected to the LAN.

SSH (with putty for instance) to the pi. I have added the mac address in the router for a static IP. so I know how to connect with “ssh xbian@ipadres-of-pi” the default password is raspberry.

exit the menu and create local directories for the mounting points for your TV shows, movies, pictures and music.

I have made a dir named public on the root. which require root access so I had to sudo it.

xbian@xbian /public $ sudo mkdir Moives
xbian@xbian /public $ sudo mkdir Music
xbian@xbian /public $ sudo mkdir Pictures
xbian@xbian /public $ sudo mkdir TV

Next is to mount the network share and make it a permanent mount. So edit the /etc/fstab as root in your favorite texteditor. I used nano.

 

sudo nano /etc/fstab

 

The format to mount is: ip of network device:/path to share /local path  nfs so for my CH3Snas of conceptronic (which uses funplug) is:

192.168.1.133:/mnt/HD_a2/shared/Movies /public/Movies nfs rsize=8192,wsize=8192,timeo=14,intr 0 0
192.168.1.133:/mnt/HD_a2/shared/Music /public/Music nfs rsize=8192,wsize=8192,timeo=14,intr 0 0
192.168.1.133:/mnt/HD_a2/shared/Pictures /public/Pictures nfs rsize=8192,wsize=8192,timeo=14,intr 0 0
192.168.1.133:/mnt/HD_a2/shared/TV\040Shows /public/TV nfs rsize=8192,wsize=8192,timeo=14,intr 0 0

 

After saving the file and rebooting the pi, it will be mounted. The next step is to configure the XBMC to see that the movies are on the local /public/movies folder.

 

Good luck and have fun with the Raspberry pi and Xbian (and XBMC)

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