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    Access media files stored in your home computer from any part of the world

    How To: Access media files stored in your home computer from any part of the world using existing devices without any additional costs.

    What you need:
    -Your home computer with media files
    -Another computer or smartphone from which you want to access your home media files.

    Some background:
    The plan here is to setup your home computer as a media server and keep it on throughout the day so that you can access this server using a client from anywhere through internet.
    So, you need to install a software on your home computer to make it a media server.

    Procedure:
    To setup media server:
    -Download and install "Orb Caster" from the following link:
    http://www.orb.com/en/download.html

    -Run Orb Caster, goto "Libraries" tab and "Add" folders that you want to share through internet.

    -Select the option "Enable Orb Remote Access". Upon selecting, it pops up a wizard which will help you create an Orb account which will later be required for accessing this server.

    -Close it (It will actually minimize into the taskbar and the server will continue to run in background)

    Thats it. Your home computer has become a media server now.

    To access the server:
    -Visit http://mycast.orb.com/ using any internet browser on a smartphone or another computer.

    -Fill in the login details of the Orb account that you created while setting up the server.

    -All the media files you had shared through your home server will be accessible from this browser now.

    Extensions:
    -Not only audio files but also videos, images, documents etc can be accessed.
    -The media files can be streamed in real time or downloaded.
    -Even webcam can be accessed so that one can remotely monitor the webcam.

    (Advantage of using Orb setup over Skype is that you dont need to install anything on the 2nd computer because it can be accessed using browser itself)

    Use cases:
    -You can share your entire audio/video/photo collection and access them from office/college or friend's house or anywhere else.
    -You can listen to your huge collection of music (gigabytes/terabytes) without the need to copy/sync to your smartphone by streaming them live using GPRS/Wi-FI
    -Monitor your house by placing the computer webcam in such a way that it captures your home entrance. Acess the webcam through Orb for live monitoring.
    -Those who have a TV tuner card in the home PC can enable the option to watch live TV remotely from any other PC or smartphone.

    Tips:

    -To save power, switch off the home desktop/laptop screen and set the processor to low power mode. Ensure that it does not go into sleep mode after sometime.
    -Ensure that you have an unlimited home broadband plan because streaming the media from home PC to your smartphone/PC will consume bandwidth.
    -To avoid the home computer from being idle throughout the day, run uTorrent client to download media.


    Let me know if you face any issues and share this info with friends.

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    Re: Access media files stored in your home computer from any part of the world

    NICE GE

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    Re: Access media files stored in your home computer from any part of the world

    nice

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    Re: Access media files stored in your home computer from any part of the world

    Thanks,
    Its Working

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