N900 Media Player – Home Network Media Streaming
You got lots of videos, films or tv-shows stored on your Pc? Or your favorite music, cd collections and mp3 compilations?
I was pretty excited about the possibility to hear music or watch videos on my N900 over my network while cooking dinner, exercising on the home trainer (I do not really do that) or even sitting in the bathroom .
All you have to do is to setup an UPnP server. UPnP is short for Universal Plug and Play and runs over an IP network with standardized devices. On Windows you don’t even have to do that, because the Windows Media Player includes already the media server option. Just enable the sharing in the network settings and you’re ready to go. On the mac side you have to install some additional programs to be able to stream media. For example this link will help you setup the UPnP on a mac.
Since the N900 assists the UPnP standard out of the box, the only thing you have to do, is to activate WLAN on your phone to run in your very own network. Thats it. If you open the media player on your phone, you will see the station or the device which is sharing appear in the left bottom corner. Just tap on it, and there they are: your media folders with all your favorite films, videos, music, and what ever …
What if you want to watch your movies on your big flatscreen TV set? Just plugin the videocable, which came with the N900 and enjoy! No need for expensive extra equipments. (For longer events, use the power supply to avoid running out of battery).
Nevertheless some issues with a few media types are known. Goto maemo.org to read more about which codecs, files and videocontainers are assisted.
Fact is, media streaming with the N900 is an enrichment for my/your multimedia experience.
- sam -