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Turning the Wii into a media player.

DasUberEdwardDasUberEdward Registered User regular
edited June 2007 in Help / Advice Forum
With the capabilities of the wii i'd imagine it would work as an acceptable media player to stream content off of my local network. However i'm at a loss as to how I would go about setting the Wii up. I tried using the winamp remote program but there was such an incredible system lag when attempting to browse with the wii that it made the process excruciating. After that I tried the Mii Music application but the playlist are for lack of a better word terrible and faulty. So that was another strike. Right now i'm thinking of possibly setting up something with my router that could direct to a page that would play the media files hosted on my computer but I have no idea how to go about that. Any suggestions or personal configurations that work well?

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    AbsoluteZeroAbsoluteZero The new film by Quentin Koopantino Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    http://www.orb.com/

    Orb is supposed to work on a LAN with Wii.

    With any luck Nintendo will come out with a Media (Miidia?) Channel to let you play music and movies off of SD cards (or an external USB HDD).

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    DasUberEdwardDasUberEdward Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    http://www.orb.com/

    Orb is supposed to work on a LAN with Wii.

    With any luck Nintendo will come out with a Media (Miidia?) Channel to let you play music and movies off of SD cards (or an external USB HDD).

    I'll give this a shot now. I tried the winamp version of orb and the interface was just not compatible with the Wii at all.

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    MunacraMunacra Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    That's a blog entry that is pretty informative and will give you a few ideas to get started.

    http://www.last100.com/2007/06/25/five-resources-to-create-a-wii-media-center/

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    DasUberEdwardDasUberEdward Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Well with the version of orb that was mentioned there really is no playlist support or anything of the like so finding files is pretty hard. It plays things but often ends up being subjected to an error. As for the blog. I can't say anything about Wii Transfer as it is a PC program. Wii Media center is a very early alpha. I had to soft link files and it nearly deleted all of my music. Plus it doesn't support the usage of sub directories. Oh, it also just didn't play on the Wii. The other option was a radio station which isn't really a solution.

    Anyone have a working solution? Or better yet is there a way where the Wii could just be directed to my music folder and songs could be played as if through opera?

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    PheezerPheezer Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited June 2007
    Assuming you have a mac, how about enabling Apache, opening the ports, and setting up your computer as a streaming radio server? Since you'll be connected to the Wii by a much, much faster connection than your cable modem provides you to the Internet, you should be able to stream relatively easily. You'd want to configure the firewall to only allow access to specific IP addresses and restrict it to the Wii.

    Granted I've never done this so I can't recommend software or provide step by step help, but it should all be pretty easy. No harder than setting up a Mac to operate as a web server serving streaming audio to the Internet, anyhow. Google for walkthroughs/software for doing that, rather than anything necessarily Wii specific.

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    DasUberEdwardDasUberEdward Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    No Mac.

    Although for my party tonight I attempted to use MiiMusic. Regrettably the program fails to load my entire playlist and is rather cumbersome when attempting to browse files.

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    MugenmidgetMugenmidget Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    How about WiiCR?

    http://wiicr.org/wiki/index.php/WiiCR

    It worked pretty well for me and was less of a resource hog.

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