Symposium => Information Technology => Topic started by: Pattinsons on January 11, 2017, 03:09:26 PM

Title: Kodi
Post by: Pattinsons on January 11, 2017, 03:09:26 PM
So I think I'm in the market for a Kodi streaming player. I'd like to hear any suggestions. Not sure what would be the best specs.

Any help is greatly appreciated.
Title: Re: Kodi
Post by: JNM on January 11, 2017, 03:14:04 PM
Just pick up a used office-grade PC with a half decent video card.

I use a 2006 vintage Mac Mini, but whatever "too slow" computer you have in a closet will do.
Title: Re: Kodi
Post by: channel5karate on January 11, 2017, 04:18:23 PM
you can also use raspberry pi or orange pi.  advantage is that you can also run a torrent client, network wide adblocking and other useful things simultaneously. and cheap.
Title: Re: Kodi
Post by: orionchocopie on January 11, 2017, 04:36:59 PM
Definitely a Raspberry Pi.

You can buy it in Korea from these guys (ask your co-T for help to order, but you don't need an account, just make an order and send them some money via the ATM).


It looks like that set includes the Pi 3, case, heatsink, power supply.  The heatsink is a bit of a gimmick and not really necessary.  The case is nice, but there are others.  The PSU is ok, but any good quality 2.5A or better phone charger will work.

You might already have everything else.  Here's what you need to make it go.

Pi 3
Power supply

Micro SD card
HDMI cable
USB keyboard
USB mouse
Monitor with HDMI input
Speakers (or use speakers on HDMI monitor)

Then download and install one of the Kodi distributions.  Most recently I heard that LibreElec was best, but there are others.

You can write the Kodi files to the SD card on a Windows PC (you'll need some kind of Micro SD card reader).  Then once the Pi is on your network you can use some software on your smartphone to control it (so you won't need the keyboard and mouse anymore).