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How to set up a dedicated home media server

Stream media around the home

With a dedicated box, you can access music, video and photos from anywhere in the house. We show you how, using a WD TV Live Hub.


Step 1. We used the £149 WD TV Live Hub as a dedicated home media server. Installation is straightforward: connect the power supply to the device, then wire it into your router using an ethernet cable (not supplied). Ignore the remaining connections for now.

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Step 2. Open Windows Explorer on any networked PC and enter \\WDTVLIVEHUB in the address bar. The Live Hub will appear as a networked device. You can now simply drag-and-drop files from the PC to the server, then access them from any networked PC.

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Step 3. You can connect the Live Hub to a PC via USB 2.0 to transfer files. Rather than initiating the transfer within Windows, connect a monitor to the device and select the relevant option from its menu.

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Step 4. When you connect the Live Hub to a PC via USB, you’ll be prompted for permission to automatically sync and transfer files from the PC to the server. If you’re happy for the files all to be stored in their default folders, choose Ok. For more control, use the Files option within the WD TV’s main menu.

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