How to: Set up the ultimate home media experience

Staff Writer By Staff Writer - June 8th, 2015
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Effortless on-demand streaming of movies, TV shows and music, amazing games with stunning visuals, and controls so easy you hardly have to do a thing. Welcome to the digital age.

This all may sound pretty good, but to really get the most out of a home media experience you've got to know what technology to buy, and we're here to help you out.

Let's take a look at how you can create the best home media setup.

Start with the infrastructure

Before we can get to the really fun stuff it's important to set up the infrastructure. This means obtaining a great router like the D-Link DIR-890L. Why? A powerful router can transmit the media throughout your home to all of your devices without slowing down.

Next, we'll need to put network storage in place so that you can store all of your media content in a central location. Think of this storage like a public library, where all of your devices can take out media to view it. A great option comes again from D-Link, in the form of the ShareCenter. Simply plug it in and start copying movies, TV shows, music and photos onto the device.

Source the systems

Once you've set up all of the back-end stuff, it's time to turn our attention to the more interesting devices. Start with a small media centre PC, like a Next Unit of Computing from Intel. It's a tiny computer that you plug into a TV, and can stream content from websites (like Netflix and YouTube) and the network storage. You can also stream games right to the TV from a larger gaming PC.

You may also want to consider a gaming console, like the Xbox One. This great piece of hardware makes it easy to stream media from network storage, and is also excellent for games.

Display the content

Finally, we need to look at the devices that will actually display the content. It's a good idea to source a 4K TV like the LG 40UB800T as your content will look exceptional. If you need another screen, have a think about a tablet. These are great for sitting back in bed and catching up with your favourite TV series.

If you want to find out more about creating the best possible home media experience, get in touch with PB Tech today, we'll be happy to help you find some great hardware.

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