I heard about this last New Year’s Eve party from a friend who has a store bought Jynxbox, so I decided to learn more about this technology, and ended up putting together my own. For the Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC), the free open source Kodi Entertainment Center system is used. What it does is control streaming of TV shows and movies off the web right into your TV.
To start this project off, I downloaded and installed Kodi for Windows onto my laptop, configured it and got it working. It can be tricky to setup, but it’s really a fabulous piece of software, once you learn it.
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Next step was to make a dedicated TV system, as I didn’t want to plug my laptop into it all the time. I decided to get a Raspberry PI micro computer, and load Kodi onto that. The RPI worked great, but the wifi dongle was a little klunky, so I went with ethernet, which is faster anyway. I didn’t want to run a cable from my office, where my router is, to the living room TV, so I got a Powerline adapter, allowing me to run ethernet through the house wiring. Worked like a charm! The RPI is even powered from a USB connector from the TV. Swell! I’m even able to connect to my wifi hard-drive to download music directly my TV, which is also connected to a 5.1 home theatre.
I’m still using my regular wireless keyboard, but eventually, I’ll get a mini wireless keyboard with touchpad.