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Raspberry Pi as Media Center – OSMC

Introduction

Hello Raspberian! Are you enjoying playing with Raspberry Pi? It is exciting isn’t?  

Today, we want to share more on how you can turn your Raspberry Pi as a media center, another popular use of this SBC (Single Board Computer). You can directly play any type of media file on it and stream video from Internet like Youtube! We will be using OSMC (Open Source Media Center) as a captain to handle Raspberry Pi. What is OSMC? It is basically a media center operating system that support Raspberry Pi. The best thing is, the Raspberry Pi NOOBS (New Out Of Box Software) support the installation of OSMC 🙂 That is pretty helpful. 

Why OSMC? Here are some of our reasons:

  • The User Interface is simple and easy to use
  • It’s free and open source
  • As Raspberry Pi User, it is quite straight forward to install OSMC, it can be done in just a few minutes
  • It gets updates and apps easily
  • The are huge community using OSMC
  • It can basically lay any media files from anywhere
  • It looks fantastic !

On the other hand, you can also try LibreELEC, which is also supported by Raspberry Pi NOOBS.

Now, just follow these simple steps to build your own media center! Let’s start!

Basic Setup

You might already have a Raspberry Pi. Alternatively, you might also get our Raspberry Pi Media Center kit. Anyway, at a minimum, you’ll need:

  1. Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ (or other models but we recommend Pi 3 model B+)
  2. 16GB Micro SD Card with NOOBS for RPI
  3. Raspberry PI Case with Fan (Transparent), enclosure 
  4. 5V 2.5A Adapter w/ micro USB cable (UK type), to power the Raspberry Pi
  5. High Speed HDMI Cable 1.5m
  6. Display devices (TV, monitor, display, screen and projector etc.)
  7. USB Keyboard and Mouse, during installation and setup only.
  8. High Speed Internet, WiFi or LAN, to download the OSMC for installation and also to view media streaming.

Connect Things Up

We do not need any wiring or jumper wires in this project. Just connect all the devices as follow:

 

We are using VGA monitor which does not come with speaker, therefore an additional USB speaker is connected. If you are using HDMI to TV or monitor, additional USB speaker is NOT necessary. Do make sure you connect at least a keyboard during installation and setup.

How to install OSMC on your Raspberry Pi

Assuming you are getting the Media Center Kit, the microSD card should have been pre-loaded with NOOBS. Your Raspberry pi will boot up, you will see NOOBS interface at the beginning. Choose Wi-Fi Network tab then choose your Wi-Fi to connect to the internet. 

Next, you will see the list of the OS(Operating System) available to be downloaded and you should choose OSMC_Pi2.

Just click install and wait for download to finish. It depends on your Internet speed 🙂

Setup OSMC for First Time

Right after the installation is completed, you need to setup the language.  

 

Secondly, choose your current time zone.

 

Then, you need to set a hostname for this media center.

 

 

Next, you need to set up your network.

 

After the setup finishes, you will get notification to update the system.

Your Media Center is complete! You’re ready to be entertained!

Adding Another Browser

From the home screen, directly go to Settings Add-on browser Install from repository then you can you choose whatever do you want to install.

Better Quality Audio?

If you need better quality audio to your media center, you can check out JustBoom because it is designed to improve the audio and to experience the true clarity of high definition music. You can refer here on the steps to set it up.

 

Note: For further inquiry, please visit our technical forum as we seldom check the comment here. 🙂

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