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Monday, September 24, 2007

Wii: Stream iTunes and MP3s, plus other media!

Connecting the multiple devices in your home to deliver a seamless experience can be very difficult at times. In my case the desire was to stream all of my music meticulously organized in iTunes to my home theater system so that I could stream all of that wonderful music through the best sound system in the house. If only everything was quite that easy.

One logical point for an integration in my home was through my Nintendo Wii and a WiFi connection. However, the path to accomplish it was not as easy as it might seem. You might think iTunes would connect direcly to your Nintendo Wii, or perhaps you could easily stream DLNA media servers to your Wii. However, neither of those are available options.

So, in an effort to easily and reliably stream music to my Nintendo, I went through a number of iterations, including even trying RSS feeds to to work. However, after significant effort -- I found a way to do it seamlessly and reliably!

To do this, you will be using Orb media management to facilitate the streaming and playback from your PC device to you Nintendo Wii. In addition, you will need the Wii Internet Channel installed -- if you have not downloaded it during the free period, it can be purchased via the Wii shopping Channel for 500 Wii Points, or $5.

Here is the how to guide, if this works for you, please let me know with a comment!

1. Go to http://mycast.orb.com/ and download the Orb 2.0 program.

2. Double-click the executable installation program to start the installation. Click on Next to continue.

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3. Click on I Agree to accept the terms of the license.

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4. Choose the Installation location for your installation. Take note that this is a 32-bit (x86) application, although it works fine on both Windows XP and Windows Vista 64-bit (x64) operating systems. Click on Install to continue.

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5. The files are not installed and registered on your machine so that the Orb 2.0 program will run.
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6. Once the installation is complete, click on Finish to complete the Orb 2.0 setup wizard and start the program.

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7. If you have already created an Orb account, log on. Otherwise, sign-up and you are just a couple of minutes from streaming MP3 and other media to your Nintendo Wii.

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8. After logging in, select the types of files that you want to be able to stream to your Playstation 3. In addition to Audio such as MP3 and iTunes, you can also stream pictures, video, TV, and even documents to your Nintendo Wii!

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9. Complete the setup wizard by clicking finish and then locate the Orb 2.0 icon in your task bar and right-click, selecting configuration.

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10. Under media, choose the various music, video, and picture folders that you would like to stream or share on your Nintendo Wii.

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11. Finally, make sure you have the below settings. These setting will enable your Orb 2.0 program to directly stream the media to your Nintendo Wii over the LOCAL LAN network rather than being streamed out over the Internet and then back to your Nintendo Wii.

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12. Now turn on your Nintendo Wii and go to the main menu.

13. Now, go to the Internet Channel on your Nintendo Wii and go to http://mycast.orb.com/ and log into your account.

14. Select the music or playlists that you want to play on your Nintendo Wii and start.

15. The Nintendo Wii Internet Channel browser will ask you if you want to activate the control. Now, your music will start steaming -- just as you were looking for!

The side benefit is that now you can access your music or photos from anywhere over the Internet, provided you have your local home network setup properly!

2 comments:

Bernd said...

Interesting stuff. Combining technologies creates more and more properties. We're a Mac only home in the meantime, unfortunately. Anybody aware of such a solution that runs on OS X?

Anonymous said...

Personaly I think the orb option is trash, if you dont mind getting your elbows dirty and hacking your wii, there is a mplayer port that will stream audio and video via windows shares (samba in your case).