Chapter 28. Connecting Computers and Other Devices

The promise of the digitally connected home is here. Now things that you may never have thought of can link over the network and access your photos, music, and even video.

We've shown in the last two chapters that game consoles can make formidable clients for streaming content from Windows Home Server. While this is true, it certainly isn't all there is to the story. There is an ever-increasing array of devices that can stream media from a Windows Home Server's Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) media server.

UPnP compatible devices are popping up everywhere, and range from music playing devices to network-enabled picture frames.

Now that your Windows Home Server is serving up video, music, and photos 24/7, you might be interested in knowing more about the various types of devices that you can use to play your content.

Accessing PC Clients

When you think about potential clients for Windows Home Server media streaming, your home computers are one of the first things that come to mind. Sure, you can map a network share to your Music or Video folder and play them directly from the files, but wouldn't it be nice to take advantage of the organization according to metadata that a media server provides? With UPnP client software, you access Windows Home Server's media server just like any other ...

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