Raspberry Pi Projects : Build a Media Centre Computer

Learn how to build an incredibly low cost, but powerful, media centre computer to handle your TV, movies, photos & music
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  • Lectures 31
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 8/2015 English

Course Description

Even if you know nothing about the Raspberry Pi, or what it is, this course will take you step-by-step through exactly what you need to know to build an ultra-low cost media centre computer.

This is course that anyone can do, and the software you will use is available completely free. No hardware or software technical skills are needed.

Just follow along with the well explained, straight forward steps, and at the end of this course you will have a fully functional, fast, media centre computer that can...

  • Stream your media across a network
  • Play locally stored content stored on different devices
  • Handle TV shows, movies, photos, and music
  • Can be used to stream content to other devices you might have, such as phones and tablets, or to other family members
  • Can even be securely accessed while you are out of the house.

The Raspberry Pi based solution you will end up with is fanless and runs completely silently. It's also tiny (about the size of a pack of cards) and can be easily tucked away out of sight behind your TV. It performs amazingly and costs next to nothing to build, so get started now!

What are the requirements?

  • A Raspberry Pi will be needed for the course. They are very low cost and I'll cover where to buy in Section 2.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand what the Raspberry Pi is
  • Build a Raspberry Pi
  • Choose the appropriate operating system for the media centre build
  • Understand how to store, organise, and access their media
  • Install and configure the operating system and media centre environment that is right for them
  • Turn your Raspberry Pi into a fully functioning media centre computer

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is for anyone that want to build a fast, flexible, silent, but very low cost, media centre computer. No previous hardware or software technical skills are necessary.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: What is a Raspberry Pi and why should you use one for your media centre?
Course Introduction
About the Raspberry Pi
The different models of Raspberry Pi
What can the Raspberry Pi do?
Why You should use the Raspberry Pi for your media centre
Section 2: Building your Raspberry Pi
What you will need
Memory card considerations
Raspberry Pi cases
Where to buy your Raspberry Pi
Assembling your Raspberry Pi
Section 3: Raspberry Pi Operating Systems
What is an operating system and why do you need one?
Which distribution is best?
How to prepare your card and install NOOBS
Discover an alternative to installing with NOOBS
How to burn a disk image to your memory card
Section 4: Building a Raspberry Pi media centre with Kodi (XBMC)
Setting up your media for streaming
Initial Configuration
Setting up TV Shows in Kodi
How to stream movies to your Raspberry Pi media centre
Adding your music library
Add your photos and create a slideshow
What you need to know about Kodi add-on's
How to set (and keep) the correct time on your media centre
How to change the look and feel
Section 5: Building a Raspberry Pi media centre based around Plex
Signup to Plex and set up the server
Getting hold of RasPlex
Setting up Plex on the Raspberry Pi
How to set the correct time
Section 6: The Finishing Touches
Kodi and OpenElec - Adding a WiFi adapter
Getting Rasplex working with a USB WiFi adaptor
Section 7: What's Next?
Bonus Lecture

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Instructor Biography

Chris O'Connor, WordPress Expert, Author, Raspberry Pi Enthusiast

I've been building web sites since the mid/late 90's, and am the author of the book WordPress For All : How To Create A Website For Business Or Personal Use, Quickly & Easily - Whatever Your Skill Level. It is available available on Amazon for the Kindle, with a paperback version due to follow in the near future.

I've been using WordPress since it was first released, and prior to that, B2 (the software WordPress was forked from). I've built numerous websites both for myself and for clients, using HTML, WordPress, and Joomla. From the very first commercial web site I built (in the days before Google existed) I have made a point of building my sites with search engine optimisation in mind, and have had top ranking for many of my sites for some of the toughest keywords out there.

I'm a big fan of Twitter, and if you follow me on Twitter then make sure you let me know that you found me on Udemy and I'll be sure to follow you back.

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