View Full Version : Accessing local media over Internet.

January 14th, 2011, 03:28 PM
I was wondering if there is a way to access someone else's media content via the web using the boxeebox. I know many consumer level NAS devices have a remote access capability built in where you just do a port forward on your router for port X and you can access your files from anywhere with the right permissions and an Internet connection. So this got me to wondering if you could setup a media source on boxeebox using that same type of remote access. I understand that this would only be an enjoyable experience if the remote location had a decent Internet upload ( which many here in Canada do not right now anyway), but if it's technically do able and home upload speeds increase over time, this could be a very cool way to share content with your fellow ( and trusted of course) boxeebox users.

I think there's a similar device on the market called Slingbox that used to do something like this? This could be a very fun way to share home videos or something with relatives if they also had a boxeebox.

January 14th, 2011, 04:23 PM
I was wondering if there is a way to access someone else's media content via the web using the boxeebox.Boxee Box? No. Other solutions, sure.

Some folks have set up SMB over VPN (though not recommended unless you have stellar internet connections in both directions).

I think someone posted a request about having an Orb Client run in Boxee -- Orb's server software sits on a PC or Mac and transcodes local media files for viewing over the Internet to an Orb client that then displays the video, etc.

That's about all I know of off the top of my head.

January 14th, 2011, 05:06 PM
WebDav support is what you would need. Some NAS drives are starting to add support for it. (Synology and Qnap have it)

For the client side: Boxee doesn't have WebDav support as far as I know, but Linux and OSX do. Windows does as well, but it's kind of buggy, so using something like NetDrive instead works. WebDav drives mount as normal, then you could access that drive over SMB on your local network.