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Using Windows Media Library as A Media Server (Ft. Visio)



 Disclaimer: This was a few months ago, and the image of the TV's file system is unavailable.

 

 The TV? e500i-b1 by Visio. A couple of years old. I also took the time to update some firmware before doing this.


You can make your own standalone Media Server with some 3rd party software to be 1337....or you can use Windows 10 built in Media Streaming Options.


In an uncanny turn of events, Visio already had an app in place for this very situation: The DLNA Multimedia App, accessed by that large V I've never bothered clicking on the remote.

 

                                        It's between the volume and channel buttons.

 After sharing the appropriate library, it does open a file system with my videos and music.

It did work pretty well besides one finale hurdle: It wouldn't play the 20+ minute video. Shorter clips - think a few seconds - worked quickly enough to repeat several times as the television took seconds to read my input of "Next screen". The lag is so noticeable, it would still be playing the short clips later.

 I think the lag come more from Visio's UI probably not loading everything it needs to initially. It may have to keep going back to grab info, which makes for a poor and slow experience.

I would suggest using this as a media server setup if you really had no other option. I have other computers and could find other software - probably a Linux distro - to make it a little easier, but for consumer-grade technology, this wouldn't take long to figure it out.



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