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Sharing with Orb
Posted March 14, 2007 at 09:10:05 AM by Bean in the Obsessions category
CoWorker Michael gave me his old G router, so my wired and wireless tubes have gotten much faster. With 10 Mbit down and 1 Mbit up, I can now stream media from home better than ever. (For those interested - my old Belkin B and Belkin G routers were defunkt, and limited my speed to about 200 Kbit down and 30 Kbit up. Three cheers for Linksys!)

Anyway, to demonstrate Orb and it's ability to share stuff, I've embedded an orb player in the comment section of this blog entry (which is the same as the direct link). This flash widget connects directly to my PC at home (note: not my web server box) and streams my shared media to YOU. Also, here's a direct link to everything I am sharing. Right now I have TMBG in there, which may or may not be legal, along with season 1 of Trailer Park Boys, just to demonstrate the video aspect. It's cool stuff, and I can watch it from anything that has an internet connection and some kind of media player. RIKEY!

Seems to me it'd be pretty easy to set up a small group where each member is responsible for downloading a specific show or movie genre or music type and sharing it with the rest of the group. Once Orb adds the ability to only allow certain people access to shared stuff, I may try to get something like that going.
Jewfish (March 14, 2007 at 10:16:23 AM):
Which linksys router are you using? I'ma going to be needing a wireless router that can handle streaming media sometim in the near future, and I have no idea what to get.

I've been considering a pre-N based router, but they're kind of expensive.
Bean (March 14, 2007 at 10:38:41 AM):
PS: here's the player

The one I have is a D-Link G "Air Plus". Coworker Michael got Draft-N Linksys equipment and says it's really fast - plus Linksys routers will be firmware upgradable to Official-N once it's been officialized.
m1 (March 14, 2007 at 10:43:32 AM):
KUGL! *AND* L33T!!!
foo (March 14, 2007 at 11:30:58 AM):
Orb is awesome. how does this affect the way that you watch video at home? did you say one time that you used orb through your wii somehow?

if that is the case i like it much more.

I am surprised to hear that the "boss of me" song that is on that shitty sitcom is a TMBG song. I hate that song.

I also saw them on a "blues clues" video which made me hate them as well.

I do used to like that birdhouse in your soul song that is splattered on this blog.

the end.
Bean (March 14, 2007 at 11:48:35 AM):
Yeah - this is how I watch movies on my TV now, via the Wii.
foo (March 14, 2007 at 02:07:11 PM):
celeb (March 14, 2007 at 05:12:26 PM):
Can you elaborate on how it works for watching TV programming from other Orbs or content providers? I read you can do that, but I'm curious what kind of content is available.
Bean (March 15, 2007 at 07:50:24 AM):
Why don't you sign up for an Orb account and see? I'll share Scrubs, 30 Rock, and The Office with you.

Easy as pie.
foo (March 15, 2007 at 08:30:53 AM):
does it cost money?
have you tried watching the orb player doo-hicky on your TV via s-video? does it go full-screen?
does the orb player stream from other people's compueters, or can you acutally download files and watch them whenever?

Bean (March 15, 2007 at 10:04:52 AM):
It is free.
Watching on my TV via Orb/Wii is an alternative to s-vid/RCA direct connections. The quality is not quite as good with Orb, but I expect it to get better. The Wii is currently limited to flash media, but Orb does support all kinds of media so there is room for improvement. It goes full screen on the Wii except for the Opera browser bar. This is the biggest inconvenience right now, but actually isnt much of a problem for me since I usually watch widescreen on my old TV and replace the black bars with a browser bar. Orb streams, but you can also download (though, not on the Wii).
celeb (March 16, 2007 at 07:12:59 PM):
I don't have any windows based computer, other than parallels on my laptop.
Bean (March 16, 2007 at 09:33:55 PM):
aka: macs suck?
jewfish (March 20, 2007 at 10:00:26 AM):
Just installed orb on my desktop and used it to stream some video to my TV via my laptop. The process was super easy. The quality seemed to be a little poor, but that may be because I was watching on a larger screen. I'll try downloading some HDTV shows to see how that looks next.
Bean (March 21, 2007 at 11:24:34 AM):
nice - let me know your results
Jewfish (March 22, 2007 at 09:26:01 AM):
Once I get my HTPC situation all worked out, I'll BABAI.
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