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Old 9th October 2017, 7:19 AM   #91
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Hey guys, is this the goto box for streaming and playing downloaded content?

I need to replace my mother in laws WDTVLive, no longer plays a few formats and struggles.. I was looking at a few reviews of the quad core 912 based Andrioid boxes but there is so much choice.

Only needs to be 1080p, need x265 and kodi with an easy build for a person to use in their 60s (The latter i know plenty about).

Any suggestions besides this? Price up to $200 I guess... I would like it to last a few years =)
Go for a 905 or 905x rather than a 912. I dont think 912s have anywhere near as much support for libreelec.

Page 1 here has all the info you need to pick the right device. It gets updated fairly regularly.

Just work out the most important features you want first.
h.264 vs h.265 (HEVC)
1080p vs 4k?
Wifi vs Wired?
Libreelec vs Android vs dual boot ?
Audio requirements?
CEC requirements?
3D?

https://forum.kodi.tv/showthread.php?tid=252916


I currently use a raspberry pi 3 (no h.265 1080p only) but will probably change to a dual booting wetek play 2 after this months paycheck. Has free to air TV receiver and optical audio out.
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Old 9th October 2017, 6:33 PM   #92
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Go for a 905 or 905x rather than a 912. I dont think 912s have anywhere near as much support for libreelec.

Page 1 here has all the info you need to pick the right device. It gets updated fairly regularly.

Just work out the most important features you want first.
h.264 vs h.265 (HEVC)
1080p vs 4k?
Wifi vs Wired?
Libreelec vs Android vs dual boot ?
Audio requirements?
CEC requirements?
3D?

https://forum.kodi.tv/showthread.php?tid=252916


I currently use a raspberry pi 3 (no h.265 1080p only) but will probably change to a dual booting wetek play 2 after this months paycheck. Has free to air TV receiver and optical audio out.
Thanks for the link, looks like the Xiaomi Mi Box is the one I need...
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Old 11th October 2017, 7:49 PM   #93
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Mine finally arrived today after waiting two weeks for it, and the whole time i completely forgot i needed to get an au adapter for it.

How would a 5v 3a go instead of the recommended 5.2v and 2.1 amp?
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Old 11th October 2017, 9:54 PM   #94
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How would a 5v 3a go instead of the recommended 5.2v and 2.1 amp?
Oh doh, is that from Gearbite? I didn't realise would need an AC adapter.. just thought a convertor would do
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Im an electrical engineer and I would do it.

The processor uses 3.3 or 1.8V so the built in regulators will step it down.

The USB port may end up only being 4.8Vish instead of 5V though.
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Oh doh, is that from Gearbite? I didn't realise would need an AC adapter.. just thought a convertor would do
Yeah was from gearbite, but no matter where you get it from it wont have an AU plug for the wall. Easy solution is just get a travel adapter but i am to limited on space so am getting one from jaycar.

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Im an electrical engineer and I would do it.

The processor uses 3.3 or 1.8V so the built in regulators will step it down.

The USB port may end up only being 4.8Vish instead of 5V though.
Awesome, will get one tomorrow and set it up then. Was mainly the increased amperage i was concerned about.
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Only worry if your replacement has Lower rated amps
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Old 12th October 2017, 7:21 PM   #98
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Power adapter from jaycar works a treat, and no baulky eu to au adapter.

So, im not really upto date on the network sharing side of things, previously i was using a wdtv to stream from my nas. No plex or kodi or the like, just straight file shares.

I understand there is probably a better way to do this, but which way is the simplest, ideally with me only installing something on the mibox and not chaning my nas.

Also, any good recommendations for apps to watch catch up tv as well?
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Power adapter from jaycar works a treat, and no baulky eu to au adapter.

So, im not really upto date on the network sharing side of things, previously i was using a wdtv to stream from my nas. No plex or kodi or the like, just straight file shares.

I understand there is probably a better way to do this, but which way is the simplest, ideally with me only installing something on the mibox and not chaning my nas.
I was in a very similar situation, always just streamed from the NAS to the WDTV and replaced it with a box very similar to the mibox.

Short answer: Kodi is want you want and man, it will be a revelation after the WD.

Long answer: Perhaps SPMC may be a better option for an android box at the moment, I'm not really sure on that though as Kodi is working fine for me and I can't be bothered changing.

If your media is organised and named well you really shouldn't have many issues with Kodi setup. From what I recall just:
-Install kodi and get it running on the box
-Add the drives/folders in your NAS that have media
-Tell Kodi what media is in what location (ie. is this a folder of movies or of TV shows).
- Let it scan everything and build its library
- Choose what you want to watch in the library and hit play!

From what I've read here the Mibox should playback pretty much everything so you shouldn't need any transcoding done on your NAS, just stream the file to the box and enjoy.

I was worried initially about how simple kodi was going to be to setup and keep running but man it's a breeze, and the interface is lovely. I played around with a few different skins and ended up settling on 'Mimic' for my device; clean and simple but with some good widgets on the home screens for new episodes/movies etc.
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Thankyou! Installed and working a treat, after a few setting adjustments on the nas.
Seems really good for the movies, showing a full detailed analysis of them.

Only thing i would really like now is for kodi to 'recommend' movies and tv shows on the mibox home screen where it also shows stan and netflix recommendations. That would make this whole setup perfect.
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Only thing i would really like now is for kodi to 'recommend' movies and tv shows on the mibox home screen where it also shows stan and netflix recommendations. That would make this whole setup perfect.
Set up Plex on your nas if it supports it. It's a lot nicer than Kodi for media IMO, and it integrates with the suggestions on the home screen.
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At a quick glance the nas doesnt support it, or support it easily.
So far in using the kodi app i quite like it, is there any add ons i could use to get it to recommend to home screen? Main thing i want there is "newly added", but i dont want to loose the netflix and stan recommendations, as we use them a fair bit.
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kodi will play stuff of a nas just fine.

You really need Android (TV) to play netflix (or Micro$oft)
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Power adapter from jaycar works a treat, and no baulky eu to au adapter.
Can you link to the adapter so others can see what works?
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