Guide in Setting Up a Thin Client Home Entertainment System
Get the Parts – Any thin client that supports DVI video output will do. This way, your digitally formatted videos will not lose their graphical integrity. Use an external Hard Disk Drive to serve as an external storage device, since thin clients normally do not have any memory storage of their own. A USB 2.0 will facilitate faster data transfer between the HDD and the thin client. Preferably, use an efficient hard drive that runs noiselessly and has a greater capacity for storage. One Terabyte will suffice to store a few hundred DVD quality movies. A Bluetooth adapter as well as a Bluetooth keyboard to provide wireless control will also prove to be very handy. On the other hand, you will need special software to link the client to a remote control for use around the house.
What to Do – To set it up, simply connect the external drive, the HDTV, the Bluetooth keyboard and other peripherals to your thin client. You’re the best judge on what speakers to use by gauging the size of your home entertainment area and preferred speaker set. If you’re not too confident in your ability to configure the DVI video card with your HDTV, you can have it configured at the outlet where you bought your thin client. This way, there will be less hassle as well as chances of things getting off beam. If you can’t bring your HDTV to have the thin client configured, just give them a detailed description of your HDTV’s specifications. The sales people from whom you bought the thin client will be more than willing to configure the video out put for you.
The Final Touches – After connecting everything to the thin client, it’s now time for you to configure the storage along with the software in order to control your digital media. You may want to consider the free software called Videolan VLC Player since it is very easy to use. It has the ability to run any video and audio format known today. The reason for using a different media player other than the media player included in the operating system of your thin client is that, the latter may not be formatted for DVD movies. After accomplishing all of this, you can now run and control your home entertainment system from your couch using your Bluetooth wireless keyboard.
Thin client home use can also be a good way to go green by converting your old PC into a server based computer device. Check out a related article about Building a Thin Client with Green Computing to learn how.