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XBMC Setup Including Remote Control Via Mobile

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Firstly make sure you have XBMC installed, you can get it from here: http://xbmc.org/download/

After installing, if you run XBMC and goto Settings -> Services -> WebServer and enable allow control of XBMC via http and take note of the port(default 8080).

Now get the mobile app on your phone or ipad, there is plenty of apps that allow the remote control of XBMC. Now add a server and add the ip address or computer name and port, so if you followed my other guide about setting up a media server then you should be able to fill out the computer name and port(servername.local and port:8080).

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So now we can control XBMC remotely, but now we need to setup Utorrent, Sickbeard and Couch potato. Goto Programs -> Add-Ons and then Get More. Then install and enable UTorrent, Sickbeard and Couch Potato.

If you haven’t installed utorrent, sickbeard and couch potato outside of XBMC, then this would be a good time to do so. XBMC will have the default settings for the apps and you should be able to install all the apps apart from utorrent where you will need to enable http server so that sickbeard and couch potato can send the respective calls to download.

Mac Mini Media Server

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So I decided I wanted a central point of storage because my new Macbook pro had a small 250gb ssd and so applications, movies and tv shows would easily fill up the hard drive. I have a look at the possible options and in the end I decided I would get an old Mac Mini off eBay and put a big hard drive in.

So I went on eBay and found a 1st Gen Mac Mini with an Intel Core Duo 1.66GHz and 2GB of Ram for £100 and then I picked up a hard drive off Amazon cheap. In hindsight I would now say that I wished I got a slightly newer Mac Mini with a 64bit processor as this restricted me to what version of OSX i could put on it( 10.6.8 ).

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Anyway once I got the kit, I put a bootable version of OSX 10.6.8 onto a usb drive and away I went(Important note, have a usb keyboard and mouse at hand), after I had an operating system on it I then looked at installing XBMC(another guide on here), UTorrent, Couch Potato and Sickbeard Piratebay version. These pieces of software work excellently together, when configured correctly I managed to get Sickbeard and Couch Potato talking to UTorrent and XMBC so when a selection is made in Sickbeard or Couch Potato then a message is sent to UTorrent to download and XBMC displays a notification of when it has began downloading and finished.

Remote management, so with my Mac Mini, I wanted it to run standalone and out the way with no keyboard and mouse and just connected to the tv(via dvi to hdmi). Firstly, I did assign a static ip address but instead I set a computer name for the Mac Mini, this is located in System Preferences -> Sharing and then at the top as computer name.

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So in this case from another computer I should be able to access Batman.local and that would be my Mac Mini. What I also wanted was remote screen for the cases where I may need to install or do something, to do this I enabled screen sharing and also file sharing. After that, it was ready to go and could access the server from any computer via that computer name.