i'm planning to build a HTPC. As far i know, no matter if its plex or kodi it still needs an OS like LINUX or Windows10 to operate.
What options do i have to boot up lets say a W10 device by using the NEEO. is this even possible? How about the LogIn-Screen?
Would it be possible to use normal windows-user-accounts to login by password?
hope someone here has allready tried something like this... ^^'
There are different options to get that going. Simplest would probably be by having it in standby, and then waking it either with the user written Wake on Lan plugin using our SDK, or you add an IR receiver and wake it up with an IR command.
I have one setup at home where I wired a z-wave switch to the actual button of the PC, that works very good. But this needs some DIY skills.
As for the login screen, you probably have to disable that one.
For what did you plan to use your HTPC? When it is just for KODI or PLEX, i think this is a little overdone. THerefor such devices like Vero 4k or others are the better solution, They are build to start fast and boot diractly to Kodi or Plex. Also Kodi with addons support a lot of streamimg services.
If you Plan to use this HTPC for other thinks like surfing or as Server to hold your Movies and Pictures, then you need to install one of the many Systems that Provide such features.
For me the decision was made a few years ago, and i clearly switched to a NAS and a Raspi, the Raspi was set disabled after FireTV arrival and was Replaced by a sideloaded KODI to it. That is my main Setup until now!
I use a intel NUC. These PC's are excellent HTPC material. They include a iR receiver that can be used to power on and off the HTPC.
I'm using W10, you can set it to automatically login to a specific account even if it's password protected.
on top of this I'm using kodi.
NEEO fully supports the R6 MCE remote drivers.
Besides iR you could use the community kodi IP driver to control kodi and the community wake on LAN driver to wake up your HTPC.
thx for the many answers.
i allready have a nas to stream music and movies from it, but i wanted to use the htpc also as a console / gaming pc. so it will be capable of playing some emulators and steam as well. i first wanted to use steam link, but the input delay is for some games simply to high. thats why i want to use a HTPC. so i can unite all the medias in one tv-connected device.
Niels de Klerk
how did you do the automated login to a password created account? this would solve many security issues...
I'll make a specific HTPC topic one day. There are many tricks and tips you'll need to make the most out of it. Also with NEEO and windows 10 there are some things you need to do as many of the buttons won't work since W10 doesn't come with MCE, most of the MCE specific iR codes won't work out of the box. It's not hard to make it nice but information is scarce.
I used a HTPC for years myself to run KODI. I found the easiest solution - by far - was the use of OpenELEC ( http://openelec.tv ), which is a super lightweight Linux version designed only to run KODI. In case you sometimes need a full OS running you may have a parallel boot installation. That's how I ended up. Without any further ado the HTPC would boot OpenELEC, with a certain key press windows would be started. I have to admit that I actually never used Windows but that's a different story.
However, today I'm running KODI on a NVidia Shield TV and I wouldn't recommend HTPCs anymore, unless you have a real need for Windows or Linux. Otherwise a Shield will just be way less hassle plus the option to use all the apps and games available for it. I therefore suggest to carefully consider whether you actually really need a HTPC.
I have been using LibreElec which is very similar to openelec on my last few PCs. I have now switched to an Android TV Box since I wanted to have 4K HDR @60FPS video and the machines I was using where not able to handle that.
I am pretty happy with that and it was way cheaper than a complete computer.
I'd very much like to hear more from Niels de Klerk , I am sure he has some interesting experiences to share.
just to throw this in. i like the idea of a nuc or another box (android boxes are great for that) to run kodi, plex or emby etc.
but, on the other hand, you could just have your stuff on NAS and run apps on your TV. i believe the majority has TV with app capabilities such as Plex, Emby etc so you can save the device in between.
also you can use the remote easy as programmed to control your TV.
i have this in use after being trough NUC, Android boxes etc and i find it the best solution. so i have Netflix, Spotify and Plex running on my Samsung TV and can control everything just fine.
I've tried many setups (Kodi with SQL, Plex etc.) but I ended with the solution which i found the best: Emby as a Mediaserver, running KODI on different devices and sync the content into Kodi with the addon "Emby for Kodi".
It's much easier than setting up a SQL database and also the management of the metadata in the Emby Server is very userfriendly. And everything is free (no need to pay for an Emby pass)
Didn't read the whole thread. But as someone who's done a lot with htpcs over the years. Save yourself some time and money and get an nvidia shield tv. You can do kodi and plex with an app. It's 4k. The only thing it won't do is 3D. 199 and your all set. Just load media from a network share or USB hdd. Also check out somc
Also if you want 3d you add a rpi3. They work fine.
But check out this thread
ive almost bought the audio box. But settled on nvidia shield tvs and rpi 3s for now.