Following on from the previous post about setting up a Home Media Client/Server setup I thought I’d put together a “how to” for building your own Raspberry Pi Media Centre with Kodi and a list of ingredients.
Buy a Raspberry Pi SBC
Which one? The fastest and best at the time is the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B. The Pi 2 Model B will do, but why not take on the latest and greatest?
A couple of years ago I decided to get the TV connected to something other than satellite and cable. It seems that in this environment XMBC was the daddy of all things media and a few generations on it’s now called Kodi and is truly an awesome media player.
The way to use Kodi to stream media to the TV over HDMI was either to buy a pre-built Kodi device or build my own using a Raspberry Pi. Don’t let the build your own side of things put you off – it really is more simple than you can imagine. All for under £50 you can build a very capable HD 1080p media player.
Case for the Raspberry Pi
8GB Micro SD card
2A Micro USB Power Supply (same as your phone uses)
You can even buy the SD card preloaded with Kodi so no need to copy it on yourself. That said I chose to download and install OpenELEC (Open Embedded Linux Entertainment Center) which is a pre-made Linux Operating System containing Kodi and ready to go.
Now you can use wireless from the newer Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, which has it built in, or by using a USB adapter with a Model 2 B, I really wouldn’t recommend it. Wi-fi just doesn’t have the bandwidth for full HD in my opinion (unless you run 802.11ac). So get the Pi hooked onto your Ethernet network.