Building the streaming media box consists of a hardware and a software part. Building the hardware is relatively easy. With these modern PC components you can’t do much wrong. First I inserted the 4Gb DDR3 memory into the motherboard. In my earlier post on this topic I mentioned that I already had a MSI mini-ITX motherboard and a processor (Celeron G1610) from my sons PC that I upgraded earlier. With the motherboard ready I removed the power supply from the LC-1410mi case. The motherboard fitted nicely over the six elevated mounting points in the LC-1410mi.
|Motherboard with processor and memory in the LC-1410mi. The brackets for the drives and the power supply are removed.|
When I inserted the power supply I noticed that it blocks the PCI slot on the far side of the motherboard something I hadn’t seen coming (see image below). I therefore was unable to use the PCI wifi card that I had. I decided to use a USB wifi stick that I already had. It is not as elegant as the card but it works.
|Power supply partly over the motherboard blocking the PCI slot forcing me to use a USB wifi stick.|
|Testing the media box in the making. The MSI boot menu is visible on the display.|
Next I’ll fitted all components in the case, did the necessary cable management using several tie wraps and closed the case. Now it was time for the software part of the build. I created a bootable USB drive (at least 1Gb) with the OpenELEC operating system. This is done on a separate PC. Luckily the OpenELEC website provides an excellent wiki that guides you through this process. The wiki describes this process for Linux, OSX and Windows. I used the latter which includes installing some free software on your Windows PC. Then I inserted bootable USB drive into the streaming media box. After booting I choose the Quick Install from the menu. After a couple of mouse clicks (and entering my wifi keyword) OpenELEC was installed to the SSD and the streaming media box was ready to boot for the first time. I restarted the system and it took only 5-10 seconds! before the familiar Kodi screen was displayed. Amazingly fast. I installed some add-ons (YouTube, iTunes Trailers) and ran a trailer. The performance of the media box is excellent. The Celeron is more than capable to run 1080P video’s. The system is quiet and fast.
|First trial of OpenELEC running a movie trailer.|
Next I’ll connect the media streamer to my TV-set and buy a suitable remote control to replace the keyboard and the mouse.