Media Servers

Information on every aspect of building a media server, whether you are looking for a custom-built device, or an off-the-shelf solution such as Kodi or Plex to distribute content. Topics include data storage, data protection, controlling access, and content acquisition. Learn how to install and configure free software to accomplish your goals.


Kodi (formerly XBMC) is a free and open-source media player software application developed by the XBMC Foundation, a non-profit technology consortium.

Kodi is available for multiple operating systems and hardware platforms, with a software 10-foot user interface for use with televisions and remote controls. It allows users to play and view most streaming media, such as videos, music, podcasts, and videos from the Internet, as well as all common digital media files from local and network storage media.