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Use Orb to stream media on any device with internet access

Orb is a free software program and service that turns your PC into a streaming server for media. If the Orb software is running on the PC, every other device with Internet access, such as the Nintendo Wii, a notebook or PDA can connect to a website and view any media file that is shared on the streaming server.

The setup is really simple. Download the Orb software and install it on the computer that you want to use as the server.

The next step is to create an account at mycast. When that is done you can start configuring the service on the server. Right-click the icon that appears in the system tray after you run Orb, and select Configuration.

Select the media tab and add folders of videos, music, photos and documents that you want to access with another internet device. You may add other users who are allowed to view your media files as well there.

orb media web interface

Once everything is set up you simply open the mycast.orb.com website and login. After that you can browse the content that the server streams, and watch it on the other device provided that it has Internet access and a web browser.

A real simple but effective system. I was able to watch movies using my Wii that way. You can also stream TV if you have a video card that supports it. I don't think it makes that much sense to stream TV to my Wii but it would be nice if you are using a notebook for instance.

Take a look at the following YouTube video which demonstrates orb used by a Nintendo Wii.

Please note that you need a broadband connection to do this kind of things. Some folders are automatically added (my documents). If you do not want this make sure to remove them from the configurations menu.

Update: It seems that Orb is now concentrating on selling hardware or smartphone apps that go along with the streaming solution. While it is still possible to use mycast to stream from your own PC, the solution does not appear to have been updated in the last two years. Some links on the site link to pages that are no longer available.

Update 2: Orb technology and services are no longer available. The company was acquired in 2013 by Qualcomm Connected Experiences Inc.

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Use Orb to stream media on any device with internet access
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Use Orb to stream media on any device with internet access
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A review of the media streaming solution Orb which turns your PC into a media server that you can access from any Internet connected device.
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  1. Al said on January 13, 2007 at 2:31 am
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    I use Orb and 2 other “must have” tools when I’m traveling. See http://www.hotsolder.com/2006/12/3-must-haves-for-road-warriors.html

    Always enjoy Ghacks — keep up the nice work!

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