This guide will teach you how to set up your own media extender based upon the Raspberry Pi and using OpenELEC. (You may also use a different OS, but this guide focuses on OpenELEC). I estimate the average build will cost around $300 based upon the amount I’ve spent on building my own. Depending on some of the options you choose, yours may be more or less expensive.
First of all, let’s start with a parts list. I’ve listed a couple of options in some areas for you to choose from based upon your budget.
- Element14 – http://export.farnell.com/rp/order/?COM=raspberrypi-group
- RS – http://uk.rs-online.com/web/generalDisplay.html?id=raspberrypi
- 3D Print your own design – http://www.shapeways.com/ or http://www.ponoko.com/
- Download some starting CAD Files – http://solidworksbootcamp.com/raspberry-pi-board-b-enclosure/
- Pre-built – https://www.modmypi.com/shop/raspberry-pi-cases/raspberry-pi-case-black
- OpenELEC – http://wiki.openelec.tv/index.php?title=Building_and_Installing_OpenELEC_for_Raspberry_Pi
- Raspbmc – http://www.raspbmc.com/download/
- Motorola NYXboard Hybrid – http://www.pulse-eight.com/store/products/96-motorola-nyxboard-remote-designed-for-xbmc.aspx
- Generic MCE Remote (ORtek VRC-1100) – http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Control-Infrared-Receiver-Ultimate/dp/B00224ZDFY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1345936699&sr=8-1&keywords=media+center+remote
- Harmony Remote (REQUIRES INFRARED RECEIVER! Buy a generic MCE remote in addition to a Harmony Remote) – http://www.logitech.com/en-us/remotes/universal-remotes
- AirLink 101 Mini USB – http://www.amazon.com/AirLink101-AWLL5088-Wireless-Ultra-Adapter/dp/B003X26PMO
- Installation – http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?t=6256
- MPEG-2 – http://www.raspberrypi.com/mpeg-2-license-key/
- VC-1 – http://www.raspberrypi.com/vc-1-license-key/
The rest of this guide is in the works… Check back soon!