(How) Can I access my XBox 360's USB Hard drive as a network drive / streaming server?
June 25, 2012 10:57 PM Subscribe
Just got a free XBox 360 (bundled with another purchase). Can I use it (with an external hard drive) as a standalone
(no PC attached) media server for storage and streaming of my music/video library?
posted by Alabaster to computers & internet (7 answers total)
I would like to store my music, picture, and video library on an external USB HD attached to the XBox 360, and then access these media files in the following ways:
-As a network drive, for transferring media files to and from the XBox from any PC on my home network (wirelessly).
-As a streaming media server, for streaming musicvideo from the XBox to a PC or device on my home network (for example, in another room)
-Transfer/Stream the XBox-stored media files over the internet to my PC at a remote location (port forwarding, VPN, SSL-tunnelling and all that other fancy stuff I'll have to familiarize myself with).
Other features I'd like (but I imagine are unlikely):
-Some kind of unattended/scheduled downloading of subscribed podcasts (RSS, Bittorrent, etc.) -- again, there is no PC attached
-Some kind of DVR functionality (record from cable TV to the XBox external drive).
I'm aware that I could do all/most of these things by building an inexpensive HTPC but that's not an option at the moment.