Xbox 360 Media Server Setup

Xbox 360Got an Xbox 360? You’re probably already using it to frag friends in Call of Duty, huck Hail Mary passes in Madden and take down templars in Assassin’s Creed, but if you’re not also using it as a home media server, you’re missing out. In this step-by-step guide, we’ll show you how to set up a UPnP sever on any Windows or Mac computer so the Xbox can access it, and then how to connect and browse your media. That way, when friends come over with their laptops, they can connect to your network and play their digital media too.

To prepare, make sure your Xbox 360 is connected to your network either by Ethernet cable or by using the Xbox 360 Wireless Networking Adapter. From the Xbox’s main menu, go to the Media tab and sign into your user account by selecting the Sign In button at the top.

For Mac & Windows

1) In previous iterations of this article, we recommended different UPnP clients for different operating systems, but after plenty of shopping around and trying boatloads of different software, we’ve come across a simple UPnP that’s extremely simple and works for both Windows and Mac.  There are tons of options out there when it comes to UPnP clients, but we think this one – called Plex – scores high marks in all areas: it works on any operating system, it’s fast, has a gorgeous user interface, is full of advanced features and it doesn’t cost a dime.

2.) Go to www.plexapp.com and click on the tab labeled Downloads. Just below the top of the page, you should see three yellow buttons: one for Mac, one for Windows and one for Linux. Click the one that’s appropriate for your system.

Plex Xbox 360 Media Server Software

3.) Once you’re on the download page for your system, check to make sure that your computer meets all the minimum system requirements.  As long as you’re not still using a Commodore 64 and you bought your computer in the past five years or so, you should be fine.

4.) Download and install the Plex Media Server – not to be confused with the Plex Media Center. The Media Center is, however, a good-looking media player that works nicely. If you’re looking for a program that has more pizzazz than your boring iTunes or Windows Media Player setup, it’s well worth a download.

5.) After installing the Plex Media Server, locate and click on the icon. If you’re on a Mac, it will be the black chevron shape in your menu bar, and if you’re on a Windows PC, it’ll be in the lower right corner on your taskbar. When clicked, a menu should appear, from which you should then choose Plex Media Manager.

6.) At this point, the process will look slightly different for windows and Mac users, but the process is essentially the same. Basically, this is when you need to tell Plex where all your media is located. If you’re organized and all your movies, music and pictures are in a well-maintained folder system, this should be easy.

Windows Users: after you click on Plex Media Manager from the icon menu, a window should appear in your default browser. From here, just click on the sections which you’d like to add media to (movies, music, tv shows, etc.) and a drop-down window will appear. Click the Add button, and yet another window will appear, prompting you to select the folder where your media is. This can be done manually by typing the file path into the box, or by browsing the files on your system until you find the right one.

Plex media center

Mac Users: after opening the Media Manager, click on the + button in the lower left corner of the window. This will give you a drop down menu from which you can choose a name for the section you’re creating, and also add media. Just click the + button to browse the files on your system, or drag and drop them into the box.

Plex media manager for mac

7.) You’re almost done! Fire up the Xbox 360 and head over to the Movies tab. Click on the Video Player app, and your computer should be listed under “Plex media server on (insert name)’s computer”

8.) Find the media you want and hit play!

If you run into any trouble, just head over to the Help section of Plex’s website. There you’ll find FAQ’s and highly-active user forums that’ll help you troubleshoot just about any problem.

Gaming

The ‘Fortnite’ sky rift is closing and rumored to disappear next week

Fortnite's giant sky rift that has lit up the sky for the entirety of season 5 is slowly closing and is rumored to completely disappear next week. Find out what's happening and why it is here.
Photography

Capture life in every direction with the best 360 cameras

While 360 cameras are still a new technology, that doesn't mean there's not a few that are worth a look. Whether you want to shoot from the middle or just need a simple, affordable option, here are the best 360 cameras on the market.
Home Theater

Everything you need to know about Google’s Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra

Google's Chromecast plugs into your TV's HDMI port, allowing you to stream content from your tablet, laptop, or smartphone directly to your TV. Here's what you need to know about all iterations, including the 4K-ready Chromecast Ultra.
Photography

8 easy ways for you to transfer photos from an Android phone to a PC

If you haven't already, you should back up your photos to a computer. Here's how to transfer photos from an Android phone to a PC using third-party services and a wealth of storage devices.
Computing

Converting files from MKV to MP4 is quick and easy. Just follow these steps

MKV files have their place, but if you would rather convert your videos from MKV to MP4, there are two methods we consider the best and most efficient for getting it done. In this guide, we'll walk you through them step by step.
Gaming

‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’ gets battle royale ‘Blackout’ beta September 10

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will hold a beta for its battle royale Blackout mode in September, and it will be available first to those who pre-ordered the game on PlayStation 4. The game releases October 12.
Product Review

Brutal and emotional, 'God of War' is everything a blockbuster game should be

In a new land, on a new journey, God of War evolves beyond the button-mashing action of its youth into an action game with engaging combat and an engrossing story.
Product Review

'NBA 2K19' will dunk on you, but don’t worry. You’re going to like it.

NBA 2K19 makes smart changes that force you to dig deep into your bag of tricks to succeed. This might be the most accurate virtual version of NBA basketball yet.
Computing

Steam survey shows PC gamers are still mostly playing in 1080p and lower

Valve Software’s latest hardware and software survey for July 2reveals that 63.72 percent of Steam’s registered members still play games with a 1080p resolution. Even more, only 1.14 percent are playing at a 4K resolution.
Mobile

How to get ‘Fortnite: Battle Royale’ on an Android device

'Fortnite: Battle Royale' is one of the biggest games in the world right now, and it's finally on Android, even if getting set up is a bit long-winded. Here's how to play 'Fortnite: Battle Royale' on an Android device.
Gaming

Storytelling masterpiece ‘Gone Home’ is headed to the Nintendo Switch

Fullbright's acclaimed first-person adventure game Gone Home will arrive to Nintendo Switch later this month. The game is available now on PC, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Gaming

‘Battlefield V’ pre-order numbers have been underwhelming, analysts say

Market analysts at Cowen have said that the early pre-order numbers for Electronic Arts' upcoming shooter Battlefield V have been disappointing. The game is scheduled to arrive this October.
Computing

Gaming on a laptop has never been better. These are your best options

Gaming desktops are powerful, but they tie you down to your desk. For those of us who prefer a more mobile experience, here are the best gaming laptops on the market, ranging from budget machines to maxed-out, wallet-emptying PCs.
Computing

Asus claims ‘world’s thinnest’ title with its new Zephyrus S gaming laptop

The Republic of Gamers arm at Asus is claiming “world’s thinnest” with the introduction of its new Zephyrus S gaming laptop measuring just 0.58 inches at its thinnest point. The company also revealed the Strix SCAR II.