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    Wii playing movies over a network?

    Newbie here, first post. I recently added a wireless router to my home, the router has support for plugging in a USB drive and sharing the media. The media contained on the drive is backed up DVDs in ISO format. I have an unmodded Wii (at this time) hooked up to the router wirelessly. Everything working great.

    I am curious if there is any way I can access that drive with the Wii and play the movies on the Wii wirelessly? I doubt if it's possible but just had to ask.


    Or, is there any setup that anyone knows of that would allow me to play movies from a wireless network on the Wii?

    Thanks in advance for time and responses....

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    No, but you can use that hdd and wiimc to play on the wii.

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    Thanks! I'll read up on it.

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    Yes you can... through the web browser.

    Quote Originally Posted by skellinator View Post
    No, but you can use that hdd and wiimc to play on the wii.
    Using a media server such as TVersity on your computer, you can connect from the Wii via the web browser and watch whatever is being served by tversity.

    No need to hack the Wii for this - just use the standard internet channel.

    I did it a few years ago - the quality is not great though.

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    I have also been able to do this with WiiMC. As long as the router assigns an IP address to the HDD it "should" work. I use WiiMC to wirelessly connect to my desktop PC and stream divx and xvids. You have to set up the SMB correctly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjizzle View Post
    I have also been able to do this with WiiMC. As long as the router assigns an IP address to the HDD it "should" work. I use WiiMC to wirelessly connect to my desktop PC and stream divx and xvids. You have to set up the SMB correctly.
    Hey, that actually worked! Getting into the routers settings and seeing what the address is that the router assigned, I can access the drive by using the internet channel. Not bad! Nothing I can do with the files (yet), but after reading several threads here and checking out the program(?) WiiMC, it seems I can do that.

    Rookie questions: From what I've read, I will need the homebrew channel in order to install WiiMC, correct?

    My plans were to use letterbomb and an SD to get the HBC, that's seems the easiest, safest way with 4.3U firmware, correct? I don't think I've got any of the games for doing it any other way and LB seems to be quick, easy, and less prone to messing things up.

    Does HBC come with Letterbomb?

    After getting HBC up and running, assuming everything goes "peachy", I've read I need to do a backup of the NAND (or something, still reading up on that). correct?

    Any details I'm missing here? I'm not asking for handouts, I'm going through the guides and don't want to be handfed, just making sure I'm on the right track so I dont "brick" my Wii. My wife would kick my @$$!.

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    Yes you need the HBC to launch WiiMC. Yes, you can use letterbomb - it launches the hackmii installer which includes bootmii (to make your nand backup) and the HBC. You dont have to have a full softmod to run WiiMC, just the HBC. Follow the instructions in the Softmod ANY Wii guide, chapter 1. If you decide to fully mod your Wii you can continue the guide. If you do continue the guide all the way through it will give you quite a few different apps, one of those being WiiMC.

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    Got the HBC up and running, still got to do a backup. I'm assuming that the HBC comes with nothing since there doesn't seem to be any icons or whatever after going into the HBC. It works, and I can access the menu and see version number, see option for BootMii.


    Question about doing WiiMC install. On their DOCUMENTATION page it states, as I understand it, that I can install the WiiMC on the HBC or optionally install WiiMC as a channel. If I choose to install MiiMC as a channel, do I still need to do it in HBC?

    WiiMC 1.2.4 new install is 6.0MB whereas WiiMC 1.9 channel install is 2.4MB. So it seems I do need both, just making sure.

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    You are correct in that the HBC does not come with any apps. Those are installed separately. Check out THIS LINK for a list of cool apps you can get!

    The WiiMC channel installer installs a forwarder channel. This is basically the same thing as a "shortcut" on your computer. A forwarder channel is simply a channel that links to a HBC app, without having to access the HBC to launch it. Without the full install of 6.0 MB, the forwarder would not work. Make sense?

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    Got everything up and going, installed WiiMC in HBC, and installed the channel version of WiiMC. Got it to (finally) recognize my USB drive on my router and was able to watch movies from that using WiiMC. so, I accomplished what I set out to do at the beginning of the thread. Thanks for the help!

    I've got a couple of issues I've still got to figure out. I wasn't able to do a backup with BootMii, I'm thinking that it's something to do with the remote. I could have sworn I read that somewhere but I could be wrong. Newer remotes won't work? Can't remember.....BootMii comes up, but I can't get it to do anything (like the remote isn't recognized).

    I'm still learning with WiiMC, I think there are a couple of bugs with it. I'll play some more to make sure before doing a detailed, organized bug report on their site.

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