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  1. While recently deployed, I've found a lot of people are interested in setting up a home media server to play the movies and TV shows they "acquire" while they're down range. So, I wrote up a quick list of gear that helps a lot, and I will write up a "how-to" to follow! For the gear you need at home, there's three main categories: Something to play the media (Raspberry Pi 2 is my favorite choice), something to serve the media (WD My Cloud EX 2100 or similar is what I like), and a decent network to tie it together (I list a few examples). For the Raspberry Pi Kits:Raspberry Pi Kit with everything you need, I have one of these and I prefer the case more than the other kit:Raspberry Pi 2 Kit by VilrosOther Raspberry Pi Kit, don't care for the case as much:Raspberry Pi 2 Kit by CanaKitWith both of these kits, you can use "NOOBS" which is pre-installed on the SD Card in the kits. With "NOOBS", you just plug the SD Card in and boot up the Raspberry Pi. You'll get a screen with a list of options, and you just pick OSMC. Each of these particular kits are $69 For the NAS:The Ex 2100 w/ 4 TB is newer, and faster than the Ex 2. However, it's slightly more expensiveWD My Cloud Ex 2100 w/4 TB - $385 The Ex 2 w/ 4 TB is obviously then older and a little bit slower. But this is the system I'm using in the media room now, and it works great.WD My Cloud EX 2 w/ 4TB - $323 If you're considering spending the $385 on the EX 2100, you may also want to consider buying the EX 2 with 6 TB instead.WD My Cloud EX 2 w/ 6 TB - $385 For the Router:TP-LinkThis is what I own, it's a great price and works great:TP-LINK Archer C7 - $99 This is the next model up. it's a little bit faster, but costs a little bit more:TP-LINK Archer C9 - $129 This thing is ridiculous, but you won't need to upgrade for like 10 years (or 3):TP-Link AC3200 - $258 LinksysThis is what I will probably buy next, I'm a huge fan of Cisco products, and this one seems legit:Linksys AC3200 - $184So, if you have inputs about something you've found that you like better, let us know! I ordered an Amazon Fire TV stick, but I haven't been home yet to test it with the NAS.
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