First of all, you need a computer to build a home media server. Here, you should make sure that the computer has at least 1 GHz processor, 1 GB RAM, a networking card and a 500 GB hard drive that you will require to store media on your computer. In addition to the internal hard drive, you should also consider purchasing an external hard drive that you can use to create back up.
If you have recently purchased a computer, then you may have to install a new operating system in it. Here, you can choose between Linux and Windows. If you do not have experience in using Linux, then it is preferred that you should go for Windows. You can easily find Windows 7 and Windows 8 at any electronics and software store.
Now you will need S-video cable or RCA cables to connect your computer with television. You should also connect mouse and keyboard with the computer, before turning it on.
Also, use your TV remote to set the mode to “PC” or “Computer”, depending on the model of TV you are using.
Now take Ethernet cable and use it connect your computer with the Internet modem. Here, you can also use a wireless card. However, it greatly affects the transfer rate, which will be far slower compared to that with a cable. Configure your internet connection using any username or password, if needed.
Once you are done setting up you system, you should install the media software programs in your media server. Such programs include CD and DVD ripping software and other media players. You can look for different media software programs on the internet and download them for free.
Try to rip all your CDs and DVDs and save them in your computer’s hard drive. This will allow you to save all the available media in CDs and DVDs in your computer, while getting rid of your CD and DVD cases.