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How to stream media files from the Windows Media Player to a game console

The Windows Media Player has a unique capability to stream your favorite music, photos, and watch videos saved in your Library to your game console.  This extends the use of your console beyond just gaming and gives you access to the media files that are on your computer.

This article will help you set up your Windows Media Player to stream media files from your computer to your game console.

IMPORTANT:  Before you start with this set up, you need to:

  • Ensure that your computer is connected to your network.  For instructions on how to connect your computer to the wireless network, click here.
  • Ensure that you have the Windows Media Player 11 or later installed on your computer.

To stream media files from your Windows Media Player to your console, follow the steps below:

Step 1:
Launch your Windows Media Player.

Step 2:
Click Organize > Manage Libraries > Videos.

QUICK TIP:  You can also select Music and Pictures if you want to share those with your game console.


Step 3:
Click Add.


Step 4:
Select the folder you want to share to your game console and click Include folder.


QUICK TIP:  You can add more folders to your Library by clicking on the Add button again.

Step 5:
Once done, click OK.


Step 6:
Click Stream > Turn on media streaming….


Step 7:
Click the Turn on media streaming button.


Step 8:
Click OK.

QUICK TIP:  Take note of the name of your media library.  This will be the one shown on your game console.


You can now access the media files you shared with your game consoles.  For instructions on how to do this, click on the links below:

Xbox 360®

Extending your wireless network

Streaming and transferring files wirelessly require fast and reliable connection.  Sometimes, it is necessary to extend the wireless network to reach the places outside your router’s range.  The Linksys RE1000 Wireless-N Range Extender lets you repeat the wireless signal of any access point or router to provide Internet connectivity to hard-to-reach areas through wireless connection.  To know more about this product, click here.

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