WiiMC - Using Wii Media Centre with the LinkStation
- 1 Wii Media Centre (WiiMC)
- 2 Install WiiMC
- 3 Configuring File Shares
- 4 References
Wii Media Centre (WiiMC)
- Attractive libwiigui-based interface, designed with the Wii in mind
- Picture viewer
- Music player
- On-line media support, including SHOUTcast, YouTube, and Navi-X
- FAT32/NTFS from SD and USB 2.0 (FAT32 recommended)
- Network playback via SMB, HTTP, and FTP
- Multi-language support: Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Dutch, English, Estonian, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Romanian, Russian, Spanish
- DVD playback, with DVD menu support (newer Wiis have incompatible drives)
- Files with AVC/H.264 video streams (typically .mp4, .mkv or .flv's from YouTube or other sites) with resolutions up to 720x480p usually play correctly.
- Files with MPEG-4 Simple video streams (typically XVID/DIVX .avi's) with resolutions up to 656x352 play correctly.
- Files with MPEG-2 PS video streams (typically DVD rips and TV-DVR recorded .mpg's) with resolutions up to 720x480 play correctly.
- Files with MPEG-2 TS video streams (typically HDTV recorded .ts files) with resolutions up to 1280x720 play correctly.
- AAC, AC3, FLAC, MP3, OGG Vorbis, WavPack, and WAV PCM Audio Streams all play correctly.
Supported File Extensions
3gp, asf, avi, bik, divx, dpg, dv, dvr-ms, evo, f4v, flc, fli, flv, iso, m1v, m2t, m2ts, m2v, m4v, mkv, mov, mp4, mp4v, mpe, mpeg, mpg, mqv, nsv, nuv, ogm, qt, rmvb, swf, trp, ts, vdr, vfw, viv, vob, vro, wmv, y4m (maximum allowed resolution: 1280x720)
aac, ac3, aif, aiff, amr, ape, apl, asf, flac, m4a, m4b, m4p, mka, mp2, mp3, mpc, ogg, ra, ram, rm, shn, wav, wma, wv
bmp, jpeg, jpg, png, gif
asx, m3u, pls, plx, ram, smil
- CD playback: the Wii drive is DVD only
- HD output: even on component cable Wii hardware is limited to 480p or 576i
- 5.1 sound: Wii hardware has only two analogue audio output channels (2.0)
- 720p/1080p playback or downscale: power is not enough to even decode, not to mention downscaling
- Deinterlace: CPU is not powerful enough, and MPlayer filters are not optimized
Setup The Homebrew Channel
This is a step-by-step guide of how to install the Homebrew Channel on your Wii console
Install the Homebrew Browser
Use this guide to install the Homebrew Browser
You can then use the Homebrew Browser to install the WiiMC application
On the Wii
This is a pretty good video guide to setting up the WiiMC to use a samba share, although it's in italian. You get the idea though.
- For this you need to know your Linkstation's ip address
- Make sure you know the name of the samba share you setup
- Open WiiMC and go to "Settings"...Its to the right of the screen. Click "Network" down the bottom. Click "Add SMB Share"
- Using the details you grabbed before enter the name of the folder you are sharing (e.g., movies, music) and give it a "display name". They can be the same. Add your ipaddress, username and password.
On the Linkstation
For some reason the newest version doesn't work well with older versions of Samba, this probably has something to do with UTF-8 support. WiiMC uses a purpose built Samba implementation called Tinysmb which was originally designed for the GameCube.
You can use an older version of WiiMC with the default older version of samba, or you can upgrade Samba using debian backports to use with the newest version of WiiMC.
With Samba 3.2.5 and WiiMC v1.04
Samba 3.2.5 is now Debian Lenny's included package, use this with WiiMC v1.04. There is still some instability with Samba shares that have directories with alot of files/directories, it just seems to cause the whole system to crash. Also USB media doesn't work in this version well at all.
With Samba 3.4.8 and WiiMC v1.09+
Samba 3.4.8 is now in Debian Lenny's backports repository, you can use this with the newest version of WiiMC. . This has pretty good stability for large directories, and of course USB media works well in this release. To enable backports you need to do the following:
- 1. Add this line:
deb http://www.backports.org/debian lenny-backports main contrib non-free
to your /etc/apt/sources.list.
- 2. Run: apt-get update
- 3. Run: apt-get -t lenny-backports install samba