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This document applies to HP MediaSmart Server EX490 and EX495.

HP Home Page

The HP Home Page is the starting point for accessing the features of the HP MediaSmart Server.

Open the HP Home Page on a PC

The HP Home Page can be accessed from the following:
Windows Start menu – At the computer, click Start , All Programs , and then select HP MediaSmart Server .
Desktop icon – At the computer, double-click the HP MediaSmart Server icon on the desktop.

Open the HP Home Page on a Mac

The HP Home Page can be accessed from the following:
Using the Finder – At the Mac, click Finder , Applications , and then select HP MediaSmart Server Home .
Server Menu – Select Open Home Page from the HP MediaSmart Server menu at the top of the screen.

If the Server menu is hidden, open System Preferences from the Apple menu, and then select HP MediaSmart Server . Check Show HP MediaSmart Server in the menu bar.

The HP Home Page Icons

Media Streamer – Opens a web application for streaming music, videos, and photos in your home. For more information, see About Media Streamer .
HP Photo Publisher – Publish photos from your Server to your favorite photo-sharing site. Friends and family can see your photos on the Internet. For more information, see About HP Photo Publisher .
HP Photo Viewer – View the photo albums that are shared from this server. For more information, see HP Photo Viewer Home .
Access Files on Server – Browse the folders and files on your server. This feature is optimized for remote browsing and is enabled when you open the HP Home Page from a remote location.
Computer Access – Remotely connect to your server or a computer on your home network. This feature is enabled when you open the HP Home Page from a remote location.
Server – Opens a folder that displays a list of all your shared folders.
Music – Opens a folder that displays a list of music and music subfolders.
Photos – Opens a folder that displays a list of photos and photo subfolders.
Video – Opens a folder that displays a list of videos and video subfolders.
Backup Now (PC) or Time Machine (Mac) – Backup your computer to the server.
User’s Guide – Contains installation information, setup instructions, how to use the server, tutorials, and other important information.
Online support – Go to the HP Support web site, where you can get more information about the HP MediaSmart Server.
Registration – Click to go to https://register.hp.com and register your HP MediaSmart Server. Registering your Server ensures that your information is on file with HP if you should need technical support services.
Shop HP – Get accessories for your server and shop HP Home & Home Office.

About Streaming Media Streaming media allows you to enjoy your videos, music, and photos in any room of your home and outside your home. Even when you are away from home, you can enjoy your media on any computer that has a Web browser.

Streaming Media Requirements

Before Streaming Media can work, you must:
  • Store media on the HP Data Vault
  • Set up and enable Remote Access
  • Set up Digital Media Receivers in your home

Streaming Media Types

Your HP MediaSmart Server can only stream media files such as music, photos, and videos. Non-media files are not available for streaming (Microsoft Word files, Spreadsheet files, etc).

Putting Media on the Server

You can put media on your HP MediaSmart Server in two ways:
  • Drag and drop media files to the folders on your Server
  • Configure Media Collector to copy files to your Server
Media Collector scans the computers in your home network and copies media to the server. You can choose how often Media Collector copies files; and you can choose what Media Collector copies and how to organize media on the server. Streaming to your Television, Stereo, and Home PC Streaming to Xbox Streaming to PlayStation3 Streaming to a Remote Computer

Streaming to your Television, Stereo, and Home PC

Your HP MediaSmart Server uses Digital Media Servers to stream media from the Server to a Digital Media Receiver that is attached to your television and stereo.

Streaming to Xbox

  1. Open Xbox and navigate to My Xbox .
  2. Select either Music Library , Picture Library , or Video Library .
  3. Select hpstorage from the list of sources.
    If you renamed your server during the initial software installation, that name will be listed.
  4. Navigate to the file you want to view or play.

Streaming to PlayStation3

  1. Open PlayStaion3 and navigate to Photo , Music , or Video .
  2. Select hpstorage from the list of sources.
    If you renamed your server during the initial software installation, that name will be listed.
  3. Navigate to the file you want to view or play.

Streaming to a Remote Computer

You can stream from the Internet using the HP Web Streamer application. When you are traveling, you can stream media from your HP MediaSmart Server to any computer that has a Web browser.
Your Server has a Digital Media Server called TwonkyMedia and a Web server. TwonkyMedia prepares your media for streaming and the Web server streams media to the Internet where your computer can play it on a Web browser.

Streaming to iTunes

You can listen to the music files from your HP MediaSmart Server using iTunes. You cannot stream photos or videos to iTunes, only music files. iTunes can stream DRM-protected media.

About HP Photo Publisher

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The HP Photo Publisher Home Page

Publish photos from your server to your favorite photo sharing site or share photos directly from your server using HP Photo Viewer. People outside of your network can see your photos using the Internet.
Figure 1: HP Photo Publisher Home
HP Photo Publisher Home

Before you use HP Photo Publisher

You must have a user name and password to log on to HP Photo Publisher. User names and passwords are set up in the Windows Home Server Console.
  1. At the computer, double-click the Windows Home Server icon in the system tray.
  2. Click the User Accounts tab.
  3. Click Add and follow the instructions in the Add user account wizard.
  4. Enable remote access for the user account.

File Compatibility

The table below tells what file types are accepted at the various photo sharing and social networking sites:
*.jpg, *.jpeg *.gif *.png *.bmp
PicasaXXXX
SnapfishX
facebookXXXX
flickrXX
HP Photo Viewer XXX
Some limitations, by site, for the free account:
  • At time of writing; flickr only allows for 3 photo sets, and a limit of 100MB worth of photo uploads each calendar month.
  • At time of writing; facebook allows only 60 photos for album, but you can have an unlimited number of albums
  • At time of writing; Picasa has a storage limit of 250mb
  • At time of writing; Snapfish does not have any restriction to number of photos uploaded.

HP Photo Viewer Home Page

The Photo Viewer Home Page gives you the opportunity to View, Rename, Delete an album Photo Viewer lets you make an album Public or Private.
The Public/Private choice is designed for additional privacy for Server owners that have set up their servers for remote access. This feature allows the administrator to make an album private, while allowing access to friends and family that know the URL of the album.
Figure 2: HP Photo Viewer Home Page
 HP Photo Viewer Home Page
To share a Private album:
  1. Open the Album
  2. Either
    • Use your browser’s menu to send the URL, click File , Send , Link by E-mail to start sending an email to outside users
    • Copy the URL http://myserver.homeserver.com/PhotoViewer/album633689042886093750/index.xml to paste into your email.
    NOTE:Make sure you use the URL that has been set up for Internet/Remote Access. Using local address for your album such as: http://hpserverex/PhotoViewer/album633689042886093750/index.xml will not work for remote users.
  3. Send the URL to your friend or family member, and they can now gain access to the Album.

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