One of the components of Windows Microsoft is the Windows Media Center. This application functions as enabling the computer’s music, pictures, and videos from the hard drives, network locations, and optical drives.

Getting started with Windows 7

The good news is that, the media stored in a person’s Windows 7 computer can be stream to another room in his/her home. The question is how? The right set up and with a use of Windows Media Center Extender, this advantage is accomplished. Primarily, the person’s computer and the Extender should be connected to the home network.

In one Windows 7 computer, up to 5 Extenders can stream its content. The performance of an Extender depends on three factors: computer hardware, configuration, and home network capability. In one Extender, one CPU core and a memory of 1 gigabyte is needed.

Basically, there are two types of connections which include the wired network and wireless network.

Using an Ethernet cable

The wired network is a type of connection that uses a cable port called Ethernet. This is commonly used and recommended because it is generally more rapid and more reliable. To connect the extender to a wired network:

•    One end of the Ethernet cable must be plug into the Ethernet port on the hub, router, or switch
•    The other end of the Ethernet cable must be plug into the Ethernet port on the Extender
•    Then, the power cord of the Extender must be plug in
•    The network activity light must be turned on for the Ethernet cable that is plugged into the Extender

Using wireless connection

Wireless network allows a person to connect the Extender to the home network even without the presence of Ethernet cables throughout his/her home.

Automatically, the Extender will try to connect. If the security protocols of the wireless network have been enabled like the WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) key or WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) password, it must be entered manually. If this is enabled, the network name and either the WPA password or WEP key are only needed to connect the extender.

Also, Xbox 360 and some DVD players can be used as extenders which are compatible to Windows 7.

To set up the Extender

•    Turn on the computer then log on to Windows and must be verified that it is connected to the home network
•    Turn on the Extender device (such as the Xbox 360)
•    Click the Start button then All Programs
•    Then, click Window Media Center
•    Scroll to Task and click Add Extender the follow the instructions
•    Using the Xbox 360 controller, scroll to My Xbox then select Windows Media Center
•    Using the other type of Extender, press the green start button on the Extender remote control
•    On the TV, get the 8-digit setup key of Windows Media Center
•    On the computer, enter the 8-digit setup key on the Enter the Setup Key screen
•    Click Finish after setup process in Media Center has done

The Windows Media Center must first be connected to an Extender then set it up so to make use of its advantage as to streaming the media content.