For basic use, setting up the ioBox is as simple as hooking up the right
cables and powering it on. By default, the box is set to acquire an IP address
via DHCP and
Figure 3: Home Menu
One thing I noticed during setup was that the documentation is a bit sparse.
The unit came with a
Figure 4 shows the setup screen where numerous parameters can be set, including
Figure 4: Preferences
One notable configuration menu allows you to mount network shares from
the ioBox. So if you have a NAS on your LAN or you're sharing a directory
from your PC, you can mount it using this menu and the content on it will
be available. If you don't want to acquire content using a network share,
you can also get it automatically via the UPnP A/V protocol. It's
pretty common for NASes to have a
Figure 5 shows the Media Source selection screen where the local disks and servers located on my network are shown.
Figure 5: Server Select
There are a lot of ways to move content to the ioBox if you have installed a hard drive. If you want to push your files to it, you can use the setup menu to share your internal disk via either the Windows SMB or Unix/OSX NFS protocol. Once you've done this, you can mount it across the network from your PC and move files over. In this case, it acts much like a NAS device itself, except it lacks common configuration settings such as the definition of individual shares, with privileges, user accounts, quotas, etc.
If that doesn't appeal to you, you also have the option to FTP your files
to the box. If you're into downloading content via Torrent, you're covered
here as well, since the ioBox has a
The ioBox also supports fetching content via a documented HTTP/HTML protocol.
This has given external developers the ability to develop creative servers
that can interact with the device. Once such server that looks promising
is called the MovieJukebox.
The idea is that you would run this app on your computer and it indexes
your media and feeds info and screens to the ioBox. I had problems getting
it to run due to Java version requirements. But as you can see from the
If you're going to rely on UPnP AV for getting content, a benefit is that
it can interact with other devices that also use the same protocol. One
such device, is the iPhone or iPod Touch, at least when you've purchased
Figure 6: iPod Control
Using this combo, I can use my iPod as a controller for the ioBox. At least that's the theory. In practice, more often than not, when I'd select a video and hit the play button on my iPod, the ioBox would start to play back the movie and then freeze up, requiring me to