Orb streams your stored
content from your PC to
your handheld devices.
Your mobile device can play video and music
stored on your home computer. By Phillip Torrone
When I first heard about Orb Networks and its Orb does all the heavy lifting. It keeps track of
bold promise to give me free access to my home the IP addresses as they change. It transcodes
computer’s stored music, photos, videos, and live the content so it is specifically optimized for
TV from any phone, Mac, or PC, I almost dis- the device you’re viewing it on. Photos are the
missed it as an empty promise from a company appropriate size for the screen you’re viewing.
touting vaporware. But I was surprised — it just When I used my phone to listen to podcasts, the
works, which is about the best thing anyone can interface looked great.
say about a technology that promises so much. Unfortunately, you can’t play DVDs in the ROM
The install took under a minute. Once installed drive or i Tunes music, but anything Windows
on your Windows machine, Orb asks you which Media can play seems to be the domain of Orb.
TV system you use. The TV program guide data is While Orb will work on just about any XP machine
processed, and within a few hours you’re able to with a TV tuner, including the Media Center PC,
access live and recorded programs. You use your there isn’t any Mac support. If you travel a lot,
login and password to access content from any store most or all of your media on a PC at home
web-enabled device. I tried plugging my USB web and have high-speed access in hotels, airports,
camera into my home PC. My devices could then and such; then Orb is a dream come true.
display whatever my camera was pointing at. Download Orb for free at www.orb.com.