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Beginner Blueprint: Complete Kodi Setup Guide

 5. Kodi Config Example: Customize your Kodi Experience!

There are many ways to customize your Kodi experience. Addons are one way, but there are special addons called Skins, that change completely your Kodi interface. You could have a read at one of our Kodi skin reviews, or take a look at one of our lists:

6 Best Kodi skins in 2015 to enhance your media center6 best skins for Kodi
List of 6 best Kodi skins in 2015. These top XBMC / Kodi skins will take your Kodi media center to the next level with awesome features and looks.

Kodi Skins for Raspberry Pi5 Best XBMC skins for Raspberry Pi
XBMC skin affects the performance of your HTPC. This post presents a few XBMC skins for Raspberry Pi that may be better than the default Confluence skin.

Kodi skins touchscreens10 Top Kodi skins for tablets and smartphones
Do you use Kodi with a touch interface on your tablet or smartphone? Have a look at the best Kodi skins for tablets and enhance your HTPC experience!

Kodi Skins for Amazon Fire TV5 Must try Kodi skins for Amazon Fire TV
This post lists some of the well tested and great Kodi skins for Amazon Fire TV. These were evaluated based on ease of use, looks, and features.

Another Kodi config example customization is choosing the appropriate remote or keyboard. You might greatly benefit from using a wireless HTPC keyboard; however, you could also install a remote app in your smartphone and save some cash while getting neat features.

Best Wireless HTPC and Android TV Box Keyboards

  1. Logitech K410 Living-Room Wireless Keyboard with Built-In Touchpad - $37.75 editors pick
  2. Logitech Illuminated K830 HTPC Wireless Keyboard and Touchpad - $69.99
  3. iPazzPort KP-810-10AS Wireless Mini Keyboard Remote with Touch - $15.99
  4. Rii i8+ 2.4GHz Mini Wireless Keyboard with Touchpad - $22
  5. LYNEC C120Pro Mini Wireless Gyro Remote Keyboard Mouse - $13

Kore: the official remote control app for XBMC/Kodi

Remote app for Kodi KoreThis is the official remote app for Kodi, and you can install it on your Android device easily. With this article you will get to know the app, and what it offers. If you are interested on installing it on your smartphone, then you should follow the instructions in our guide [Read: Guide: How to install Kore remote app for Kodi?]

Yatse: an android remote control app for Kodi

Yatse remote app KodiThis is another application you could use. Yatse has some advantages like a virtual QWERTY keyboard, and an interface with arrow keys. If you want to compare both apps, we have a post on Kore vs Yatse highlighting the differences between them. My advice? Install both. [Read: Guide: How to install Yatse, the XBMC/Kodi Remote?]

There are, of course, another kinds of peripherals you can use, such as this simple yet awesome IR Raspberry Pi remote control for $5, the Lynec C120 air mouse and remotes with more features such as the Logitech Harmony Smart.

6. How to Use Kodi: Tweaking Kodi

There are some guides aimed to let us configure Kodi automatically, or better yet, take advantage of some well-hidden settings, in order to maximize our Kodi media center performance.

Kodi Configurator: Set up your Kodi HTPC automatically

Install Kodi Configurator AndroidWith Kodi Configurator on Android, you won’t have to worry about installing addons or repositories, or tweaking settings at all. This Android app will find the best settings for you, apply them, and unlock several content sources, all in its Kodi first time setup. You just need to sit back, relax, and enjoy. [Read: Guide: How to install Kodi Configurator on Android]

TVMC: an out-of-the-box Kodi solution

TVMC Kodi preconfigured solutionAnother way to get your Kodi automatically configured is installing TVMC instead of Kodi. This is basically the same, except it comes preconfigured with addons and the proper settings for your system. This Kodi setup wizard is available for Windows, Mac and Android.

Strategies to fix XBMC buffering issues on Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi XBMC Buffering issuesIf you run Kodi on a limited hardware device, or if you experience some trouble with buffering, the advice on the Kodi setup guide above could help you solve these issues. It is mainly aimed towards Raspberry Pi users, but all Kodi users might benefit of it to a certain extent.

5 Kodi advanced settings I always use on media centers

Kodi Advanced SettingsWith this Kodi setup guide, you will be able to configure several aspects of your Kodi HTPC that are not accessible through the normal settings, such as tweaking it for low-power devices, disable logging, moving your library to MySQL and in general have further control over your setup. [Read: Kodi MySQL setup for sharing media library]

As you can see, there are lots of guides about Kodi here at htpcBeginner. If you want to read more about Kodi, I invite you to stay tuned to our website, where we try to bring you the best tutorials so you can take control of the contents within your Kodi HTPC. By searching for articles about Kodi and articles about XBMC/Kodi you will find more in our website. We hope this complete Kodi setup guide was useful! Remember that, if you have questions, you can always direct them to the Kodi section of htpcBeginner support forums!

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