If you want a "server" that can manage clients and all your A/V peripherals so you can install core (without X cause it is not necessary) or if you want to use it as "server" but also as a client you can install an hybrid
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The Fiire Chief remote does work... 100% of the time (or pretty close to 100%). Just add a Fiire dongle to all your MD's...
then press 'follow-me' on the remote before you leave a room (to tell the system when you want pickup from in your media playback)
then walk to the other room and press 'follow-me' again and the Media will pickup from the point where you pressed 'follow-me' in the
previous room. This works so well you have to see it to understand how impressive it is... because it is damn impressive!