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Network Media Player

Recently, I have been thinking about getting a Network Media Player so that I can stream content to all rooms while only having the PC / Xbox / PS3 / Internet connection in one place.

I am sure most of the the people already have some sort of gadget(s) to do this.

Ideally I would like a setup which can do this :

- Main gadget sits in one room with connection to PC, External Storage, Xbox, PS3 and the main TV.
- Possibility to stream media (audio/video) to any room.

- Wireless streaming would be the best although LAN is also an option.

Any pointers / ideas to get me started ?
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Old 25.05.2011, 15:30
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Re: Network Media Player

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- Possibility to stream media (audio/video) to any room.
Are you talking about a network accessible storage? As far as I know media players are able to read the data from the network, but they don't stream media to the rooms?

What I did:
I have a time capsule which has 1 TB of storage and I keep all of my media (movies, music and photos) there. By the help of Apple TV, I watch movies on my TV and since time capsule is a NAS I can reach all of my media via any computer in the apartment.
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Old 25.05.2011, 15:31
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Re: Network Media Player

Wikipedia reference-linkUniversal Plug and Play?

I stream from a machine in my study to a PS3 in my living room (many other devices are compatible)
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Old 25.05.2011, 15:44
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Are you talking about a network accessible storage?
Not really. I am looking more for something to stream media. Not just store it.
Something like the
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What I did:
I have a time capsule which has 1 TB of storage and I keep all of my media (movies, music and photos) there. By the help of Apple TV, I watch movies on my TV and since time capsule is a NAS I can reach all of my media via any computer in the apartment.
This could work, but this will not work with the PS3 / Xbox and online content.
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Old 25.05.2011, 15:45
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Wikipedia reference-linkUniversal Plug and Play?

I stream from a machine in my study to a PS3 in my living room (many other devices are compatible)
Yes something on the lines...

Stuff that would support for DLNA...
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Old 26.05.2011, 03:58
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Re: Network Media Player

WDTV Live is the easiest choice (Ease of use etc.) but the market is currently flowing with choices...Depends on how tech savvy you are as well as the sort of UI you prefer, as well
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Old 26.05.2011, 09:59
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WDTV Live is the easiest choice (Ease of use etc.) but the market is currently flowing with choices...Depends on how tech savvy you are as well as the sort of UI you prefer, as well
True, I had a look at some options and am hovering around the popcorn hour / wireless routing combination.

I still do not think its going to all work according to my plan.

Anyhow, still probing and prodding.
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Old 26.05.2011, 13:02
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Re: Network Media Player

Well...found something promising.

An HDMI Extender over LAN.

Has anyone tried something similar ?
The products promise 1080p over Ethernet.

Links : Here, here and here
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Re: Network Media Player

Interesting. I wonder if you could bridge the devices wirelessly instead of using cables. I also wonder why two cables are involved...HD should run within Wireless N bandwidth, but I suspect not given the requirement of two cables...

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Well...found something promising.

An HDMI Extender over LAN.

Has anyone tried something similar ?
The products promise 1080p over Ethernet.

Links : Here, here and here
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Old 26.05.2011, 13:33
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Interesting. I wonder if you could bridge the devices wirelessly instead of using cables. I also wonder why two cables are involved...HD should run within Wireless N bandwidth, but I suspect not given the requirement of two cables...
Yes you could. Wireless extender between the LAN cables. But that would be too lossy I think. I was thinking more along the lines :

Internet -> Modem -> PS3/xbox/PC/Popcorn-Hour -> HDMI -> LAN -> Powerline -> LAN -> HDMI.

Sounds fine, but I don't know how it will work in practice.
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Yes you could. Wireless extender between the LAN cables. But that would be too lossy I think. I was thinking more along the lines :

Internet -> Modem -> PS3/xbox/PC/Popcorn-Hour -> HDMI -> LAN -> Powerline -> LAN -> HDMI.

Sounds fine, but I don't know how it will work in practice.

Powerline, yes , that should work, but do you get Powerlines with two Ethernet ports ? Unless you can put a hub at the powerline...
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Old 26.05.2011, 13:40
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Powerline, yes , that should work, but do you get Powerlines with two Ethernet ports ? Unless you can put a hub at the powerline...
Before the powerline...The multi-in handling would be done before I guess...at the HDMI out level.
Then should be a single one running into the powerline which sends it around the house to be picked up by any other powerline in any other room and then to LAN to HDMI.

Now that I think about it...it does sound like it might work.
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Well...found something promising.

An HDMI Extender over LAN.

Has anyone tried something similar ?
The products promise 1080p over Ethernet.

Links : Here, here and here
That looks like a great solution for what I'm looking at.

I'm wanting an extra satellite receiver for the bedroom, but it would mean running 2 lots of coax all the way through the apartment.

Using your solution, I could leave the receiver somewhere convenient and use a powerline LAN to send the signal to the bedroom (worse case scenario, CAT6 is a lot more convenient than RG-6 (x2)).

Just need a decent solution for the remote control and we're cooking on gas.
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That looks like a great solution for what I'm looking at.

I'm wanting an extra satellite receiver for the bedroom, but it would mean running 2 lots of coax all the way through the apartment.

Using your solution, I could leave the receiver somewhere convenient and use a powerline LAN to send the signal to the bedroom (worse case scenario, CAT6 is a lot more convenient than RG-6 (x2)).

Just need a decent solution for the remote control and we're cooking on gas.
Yes, it does sound fine.

My setup would look something like this ...

Modem in office connection to wall socket and to powerline hub.
Powerline hub to wall power socket in office.

An HDMI hub with incoming connections from a
Popcorn-hour (or something similar), PS3 and xbox in the living room with the main TV.

Outgoing HDMI to TV, and to a converter to LAN and to powerline.

PC in office with connection to LAN over powerline.

Bedroom with TV connected to LAN with HDMI converter and then to powerline.

Sounds like a lot of setup and fine tuning but if this works...O'baby we're in business.

Bedroom and office have
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True, I had a look at some options and am hovering around the popcorn hour / wireless routing combination.

I still do not think its going to all work according to my plan.

Anyhow, still probing and prodding.
I have an old PCH (model A100) and it does everything you want. and more.
You can find those online for about chf 30 i think.

or look for an old Apple TV (the prev generation, the one with the HDD).

as mentioned, there are literally dozens of choices out there. you need to decide what you really want/need.
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I have an old PCH (model A100) and it does everything you want. and more.
You can find those online for about chf 30 i think.

or look for an old Apple TV (the prev generation, the one with the HDD).

as mentioned, there are literally dozens of choices out there. you need to decide what you really want/need.
I'm thinking about the C-200 which a mate of mine has and is very pleased with it. I had a look and I think it is more than sufficient. And as I mentioned in my previous post, the C-200 is only one part of the puzzle.

Lets see how it pans out.
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