[mythtv] Separate Record and Play boxes? (system design)

Dave Caplinger mythtv-dev@snowman.net
Tue, 17 Sep 2002 23:36:38 -0500

I know there has been some discussion in the last several weeks about 
the possibility of separating the computer that records from the one 
that plays the video, and because of the high CPU & disk (and thus heat 
and noise) requirements for high-resolution recording, I'm also leaning 
in this direction.  I just wanted to verify the current status, and make 
sure I understand the consequences of trying to do this (or working with 
whomever is working on it already).

If I wanted to build a 2-system MythTV system, with the assumption that 
the play-box would be a small, relatively slow (compared to the other 
system), QUIET system, is it a foregone conclusion that I'd lose the 
"Watch Live TV" option?  I can live with that, but I want to make sure 
the assumption is valid.  (I assume I'd lose the upcoming PIP as well.)

Are those of you with working MythTV boxes concerned about how much 
noise your MythTV system makes in whatever room your TV is in?  How do 
you keep your systems quiet enough that you can stand watching TV in the 
same room with them without cooking the components due to lack of 
cooling, etc?  Maybe I'm over-estimating the need to separate the 
recorder and player systems.

Anyway, It seems like you'd be able to keep a player system quiet by 
running it diskless with a Cyrix CPU of some kind (no fan at all!).  If 
all the storage is remote, though, you might have to have a separate 
"video LAN" to make sure the recorder and player could never have their 
network communication interrupted by other traffic.

- Dave