[mythtv-users] Frontends all around the house

Adam Siegel adam at sycamore.us
Tue Dec 28 14:46:09 UTC 2004

I use the hauppauge mediamvp.  Check out the mvpmc.sourceforge.net 
project.  It works great and the box is only $80.  If you want to go 
wireless you will probably need an ethernet to wireless bridge, say the 
linksys *WET54G, which can be had for around $110.  So for less than 
$200 you have a great solution.

cythraul wrote:

>For sometime now, I've been running MythTV in the living room and the
>experience has been great. Now, I'd like to add more frontends in the
>house but I'm stuck with hardware decisions.
>Currently, my backend is also my main file server running on a used
>PowerEdge 1400 server with p3/800 cpu witch is enough for my DVB card.
>The (current) frontend is a clone p3/866 with an Nvidia MX440 and a
>9gig HD.
>The only problem with this setup is the lack of remote control. I have
>to use my wireless keyboard. While I never lost it like a regular
>remote control, it's cumbersome. :)
>The backends holds my archived mp3, dvd and recordings as well as my
>dvd writer when the HD capacity reaches a critical point. :)
>After much googling(tm), I found myself with more questions then
>answers so I thought I'd ask this mailing list.
>I'm looking for something cheap with a as-small-as-possible footprint
>(for example an openbrick or one of mini-itx.com's projects) while
>getting enough CPU for mpeg4 processing.
>Living in an apartment, I'd rather not add more cabling to the place
>so a Wi-Fi setup would be ideal _and_ portable. My Wi-Fi router is a
>802.11g, I believe it's enough bandwidth even for LiveTV but I rarely
>use this feature; I record everything and watch what I want when it's
>TV time. Else, MythVideo is my friend.
>Just the thought of only plugging power and A/V cables is soothing. :)
>Eliminating the need for a hard drive would also be great. Booting
>from LAN or from a CF (tho, expensive solution) would be great.
>Optionally, for a frontend, KnoppMyth could boot on CD but cdroms can
>be noisy.
>Speaking of KnoppMyth, I realise that this frontend box would also
>need to be widely supported by the community, I've read that Epia 6000
>boxes suffer a Unichrome driver issue (I have read as much as I'd like
>on this issue.)
>So, in short, does a small, cheap, wi-fi (fanless?) box with enough cpu exist?
>Optionally, a pre-assembled box would be great. I've been building PCs
>for years now and frankly, I'm tired of it. But if price is an issue,
>I'm prepared for it. :)
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