[mythtv-users] Frontends all around the house

Phill Wiggin wigginp at mantech-wva.com
Tue Dec 28 14:54:57 UTC 2004

Instead of the WET54G, you could go with the WRT54G (would probably 
require two of them).  It's a nifty Linux-based router that can be 
flashed w/ non-Linksys firmware for all kinds of expandability 
(http://www.sveasoft.com).  I've got one as my main internet router and 
another that connects my remote xbox frontend to the rest of my 
network.  The WRT54G can be had for between $55-$70 depending on where 
you shop.


Adam Siegel wrote:

> 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:
>> Hi,
>> 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. :)
>> Thanks!
>> cythraul
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