[mythtv-users] Working around a slow network link

Nick knowledgejunkie at gmail.com
Sat Aug 13 23:48:25 UTC 2005

On 8/11/05, Dave Tarkowski <dtarkows at gmail.com> wrote:
> I've got a combined frontend/backend machine that is working great
> right now.  It is connected to my network via 802.11b, which is fine
> because the only things that it really needs the network for are the
> guide updates and weather information.
> The problem is that it is a small form factor PC and I would like to
> start using another tuner.  This requires using another machine as a
> slave backend and the 802.11b link isn't fast enough to stream data
> back to the master backend.

Is there a chance of using a wired connection between the two machines?

> What I would like to do is to record on the slave backend and then
> copy the file over to the master backend after the recording has
> ended.  Is seems like I could use the master backend override switch
> as long as I record to the same directory on each machine.  Assuming
> that I don't care about using the second tuner "live" will this be a
> problem?  Has anybody done anything like this?

It is certainly possible to import shows on the main backend from
another machine, although may end up being more trouble than it's
worth, depending on the amount of use the second machine will get. You
could just run 2 completely separate MythTV installations and move
files around when necessary.

I would think about how you may want to further expand the Myth system
in the future and decide whether having a usable (802.11g upwards)
wireless network will be part of it - i.e. with a dedicated frontend
perhaps. It may then be worthwhile consolidating all tuners into a
dedicated backend machine hidden out of the way, and using wireless or
wired frontends to access the data.


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