[mythtv-users] backend / frontend not completly clear to me

PAUL WILLIAMSON pwilliamson at mandtbank.com
Thu Aug 18 18:28:49 UTC 2005

>>> r.gielen at home.nl 08/18/05 1:36 PM >>>
> Hi all,
> Just joined the mailing list because I couldnt find the awnser 
> I was looking for the "regular" way.

Not sure what the regular way is, other than looking through 
the archives...

> When I install mythtv on the computer that resides in my 
> basement. And install the frontend on a other computer. In 
> how far does the frontend give me control over mythtv? 
> When I install an emulator plugin, does it run at a decent 
> speed to play, regarding the network latency?

It depends.  Once you've set up the backend, you have no 
reason to really be on the backend.  All functionality for 
scheduling and such is done through either a frontend or 

If you have a really crappy 10mb hub, you might have a problem 
with latency, but even then I doubt it.

I'm not sure what emulator plugin you're talking about, other 
than the ds filters for playing nuv files on Windows (aka WinMyth).

> Or would it better for me to install the frontend and 
> backend on the same computer? wich means for me 
> to spend extra money on buying a silent computer.

The backend is where the tuners are.  That's it.  If you have 
a need for complete quiet, then putting the frontend and 
backend in the same machine will cost you a lot of money.
Or, you'll be searching for deals on quiet hard drives, quiet 
fans, heat pipes, etc...

> Hope there are some people out there who can clear a 
> few things up for me, regarding the frontend.

This is list full of opinions.  You choose which ones are 
worthwhile to listen to.

My setup consists of:

mediamvp in my bedroom
Frontend in the kitchen
Frontend in the family room
combined frontend/backend in the media room
backend in the utility room

I have a single tuner (pvr-150) in the backend with lots 
of drive space (about 2tb of space).  I have 
another server with another 1.5tb of space for 
ripped DVDs, mounted to all frontends.  The combined 
frontend/backend has 2 tuners (2 pvr-250s) and 
an hd tuner (pchdtv3k) and does all its recording 
to the master backend, but has a small 20gb drive 
because I'm too stupid to figure out how to nfs 
mount it ;-).

I love myth.  I just wish I had more time to get the 
frontend/backend machine to be aware of the other 
backend.  Maybe some day soon I'll dive back in 
a figure out what I did wrong.


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