[mythtv-users] Building a Basic MythTV box

Mudit Wahal mwahal at gmail.com
Fri Dec 9 11:27:34 EST 2005

5 Port 10/100 switches are under $10 after rebate. No reason not get one.
SMC 5 port switch under $10 after rebate.

My local electronics store (fry's) sells 5 port for 4.99 (airlink).
I've 4 of these in house (one in each room and one in garage).

On 12/9/05, Steve Adeff <adeffs at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Friday 09 December 2005 02:43, Kichigai Mentat wrote:
> > On Dec 8, 2005, at 23.38, Michael Weinbergs - Network Administrator
> > wrote:
> > > Don't even bother with 802.11b - it really doesn't work (I've tried
> > > it).. Upgrade to 802.11G and you will be fine.. The problem is that
> > > 11Mb is not reall 11Mb - it is MUCH less... Not enough bandwidth.
> wireless protocol is shared as well. so 11Mb is bits AND shared amongst all
> the connections (unless you have one of those fancy WAPs that can do multiple
> connections. same with G's 54Mb, its shared.
> > Well, here's the thing: I'm working on a tight budget, and I'm not
> > sure I can afford to upgrade to 802.11g right now. However, using my
> > iBook G4 as a reference, I can say I've never seen a noticeable
> > change between wired and wireless speeds. Trying to transfer the same
> > file from one machine to another, sending from the iBook, I got
> > pretty much the same transfer times, whether the machine was wireless
> > or on the wired network. Remember: my hub is only capable of 10 Mbits.
> transfer speeds are more dependant on harddrive speeds. 802.11b is faster than
> your average harddrive (raid withstanding).
> > Also, I've managed to stream files at about 800 Kbits/sec from my
> > iBook to my Xbox over the wireless network without any significant
> > problems. Of course, something tells me I won't be looking at any 800
> > Kb/s streams.
> >
> > I was looking into PowerLine as an alternative to wireless
> > networking, but at $80 per PowerLine dongle, this is way out of my
> > budget (I'll spend more on networking than I will on PC hardware!).
> > Wired doesn't seem to be a practical option (I live in a house made
> > in 1901, and the network hub and the TV room are on different floors,
> > and different ends of the house, in both dimensions, not to mention
> > that the back end will, preferably, be at the other end of the house,
> > but on the same floor as the hub). The rest of the family just might
> > revolt against me if I run cables that far!
> >
> > If you can come up with any other ideas, I'll keep an open mind.
> get a good 802.11G WAP or buy a 100bT switch. I got my 8port netgear unmanaged
> switch for $20 after rebate. works great.
> 802.11G should also be fast enough to stream the video files.
> --
> Steve
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