[mythtv-users] MythTV box build story. part I

Gregory Keeney gkeeney at panasas.com
Wed Sep 13 19:24:06 UTC 2006

Ivan Kowalenko wrote:
> You'll probably be best off running Ethernet, to be honest. 
> Theoretically, 802.11b should have though bandwidth to do SD, right? 
> Wrong. Wireless only gets around 30-50% of claimed throughput. Going 
> full ethernet will just be easier. You'll only have to run the cables 
> once (twice if you remove them), you won't have to deal with 
> interference from things like phones and microwaves. Encryption won't 
> be an issue. And there's far less overhead on wired ethernet than WLAN.
My experience with 802.11g is that I can only watch things MPEG4 SD content.

MPEG2 content almost works. But almost is not good enough.

I transcode everything to MPEG4 SD (no HD television). I can watch 
anything that has been transcoded over the wireless connection, but I 
need ethernet for any of the pre-transcoded streams; even the SD stuff.

Now, looking back at the thread, it is not clear that you were planning 
on having a separate backend. If you are running the backend on the same 
machine you have hooked to the TV, wireless is fine. It is only a 
problem if you need to move video over the network.

Gregory Keeney

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