[mythtv-users] Front-end / Back-end Setup

Robert Johnston anaerin at gmail.com
Fri May 23 17:37:42 UTC 2008

On Fri, May 23, 2008 at 11:22 AM,  <Coin_Graham at genpt.com> wrote:
> I'm reading the FAQs about the front end and back end setup and can't find
> any information on how the two communicate.  Does the Backend need network
> connectivity or can the front and back communicate over the coaxial cable
> that the tv signal comes in on?  Does the backend and frontend need to be
> "in-line" to communicate?  I'm asking because I'm planning on putting my
> backend in the attic for heat and noise reasons.
> If network connectivity is necessary, is 100Mb sufficient?
> If all of this is answered somewhere, just point me in the right
> direction....

Yes, network connectivity is needed. The information travels over TCP/IP.

100Mb is enough. You could run 2 frontends with HD content comfortably
over 100Mb.

And if you have a machine with a TV tuner in, that machine is a
"Backend". If you are also using that same machine to play back, it's
a combined Frontend/Backend. And if it has no Tuner, it's a Frontend
only. So there would be no Co-ax for a backend to talk to a frontend
Robert "Anaerin" Johnston

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