[mythtv-users] Moving MythTV backend to another computer

Mike Perkins mikep at randomtraveller.org.uk
Mon Mar 17 12:28:50 UTC 2014

On 17/03/14 10:38, Michael Watson wrote:
> On 17/03/2014 8:41 PM, Stephen Worthington wrote:
>> On Sun, 16 Mar 2014 20:25:53 +0000, you wrote:
>>> On 16/03/14 14:05, Michael Watson wrote:
>>>> On 12/03/2014 11:58 PM, Michael T. Dean wrote:
>>>>> On 03/12/2014 06:57 AM, Karl Dietz wrote:
>>>>>> On 12.03.2014 11:13, Michael Watson wrote:
>>>>>>> On 12/03/2014 1:54 AM, Peter Carlsson wrote:
>>>>>>>> Hello!
>>>>>>>> My current setup (0.27) has a dedicated BE/FE where I have the tuners.
>>>>>>>> This is powered off whenever it is not recording or when we a watching
>>>>>>>> a recording.
>>>>>>>> I also have a desktop/server which is a FE and is running 24/7.
>>>>>>>> To make it easier to update the recording schedule etc. I would like
>>>>>>>> to move the BE and the database to the desktop/server but still have
>>>>>>>> the tuners in the current BE/FE. The hostnames will be kept for the
>>>>>>>> different systems.
>>>>>>>> Is this possible without too much trouble and should I follow the
>>>>>>>> instructions at http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/Backend_migration ?
>>>>>>>> Are there any pros/cons I might have to consider?
>>>>>>> MythBuntu patches the mythtv code to allow use of a tunerless backend,
>>>>>>> but you will hit a wall on this mailing list if you mention that you are
>>>>>>> running a BE without a tuner. The simple workaround is to add a
>>>>>>> Demo/Test tuner to the BE, it requires a MPEG-2 TS file, which you can
>>>>>>> easily find on the web (and I'm guessing not to hard to create yourself
>>>>>>> but never tried).
>>>>>> or just add an IPTV recorder with some http-live-streaming channels to the
>>>>>> master backend.
>>>>>> http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/User_Manual:Setting_up_HTTP_Live_Streaming_Recorder
>>>>> Or just ask the important question:  what is the reason for putting the tuners
>>>>> on the computer that shuts down (and, therefore, will have to wake up to
>>>>> record) rather than putting them on the always-on system that you want to make
>>>>> the master backend (and, therefore, wouldn't need to wake to record)?
>>>>> /me doesn't understand why so many work so hard to design complex systems
>>>>> where a simple solution exists.
>>>> I can think at least on scenario:  A system with low recording use, but
>>>> wants to
>>>> watch recording/videos on MBE system, and lives in a rental premises, where
>>>> aerial cable is not in an ideal location.
>>> Use network tuners instead - like HDHR varieties.
>> Or maybe vtuner to allow access to remote tuners.
>> _______________________________________________
> Network tuner doesn't help much if you also want to watch content at that
> location as well, a SBE/FE does.
...except that a network tuner would be available to the MBE even when the SBE 
is switched off. Separating the two functions (tuner and FE) simplifies the 
building of a remote FE immensely and would only cost you a mains socket and an 
extra ethernet feed.


Mike Perkins

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