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Windows 7: Media Center extenders and TV support

20 Jun 2012   #1
ytrebil

Win 7 Pro 64bit
 
 
Media Center extenders and TV support

Hi guys, I have set up the TV in the main room as a Media Extender using my X360 (which at the moment is unusable because I think my router needs upgrading as itís just B/G). However, looking to get a smaller TV (26-32Ē) for the bedroom and would like to also use that as a Media Extender. Do TVís at the moment come packaged up with any off the shelf solutions or would I need to get another Media Extender? What would be my best option?

Thanks a lot.


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03 Jul 2012   #2
redgreen

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The Xbox 360 and upcoming Ceton Echo are the only 2 current media center extenders.

If I were you, I'd buy a used Xbox 360 and invest in hardline ethernet or powerline ethernet adapters. Wireless is AWEFUL for HD video. Even with 450MBPS 5ghz wireless N and adapter, wireless throughput is too inconsistent. Unless the router is 10-20 feet away in direct line of sight, you're pretty much SOL.
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03 Jul 2012   #3
karossii

Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by redgreen View Post
The Xbox 360 and upcoming Ceton Echo are the only 2 current media center extenders.

If I were you, I'd buy a used Xbox 360 and invest in hardline ethernet or powerline ethernet adapters. Wireless is AWEFUL for HD video. Even with 450MBPS 5ghz wireless N and adapter, wireless throughput is too inconsistent. Unless the router is 10-20 feet away in direct line of sight, you're pretty much SOL.
Maybe it is different for 7MC and extenders; I am just now getting into them - but when I was serving HD media to my PS3 over a media server, I had next to no issues with quality or speed when streaming 1080HD video and digital 5.1 sound - and my server was in the basement on the other side of the house, with plenty of walls (and 2 floors) between...
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06 Jul 2012   #4
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by redgreen View Post
The Xbox 360 and upcoming Ceton Echo are the only 2 current media center extenders.
The "passive" (i.e. 100% silent and very low-power) Linksys DMA2100 is still available, even if it is not being manufactured by Cisco any longer.

I've got two of them in use in my house (as I'm not a gamer and have no use for an Xbox) and am totally satisfied.
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