This is my set up at the moment.
Desktop (Pentium 4, 2.8 Ghz) connected with a ZyXel wireless router/modem and a Dell Inpiron 6400 laptop (connected to the router wirelessly). Plus I have 250gb portable hard drive (phd) - currently connected to the desktop. Desktop & router are in one of the *upstairs* bedroom.
I have lots of AVI files (all legal - contents going back 30-40 years) plus VCD/DVD images on my phd - roughly around 150gigs worth. At the moment, I copy the AVI files to DVD and take it downstairs to watch it on my dvd recorder, which is a huge pain. Basically, anything I want to watch, I have make a DVD out of it, take downstairs to watch.
What I would like is a streamer that can take contents of my phd and make is available on my TV. My TV is not HD ready or will not have an HD ready TV for a long while because she who must be obeyed/the finance minister/her indoors has strictly forbidden me to buy a new TV :-(. Therefore, the streamer does not need to provide HD support although I would like it to be wireless, if possible. I obviously missed out on the ZyXel streamer since it would have been a good one to try out. I can't spend much money on it.
In short, I want to be able to view the contents of my phd on TV wirelessly, if possible. I would like to be able to watch divx/xvid content though - don't care much about .MKV format.