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Lookin for a reasonably priced multimedia streamer - HD support not necessary

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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 po…
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8y, 3w agoPosted 8 years, 3 weeks ago
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.

Thanks.

Robie
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8y, 3w agoPosted 8 years, 3 weeks ago
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#1
Cheapest way to do it is to buy an old XBox (NOT the 360) and install XMBC on it. That's a media centre and it's absolutely first class. It will handle almost all video formats and audio, it plays them to my HD (1080p) TV and you can buy a remote control for it on eBay for about a fiver.

I use it for music, as well as video and films, it also acts as a region-free DVD player and it will also display your jpeg images on the TV in stunning quality, running a slideshow if you like. I also download TV programmes and watch them on this.

You should be able to buy the XBox for under £50 on eBay. The only downside is that the installation is a bit techy, and I had to rely on a propellor-head friend to assist me. There are, however, many XMBC support sites and forums on the Web, so if you are at all of a technical bent you should be able to do this.

You will need to connect the XBox to your PC via ethernet network (I use my router and plug it in to one of the ports) because you'll have to transfer the installation files you download to the XBox via FTP.

Best of all, the Library Mode of XMBC goes the the Internet via your router and downloads clipart and episode summaries for TV programmes and synopses for films. Basically, it does what AppleTV does for under £50. I am so dependent on this thing now, that when my ol' XBox died I went out and found another one and swapped the drives over. I can't live without mine now.
#2
Thanks Afterburner but I am no geek. I don't think I can handle any of technical bits. Plus it has to be wireless as my wife won't allow me to drill anywhere.

I need an 'out of box' solution if possible.
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Robiesanta
Thanks Afterburner but I am no geek. I don't think I can handle any of technical bits. Plus it has to be wireless as my wife won't allow me to drill anywhere.

I need an 'out of box' solution if possible.
Fair enough. I think there is a wireless adaptor available for that XBox but I really can't be sure. I accept your point about the technical bits ... it is a bit daunting. But if you have a friend who's a geek it's really worth pursuing.

An alternative is to check Maplins, who used to do a drive housing and remote control for a media centre, but I don't know whether that's wireless.

There's always AppleTV, which is pricey but you can pick them up on eBay. Trouble is that you'd have to convert your AVIs to their format (is it H624 or something?) which isn't difficult, there's software avaiable free to do it, but it's a pain in the donkey.
#4
The Xbox is the cheapest option available - in terms of using it wirelessly you could use a wireless bridge (most Wireless Routers have bridge mode) or homeplug. In terms of how to put XBMC on it there are plenty of tutorials on it. If you check out the classifieds/auction sites you could probably find a few that have already been "exploited".

Otherwise, you are looking at shelling out for something like Netgear EVA8000, Netgear EVA9150, Popcorn Hour A100, Popcorn Hour A110, Xbox 360, Sony PS3, Linksys DMA2100, Linksys Kiss, Dlink DSM 330 etc., all of which will cost considerably more.
#5
Sootie
... Otherwise, you are looking at shelling out for something like Netgear EVA8000, Netgear EVA9150, Popcorn Hour A100, Popcorn Hour A110, Xbox 360, Sony PS3, Linksys DMA2100, Linksys Kiss, Dlink DSM 330 etc., all of which will cost considerably more.
Don't forget that the Mac Mini has now had the blessing of the XMBC community coding their wonderful application for that platform. But again ... more spondoolicks than an old XBox.
#6
Thanks you all for your responses. I don't think Xbox thingy is my kind of thing. I will have to fork out for a one of the above streamers.

Thinking of getting the ZyXEL 100(something or other), currently being sold for about £90 as I have ZyXEL router/modem and have not had any major problems with it. It was at one point going for about £29.xx but I missed the deal :-(.

Robie
#7
i have a pinnacle showcenter 200 u can buy
#8
sunil1234
i have a pinnacle showcenter 200 u can buy


How much are you looking for it & is it wireless?

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