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9y, 9m agoPosted 9 years, 9 months ago
Hi all!
Im looking for a setup for the home that will allow me to
a) stream music from PC to Hi-Fi
b) stream movies from PC to TV
preferably 1 unit which can do both (not a fan of clutter) but if this compromises on quality too much then seperate units.

Does anyone know of any kit that will alow me to do this?
The closest I have found is this;
http://www.amazon.co.uk/IAMM-NTD36HD-MULTI-MEDIA-PLAYER-WITHOUT/dp/B000JOWCJE/sr=1-1/qid=1171967345/ref=sr_1_1/203-3220875-9244722?ie=UTF8&s=electronics IAMM NTD36HD
Which looks pretty good and value for money.
Any improvement on price or product available though?

Thanks in advance :thumbsup:
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9y, 9m agoPosted 9 years, 9 months ago
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#1
There are plenty devices like that on market. If you are after wireless setup then take a look at the following:

Pinnacle Media Showcenter 200 WiFi
Netgear EVA700
DLink DSM-320/320RD/520 (I have 320RD)
Philips Streamium SL5500
Buffalo LinkTheater
Kiss DP-600
Snazio (can't recall model)

Also, read through reviews on MPC Club (registration needed).

All the above can stream video and music from PC and NAS (with some modification on NAS side).
#2
If you have XP Media centre, how about an xbox 360?

It can stream almost all videos. MP3s and it also plays the odd game or 2.

The only trouble is, it's a bit noisy.
#3
know this is an old topic but wanted to put my two cents in for anyone that finds it searching. All those devices at time of looking were around £100 - look good but a bit high in price for what im after. I already have an xbox 360 but it doesnt really link as well as i would like (doesnt play a lot of video types). Think im going to go for a cheap original xbox modded with the multimedia player software.
#4
mako
Think im going to go for a cheap original xbox modded with the multimedia player software.

You won't be disappointed :) I have my Xbox and PS2 working as media players.
#5
Am I missing something here or could you not just stick Windows Media Center on your PC.....

Better yet: install Ubuntu and get this: http://linuxmce.com/
#6
MCE or LinuxMCE means connecting PC to telly. I personally not very keen on this.
#7
Xbox 360's don't play avi files which is why i wouldn't use one for this and they're alkward to set up, PS3's are easy to set up but play even less file types so i wouldn't bother using a console unless your will to convert all your files to console approved formats.
#8
use a program called TVersity! i use it to stream, DivX and AVI files from my PC to my xbox 360 using a wireless connection and no problems!

Good software hope it helps!

:thumbsup: :)
#9
For those of us not likely to go HD for a while, these look like reasonable options, any comments on the better of the two? Pinnacle Media Showcenter 200 WiFi
Netgear EVA700
#10
I would probably go for EVA700, it is getting very good reviews from network gurus. Or wait for EVA8000, this one can fetch files straight from SMB shares, so no PC required (any NAS will do).
If you feeling adventurous (is that a word?) you can use EVA700 with wizd on Slug and move out of PC environment too :)
#11
JdX360
use a program called TVersity! i use it to stream, DivX and AVI files from my PC to my xbox 360 using a wireless connection and no problems!

Good software hope it helps!

:thumbsup: :)


would that work with PS3?
#12
another vote for original xbox.

you can get them for £35 in c.e.x. stores. soft mod them free. run a cable or go wireles job done.

(not forgeting once its modded you can play your back ups (that you own the originals of ;);) )
#13
------------- music
slimserver running on Buffalo linkstation = media server
squeezebox 3 = audio streaming clients

--------------video
buffalo linkstation = media server
pinnacle showcenter = video streaming clients

i've this setup up and running 24x7 (server) for last one year. easy to use (even for my wife!!)
#14
Kommunist
You won't be disappointed :) I have my Xbox and PS2 working as media players.

I already have a slimline ps2, can i softmod that for media or would i need to chip it? I already use swap magic for my 'backups'.

You guys are bringing up some names of some pretty good kit, lots on offer out there - but its all rather pricey. For the under £60 range it looks like an old second hand console is the only option.

I have tried TVersity just last night and couldnt get any picture through on my video, only sound - may have to play about with it. But still, i want to just load up a device that doesnt require my pc be switched on - connecting straight to my NAS (linkstation).
#15
Slimline PS2 is a problem, you'll need to hardmod it I think. Unless you manage to install Independence softmod exploit as I did for my fat PS2.
Then install SMS (that is Simple Media System, not SMS as in phones :)).

BTW, I wrote a simple guide on how to use SMS with Slug (Linksys NSLU2) here: http://www.nslu2-linux.org/wiki/HowTo/StreamToPS2

As to under 60 quid requirement... well - the only media player in this cathegory is Hauppauge Media MVP, but it got many drawbacks. For example, it can only handle MPEG2 in hardware, so anything else needs to be transcoded. This is not a problem when you running your server on some PC (it must have plenty of power though) but it is real issue if you are going to PC-less environment.
Another good option is Xbox (first gen) with XBMC. This is probably most flexible and cheapest solution of all.
SMS on PS2 is pretty good but no match to XBMC, as PS2 itself is less powerful compared to Xbox.
And, with Xbox (or PS2 for that matter) you don't have to use PC at all, any NAS will do, even those without UPnP AV installed.
#16
Kommunist, what is "wizd on slug" the eva8000 looks good, but probably more than the wife would let me spend. I did look at the Kiss 600 and it looked as if it would demand a pc running as a server, which I wish to avoid, NAS seems a good way forward, and a green way too! Thank you.

Kommunist
I would probably go for EVA700, it is getting very good reviews from network gurus. Or wait for EVA8000, this one can fetch files straight from SMB shares, so no PC required (any NAS will do).
If you feeling adventurous (is that a word?) you can use EVA700 with wizd on Slug and move out of PC environment too :)
#17
Youve been a great help Kommunist (rep added), I think i will find a second hand xbox and go with that option - i guess if im running media straight from the NAS its not an issue but is it easy to upgrade the harddrive?
#18
greenfinger

The Wizd is open-source media server: http://sourceforge.net/projects/wizd/
Some people installed it on their Slugs (Linksys NSLU2). I personally didn't as my DLink DSM320 is not supported by wizd, so I opted for uShare and then Twonkyvision.

I am not familiar with Kiss DP600 (too expensive for my needs) but there is a well-established community at http://www.mpcclub.com/

mako

Thanks for rep :) I never bothered to upgrade HDD in my Xbox, so can't comment on complexity of the issue, but here is a guide: http://www.techfreaks.org/articles/modxbox2.shtml

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