TV/AV geeks - Is this possible?

At the moment i have

Panasonic 37X10
xbox 360
Sony amp and tannoy 5.1 speakers
1tb external drive connected to my PC

These are in the living room (apart from the Hard Drive), my router is in the hallway, which is a fair distance away.

I'm after a media player like a Popcorn Hour or WDTV.

I often have videos on my PC which i want to stream to the TV, i might even put my DVD collection onto the drive(s) if i can be bothered.

So, my question, can i turn my hard drive into a NAS, put that next to my TV/WDTV/Amp etc and connect it to my router using homeplugs? Then connect the WDTV/PCH to the TV via HDMI and optical to the sub.

That way i can add Video/Music files to the NAS from either my desktop or laptop and watch them on my TV through the PCH/WDTV without my PC/Laptop having to be on.

Will that work?

Also i want to conect my 360 to the router using homeplugs, and possibly an original xbox that i have upstairs, is that possible?

Basically i don't want to spend money on things if they won't work, and i know little about homeplugs/WDTVs etc. Or even if there's a cheaper/more sensible alternative?

Think i will have to buy

3/4 homeplugs (1 for router, 1 for 360, 1 for NAS, possible 1 for original xbox)
WDTV or equivilent
Something to adapt my Hard drive to a NAS (if that exists? )

Rep for anyone who can help

8 Comments

just use windows media player on the PC and stream to your Xbox 360 its what I do wirelessly and streams fine, although I wouldn't recommend it for HD media.

using your external HDD will need to check out the model to see if it can be used as a NAS box, but there is free NAS s/w out there.

Original Poster

Thanks for the reply, i use the video library at the moment, but want to move to HD stuff, and it also means my PC has to be on when i do it

sancho1983;6442389

Thanks for the reply, i use the video library at the moment, but want to … Thanks for the reply, i use the video library at the moment, but want to move to HD stuff, and it also means my PC has to be on when i do it



the power plugs will support HD nicely, yes you have to leave the PC on. mine's now in my cellar, i also use it with simplymedia (NAS) for my music and photos to my itouch through to my stereo

If you want to go down the Popcorn Hour route I can’t praise the A-110 highly enough, it plays everything I’ve thrown at it so far. I have fitted a 1Tb SATA hard drive inside though I must say that it does get rather hot thanks to passive cooling, something that most electrical devices (other than radiators) don’t normally like.
The logical thing to do if you already have a USB external drive is to plug it into the Popcorn as it has 1 USB connection on the front and 1 at the rear, this will allow you to transfer files, audio and video to the external drive over the network (Homeplugs work fine) via the Popcorn. Once the files are on the drive they are accessed through the A-110's onscreen menu and of course the computer then does not need to be on.
The A-110 has 1 HDMI out to connect to the TV and does carry audio though it. It also has an optical out for audio if required.
Hope this helps.

Original Poster

Human Target;6443227

If you want to go down the Popcorn Hour route I can’t praise the A-110 h … If you want to go down the Popcorn Hour route I can’t praise the A-110 highly enough, it plays everything I’ve thrown at it so far. I have fitted a 1Tb SATA hard drive inside though I must say that it does get rather hot thanks to passive cooling, something that most electrical devices (other than radiators) don’t normally like.The logical thing to do if you already have a USB external drive is to plug it into the Popcorn as it has 1 USB connection on the front and 1 at the rear, this will allow you to transfer files, audio and video to the external drive over the network (Homeplugs work fine) via the Popcorn. Once the files are on the drive they are accessed through the A-110's onscreen menu and of course the computer then does not need to be on.The A-110 has 1 HDMI out to connect to the TV and does carry audio though it. It also has an optical out for audio if required.Hope this helps.



Thanks for that, so i wouldn't need the NAS?

I could just load things to the drive over the network through the pch?

:roll:

sancho1983;6443579

Thanks for that, so i wouldn't need the NAS?I could just load things to … Thanks for that, so i wouldn't need the NAS?I could just load things to the drive over the network through the pch?


The A-110 acts like a file server once it has access to a physically attached hard drive so you wouldn't need any NAS, you can also plug in USB memory sticks and DVD drives, unfortunately it doesn't seem to like HDDVD disks that I tried after plugging in my Xbox 360's external HDDVD drive.... but we can't have everything I guess.:roll:
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