Ok so you can swing a hammer, run electrical, low voltage, plumbing (on a good day), drywall, trim, paint, buy lots of equipment, and sit on your rear when it is all said and done and enjoy.
What is with the home theater networking stuff???
I have read hundreds if not thousands of threads and I just don't get all the networking stuff and what is needed/desired for a dedicated home theater. I have seen many discussions but they tend to get over my head quickly.
Let's agree to some base assumptions to keep this focused.
1. For those of us with a dedicated room, the "Primary" computer of the house is not located in the theater and the original source of high speed (cable, DSL etc) is connected to that computer that is somewhere else in the house.
2. We either have the ability to run additional wiring from our theater equipment to the primary home computer or we don't and need to do it wirelessly. (I have the ability to run the wire but I will assume that many don't.)
3. Most homes will have at least one lap top with the ability to pick up the internet off their wireless network. (Ie the primary computer of the house will be hooked up directly to the internet source and the wireless router will give the owner the ability to pick up that internet source within a reasonable range in and around the home.)
Remember... this is the "dummies" verision and I am one of them dummies.
4. We are not looking to add the network necessary to land a 747 in our back yard. I applaud those of you with complete home automation but I don't think the majority of those reading this need to start the water running in their shower and close the blinds in their master bath upstairs with the push of a button on their theater remote as the movie ends.
So, can we share some of the basics.
What type of communicaiton do we want to plan for or add to our theater equipment and why (and possibly even how).
Streaming video souces. Netflix etc.
Home theater PC... why, what can it do for you.
basic automation like lights,
what about some motorized curtains.
IR vs radio frequentcy.
Don't try to answer it all on one post. Maybe just pick one topic and we will build from there.
I think most here will understand the basics of a receiver, a VCR... oh scratch that... make that DVD... no scratch that... a Blu-ray, and some speakers. Let's build from there. What does some of the other stuff give us and what does hooking it up to a network or to the web allow us to do?
This is a "dummies" course so please define terms as you use them. A "bridge" to me is something that connects the Upper and Lower peninsula of Michigan. If you mean it to be something else, please explain.