Originally Posted by defekticon
I'm not going to re-wire my house for ethernet. I will most likely run Powerline Ethernet to the xboxs and see how that works as Media extenders. Seems like Wifi is out of the question. Damn.
You do not necessarily need giga speed to use the xbox and stream live TV, fact is the strongest demand is something like live sports in HD which will peak near 20 mbps but never exceed that. What can happen is MS will send out an update while your watching and it will jam the system with info and may drop the TV, usually it just slows for a moment and just resets. You may also want to look at MoCa devices as a network system, most are pricey but they are coming down. Check out the Netgear on Amazon as it has come down recently. WiFi is possible just not real reliable, those that have done it with success use a dual band and lock the TV signal to 5 ghz band which has fewer competing signal problems. It takes more knowledge of hardware setting than I have.
I run a Prime with a Trendnet Green Giga switch but my internet and wireless run through a Actiontec Megaplug BPL. I have streamed multiple HD TV streams through this at one time with no problem. Decent MoCa solutions did not exist when I needed this, it works but you do risk a higher potential for bad power surge issues within BPL. Was reading the new list on CES awards for 2012 and one is a new MoCa system looked nice but no idea on price, it did have a privacy filter with it that locks the system within your home (nice to have a physical device).
The xbox is a clean way to go, the only real difference is that it tends to be a bit slower than a PC on initial tuning but once it is up and running it's all good. You can set it up so that the xbox boots up in WMC when you turn it on, this saves a lot of time. I have a Pinnicle WMC controller that when I push the Green button it turns on the xbox and opens WMC, know others that do the same with a Harmony.
I believe with the Ceton you do not have to dedicate a tuner for the xbox so it should work the same as the prime. One nice benefit of the extender is that if your recording a channel and tune that channel the extender piggybacks the tuner rather than needing another tuner which another computer would have to do. Downside is that if you are playing the same channel on the main computer and extending there will be a lag. Depending on which one you turn on first the lag varies. I prefer a big lag to reduce negative echo effect from being able to here both TV's at once.
The speed of changing channels issue is most likely a network issue that may reside in the host computer NIC for some setting Flow Control to on has improved speed.