Originally Posted by GE01
Thanks blueiedgod. That's what I was expecting (but of course, not hoping) to hear. I'll have to add extenders to 2 remote TVs. I assume a direct HDMI connection to one TV won't require an extender. It will treat that TV as a monitor.
My boys are ecstatic to move off wireless.
Yes, 1 TV directly connected to HTPC, and 2 more over the network using extenders.
You can boost your wireless coverage by connecting additional wi-fi routers with DHCP disabled via LAN-to-LAN over your wired network. IF you set them all up with the same SSID and Passkey, and just change the radio signal to non-overlapping channels, you will get 100% wi-fi coverage in the house. Devices will hop from one router to another, as you move through the house. I am using a $15 Belkin with DD-WRT as main router, and 3x $8 Verizon's Westell routers as access points/bridges.
Originally Posted by ToddD
At the moment I would ONLY go with Xbox 360's as extenders.
1: Only extenders that will work with Windows 8
2. Other than Echo, only extender still in production.
3. is classed as a type 3 extender (the best type) Only one to be a type 3
4. Lots of them around- can find them a great $$. Look for some with broken DVD drives. If quiet is important the newer the Xbox the better.
As much as I want to agree with you on XBOX 360, the points are only relevant if one were to use Windows 8. XBOX can draw anywhere form 155 to 203 watts if not more. Dedicated extenders only draw 10-20 watts. almost a 10 fold difference in power consumption.
XBOX does boot much quicker than stand alone extenders, but extenders can remain powered even after TV is off. Running 360 24/7 at 200 watts can be an expensive venture.
Originally Posted by ajkrishock
I never liked extenders. They do live TV, but limited support for some movie formats, and, as others have pointed out, not exactly well built. I have FIOS and a Ceton InfiniTV card installed on a Windows Home Server. The four tuners on the Ceton card are attached to two different HTPC's via network bridge (2 tuners each). I can watch live TV from each of my HTPC's. They record locally and archive recordings to the server overnight. I can watch recorded TV shows on anything with a screen. Since you're running cat 6 everywhere, this arrangement would work very well for you.
I disagree with others here on 30 Gb not being enough for windows 7. I have 40 Gb SSD's installed on my HTPC's, and I've never used more than 18 Gb on them. I could probably trim them back to 15 Gb if I decided to. RAID 0 with any two drives strikes me as dangerous on a HTPC. You're doubling your speed and doubling the likelihood of a drive failure. You're living fast and loose on a machine that you'd like to be stable.
This will only work until FiOS starts enforcing copyright restrictions, which they stated they will. Copyrighted content can only be played back on the machine it was recorded on. Also, with your set up,you are dealing with 2 recording schedules, whereas with extenders, there is single unified recording schedule. You don't have to question whether a program will be recorded or not, you can see all of your future (schedule) and past recordings (already recorded content) on any TV.