Originally Posted by Leon1972
That is actually one of the things I was wondering about. I will be running my infinitv6 directly to the gigabit switch. Then I will run my media server directly to the gigabit switch as well. My two media extenders will go to the gigabit switch through MoCa adapters. Will I need to run a 1 for 1 MoCa adapter to device connection or one MoCa adapter on the switch side and one for each extender?
With the InfiniTV6 connected directly to your gigabit switch, that should
make for a workable solution. You'll need one MoCa adapter connected to your switch and you'll need an adapter at each extender/computer/device you want connected to your network via MoCa. In your diagram above you would need 3 MoCa adapters in total. One at the switch, one in the bedroom, and one in the living room.
Originally Posted by Leon1972
Also I want to make sure I have this correct. I don't have to use the infinitv wmc media extenders to play protected content? I can use any wmc media extender to accomplish this?
Does the wmc media extender have to be connected to a computer or is it a standalone product like a ATV or a Roku?
You can use any WMC extender you'd like, however the only ones you can get new are the XBox-360 and the Ceton Echo. Support for the Echo seems sketchy at this point and there are a lot of issues with playing stored content (like the content on your media server) so I would recommend an X-Box. It's also the only extender that supports Windows 8. You will need a PC on the network somewhere running Windows Media Center for the Extenders to connect to. It can
be connected to one of your TVs but it doesn't have to be.
Based on your diagram I would recommend the following:
your media server is running Windows 7, I would use that
as your WMC computer. Configure it to use the tuners, and just use extenders at your TV locations.
If your media server doesn't
run Windows 7, then I would use one of your HTPCs as the WMC computer and use an Extender on the other TV(s)
The first option is preferable because ideally you want the computer that is actually using the tuners, to be connected directly to your gigabit switch. Since it is acting as a DVR it could be using all 6 tuners at once. The traffic generated by 6 network tuners wouldn't be a problem for a gigabit network, but I'm not sure if MoCa (or Deca, or powerline or Wifi) could handle it well. In the first option, all of the traffic between the tuner and the WMC PC stays on the gigabit switch. Even if you were recording 6 shows at once, since the Extenders can only watch 1 show at a time, you would only have traffic for 1 or 2 tuners on the MoCa portion of your network (assuming you're using 2 extenders) That shouldn't be a problem for a MoCa network. But if you went with the latter scenario and you were recording 6 shows at once you'd have 6 (not just one or two) tuner's worth of traffic on your MoCa network, which might not work so well.