Hi. I've had great advice some time ago on a purchase and want to tap your expertise again in this scenario.
First, apologies that this is rather long. Am hoping that the description below is sufficient so as not to leave everyone guessing on basic things.
We've moved. We prefer to go wired
to each room for security and performance reasons, but as the home is not a brand new build, any rewiring would be expensive or a huge DIY effort (which puts Ethernet wiring very low on the list
It does have cable outlets in every room
we want to distribute media (internet, video, audio) to. Internet
service has been turned on, but it feeds only to one room right now
However, I've seen in the attic that there are several cable wires
(leading to those outlets in various rooms) that are unattached to the incoming cable wire from the street. Will need to know how to hook this up correctly
(e.g. so there is no signal loss issue, especially if we can leverage these for the solution).
Only the office has an ethernet port (not sure how prior owner connected it, but it gets no signal now, obviously).
- TV (is a "smart" TV, with ability to stream via proprietary apps video - Netflix/Hulu/Amazon - , music - Tunein/Pandora/Spotify, Skype, DLNA), with HDMI and USB ports (video, iPod)
- BluRay (along with CD/DVD/BluRay sources, is also "smart" streamer of video/music via apps, DLNA), with HDMI and USB ports (video, iPod)
- ROKU (two units - one each for Family Rm, Master BR, ideally down to one unit for distribution - possible?)
- Sonos (have a "Connect" in Family Rm, and one speaker in Office, can expand as needed)
- OTA Antenna (to be placed in Attic - right now using a MOHU with unsatisfactory results)
- PVR (need to figure out a solution, preferably multiroom capability, co-located with other media equipment in Family Rm)
- NAS Server (recorded music, in Office)
- Computers / Tablets / iPods / Smartphones - misc streams, recordings (music, some video)
- Receiver (also a "smart" streaming device via limited apps, DLNA, local radio via antenna!?) with multiple HDMI ports and USB ports (video, iPod) - right now a 3.1 setup, going to 5.1 - all in Family Rm.
- Router (connected to cable modem in Family Rm - for now, 5x gigabit ports, and wireless-N dual-band, rated 600Mbps - or three times that if receiving device can do multiband) usb ports.
- Priority rooms are Office (leverage maximum available internet speed, and provide gigabit between devices within room), and Family Rm, Master BR (TV, Music)
- Other rooms to cover are Game Rm, one Bed Rm, and eventually outdoor patio.
- Send OTA signal to multiple rooms (ideally, each room can view different channel)
- Record OTA programming (ideally would like to record while also watching another channel AND ideally would like to record more than one program/channel simultaneously)
- Send stream from TV or BluRay to multiple rooms (ideally, each room can view different channel)
- Would ideally like "pause in one room and play in another" capability.
- Simultaneously record more than one program to PVR
- Share single PVR for one stream of recorded programming (ideally would like to feed two streams, each going to different locations)
- Play music from streaming, CD, iPod via usb, and NAS to any room (ideally, playing in simultaneous rooms, and different simultaneous streams) - likely covered by expanding Sonos system, but may be more complicated than that.
- Choices in each room controllable via local remote (ideally, one remote in each room - Logitech? or smart phone (android)? or iPod Touch?)
- Any other considerations?
The solution can leverage the redundancy
of services across devices (e.g. Netflix is available via TV, BluRay player, and ROKU apps). That said, it is not necessarily desirable from a usability
point of view (e.g. DLNA seems either poorly implemented, or the interface to it is).
After some reading it looks like a MoCa based solution is superior
(reliability, performance, setup, troubleshooting) to a powerplug solution. Is this a correct understanding?
Even assuming so, the challenge is in the configuration to bring it all together.
- Can this be done DIY, with off the shelf consumer devices, without breaking the bank on some high end proprietary system?
- Would some strategic service subscriptions replace additional hardware cost (e.g. online PVR) and setup complexity?
- What compromises give the most tradeoff on cost to keep budget within reason?
- What devices are needed?
- Where should they be placed?
Also, lower priority, but have been looking at solutions like OOMA for phone
service, and looking at changing security monitoring
devices / service (from current proprietary system). How might these play into the solution for the above?
Would appreciate input from the folks here who have been down this block.
Also, perhaps for lack of knowledge and not searching correctly, but if there are links in AVSForums (or elsewhere) that address this, would appreciate any links too.