I'm a little torn on what to get and was looking for some assistance. Currently, I am streaming media through my origna XBOX via xbmc. My current setup is:
Linksys 160N router
Access point: D-Link 802.11g
The media files are currently located on my computer or NDAS and am running into issues with the stream either dropping off completely or choppy video/audio. In addition, connection issues.
Unfortunately, I cannot wire Cat5 cable to my living room due to where the box is. As a result, I tried buying the SlinkLink Powerline Network equipment yesterday and the network connection I was getting with that was worse than my wireless connection. At least it was less reliable. I had also purchased an Asus O!Play media player in case it was an xbox issue.
I am further researching and I think that I'm going to have to go with a unit that had a HDD right inside it. I don't think that I will run into issues going this way. However, I would rather have it so that I can send the files to it wirelessly. (I guess I could put my DSL modem/router in the living room and then use the access point as a repeater to get the signal to the other parts of the house).
I was thinking of the following units and would like some assistance:
1. Popcorn Hour C-200
2. Mvix 780HD
3. QNAP NMP-1000 ** a little pricy though
4. SISO Markus-800HD
Can people please give me the pros/cons of the above units. I'm not truly concerned with the Hidef ability of it but the Popcorn has a nice feature of the BlueRay player option. That said, I don't really care if I have HD. If it isn't choppy playback I would probably use any upconversion available though.
Please help, I'm overwhelmed.
Favourites? Pros? Cons? Issues for me to consider?
PS - Whatever setup I get, my father would like me to set him up with as well. He is NOT "techy" at all so once I get it setup, I need something reliable for him and EASY to use.
Budget is about $300 to $400 but would like less if I can get something to serve my needs.