Advice on Setting up Gigernet , Server and Media player (PS3, Streaming Blueray etc) - AVS Forum
Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
post #1 of 11 Old 01-03-2011, 12:49 PM - Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
ffactoryxx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 299
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 14
So I am ready to embark on a whole networked media room and want to digitalize all my media for streaming including all my DVD's and Blue Rays ( Reg / 3d)

I and need help determining what I need and if i need any additional Equipment to what i currently have and how to set it up including Software

Current Hardware
- Cat6 in walls all heading to a centralized office
- Router in office plugging connecting all Cat 6 cables. ( Need Gigernet Router)
- Old PC with 3GB Ram and AMD Athlon 2.3ghz
- Stand Alone Server with 2 Terabytes Disk Space - 3-4GB Ram - Xenon CPU's
I have access to all MICROSOFT SOFTWARE including the whole 2010 Suite (Win 7, Server 2010 etc)
- PS3
- Xbox 360
- Mitsubishi 65" DLP 3d

So basically I want to network my whole entertainment system to a Central Store where I have all my DVD's and Blue Rays Ripped.

From a Blue Ray Standpoint it looks like .MKV is the best format to rip and wrap to at the moment. Want to have 5.1 or 7.1 included.

Still deciding on DVD format.

1. How should I setup my computers and what software / OS should install on each? Do I only need 1 of the computer?

2. Are the computers powerful enough?

3. If there a way to play all different formatted media especially Blue Ray and 3d Movies? Will play music as well.

4. How do I set my Xbox or PS3 up to this as I only have one cable drop...Switch or Splitter?

5. I saw the PopCorn hour boxes. Do I need one of these? Is there software similar i can run on the PC's that have a cool interface when I switch my TV to the HDMI the Media server will be used on?

6. I need a Gigernet router and see that some people then add on a Switch. Do I need a Gigernet Router and a Gigernet Switch...WHY? Also what is a good one to get?


Any questions or advice you can offer would be greatly appreciated.
ffactoryxx is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 11 Old 01-03-2011, 04:07 PM
Member
 
enubis416's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Huntington Station, New York
Posts: 33
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
I have a similar set up at my house I used one computer with 6 tb of hard drive space as the main streamer (Windows 7 with Windows Media Center) and I stream from there to all other computers and xboxs (3 in the house) . I find it works pretty well.

The computer should be powerfully enough as it is really only passing the information to the other computers/xboxs.

I run a gigabit switch off of my verizon fios supplied router which again works pretty well (D-Links for me).

One thing you do want to make sure is that if you hooking up a gigabit router/switch that your computer has a gigabit connection as well otherwise you will still be only able to pull 10/100 internally.
enubis416 is offline  
post #3 of 11 Old 01-03-2011, 04:59 PM
Senior Member
 
DraZtiK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 277
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 15
What is Gigernet??
DraZtiK is offline  
post #4 of 11 Old 01-03-2011, 09:27 PM - Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
ffactoryxx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 299
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by DraZtiK View Post

What is Gigernet??

I do not know but it sounds sweet...COPYRIGHTED!!!
ffactoryxx is offline  
post #5 of 11 Old 01-03-2011, 09:29 PM - Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
ffactoryxx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 299
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by enubis416 View Post

I have a similar set up at my house I used one computer with 6 tb of hard drive space as the main streamer (Windows 7 with Windows Media Center) and I stream from there to all other computers and xboxs (3 in the house) . I find it works pretty well.

The computer should be powerfully enough as it is really only passing the information to the other computers/xboxs.

I run a gigabit switch off of my verizon fios supplied router which again works pretty well (D-Links for me).

One thing you do want to make sure is that if you hooking up a gigabit router/switch that your computer has a gigabit connection as well otherwise you will still be only able to pull 10/100 internally.

I did not know that. So I will need a Gigabit PCI Card as well? Any recommendations?

Will non Gigabit be fast enough for MKV?

How do you stream MKV Currently?
ffactoryxx is offline  
post #6 of 11 Old 01-04-2011, 08:16 PM
Member
 
enubis416's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Huntington Station, New York
Posts: 33
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by ffactoryxx View Post

I did not know that. So I will need a Gigabit PCI Card as well? Any recommendations?

Will non Gigabit be fast enough for MKV?

How do you stream MKV Currently?

In order to take advantage of the gigabit router the network card in your main computer will need to be gigabit as well (in my case my motherboard came with it built-in) So unforunately I can't really recommend one

Non gigabit should be sufficient to pass mkv however if you like me and multiple people may be watching different things off the server you can run through that bandwidth quickly.

If you google MKV and Windows Media Center their is a codec which I believe is CCCP which will allow you to play the MKV with a little effort
enubis416 is offline  
post #7 of 11 Old 01-04-2011, 08:45 PM
AVS Club Gold
 
mrlittlejeans's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Memphis
Posts: 4,751
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 26 Post(s)
Liked: 201
Quote:
Originally Posted by DraZtiK View Post

What is Gigernet??

Lol. Gigernet is the funniest thing I've seen all day.

Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence

mrlittlejeans is offline  
post #8 of 11 Old 01-05-2011, 04:35 AM
Member
 
theslydog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 143
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Liked: 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by DraZtiK View Post

What is Gigernet??

I dunno and our fearless friend obviously figures no one here knows either as he has asked the same questions on 1/2 the internet home theater forums.

I do know that Matthias Giger runs www.giger.net if that is any help
theslydog is offline  
post #9 of 11 Old 01-05-2011, 08:36 AM - Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
ffactoryxx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 299
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 14


+



=

GIGERNET
ffactoryxx is offline  
post #10 of 11 Old 01-25-2011, 06:16 PM - Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
ffactoryxx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 299
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 14
Ttt
ffactoryxx is offline  
post #11 of 11 Old 01-25-2011, 09:04 PM
AVS Special Member
 
Anthony A.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Canada EH?
Posts: 2,542
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Liked: 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by ffactoryxx View Post

I do not know but it sounds sweet...COPYRIGHTED!!!

no, no, copywright

Anthony A. is offline  
Reply Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off