Yes, it's me again, the abysmally tech-clueless, with a few more exciting questions for the beneficently (I hope!) tech-savvy. Please bear with me, and please forgive me for the cardinal sin of triple posting this, here, and in the "LCD Flat Panel Displays" forum, and in the "Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming" forum. These questions concern the following components in my setup:
Panasonic Viera TV TC-L42E50
AirPort Extreme Base Station (0x168C, 0x9A)
Cisco Digital Cable Box RNG150N, HDMI out to the Denon
Comcast "Blast!" level bandwidth
27" iMac Mid-2011, 2.7 GHz Intel Core i5, 12 GB 1333 MHz DDR3 RAM
My non-Cylon, v.1 brain, very limited capacity, prone to thermal shutdown during data overload, and with an extremely volatile short-term memory.
Point 1. My AirPort Extreme Base Station has only three ethernet outs, one of which goes to my iMac, one of which goes to my Roku 3, and the last of which goes to my Denon Av Receiver.
Point 1, question 1: My Panasonic Viera TC-L42E50 also has an ethernet IN port. Is the content available through the Viera framework (which I've been trying to understand with the "help" of Panasonic customer "support," but as many here can testify, Panasonic support is a very leaky vessel indeed, and the "answers" one gets are generally equal in usefulness to those from a Magic 8 Ball) worth setting up another ethernet router, connected to the AirPort Extreme Base Station, which I use as a very limited 3-out-port ethernet router and a WiFi point for my Kindles (both reader and 8.9" HD Fire) and my old knock-around G4 iBooks?
Point 1, question 2: CAN another ethernet-only hub be connected to one of the ethernet outs of the AirPort Extreme Base Station?
Point 1, question 3: If NOT, I would greatly appreciate anyone's suggestions for an 802.11n wireless N + gigabit ethernet router with more than 3 available ethernet outs -- enough ports to serve the iMac, the Denon, the Roku 3, and the Panasonic Viera TV.
NB: I mostly stream stuff from Amazon Prime through the AirPort Extreme Base Station, and from there by ethernet to the Roku 3, and have VERY few glitches, other than a bit of slow-loading at peak usage times. Once a video loads, it plays without a hitch, and I NEVER pay for the HD version -- the Denon up-converts video that is indistinguishable to my old eyes from the HD shows, HDTV or high-quality DVDs. Blu-Ray is a slight improvement, but not much.
Point 2, question 1: The nearly 160-page pdf Denon AVR-3312CI manual SEEMS to say that I can show photos, and play audio and video that's on my iMac through the Denon, and thus to the Panasonic Viera TV and through my more-or-less 5.1 speaker setup. Is this correct?
Point 2, question 2: If that's NOT correct, can someone tell me how I can get my own content from the iMac to the Denon, please?
I was going to ask about the URC-WR7 Pre-Programmed and Learning Universal Remote and why I can't understand which buttons DON'T turn my Panasonic display to analog snow, but that's more of a metaphysical question. When I asked Denon "customer support" -- even worse than Panasonic's by several orders of magnitude -- why I was seeing snow noise, which is not possible from a digital input, I learned later that evening from my son-in-law, the Denon rep said "Oh, just box up the Denon and FedEx or bring it to our Bridgeport repair facility for service, for which we'll charge you $40-$50 or so, PLUS the return shipping" by FedEx of the nearly 40-pound Denon back to my home. While the prospect of enjoying the Russian roulette of I-95 and the exotic sights and smells -- especially the smells -- of Bridgeport were all deliciously enticing to contemplate, the 120+ mile round trip was not. So I called my son-in-law in Kansas City that night, and he solved the problem in under 20 seconds -- told me I'd hit the wrong input button (the one marked "TV" on the Denon remote), and briskly walked me through the 2 or 3 step process on the Denon's set-up menu to get back to SAT/CBL where I needed to be.
Maybe I'd get more done around here if I hadn't got it up again (and again -- I did the same stupid thing last week, but managed to dither my way back to Denon nominal): I stayed up till 3:00 this morning re-watching the last 6 episodes of "Battlestar Galactica"
Hope someone can help me with my questions.
Thanks in advance!
So-far unindicted co-conspirators:
URC-WR7 Pre-Programmed and Learning Universal Remote
Panasonic Blu-Ray Player DMP-BD75
Panasonic All-Region/All-Code DVD Player DVD-S68
Magnavox DVDR and VCR w/Digital Tuner