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Forum: Home Theater Computers   11-23-2014, 11:53 AM
Replies: 20
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Posted By captain_video
Well, unless you ripped an Italian movie and...

Well, unless you ripped an Italian movie and you're visiting Italy then that might be a problem, assuming you manage to advertise that you did it to someone who cares. :rolleyes:

The point being...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   11-23-2014, 09:03 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 466
Posted By captain_video
Reliable for some, but not everyone. I had...

Reliable for some, but not everyone. I had nothing but problems with every extender I ever owned, especially the Echo. I always had network issues that would cause them to freeze and give me a...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   11-23-2014, 08:55 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 400
Posted By captain_video
Ripping a DVD or Blu-Ray disc that you own is...

Ripping a DVD or Blu-Ray disc that you own is technically illegal, but the law is completely unenforceable. There is no way anyone would ever know that you ripped it, or even care for that matter,...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   11-22-2014, 11:25 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 466
Posted By captain_video
It works with any WMC remote. I use a Harmony...

It works with any WMC remote. I use a Harmony One configured as a WMC remote and it works fine. I don't use Netflix so I don't have the app installed. XBMC is for movie playback only.

When I...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   11-22-2014, 09:22 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 466
Posted By captain_video
XBMC can be launched from the WMC main menu using...

XBMC can be launched from the WMC main menu using the XBMC integration app. I used MediaBrowser many years ago, but I haven't tried it lately. I was looking for a solution that allowed me to stream...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   11-22-2014, 09:22 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 466
Posted By captain_video
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Forum: Home Theater Computers   11-22-2014, 06:49 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 466
Posted By captain_video
I have three Intel NUCs running Windows 7 with a...

I have three Intel NUCs running Windows 7 with a HDHomeRun Prime and a HDHR Dual for live TV on the NUCs. I have a primary HTPC with an InfiniTV6 and three Hauppauge 2250's for all of my recording...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   11-21-2014, 06:56 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 886
Posted By captain_video
I see several things in your wish list that don't...

I see several things in your wish list that don't seem likely, if even possible. Mini-ITX boards on come with a single PCIe slot and aren't likely to be able to accommodate a dual slot GPU. Most...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   11-21-2014, 07:25 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 2,338
Posted By captain_video
Only if you really care what other people do with...

Only if you really care what other people do with their HTPCs. ;) I don't think I really need a poll to get a sense of what purposes HTPCs are used for here. Everyone has their own ideas of what...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   11-20-2014, 02:31 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 2,338
Posted By captain_video
No, not necessarily. The point being that...

No, not necessarily. The point being that they're PCs that are primarily used for playing and recording media, but they can also be used for other tasks. However, I'd venture to say that the vast...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   11-20-2014, 11:15 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 2,338
Posted By captain_video
Laptops can certainly be used as a HTPC, but it's...

Laptops can certainly be used as a HTPC, but it's a poor substitute for a standalone dedicated HTPC. A laptop is ergonomically designed for use on your lap or a desktop and not sitting on a shelf or...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   11-18-2014, 02:17 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 2,338
Posted By captain_video
Laptops take the HT out of HTPCs. They are...

Laptops take the HT out of HTPCs. They are completely counterintuitive to what we're all about here. They are portable media playback devices at best and will never replace a dedicated PC in a home...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   11-17-2014, 01:59 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 2,338
Posted By captain_video
HTPCs are dedicated machines used for playing...

HTPCs are dedicated machines used for playing media in a home theater system. Laptops are for doing your homework assignments or for other portable uses. Two different devices with two completely...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   11-17-2014, 01:08 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 453
Posted By captain_video
This. I've got a 24-drive unRAID server with...

This. I've got a 24-drive unRAID server with Seagates, WDs, and Samsungs. I also picked up a couple of Toshibas but I don't think any of them are currently installed. I've had more WD Green drives...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   11-15-2014, 05:57 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 560
Posted By captain_video
Most of today's software RAID solutions have at...

Most of today's software RAID solutions have at least one parity drive so your data is protected to a certain extent, but usually only if just one drive dies in the parity configuration. Still, it...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   11-01-2014, 04:11 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,588
Posted By captain_video
100% on every TV in my house. Three TVs in...

100% on every TV in my house. Three TVs in various rooms are all connected to HTPCs and have access to all of the movies and videos stored on my server. The real Home Theater system is driven by my...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-31-2014, 09:38 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,188
Posted By captain_video
It looks far more complicated than it really is. ...

It looks far more complicated than it really is. There are a lot of good tutorials for setting it up on their website and forum. Even though it's got a plethora of features I just have a basic...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-30-2014, 08:15 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,188
Posted By captain_video
I also use pfSense installed on a PC I threw...

I also use pfSense installed on a PC I threw together from spare parts. You can run it on a number of platforms. Here's the link to the pfSense website:

https://www.pfsense.org/

I'm no...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   10-27-2014, 07:25 PM
Replies: 13,894
Views: 1,568,876
Posted By captain_video
I agree with everything you're saying and I'm...

I agree with everything you're saying and I'm trying to work the antenna issue. However, each of the tuners is a dual tuner model and has an internal splitter. The original signal would get split 8...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   10-27-2014, 03:41 PM
Replies: 13,894
Views: 1,568,876
Posted By captain_video
The antennas are on separate masts about four...

The antennas are on separate masts about four feet apart. The distribution amp is a ChannelPlus DA-506BID with six outputs. I'm going to replace it with a 4-output amp from Antennas Direct that I...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   10-27-2014, 07:24 AM
Replies: 13,894
Views: 1,568,876
Posted By captain_video
I'm currently using an Antennas Direct...

I'm currently using an Antennas Direct Clearstream 2 antenna aimed at Baltimore (approx. 46 degrees from my location) and a Clearstream 4 antenna aimed at Washington (approx. 218 degrees). Both are...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-25-2014, 06:59 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 752
Posted By captain_video
For HTPC purposes, this really isn't much of a...

For HTPC purposes, this really isn't much of a limitation. If you start adding SATA controllers then you should probably consider building a separate server. The only card in my system that...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-24-2014, 07:21 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 474
Posted By captain_video
I like the idea of locking cables in theory, but...

I like the idea of locking cables in theory, but in practice they're not a good choice if you need to disconnect them in tight places. I almost destroyed the connectors on a SATA backplane in my...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-23-2014, 12:26 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 782
Posted By captain_video
Uh, no you don't. FIOS cablecard setup can be...

Uh, no you don't. FIOS cablecard setup can be done without having to contact Verizon. There should have been instructions included with the cablecard when you got it for setting it up online.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-21-2014, 12:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 319
Posted By captain_video
You can disable them by default in XBMC. I don't...

You can disable them by default in XBMC. I don't recall if you have that option in VLC.
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