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Forum: Portable A/V   03-15-2017, 08:30 AM
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Posted By smitbret
This may be what you are looking for. ...

This may be what you are looking for.
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Forum: Portable A/V   03-13-2017, 04:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 66
Posted By smitbret
You won't like it, but DanPackMan's answer is...

You won't like it, but DanPackMan's answer is probably the best one you'll get. Otherwise you'll probably be looking at devices like this:
http://hifiman.com/products/detail/269
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   03-11-2017, 11:55 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 252
Posted By smitbret
Short answer..... Yes. Long Answer.... Yes...

Short answer..... Yes.

Long Answer.... Yes do it as soon as possible because the experience will probably be much, much better.
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   03-11-2017, 11:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 167
Posted By smitbret
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N...

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833704177&cm_re=ARCHER_C7-_-33-704-177-_-Product

This router is the best value for about 80% of households out there. I had one for 3 years...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   03-10-2017, 06:00 PM
Replies: 733
Views: 39,939
Posted By smitbret
I wouldn't call it an issue so much as I just see...

I wouldn't call it an issue so much as I just see both MAC addresses in my list of Media Devices on the Media Server. The active one, wired, has an IP address and the WiFi just shows as 0.0.0.0. I...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   03-09-2017, 10:51 AM
Replies: 733
Views: 39,939
Posted By smitbret
I noticed that too when I set up my DLNA server. ...

I noticed that too when I set up my DLNA server. The box is broadcasting 2 MAC addresses. I was guessing that one is from the WiFi adapter and the other is from the ethernet port. Since there is...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   02-22-2017, 09:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 118
Posted By smitbret
I really don't see anything in your list that...

I really don't see anything in your list that suggests a need to upgrade the CPU. None of the tasks you listed are particularly hard on a CPU and I doubt you'd see any benefit in upgrading. You...
Forum: Video Download Services & Hardware   02-13-2017, 08:43 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 634
Posted By smitbret
DirecTV Now was my first foray into Live TV...

DirecTV Now was my first foray into Live TV streaming. Paid for a month upfront to get the free FireTV Stick since I needed it to round out my locations at home when I finally dumped Dish Network. ...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   01-09-2017, 04:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 179
Posted By smitbret
For once, marketing may be a little conservative....

For once, marketing may be a little conservative. My in-laws have a Gen 1 and it is Night and Day compared to my Gen 2 sticks. I literally can't tell the difference between my box and sticks when...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   01-09-2017, 10:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 179
Posted By smitbret
Are your sticks Gen 1 or Gen 2? From what I...

Are your sticks Gen 1 or Gen 2? From what I understand there is a big difference in performance between the two. I have never used Gen 1 and purposefully avoided it. The only time that I have felt...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   01-09-2017, 10:17 AM
Replies: 860
Views: 181,426
Posted By smitbret
That's true. I only flash to alt firmware if...

That's true. I only flash to alt firmware if there is a specific reason or feature that I am after. I am comfortable with it and have never bricked one yet, but I remember the first time I tried I...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   01-09-2017, 09:48 AM
Replies: 860
Views: 181,426
Posted By smitbret
I agree. Advanced Tomato has been on mine for a...

I agree. Advanced Tomato has been on mine for a year now and it is rock solid. I think I may go back to Asus-WRT, though just because it lets you set the router as the Master Browser by default on...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   01-09-2017, 09:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 179
Posted By smitbret
Mezzmo does the same thing as Plex and will...

Mezzmo does the same thing as Plex and will transcode on the fly for OP.

A lot will depend on whether or not you want internet services (NetFlix, Hulu, Amazon, etc.) and have specific requirements...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   12-31-2016, 12:45 PM
Replies: 416
Views: 14,676
Posted By smitbret
Not sure how I would know that but it Stuttered...

Not sure how I would know that but it Stuttered again tonight.
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   12-30-2016, 04:07 PM
Replies: 416
Views: 14,676
Posted By smitbret
..... and wouldn't you know that the same day...

..... and wouldn't you know that the same day that I claimed to never have a problem.........!!!

Watching King of Queens in bed on the FireTV Stick last night (Wireless AC) and it kept stuttering....
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   12-29-2016, 08:39 AM
Replies: 416
Views: 14,676
Posted By smitbret
I have been running DirecTVNow for about 2 weeks...

I have been running DirecTVNow for about 2 weeks on a FireTV and FireTV Stick, both 2nd Gen and both over wireless. I haven't had a single blip or buffering (after the initial 5 seconds) at any...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   12-24-2016, 09:12 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 60
Posted By smitbret
Streaming Stick/Box for TVs without HDMI......?

Cutting the cord this New Year and replacing my 4 Dish Network boxes with Streaming Devices. I have 4 TVs but 1 is an old tube style with just Component connections and a second, older TV has...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   12-12-2016, 10:22 AM
Replies: 1,859
Views: 169,326
Posted By smitbret
My FireTV has no trouble with multi-gig files but...

My FireTV has no trouble with multi-gig files but that all depends on your particular setup and the codecs/containers of your files. I also use Mezzmo to stream my library to my TVs so if there are...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   12-03-2016, 03:30 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 367
Posted By smitbret
I think you should be able to set Kodi to...

I think you should be able to set Kodi to passthrough and leave the audio to the AVR to be decoded.
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   11-18-2016, 01:06 PM
Replies: 10,768
Views: 539,899
Posted By smitbret
I reupped last April and it is run pretty much...

I reupped last April and it is run pretty much exactly the same as the old SlySoft. Periodic updates and no issues have come up, yet.
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   10-31-2016, 03:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 155
Posted By smitbret
So, you played back the video on the Serviio PC...

So, you played back the video on the Serviio PC using VLC and it got stuttery? If that's the case, then the problem isn't your CPU or your network.

The video card will take care of the video...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   10-31-2016, 02:03 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 155
Posted By smitbret
I am not convinced that your CPU is up to the...

I am not convinced that your CPU is up to the task of transcoding, especially if it is HD video cam footage. First thing I would do is open up the Task Manager/Performance Tab on the Serviio PC,...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-23-2016, 05:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 449
Posted By smitbret
I have done literally thousands of re encodes...

I have done literally thousands of re encodes with Handbrake over the last several years and every time it has messed something up I could trace it back to something I did wrong. Once I understood...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   09-21-2016, 02:15 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 57
Posted By smitbret
Hope it's not too late, but no unless there is a...

Hope it's not too late, but no unless there is a specific reason for the C8/C9 it is not worth the $100. The SB + Archer C7 will be great for about 95% of households. I had the C7 as my main router...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   09-08-2016, 08:30 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 385
Posted By smitbret
I have used these 3 for the last 3 or 4 years and...

I have used these 3 for the last 3 or 4 years and all have performed very well
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