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Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   07-29-2014, 09:05 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 271
Posted By smitbret
That's tough. The Chromebox would be better as...

That's tough. The Chromebox would be better as would an NUC since both have x86 CPUs that can software decode. But if they lack the connections.....

I don't know about the availability of the...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   07-29-2014, 08:52 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 526
Posted By smitbret
Yeah, local streaming is going to be a niche...

Yeah, local streaming is going to be a niche market forever. Most people will just Hulu, NetFlix or Amazon Prime what they want to watch.
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   07-29-2014, 05:59 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 271
Posted By smitbret
I echo everything that Alx330 is saying. ...

I echo everything that Alx330 is saying.

The Xbox will work, but I would only use it as the occasional streaming box and only with good Server software like Mezzmo, Serviio, etc. They will...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   07-29-2014, 05:49 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 526
Posted By smitbret
I think the market for the local media streamer...

I think the market for the local media streamer is on its last legs.

With the advent of cheap boxes like the NUC, Brix and Chromebox there's just not a lot of room for them.

Streaming boxes...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   07-27-2014, 12:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 147
Posted By smitbret
I think that is the best option you could choose...

I think that is the best option you could choose regardless of budget.
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   07-27-2014, 09:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 147
Posted By smitbret
You got lucky and next time it probably won't be...

You got lucky and next time it probably won't be so good. You need a backup system and RAID isn't backup. It's better than nothing, but it's not backup.

That being said, if you are using...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   07-25-2014, 09:15 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 419
Posted By smitbret
Probably more of a statement of the quality of...

Probably more of a statement of the quality of the electrical wiring in your home more than anything.
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   07-24-2014, 11:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 518
Posted By smitbret
I agree with Kelson's final statement. If you...

I agree with Kelson's final statement. If you have ever built a PC and installed Windows to it, then you may want to consider building your own server. UnRAID was created just for this and can often...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   07-19-2014, 11:57 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 199
Posted By smitbret
Metal duct work cuts my 5GHz about in half

Metal duct work cuts my 5GHz about in half
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   07-18-2014, 11:58 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 253
Posted By smitbret
If you are looking for a cheap bridge, just grab...

If you are looking for a cheap bridge, just grab a refurbished NetGear WNDR3400 from NewEgg. They usually run betweem $20-$25 and can be flashed to DD-WRT for use as a bridge.
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   07-15-2014, 03:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 107
Posted By smitbret
In general, unless the streams are uncompliant,...

In general, unless the streams are uncompliant, you can just change ".m4v" to ".mp4" in the file extension and be done with it. .m4v is really just an .mp4 in an Apple approved container with Apple...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   07-15-2014, 12:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 240
Posted By smitbret
Wow, I didn't know it was back. There was awhile...

Wow, I didn't know it was back. There was awhile where it wasn't easily available on the internet. I had saved a copy a few years back so I had never needed to re download it.
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   07-14-2014, 02:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 240
Posted By smitbret
Must be a typo because streaming is exactly what...

Must be a typo because streaming is exactly what you are requesting. You can do it a couple of different ways.

1 - Use your PS3 as a DLNA Streaming Box. You can rip the DVDs using DVDFab, but...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   07-12-2014, 03:40 PM
Replies: 6,227
Views: 321,427
Posted By smitbret
It's there, right below the Destination field,...

It's there, right below the Destination field, v0.9.9.5530.
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   07-12-2014, 06:34 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 643
Posted By smitbret
If someone is planning on using a RaspPi as an...

If someone is planning on using a RaspPi as an XBMC front end, then I highly doubt that following a script on how to install OpenELEC on a Chromebox is going to be an issue.

However, you are...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   07-11-2014, 07:39 PM
Replies: 6,227
Views: 321,427
Posted By smitbret
How big are the .mp4 files when you are done? If...

How big are the .mp4 files when you are done? If they are lager than 4GB, then you'll have to enable large file support or they won't playback on anything.
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   07-11-2014, 06:02 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 643
Posted By smitbret
If you are going to drop the $140 on this, you...

If you are going to drop the $140 on this, you might as well go $150 and get an Asus Chromebox. XBMC sails on it.
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   07-10-2014, 11:34 AM
Replies: 6,227
Views: 321,427
Posted By smitbret
Set a template in Handbrake and it takes less...

Set a template in Handbrake and it takes less than a minute. I like to queue up a lot of projects and let them run over the course of a week or so if possible.
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   07-10-2014, 11:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,094
Posted By smitbret
I agree, I would never try to stream BR Rips over...

I agree, I would never try to stream BR Rips over wireless N. I've never been able to have good, stable playback that let me FF/Rew, etc. with any kind of quality even when running 20/40MHz from my...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   07-10-2014, 11:30 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 643
Posted By smitbret
Agreed with OpenELEC/XBMC. I overclock mine to...

Agreed with OpenELEC/XBMC. I overclock mine to 1050MHz but I cut a hole in the top of my case and attached an old 40mm case fan that I swiped from an old HDD External Enclosure. I power it from the...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   07-08-2014, 07:15 AM
Replies: 6,227
Views: 321,427
Posted By smitbret
That's based on my settings. I can easily set it...

That's based on my settings. I can easily set it up to re encode in faster than real time, but I choose to be more aggressive with my settings. I don't rip hundreds of BRs so if I do 1 every week or...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   07-08-2014, 05:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,094
Posted By smitbret
To keep it simple, you'll want to get the best...

To keep it simple, you'll want to get the best router which means you'll probably want:

NetGear R7000
or
Asus RT AC66U
or
Asus RT AC68U

Either way, your gonna be into the router about...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   07-08-2014, 05:37 AM
Replies: 6,227
Views: 321,427
Posted By smitbret
I watch most of my stuff on a 50" plasma from...

I watch most of my stuff on a 50" plasma from about 8-10 feet away. I actually squeezed my Man of Steel BR down to a hair below 9GB and it looks fine to me. A lot of it is going to be dependent on...
Forum: HDTV Programming   07-07-2014, 11:23 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 893
Posted By smitbret
I work for DirecTV's Advanced Troubleshooting...

I work for DirecTV's Advanced Troubleshooting department and would be happy answer any specific questions that you might have. Also, be aware that the further south you live, the better your signal...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   07-07-2014, 10:59 AM
Replies: 6,227
Views: 321,427
Posted By smitbret
Yep, everything I do gets ME-UMH and most get the...

Yep, everything I do gets ME-UMH and most get the sub-ME 10.

But, you are 100% correct. I just used sizes to give relative examples.

As far as transcoding on the fly, you'd need something...
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