Originally Posted by CDLehner
Well...I'm not going to call this guy a nut, or a shill...or anything like that; but I will offer a much different opinion to daveyd. I have been streaming for about 4 years now, and have streamed to an MediaGate MG-35, PS3, XBMC-modded XBox, A-110, C-200, and now PopBox.
My servers have included an Infrant NAS, HP MSS (MediaSmart Server) running WHS; and 2 of my own build, running unRAID as the OS.
Point is, while I don't call myself an "expert", as everyone only knows what they know, I've been around the block a time or two. I tried going the HTPC route on both a Dell Zino HD, and most recently a Revo 1600...trying to run XBMC on top of it.
I have no bias against XBMC; in fact I love the one I keep
in the Bedroom, for SD viewing, and have said many times it leaves the Pop in the dust as far as its scrapping flexibility, and is really the one to beat IMO.
So...I've been through both, trying to set-up XBMC on a Revo, and working with this Pop; and while you'll not catching me defending this Pop anymore, to say it is harder to set-up than a dedicated HTPC, running XBMC on top of its OS...just seems ludicrous to me.
Also, I'm an IT professional, so it's not like drivers and set-up flummox me; but all you do to set the Pop up is plug it in. Sure, it doesn't work
very well after that, but the problem isn't with set-up.
Daveyd, XBMC is GREAT; Live
on top of Linux, with a 3610 is a GREAT option...if it meets your needs (it does have a few limitations). But I wouldn't expect it to be easier to set-up. Just my two-cents.