Originally Posted by gsr
The problem / concern they expressed is that WMC won't be available for Windows 8 EMBEDDED - not even as an addon. Not sure why they can't just go with Windows 7 embedded, but my guess would be that they would prefer to go with the latest version of Windows to maximize the lifecycle of their product as support for and the ability to purchase licenses for Windows 7 embedded will go away at some point.
The Q was tested with Win7 Emb, the Echo was tested with the Q running Win7 Emb, why worry about having the latest windows.... just continue to use Win7 Emb.
as for Echo,
I feel like $10 more and I can play games and DVDs as well as APPs for Netflix, Youtube and soon to be Email/Web Browsing with an Xbox 360. I can get a new 360 for as low as $130 now.
however in a house that doesnt need gaming (ie my parents), i can see 2 Echo's and a Windows 7 MC master PC/Laptop hidden away.
I was gonna build a HTPC for them and myself, but I think I'll just build a regular PC as the Prices of HTPC stuff has gone up. (remotes etc).
Build a PC with a normal Case, and Setup WMC and the USB InfinitV, Ziptie a 120mm Fan to it to cool it some. (as I've heard from a lot of users they get warm).
Hook it all up, stash the PC Case away w/ remote desktop. And put a Ceton Echo on both TVs, that way I dont have to buy remotes or anything for the PC itself, just use it as a Local Tuner/Storage server.
My only problem would be networking, as right now my house is wired up the yazoo with Routers for whatever reason, i think i have 3 of them now.
Modem to Router 1,
Router 1: Slots 1 and 2 goto Gaming PC's) Slot 3 to Xbox360, 4th Slot goes to Router 2,
Router 2: Slot 1 goes to Vonage Box and WiFi for Laptops.Slot 4 goes to Router 3
Router 3: which is older slower one, has 3 Printers hooked to it via Cat5e and shared with all devices on Routers 1 and 2 via port forwarding.
So I’d have to hook the server PC to Router 2 Slot 2 for internet, and have Echos Hooked to Slots 3 and 4. Move Vonage to Router 1, and Move Xbox 360 to my PC's hardware ICS (my PC has Dual LAN)
Then the Xbox 360 wont be able to see the server unless I configure and force a port forward which would cut it off from the gaming PC’s which it also shares media from those.
Im not sure but I think in Windows 7 I can configure everything on the same HomeGroup and the devices (PCs and Xbox360s’) should all see each other despite being behind separate DHCP Servers on the local network.
I’ll have to setup a Laptop to serve media on router 2 and see if I can access it on Router 1 PCs and Xbox360’s.
ok I’ll stop rambling now.Edited by SkateZilla - 10/11/12 at 9:32am