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Experience using AMD E-350 type devices as (pseudo) extenders

post #1 of 11
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Hi,

I'd be interested in hearing about people's experiences using some of the Mobile AMD (E-350) type nettops as extenders. I'm currently using some Tivo Premieres but we're moving into a house next month and I'm trying to figure out if there's a solution with decent WAF. I know that Ceton is coming out with a real extender but it sounds like it will be a while since the beta test doesn't start until late July.

Our plan is to use this mostly for watching TV recorded on another HTPC in the basement and occasionally some movies. I'm particularly interested in people's experiences with the following:

1. Navigating menus and whatnot. Are these mobile CPUs fast enough to move quickly through 7MC? I've found the Xbox 360 to not be responsive enough for my tastes.

2. Quality of fast forward/trick play over network/shared drives. The recorded TV will be on a HTPC connected over gigabit Ethernet. Can you fast forward/rewind quickly and responsively?

3. Deinterlacing 1080i content. I've heard that some of the mobile GPUs do poorly with 1080i content.

Thanks in advance for your feedback/advice!
post #2 of 11
You can't actually use Windows 7 as a proper extender. You can stream shared content but you would have to have a duplicated database of metadata for browsing titles etc.
post #3 of 11
What ever happened to SoftSled?
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I understand that you can't actually extend the 7MC interface. I'd be sharing the recorded content.
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Originally Posted by Fyodor View Post

I understand that you can't actually extend the 7MC interface. I'd be sharing the recorded content.

That's what you can't share unless you have an extender.
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I understand that you can't actually extend the 7MC interface. I'd be sharing the recorded content.

If its strictly recorded content and not live tv, and the content is not copy protected this will work.
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Originally Posted by kemist1117 View Post

If its strictly recorded content and not live tv, and the content is not copy protected this will work.

Depends how its flagged.
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What ever happened to SoftSled?

What do you mean what happened? It was never anything more than a twinkle in the AVS forum readers eyes.
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What do you mean what happened? It was never anything more than a twinkle in the AVS forum readers eyes.

Along with the always-just-over-the-horizon-latest-and-greatest-extender-box, the latest incarnation being the Ceton Echo.

It's always going to solve every conceivable problem whenever someday sooner or later maybe it gets released.

One has to wonder whether the entire notion is essentially dead if WMC is in fact going up in smoke.
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Softsled is an xbox, not a PC next to a TV.
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That's what you can't share unless you have an extender.

I should further clarify that my provider only flags premium content, of which I receive none.
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