Originally Posted by qwerty11
Ok cool. Thanks for the info.
Starting to put some pieces together with this info.
So like I said, I have a Dell Desktop which is just sitting. This can be my dedicated HTPC.
I have learned I either run wire or us 500gbs network over powerline.
I will want to view the TV channels on my iMac and pull recordings from the HTPC. Like I said, the iMac also has Windows 8 installed on it. What will be the best way to do this?
What is the best way for me to access the HTPC and change channels from the TV in the other room. This would need to be user friendly as the misses will be using it as well.
Is HDHomeRun Prime the best tuner for this application?
It doesn't totally matter which HDHomerun you use. The Prime is a better choice is you're keeping cable and want access to encrypted channels or you need more than two tuners.. The HDHR3CC has three tuners.
To share, I would set up your homegroup in windows 8. Then just tell which libraries to share. In Media Center, do the same.
I'm not clear about your channel question. Basically, each machine will act as it's own cable box. Your recordings can just be located in a central location or share throughout the house if you set up your libraries as such.
And despite what was said above, you can stream 1080i video over WiFi. I do it. It's really sensitive to radio interference. I do all my PVR on a machine that is wired so I don't have to worry about the radio interference. It should be noted, the 1080i streams do use a lot of bandwidth. Thus, if you're wanting to stream multiple channels at once, you're going to want to be on the gigabit LAN setup, which will give you some extra headroom. I have recorded and watched two shows that were 1080i at the same without issue. One machine was doing the PVR and was the live feed. I think you would need a more powerful machine if you were using media extenders such as an Xbox 360 to watch live feeds; I think the live feed is fed to a PC with media center first, so that machine may need the power to feed live TV and PVR a show/move at the same time.