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Looking for a video streamer for my bedroom, need your advice.

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
Hi guys,
I'm looking for a video streamer for my bedroom TV, it need to follow this requirements:
1. Plug&Play - I don't want to mess with a lot of setup, or any complex configuration. Push and play after one time configuration.
2. Component output - My bedroom TV doesn't have a HDMI input (an old Bravia LCD).
3. WiFi - Most of the content is stored on my NAS and since I don't have a LAN in my bedroom I prefer build in WiFi.
4. Most of the usage will be for streaming 720P shows in MKV however,support 1080P would be nice. (No 3D, I guess its obvious)
5. Price tag - my budget is around $135, and I don't mind if it's new or second hand.

If any additional info is needed I'll be glad to provide it.
post #2 of 6
WDTV Live Hub if you can get it in your part of the world, however it doesn't have internal WiFi but it does support some USB WiFi dongles(here's a list), a better idea might be to buy an ethernet to WiFi bridge which does not require any support and can be re-used on any other device.

If your willing to drop component support the WDTV Live has composite output and internal WiFi.
post #3 of 6
You better have a super duper wifi connection. Good luck streaming 720 / 1080p high bitrate content. Specially with WD media players. You're better off using an external hard drive or using power line Ethernet.
post #4 of 6
Thread Starter 
ALX thanks for the advice, I'll look for it although I'll be glad to hear more suggestions.

Gusgus, currently I don't have any issue to stream 22 Mbps avg bit-rate through my network to my laptop, why should I have any issue to do so with a streamer?
post #5 of 6
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Originally Posted by slavazh View Post

ALX thanks for the advice, I'll look for it although I'll be glad to hear more suggestions.

Gusgus, currently I don't have any issue to stream 22 Mbps avg bit-rate through my network to my laptop, why should I have any issue to do so with a streamer?

Your laptop and streamer are two different devices. Your laptop has a fast CPU, streamers has old and slow CPU. All of my BD movies are high bitrate 1:1 main movie rips, and wireless does it work even with my Win 7 PC or Laptop. Can you put a MediaInfo report of the movies your are streaming wireless?
post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 
This one for example:
Code:
General
Unique ID                                : 235193660464556120321255110383907236133 (0xB0F0A6BE574C56CFB58C6A354EB1E925)
Complete name                            
Format                                   : Matroska
Format version                           : Version 2
File size                                : 15.2 GiB
Duration                                 : 1h 38mn
Overall bit rate                         : 22.0 Mbps
Movie name                               
Encoded date                             : UTC 2013-07-09 13:56:04
Writing application                      : mkvmerge v3.4.0 ('Rapunzel') built on May 15 2010 09:38:20
Writing library                          : libebml v0.8.0 + libmatroska v0.9.0

Video
ID                                       : 1
Format                                   : AVC
Format/Info                              : Advanced Video Codec
Format profile                           : High@L4.1
Format settings, CABAC                   : Yes
Format settings, ReFrames                : 5 frames
Codec ID                                 : V_MPEG4/ISO/AVC
Duration                                 : 1h 38mn
Bit rate                                 : 18.9 Mbps
Width                                    : 1 920 pixels
Height                                   : 800 pixels
Display aspect ratio                     : 2.40:1
Frame rate mode                          : Constant
Frame rate                               : 23.976 fps
Color space                              : YUV
Chroma subsampling                       : 4:2:0
Bit depth                                : 8 bits
Scan type                                : Progressive
Bits/(Pixel*Frame)                       : 0.513
Stream size                              : 13.0 GiB (86%)
Title                                    
Writing library                          : x264 core 130 r2273 b3065e6
Encoding settings                        : cabac=1 / ref=5 / deblock=1:-3:-3 / analyse=0x3:0x113 / me=tesa / subme=10 / psy=1 / psy_rd=1.10:0.00 / mixed_ref=1 / me_range=16 / chroma_me=1 / trellis=2 / 8x8dct=1 / cqm=0 / deadzone=21,11 / fast_pskip=0 / chroma_qp_offset=-2 / threads=12 / lookahead_threads=2 / sliced_threads=0 / nr=0 / decimate=0 / interlaced=0 / bluray_compat=0 / constrained_intra=0 / bframes=8 / b_pyramid=2 / b_adapt=2 / b_bias=0 / direct=3 / weightb=1 / open_gop=0 / weightp=2 / keyint=250 / keyint_min=23 / scenecut=40 / intra_refresh=0 / rc=crf / mbtree=0 / crf=16.4 / qcomp=0.70 / qpmin=0 / qpmax=69 / qpstep=4 / ip_ratio=1.30 / pb_ratio=1.20 / aq=1:0.75 / zones=136141,141890,crf=30
Language                                 : English
Default                                  : Yes
Forced                                   : No

Audio #1
ID                                       : 2
Format                                   : DTS
Format/Info                              : Digital Theater Systems
Mode                                     : 16
Format settings, Endianness              : Big
Codec ID                                 : A_DTS
Duration                                 : 1h 38mn
Bit rate mode                            : Constant
Bit rate                                 : 768 Kbps
Channel(s)                               : 6 channels
Channel positions                        : Front: L C R, Side: L R, LFE
Sampling rate                            : 48.0 KHz
Bit depth                                : 24 bits
Compression mode                         : Lossy
Stream size                              : 543 MiB (3%)
Title                                    : DTS 5.1 @ 768 kbps - MVO, Blu-ray EUR
Language                                 : Russian
Default                                  : Yes
Forced                                   : No

But again this one is a movie, I'll will use the streamer more for that kind of files:
Code:
General
Unique ID                                : 195376883102988138770641647749606456621 (0x92FC380DD27702D3B89F487A9340BD2D)
Complete name                            
Format                                   : Matroska
Format version                           : Version 2
File size                                : 2.44 GiB
Duration                                 : 57mn 31s
Overall bit rate                         : 6 071 Kbps
Encoded date                             : UTC 2012-07-02 02:05:34
Writing application                      : mkvmerge v5.5.0 ('Healer') built on Apr  6 2012 21:43:24
Writing library                          : libebml v1.2.3 + libmatroska v1.3.0

Video
ID                                       : 2
Format                                   : AVC
Format/Info                              : Advanced Video Codec
Format profile                           : High@L4.1
Format settings, CABAC                   : Yes
Format settings, ReFrames                : 5 frames
Codec ID                                 : V_MPEG4/ISO/AVC
Duration                                 : 57mn 31s
Bit rate                                 : 5 566 Kbps
Width                                    : 1 280 pixels
Height                                   : 714 pixels
Display aspect ratio                     : 16:9
Frame rate mode                          : Constant
Frame rate                               : 23.976 fps
Color space                              : YUV
Chroma subsampling                       : 4:2:0
Bit depth                                : 8 bits
Scan type                                : Progressive
Bits/(Pixel*Frame)                       : 0.254
Stream size                              : 2.24 GiB (92%)
Writing library                          : x264 core 125 r2200 999b753
Encoding settings                        : cabac=1 / ref=5 / deblock=1:0:0 / analyse=0x3:0x113 / me=umh / subme=8 / psy=1 / psy_rd=1.00:0.00 / mixed_ref=1 / me_range=16 / chroma_me=1 / trellis=1 / 8x8dct=1 / cqm=0 / deadzone=21,11 / fast_pskip=1 / chroma_qp_offset=-2 / threads=18 / lookahead_threads=3 / sliced_threads=0 / nr=0 / decimate=1 / interlaced=0 / bluray_compat=0 / constrained_intra=0 / bframes=3 / b_pyramid=2 / b_adapt=2 / b_bias=0 / direct=3 / weightb=1 / open_gop=0 / weightp=2 / keyint=250 / keyint_min=23 / scenecut=40 / intra_refresh=0 / rc_lookahead=50 / rc=crf / mbtree=1 / crf=18.0 / qcomp=0.60 / qpmin=0 / qpmax=69 / qpstep=4 / ip_ratio=1.40 / aq=1:1.00
Language                                 : English
Default                                  : Yes
Forced                                   : No

Audio
ID                                       : 1
Format                                   : AC-3
Format/Info                              : Audio Coding 3
Mode extension                           : CM (complete main)
Format settings, Endianness              : Big
Codec ID                                 : A_AC3
Duration                                 : 57mn 31s
Bit rate mode                            : Constant
Bit rate                                 : 384 Kbps
Channel(s)                               : 2 channels
Channel positions                        : Front: L R
Sampling rate                            : 48.0 KHz
Bit depth                                : 16 bits
Compression mode                         : Lossy
Stream size                              : 158 MiB (6%)
Default                                  : Yes
Forced                                   : No
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