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I'm trying to come up with a solution for my given situation & was looking for recommendations.


I have to get a media player for two rooms:

The Living Room

For this one I *do not* need any networking capabilities as such, but *i do* need full blu-ray menus and dts-hd / truehd capabilities. This is where my big screen tv / reciever / speakers and the whole works goes. This is also where I have my USB/eSATA Hard Drive setup (approx. 4tb right now, will grow to 8tb soon). I also have my NetGear Wireless Router setup in this location, which can be connected via Ethernet to the media player.

For this room - I'm thinking about Dune HD Smart D1.

The Bedroom

For this one I *do not* necassarily require dts-hd or true-hd since I don't have a reciever capable of decoding those codecs in the bedroom; but I would like full blu-ray menus; but most importantly, *i do* need Wireless capabilities. This box will be playing videos that are stored on the Hard Drive in the living room. It won't have any local drives connected to it; which is why WiFi is a must for this box.

For this room - I'm thinking about the HDX-BD1. It has WiFi and play full blu-ray menus.


They both cost around the same and fit my budget. I know that Dune has great reviews and is generally very well recommended; however I don't really know much about HDX-BD1 and don't really know how well it's features work. If anyone can recommend something better or has something to add to either of these two players; I'll be really grateful.


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I haven't heard particularly great things about the HDX BD1. If you are going with a Dune in the Living Room I would suggest getting a Dune for your bedroom so you could keep a consistent UI across both rooms.


Also, I don't understand, you would like BR Menus in your bedroom but need wireless, do you expect being able to play BluRay rips over wireless?
 

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I haven't heard particularly great things about the HDX BD1. If you are going with a Dune in the Living Room I would suggest getting a Dune for your bedroom so you could keep a consistent UI across both rooms.

Does make sense; however, it doesn't have Wifi capabilities. The unit in the bedroom will require Wifi cause the HDD is going to be sitting in the living room.

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Also, I don't understand, you would like BR Menus in your bedroom but need wireless, do you expect being able to play BluRay rips over wireless?

Well, sort of. 70% of my videos are MKV's, but 30% are Blu-ray rips. Although judging by your tone, I'm imaging it's not possible to play Blu-ray rips over Wifi. I'll live with it - but I still need Wifi for the MKV's.


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Does make sense; however, it doesn't have Wifi capabilities. The unit in the bedroom will require Wifi cause the HDD is going to be sitting in the living room.



Well, sort of. 70% of my videos are MKV's, but 30% are Blu-ray rips. Although judging by your tone, I'm imaging it's not possible to play Blu-ray rips over Wifi. I'll live with it - but I still need Wifi for the MKV's.


Thanks!!

Well, for any high bitrate content you are going to struggle over wifi (pretty much count on the fact that BluRays and high bitrate mkvs will not work over wi fi). One option with the Dune would be to get a wireless access point. It will add to the total overall cost by another USD 60 but will give you wireless without needing to worry if the device itself is wireless
 

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Well, for any high bitrate content you are going to struggle over wifi (pretty much count on the fact that BluRays and high bitrate mkvs will not work over wi fi). One option with the Dune would be to get a wireless access point. It will add to the total overall cost by another USD 60 but will give you wireless without needing to worry if the device itself is wireless

I like your idea; and $60 is something I can live with too.


I have the NetGear WNDR-3700 Wireless Router (Operating at both 2.4Ghz & 5Ghz simultaneously) in the living room; and my HDD is connected to it allowing NAS functions.


I'm imagining what you mean is putting a router or some device to act as an Access Point in the bedroom, which will access the data wirelessly; and have my Dune in the bedroom connect to it via Ethernet. Correct? Can you recommend a device I would need that will function well as an Access Point in the bedroom?


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I like your idea; and $60 is something I can live with too.


I have the NetGear WNDR-3700 Wireless Router (Operating at both 2.4Ghz & 5Ghz simultaneously) in the living room; and my HDD is connected to it allowing NAS functions.


I'm imagining what you mean is putting a router or some device to act as an Access Point in the bedroom, which will access the data wirelessly; and have my Dune in the bedroom connect to it via Ethernet. Correct? Can you recommend a device I would need that will function well as an Access Point in the bedroom?


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Correct, I have a D Link Access point that works great:

http://www.mediasmartserver.net/2010...-access-point/
 

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Correct, I have a D Link Access point that works great:

http://www.mediasmartserver.net/2010...-access-point/

You know something; I have the D-Link DIR-628 Dual Band Wireless Router lying around in the house; According to it's manual it can be used as a Wireless Access Point. I'm wondering if that router will do the job.


Also have the Linksys WRT54G-TM Wireless Router loaded with DD-WRT lying around as well; but it's single band (2.4Ghz) only.
 

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You know something; I have the D-Link DIR-628 Dual Band Wireless Router lying around in the house; According to it's manual it can be used as a Wireless Access Point. I'm wondering if that router will do the job.


Also have the Linksys WRT54G-TM Wireless Router loaded with DD-WRT lying around as well; but it's single band (2.4Ghz) only.

If you have something lying around the house I would definitely try that first before you buy anything (and go with 5GHz if at all possible)
 

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If you have something lying around the house I would definitely try that first before you buy anything (and go with 5GHz if at all possible)

I'll try my DIR-628 first! I have my main Netgear Router operating at both 5Ghz & 2.4Ghz simultaneously. The DIR-628 will be able to function at 5Ghz so that will be my first choice.


That being the case; I guess I'll just go for 2 Dune HD Smart D1's rather then an HDX-BD1.


Only thing that sucks is the pre-order scenario with Smart D1's without an ETA.
 
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