I am currently having a home built and the Home theater guys are suppose to do the wiring instillation here in the next few weeks. I am trying to plan ahead and have an idea about what I want to do, but am not really sure how to get there...
What specifically should I have done to this home, (ie pre-wire) so that I can take advantage of everything LMCE has to offer? Initially, I may not be able to have everything I want up and running on day one (too much money all at once), but Id like to plan ahead properly and atleast have the most advanced wiring done now, while the walls are still uncovered, and put all the components in later.
I am planning on building myself or having someone else more knowledgeable build me a HTPC that will serve my needs of today and tomorrow. I saw both videos describing the features of LMCE and honestly, I like it all. I know I want to have security cameras set up outside as well as some type of self monitored security system on particular doors and windows. Lighting inside/outside would be nice, but probably last on my list of wants. Most of all, Id like to get all the wiring done today and be able to have some type of "central server" running LMCE and be able to manage everything, from anywhere in my home. Id also like to have a "central nas" where all my media is stored for easy access. Heck, Im not sure if it matters, but the "HDD" could be inside the HTPC as part of the HHD or established in a seperate location in the home.
Another question is this. I already have a few of my components (Vizio 50 Plasma, Onkyo 7.1 dual channel HDMI receiver, 5.1 Polk audio speakers) others I'm guessing I will have to buy later. From what I understand about LMCE, It really only works well, if you have the exact items that its compatible with, so in planning ahead, is there a list of specific items that I should start looking at, or can I get what I want and then just look to see if there is a patch for what ever component that I bought? How limited are we when using LMCE?
Also, I am starting to look at putting together a kick butt HTPC. If you were going to build your dream HTPC, what would you put in it? I dont want to spend my money uselessly in areas that dont really require big expenditures. (ie getting 4G of ram when I really only need 2G, something like that)
I really appreciate any advice and replys that I get,
PS I live in Louisville KY (USA) and was curious what the best medium for LMCE is, DirecTV or Cable? Im thinking Cable. I love my DTV but hate the bill for all the DTV boxes (2 Tivo's, 1 HD DVR and 2 regular boxes) Is it possible for LMCE to distribute a TV signal to every TV in my home using just one DirecTV HD DVR receiver and watch seperate TV channels at the same time in different places in the home? Would I need to have an extender in ever room that had a TV do this or will the RG6 line work to get the signal out? I would want to have access to LMCE's DVR tech in each room, but I think I would need the extenders to give me this function. I can see Cable being able to do this because the basic cable signal is distributed throughout the entire home and to every room, but DirecTV requires a receiver box in every room that you want TV. Its great TV, but expensive and a pain in the arse... Any ideas?