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Users / HD over Satellite in North America
« on: February 11, 2008, 01:13:09 am »
So I'm building a house out in the country and the only option for TV is Satellite, which isn't a bad thing because DirectTV is going to have all those HD channels (it's only bad when it comes to internet access, but don't get me started...)

My question is about HD video distribution.  Assuming I have 2 or 3 HD satellite boxes next to my core, and assuming I get multiple DVB-S cards working at capturing the HD signals (and controlling the satellite boxes), and assuming I have Media Directors in different rooms, what is the best way to distribute those video signals?  I assume I don't want to use a multi-zone receiver that outputs the video out of the yellow RCA, right?  Like this model:

I assume the data that the core is sending out the cat6 is still digital (duh) and when it gets to the MDs then I just need an HDMI or DVI hook-up from the MD to the TV/monitor.  I think I just answered my own question but I'll keep going...  Or do I need or want to run some sort of an HDMI switcher like this: and pull HDMI cables everywhere. 

Or is there something I am not thinking of? 

And can anyone recommend a good multi-source multi-zone (6 or more zones) audio receiver/amp that works easily (or possibly) with LinuxMCE?

Thanks, Skip

Users / Can Sahara Slate PXE boot??
« on: February 09, 2008, 05:26:12 pm »
Searched the forums but my question is can the Sahara Slate Tablet (i412T or i440T) PXE boot?

Sorry for the n00b question, but I am thinking about getting one of these wall-mounted with the quick release for the master bedroom so it would be the MD for the master bed and bath, but then I could also carry it around as an orbiter.  From my (limited) understanding: to be a MD it should PXE boot; a MD has an onscreen-orbiter; and Orbiter software can run on windows.  Or is it still a MD even though I can carry it around???

// blurring the lines since 2008

Users / Hard-wired IP light switches???
« on: February 06, 2008, 11:18:36 pm »
I'm looking for, and have been unable to find, IP light switches.  And more importantly, when I do find them, is LMCE going to be able to use them... that is if they exist...

Background: I'm currently building a house and starting the structured wiring in a couple of weeks, and have yet to install LMCE but I will when the house is finished and the core is built.  I think I do not want to use X10 or Zwave for my lighting because I think I want each light switch to have it's own rj45 port.  My google-fu is usually decent, but I am unable to find these devices...

If I am dense, tell me, but I would think this would be the ideal and best set up for my situation...


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