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Users / Re: HDHomeRun-Dual vs. WinTV-HVR-2250 vs. HD-5500
« on: January 13, 2011, 08:43:40 pm »
At the moment your broadband connection is hosted on your laptop...so why not leave it in place initially and just connect the LAN port of your laptop to the WAN port of your core. If that proves to be ok...and i cant see why it would not as its really no different to what we do with a dedicated broadband modem...then you could look into transitioning your broadband connection across to a broadband modem so that you can stop using the laptop (saves energy etc).

If you keep the mobile broadband service external to the Core then this makes it simple to reconfigure if you need to take you Core offline for an hour or two or if you have a hardware failure in your Core for example. In those situations you can quickly temporarily replace your Core with a small router while you work on your Core.

All the best


Andrew

That makes sense.  Thanks everyone for all your help.  I will rethink and see where I land.

Thanks,

M.

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Users / Re: HDHomeRun-Dual vs. WinTV-HVR-2250 vs. HD-5500
« on: January 13, 2011, 06:29:01 pm »
Hi MDH,

We often need to use a temporary WAN side connection when doing installs in new properties where the customers broadband connection has not been connected/provisioned yet by their provider. In these cases we use an external mobile broadband modem connected to the WAN side of the Core as a temporary solution and this works well - the limitation being the bandwidth available via the mobile broadband service. There is no reason why this could not work as a permanent solution at all though.

All the best


Andrew

I'm assuming that this won't be an issue with mine since I am currently using the mobile broadband in my Ubuntu laptop.  So this means that it has already been connected and provisioned by the provider.  I am thinking that my only hang up may be the installation.  Since LMCE uses the internet to do the installation (I believe this happens even with the DVD install) that it may not see the broadband card and use that for its connection.  But since it installs Kubuntu first, then it just might work. I've downloaded the latest snapshot this morning as well as Kubuntu 8.10.  First I will do a LiveCD boot from Kubuntu and see if the card is seen and connects to the internet. Then I will do a dual boot install of the LMCE DVD onto the laptop and see if it works.  I have to do the dual boot because that computer is my internet connection. I can't afford to break it and not have a way to boot back to Ubuntu and restore the internet connection so I can ask questions, check email, download a new snapshot etc.  The mobile broadband card is a PCMCIA and that is the only computer I have that has that slot.

Thanks,

M.

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Users / Re: HDHomeRun-Dual vs. WinTV-HVR-2250 vs. HD-5500
« on: January 13, 2011, 04:55:10 pm »
If the media was kept on the FreeNAS and not on the LMCE(laptop) HD then would that alleviate that concern?  I know that in MythTV, I can customize where the media is kept.  I think that I can even have it record it straight to the NAS.  Also, the tuner would be the HDHomeRun, so in theory, the LMCE is only acting as a traffic cop.

Or is there some other concern with HD I/O that you are concerned about?

Thanks,

M.

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Users / Re: HDHomeRun-Dual vs. WinTV-HVR-2250 vs. HD-5500
« on: January 13, 2011, 02:21:26 pm »
It's amazing how many times you can hear the same thing (HDHomeRun--put it in a closet). This time, it triggered a whole chain of thoughts in my mind that could change my entire setup. I won't detail the thought chain but here is where I landed?

Okay, follow me on this. Right now I am using a mobile broadband connection for my internet at home (I'm am grandfathered into an true unlimited plan). I can't get cable/dsl/fios because I live in a rural community.  My mobile broadband card is in a laptop running Ubuntu 10.10 (I recently upgraded from 9.04).  That computer shares it's i-net connection into a Linksys router and feeds my house with DHCP. Does LMCE 0810 support mobile broadband cards (I can't find anything on the forum or wiki) and can I use it for my network hub in my house?  I'm pretty sure that Ubuntu 8.10 supports mobile broadband. In otherwords, my setup would be like this.  LMCE laptop, with mobile broadband, acting as a DHCP server for all my machines, including my Windows Vista laptop, Windows 7 desktop, networked printer, XBox, FreeNAS, MythTV.  I would repurpose my MythTV and make it a MD so that part of the equation is fine.  Would my Windows machines be able to find the internet/email and still be able to use the network printer & FreeNAS if LMCE is the router? This would allow me netboot my Windows machines and use them as a MD whenever I wanted to watch TV.  Or, I could just bring up a browser window and access my media that way.  I could use my FreeNAS to store the media so I wouldn't need to add an external HD to the LMCE laptop and I would use a HDHomeRun(dual) to provide the tuner.

Thoughts?

Thanks,

M.

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Developers / Re: Preliminary 10.04
« on: January 13, 2011, 02:10:36 am »
Cool...I will dig some more and see what I find.

Thanks,

M.

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Developers / Re: Preliminary 10.04
« on: January 13, 2011, 02:05:40 am »
This is interesting.  I was reading through the wiki and forum trying to prepare myself for building a LMCE 0810 machine in the next few weeks.  I was trying to familiarize myself with some if the issues and fixes that people have been having so I can go into this somewhat educated.  I noticed that some of the issues had to do with Ubuntu 8.10 reaching its end of life and the repositories moved.  Then I started wondering, why isn't LMCE aligned with the LTS releases?  That way you get three years of support for the distribution so you have more time to develop the package.  Now I am not a developer, I don't even play one on TV so this is in no way an indictment on the developers.  I am also not looking for a turn-key system.  I am a DIY tinkerer; that is one reason I am drawn to LMCE.  I look forward to the challenge; hopefully, I will learn enough to start contributing something.  Then I stumbled accross this thread.  Now I have to ask, is one of the reasons that 10.04 was selected because is brings LMCE in line with the LTS releases from Ubuntu?

Thanks for your time,

M.

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Users / HDHomeRun-Dual vs. WinTV-HVR-2250 vs. HD-5500
« on: January 12, 2011, 06:57:18 pm »
I'm slowly narrowing down my gear list.  One final piece of the puzzle is the tuner/capture device.  I have done quite a bit of research into these and I have narrowed the list down to the three listed in the title.  The top pick for me is the WinTV-HVR-2250 for the following reasons:

Dual Tuners with a single cable in one slot. (I like neat installations)
It has a couple of quirks but I know what they are and I am successfully using one in my MythTV system

I know that there are advantages/disadvantages for all of them but the information that I am looking for is more about which one works best with the LMCE software.  Is there one that is better supported than the others?  My understanding is that they are all plug-n-play but does one work within LMCE better than the others.

Thanks,

M.

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Users / Re: Correct image?
« on: January 12, 2011, 06:41:10 pm »
Great...then I won't bother grabbing that one yet.  I was possibly going to buy some gear this weekend and start my building process.  I'm sure you have seen my other posts.  Since my internet at home is very slow, I have to grab use my connection at work to grab it.

Once I follow the DVD installation instruction for 810, if I do an apt-get update and apt-get upgrade, will it update itself to the latest snapshot or does it use different repos at that point?

Thanks,

M.

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Users / Correct image?
« on: January 12, 2011, 06:27:14 pm »
Is this the correct image for downloading the installation DVD?

LinuxMCE-8.10-23605-i386.iso 12-Jan-2011 08:16  2.2G

It was listed at the bottom of this page:

http://linuxmce.iptp.org/snapshots/

Thanks,

M.

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Users / Re: Hardware that I would like opinions on.
« on: January 12, 2011, 04:35:57 pm »
Additionally, there are PCIEx1 network cards available.
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0305875
Also, if I need more than one serial port, there is a PCIEx1 dual serial port adapter as well.
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0335294

Opinions?

Thanks,

M.

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Users / Re: Hardware that I would like opinions on.
« on: January 12, 2011, 03:32:00 pm »
This particular motherboard has a serial port header.  It doesn't have a connection to the outside but it is easy to wire one in.  It takes up an expansion slot in the case but it doesn't matter which one as long as it's empty.

All it takes is one of these:

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0222898

M.

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Users / Re: Hardware that I would like opinions on.
« on: January 12, 2011, 12:16:49 pm »
I just realized that the link to the processor actually took you to the MB.

Here is the corrected link:

Proc -- http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0332290

Thanks,

M.

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Users / Re: Hardware that I would like opinions on.
« on: January 12, 2011, 12:10:26 pm »
There is no onboard GPU.  I specifically looked for on without.  And this is going to be a hybrid core at the beginning.  It will probably be a hybrid core for a while.  It will go in the basement and run the entertainment center.  Once I build our home theater room (hope to be complete a year from now) then it will probably move into there and I will build a media director for the TV that we are using now.  So, this Hybrid will probably be a hybrid for a couple of years.  I usually get several years out of a computer because I will repurpose them.

As far as PCI slots go, besides tuner cards and a NIC, what else would I need to put there?  Honestly, I haven't decided on what tuner card I want to use.  It is going to be either the Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 (I have one in my MythTV and I love the dual-tuner/one cable thing), or a Silicondust HDHomeRun-Dual (it has dual-tuners and any computer on the network can access it, currently there are 6 computers in the house), or the pcHDTV-5500 (only single tuner but it's supposed to have better Linux support.  I was leaning towards the Hauppauge because I've used it, I know it's quirks and can work around them, It's dual tuners on a single slot, and it's PCI-Ex1 (which the MB has four of).  Also, we don't watch TV on the other computers but they do access the music and other media so the Siliconedust/s network availability wouldn't be an advantage. The Hauppauge is in lead (for me) over the pcHDTV because of the dual-tuner/single cable/single slot.  I like neat installations including cable runs.

I welcome any opinions on tuner cards as I have not completely decided yet.  I was going to do a different post later on but it came up here. (Thom -- you kind of talked about this before but I wasn't clear on your opinion).

So, having said all that, other than an additional NIC and if I went with the Hauppauge, what else would I use the PCI slots for?  (serious question - no facetiousness intended)

Thanks,

M.

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Users / Re: Confused about tuner cards and the whole digital thing
« on: January 12, 2011, 11:40:10 am »
Your newer TV has a cable box?  Did you try plugging the cable directly into the TV (bypassing the converter box) and having the TV scan for channels?  you may be surprized at how many are not encrypted.  They may not be the ones you want, but it's worth a try.

M.

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Users / Re: Confused about tuner cards and the whole digital thing
« on: January 12, 2011, 12:36:39 am »
For encrypted channels from your cable company, yes.  That is, unless you have a converter box from your cable company.  But you said in your original post that you do not.  I have only played with LMCE a little bit and not very successfully so I'm not the best at directing you on that.  However, I have played around alot with MythTV (MythTV is also a component of LMCE). If you have access to a digital television, or if you know someone with a digital television that also has your cable provider, then the simple answer is this.  Whatever channels the digital TV can tune into without a converter box, then a QAM tuner in your computer will also be able to tune it in.  Unfortunately, cable companies can encrypt whatever they want to, including the HDTV channels.  You may have to go with and antenna and get those OTA.

M.

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