I am trying out Pluto presently, my needs are small right now, but I lke the idea of being able to expand the system to control lighting and environment as well.
Right now, my goal is to have the machine running as a media server contain pictures, videos, and music, being able to serve the media to a mixed environment of uPnP, Windows, and
Linux machines. I seem to have a working Core/Hybrid which has a pcHDTV HD-2000 in it,
I am wishing to be able to have a couple of laptops as part-time media directors (they are running SUSE 9.1)
Now for the question:
Do I configure these laptops as being their own room? Because they can and will move about the house, yet I want to be able to deliver content to them. I also want them to be able to run the Orbiter software as well. That's really all I want, they aren't going to be plugged into TV's or anything else, I just want them to be able to receive content. I don't really like the SMB(uPnP) way of doing things.
One of the laptops is running Windows XP, I noticed a zip file download that contained the majority of the pieces necessary to have it be a media director, will I need to do that
in order to get content? It's already running the orbiter successfully.
Can I configure the core to stream content using VLC? Controlled by the orbiter
on the laptop which uses VLC to receive and process the stream?
Am I making this harder then it really is?
Thanks for your help
Bill (HA Newbie)