I'd like a confidence check on my proposed setup. I have much of the equipment and I'm getting ready to start wiring. If you want to see our home renovation you can check my blog (greenrenovation.wordpress.com).Some details of the planned system are below, along with a few questions...
First, I hear that integrating DirecTV is troublesome, but the spouse needs tennis channel. The only thing on the market is the HD PVR and drivers are in early stages. I also hear that it puts a decoding strain on a media director so I went with a new e5200 computer. I'm using an older core because the PVR handles the encoding chores. Any comments on my selections?
Second, I think my wiring needs will be met by two cat5e cables to each major location. I can't see how I'd use coax since all my video will be HD. Should I put in some more/different wiring?
It's a green home so I'd like to keep power usage to a minimum
Control a small number of lighting scenarios
Voice alarm for streetsweeping day to avoid the monthly $50 ticket!
Home security with front and back video cameras
My wiring closet will be in the basement - lots of room and it's cool down there
Core running LinuxMCE0810 (Intel D865PERL, GeForce 5200, 3Ghz P4)
stereo amp with speaker wire run to the kitchen above
DirecTV set top box
Hauppauge HD PVR
Media Director (ASUS P5N7A-VM, integrated GeForce 9300, E5200, net boot)
Denon AVR3805 with RS232
LG Plasma with RS232
5.1 speakers in wall
Microsoft Gyration remote
Upstairs Loft (not purchased but similar to living room setup)