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Those were definitely my concerns when this project was first conceived.
I am happy to hear the different arguments, they have given me several pros and cons to weigh.
So, then, how do you guys feel about a set top box in a home network. Are there any that you would endorse as a layman's alternative to a htpc?
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I built the HTPC in my sig in the last month or so and I am totally happy so far. My media is local to the HTPC so streaming is not an issue with me...

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If they are not good with technology do not build them a HTPC. I have done this for people in their 50's and they ended up having a $600 paperweight because they would not take the time to learn it.

For someone in this situation who is looking for streaming from netflix / hulu / etc.. i'd go with a bluray player that features those apps. It's very simple to use and basically no upkeep.
This. For sure. If they don't have any interest in learning the 'new technology', they won't. Not sure if this is the case with your folks but it is something to consider.

I would highly recommend a gigabit wired network for serious HD streaming. 300+Mb/s wireless-N should do the trick as well but there is always potential for interference with wireless (microwave, cordless phones, etc etc).

Also (in response to the guy who recommended Wake On Lan), WOL packets cannot be sent via wireless. WOL requires a hardwired connection.
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Also (in response to the guy who recommended Wake On Lan), WOL packets cannot be sent via wireless. WOL requires a hardwired connection.
I didn't mention anything about wireless. But thanks for pointing that out for the OP.
    
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I didn't mention anything about wireless. But thanks for pointing that out for the OP.
Sorry, I know you didn't say anything about wireless but another member above you was talking about wireless...

Just thought it would be some good info for the OP.
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I know this thread is evolving toward being unrelated to htpc builds but since we're already here I'd really like to get some thoughts on a different setup.
What about using a couple ps3s as the clients, skip the server idea and use one of the desktops in the network to house all the media. This way they could use ps3 media server and playon, along with the native ps3 features, to accomplish the original htpc goals.

What do you think?
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If your local media includes MKV's you will need to run ps3 media server. Make sure then desktop has the horsepower to do so.
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Athlon II X4 640, 880g and 4 gigs of ram be enough horsepower?
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Athlon II X4 640, 880g and 4 gigs of ram be enough horsepower?
Yeah, Thats enough horsepower to stream MKV's to a PS3 or a HTPC.
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Keep in mind if you are considering wireless, that can be a hassle for hidef transcoding with ps3mediaserver.

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