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post #11 of 18
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Originally Posted by phill1978 View Post

best response = build a small cheap HTPC, have fun doing so and post the pics when you have finished biggrin.gif

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He already did?

I already have a HTPC which is serving the main TV in the Living room - I have been trying to use the same HTPC to serve a second TV however turns out its not that simple. My other TV is wall hanging and the orientation makes it a difficult call to place a secondary HTPC with it.

I originally setuped Raspbmc on my Raspberry Pi but that device is way too slow and have limited support for different media types.
post #12 of 18
you ll need a hdmi boostrer
post #13 of 18
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UPDATE: Allrite this is actually possible. The easiest way to serve multiple TV's with a single HTPC is to force Windows not to take any action when external monitor is taken off. So you have to disable the HOT PLUG pin of HDMI Cable, which is Pin 19

You can either MASK the pin 19 with a piece of electrical tape or cut it off.


Reference Diagram: http://postimage.org/image/2g8p5dwdg/
Reference Article: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/w7itprogeneral/thread/8a9b5aa7-fe33-4e6d-b39b-8ac80a21fdc2 [A Post by brianmartin192]

However after stripping my HDMI cable about 1/2 inch - I cannot decide which wire is connected to pin 19. I have a multimeter but to test the continuity i will have to cut every wire and check it. Is there a way to find which wire is connected to pin 19? - HELP Please

I was able to achieve this by masking pin 19 but I would want to cut the cable once for all so I do not have to mask the pin again If i detach the cable (the electrical tape comes off pretty easily)
Edited by sahil80 - 10/14/12 at 8:29pm
post #14 of 18
i asked a very similar question before and my best result was running two very light HTPC builds for each TV that connects to the one master HTPC. in the end you're giving yourself a boat load of expandability
post #15 of 18
Eh there's no color coding for wires on HDMI cables so everyone uses different frown.gif
    
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post #16 of 18
Great topic, and germane to my initial foray into data gathering re: HTPC. I too have 4 distinct areas of my house that I want to be able to place TV's that can access the content I want to gather from newsgroups. Given that I haven't bought anything yet, would I be best off building a file server to download, store and stream content, perhaps placed in a basement utility room (less noise issues, and the cable for my internet connection is there), and then wirelessly beam the signal to a low-end HTPC build located at the point of each TV?


For the OP, could you use your existing HTPC box as a file server, and build low end HTPC units for each TV, and do it all wirelessly?
Thanks!
post #17 of 18
Wireless is a problem for full HD viewing, my server spikes to 50+ Mb using VLC to view 1080P.

I have a pair of homeplugs that claim to be 500 Mbps, but haven't seen that in use.

So depends on content and the number of streams concurrently open, IMHO.

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Intel wired 1000M's best for serious HD LAN streaming. Getting 640+Mbps effective here biggrin.gif
Wirelessly you'll need a good N access point (i.e. Netgear WNDAP350) and good cards on computers, Broadcom BGN150 adapters are crap (had one in my Toshiba Portege, they just perform like a G card, 25Mbps), Atheros BGN150 are better (50Mbps) and Intel ABGN300 2T2R even better (70-80Mbps on A band), didn't test Intel ABGN450 3T3R since my laptop has only two antennas. With Mediaportal IPTV Server 45Mbps is enough for H264 HDTV.
    
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