[mythtv-users] Whole house Myth setup
nate.strickland at gmail.com
Wed Nov 10 20:11:44 UTC 2004
If you can, try to get your hands on a cable/sat box with a serial
port to avoid all the ir blaster nastiness.
On Wed, 10 Nov 2004 11:31:49 -0800, Troy Roberts <troy at pdaverticals.com> wrote:
> I have had a single myth backend/frontend setup going for a few months
> now, and have figured out a lot about how the general architecture
> works. I am now wanting to go to a full scale deployment, and am
> looking for some feedback.
> The plan is to use myth everywhere in the house for watching video,
> slideshows, music, etc. The environmment consists of TVs in siz
> different rooms - some are HD some are not. My thinking is as follows:
> - Use Xbox frontends for the locations that are not HD
> - Use a frontend based on a small form factor PC with an nvidia FX5200
> card for location that are HD sets
> - have one or more backends doing the various captures
> Here is where I am looking for feedback / opinions:
> - I am thinking about having one central file server with a bunch of
> disk using lvm and nfs mounting all the myth volumes so basically the
> backends doing the capture work would not have much disk in them at
> all. Is this practical? the network infrastructure will all support
> gigabit ethernet so i think that bandwidth should not be an issue, and
> the server would have 4x SATA drives so I/O should also not be a problem
> - most of the signals I want to capture would be coming from satellite,
> or digital cable boxes, is there an effective way for a single system to
> properly use multiple ir blasters to change those boxes, or would i need
> to have a separate backebd box for each ir-blaster based device i want
> to control? If one backend can properly switch channels, etc on multiple
> devices, is there a good howto somewhere on this?
> - I am planning to use PVR-250 for the non HD capture, and pcHDTV3000
> for the HD streams - it is my understanding that you would need a fairly
> beefy box to capture more than 1 HD stream, but with the 250s onboard
> encoding, I think I could capture 1HD stream, and 1 or more non-hd
> streams at the same time. IS that a bad assumption.
> Any thoughts, suggestions, feedback on this would be appreciated.
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