[mythtv-users] VNC as a Single remote for Multiple Frontends
James L. Paul
james at mauibay.net
Sun Apr 24 17:30:24 UTC 2005
Mercury Morris wrote:
> Recently, I
> 1. Built a MythTV Frontend/Backend combo.
> 2. Added an RF remote, the ATI Remote Wonder.
> 3. Wanted more Frontend/Backend combo's for redundancy, backup, etc.
> 4. Realized multiple ATI Remote Wonder remotes would be Very hard to manage.
I find this interesting, and hope you will explain your design decisions .
> Here's the solution I've decided to go forward with:
> 1. Place a small, silent laptop (DELL I-7500 running Fedora 2,3,4)
> on a table between easy chairs.
This sounds like your table and chairs are placed to view multiple TVs
or video displays. How many TVs are your using?
> 2. Add VNC to the xorg.conf file on each Frontend, as shown here
> 3. Use vncviewer on the laptop to operate each Frontend.
> I've tried this already, and it works really well.
I use this method extensively for remote administration in my work, but
haven't applied it to controlling Myth frontends.
> The MythTV boxes, and their noise, will be in an adjoining room,
> cables running along the floor and back wall into a Marantz SR-18EX.
> Each Frontend will connect to one of the Marantz' multiple VCR,
> LaserDisk, DVD, or AUX ports.
My backend is in another room, but I currently have only a single TV and
so only a single frontend.
> The result should be that only one remote, the laptop, will be
> needed to control all the Frontends. And several VCR's can be retired.
My main curiosity is your multiple frontends. I assume you have 1
frontend per display device (TV). How do you handle selecting audio? If
you don't have 2 or more TVs, why do you have more than 1 frontend?
> For watching Live TV, I bypass MythTV entirely and watch the TV set
> directly. With enough MythTV capacity, watching Live TV will be the
> exception. Watching MythTV will be the rule.
I very rarely watch live TV. I think my main confusion here is that I'm
not sure how many TVs you have. Your solution is aimed at having only 1
remote control, and so uses VNC to control multiple frontends. Somehow I
get the impression you might be viewing all the frontends on a single
TV, but that doesn't make sense to me since you only need one frontend
per TV. Are you really being redundant with frontends, and if so, why?
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