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#152151 - 11/27/06 11:44 AM Remote Media Center PC?
cygnusx1 Offline
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Registered: 07/27/05
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I just ordered a new workhorse PC with Windows Media Center loaded. I am a first time owner of Media Center. The question I have is: Can I keep the PC in my office, using it as my work/gaming PC and setup a remote usage so I can use it in my home theater as well. In other words, I would like to be able to use my PC from my theater couch on my DLP television with the PC itself, 40 feet away in another room.

Ideally, the PC would store music, videos, photos, games and could all be accessed from my couch without the PC actually being in the theater.

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#152152 - 11/27/06 01:02 PM Re: Remote Media Center PC? [Re: cygnusx1]
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That would involve some long cables (and possibly a video amplifier) and a remote control extender.
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#152153 - 11/27/06 01:22 PM Re: Remote Media Center PC? [Re: Ken.C]
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I was hoping for a wireless solution that would be cheaper than a second PC. I know wirelss keyboard and mouse exists. I guess the problem becomes the broadband video signal transmission. There is coax, and cat5, and obviously wireless, between the two locations. Anyone know of any "black box" that will allow KVM(HD)and 5.1 Audio over any of the three mediums?

I guess it is pretty far fetched although I see a market opportunity here....
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#152154 - 11/27/06 01:53 PM Re: Remote Media Center PC? [Re: cygnusx1]
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Registered: 05/16/02
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Loc: Ontario, Canada
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I was hoping for a wireless solution that would be cheaper than a second PC. I know wirelss keyboard and mouse exists. I guess the problem becomes the broadband video signal transmission. There is coax, and cat5, and obviously wireless, between the two locations. Anyone know of any "black box" that will allow KVM(HD)and 5.1 Audio over any of the three mediums?

I guess it is pretty far fetched although I see a market opportunity here....




I beleive this terminal will get you 80% of the way there. The only thing it lacks is the 5.1 output. For that, you will probably have to run cables all the way back. Or find a second solution to work along side this one.
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#152155 - 11/27/06 04:01 PM Re: Remote Media Center PC? [Re: cygnusx1]
mrnomas Offline
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Registered: 02/16/05
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Loc: Florida
I understand you can use and XBox 360 as an extender. Or so I've been told.
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#152156 - 11/27/06 04:29 PM Re: Remote Media Center PC? [Re: mrnomas]
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Registered: 07/26/06
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Yes, I was about to say that you can use an Xbox 360 as a Media Centre PC extender in any room and any tv in your house. It will play any media files that are on your Windows Media Centre PC while connected to the network.

All you need is a cat5 cable or a wireless adapter for the X360 and a wireless router.
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#152157 - 11/27/06 06:26 PM Re: Remote Media Center PC? [Re: Hutzal]
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Oh yeah, and a $400-500 box...
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#152158 - 11/28/06 10:35 AM Re: Remote Media Center PC? [Re: Ken.C]
Hutzal Offline
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Oh yeah, and a $400-500 box...




In the states you can get the Core version for probably under $350 right now (if there are specials up here in Canada for $397!). It also has alot of good quality 2nd gen games on it now!

Wait until the new year for a price drop and a better, smaller, processing chip.


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#152159 - 11/28/06 11:12 PM Re: Remote Media Center PC? [Re: cygnusx1]
INANE Offline
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Registered: 02/04/04
Posts: 1660
Loc: Omaha, Nebraska
I had just posted this thread about 360's being used as extenders if you want to check it out.

The cheap (core) Xbox 360 works fine as an extender. Microcenter had an in store special selling it for 200$ after rebate. It's normally 300$ everywhere in the US.
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#152160 - 11/30/06 08:43 AM Re: Remote Media Center PC? [Re: cygnusx1]
Parrothead Offline
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Registered: 12/24/03
Posts: 28
Do any of you use media center to store DVD'S for playback on projector or Tv?
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