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Old 06-03-2014, 01:32 PM   #31
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I have a 16TB media server at home and have Cat5e run to every room in the house. All 7 TV's have wired media players. I have over 3000 (physical) DVD's in our collection and all are ripped to server. I keep original DVD/BD format when ripping. In the camper I've run cat5e to each of the 3 inside TV's and an outlet in the basement. I have 12TB of drive space on the server, and about 8 of that is filled. I've tried the wifi route, but just can't get enough through put to run HD or multiple locations without stuttering.
What are you using for media players at the TVs?

You're definitely going for higher quality than I am. I'm happy if it plays. Heck, my home TVs are dinosaurs at 14 and 15 years old. They won't die, so I won't replace them.
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Old 06-03-2014, 01:36 PM   #32
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LOL! That's one of the biggest benefits to this exercise- no more scratched discs!
Bah scratches don't phase me anymore.

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I did make my son go without his games for about 6 months before I fixed them. They are always in the case now.
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Old 06-03-2014, 01:41 PM   #33
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Bah scratches don't phase me anymore.

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I did make my son go without his games for about 6 months before I fixed them. They are always in the case now.
Snazzy, I'll keep that in mind if I get a disc that is damaged.
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Old 06-03-2014, 01:59 PM   #34
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There is no need for physical media storage at all anymore...

Its all in the cloud..

If you have a few hours of downtime search the following:

For TV and Movies
Playon

Playon Scripts

Netgear EVA or a MK809III

For music and playlists

Bluetooth

Soundcloud

Pandora

I heart Radio

Youtube

The only caveat is you are limited to your own bandwidth restrictions...
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Old 06-03-2014, 02:06 PM   #35
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Bandwidth is key. While I have a 10gb plan, it is shared between our devices. I carry the music we listen to and am setting myself up for the TV watching that we do.
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Old 06-03-2014, 02:06 PM   #36
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I have an 8tb home server that works as a backup solution as well as media server for music, pics & movies. I have it hard wired much like Aquaman throughout the house because I've been backing up mainly blu ray discs now and wireless stutters pretty badly in my house when trying to play a movie. I use Plex Media Server to play videos off of my network, when I'm away from home at my parents house, or I can play it on my phone (via Plex app)

For ripping, I use MakeMKV or Anydvd and then transcode in Handbrake. Sometimes I have to use the antiquated Ripbot software, but usually Handbrake does the job.

@ Aquaman - Do you have a dedicated pc in your trailer? Files are duplicated from your home server to the pc? I'm curious how you have this set up. If you have pics I'd def. be interested in seeing your setup! My wife would think I'm crazy, but it would come in handy when trying to get the kids to calm down and relax before bed where I don't have cell/wifi signal!!

Edit: I should add, I have 6 HTPCs for each room in the house, mostly built from junked pc's I've built in the past to fulfill my pc gaming addiction lol. They're all running xbmc if I remember right.
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Old 06-03-2014, 02:29 PM   #37
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For those who want to keep physical media. My solution from a few years ago...

1 tower running WIN7

1 Andriod TV

2 (X) TB USB drives

1st plug in the USB drives into the tower and configure those devices in a RAID setup. Now you have a backup of your media and it is removable.

2nd rip all of your media to the virtual RAID drive that was created.

3rd remove drive and take on your trip.

Once in camp install your Android TV to a TV in the TT and connect your USB (X) TB drive to the USB connection on the Andriod TV.

Couple of things..when you remove the drive WIN7 will throw a warning stating you are about to remove a drive in a RAID configuration..this is not a big deal as long as you don't try to plug in another storage drive while your (X) TB drive is unplugged. It may try to assign the same drive letter which will cause a conversation much longer than this one...

But it will allow you to create a backup of all that media you are ripping...If you dont maintain a good backup...you could get
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Old 06-03-2014, 02:31 PM   #38
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Hmm, never thought to use my Roku. I use AnyDVD HD with MyMovies and stream over my Xbox...
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Old 06-03-2014, 04:46 PM   #39
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So, the camper's latest hardware configuration is as follows:

The heart of the system is an Amped Wireless SR300N Smart Repeater that creates a wireless network in the camper. It can also log into a campground's wireless network and then "re-share" the connection with iPhones and iPad, and everything else. It also has 4 wired connections available. That way if they sell passwords I only need to buy one for all our devices.

I have an HP laptop with HDMI output and 2 USB 3.0 ports that I plug my home external (backup) 3T hard drives into.

The HDMI from the laptop goes to a HDMI Autoswitcher (Genesis 3.0 is the other input) and then to the TV. Audio output from the TV goes to the Genesis 3.0 for surround sound.

Watching movies on the camper TV is straight forward. Bring up the movie on the PC; and play it with either media player (or as I prefer VLC media player). Pause and such handled with a bluetooth mouse and keyboard remotely.

To watch outside (same or different movie at the same time), I use my Microsoft Surface RT. It is on the same network and can spool movies concurrently with the laptop. That way I can watch movies anywhere around the camper and the DW can watch a different one inside.

I also have a Visionari Projector that has an HDMI input. The output from the Surface can be sent to the projector and played on the side of the camper. Audio is sent to a PC style sound system (much better than the Visionari speaker.)
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Old 06-03-2014, 04:51 PM   #40
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Thanks, Lou.
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