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Lumox

Guest
Is it possible to view a dvd on a small home network.
Does anyone know how to configure it or is there software that
makes it easy.
 

Desmo

Member
Viewing a DVD across a network doesn't cause any problems at all. I rip my DVD's to HD and can play one film on the HTPC and another across the network on my main machine both at the same time.

A 10/100 network has more than enough capacity to stream the film. Easiest thing to do is just share the DVD drive like you would a HD.
 

dts_boy

Well-known Member
im not an expert, but rpping dvds to hdd disk and then installing dvd software on the mcahines that want to view it should work. would be interested how to get 5.1 mix around the house, or is it just a case of pluggin into a 5.1 amp from the digital outs on the pcs?
hopes this helps anyway!
 
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Lumox

Guest
I shared my dvd drive on one machine but how do I get the other machine with the dvd software on it to play the dvd.
 
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Lumox

Guest
I managed to get some playback on my other machine but it played very blocky and could not see the picture very well
 

halephil

Standard Member
Hi Lumox,
It seems to come down to available bandwidth. On a fixed network (Cat 5 cable) set at 100Mbit/s I have no problem streaming a DVD from one machine to another, using either PowerDVD or the s/w player for the X-Card. Drop the bandwidth to 10Mbit/s and I've found that your more likely to see stuttering especially on high bit rate DVD's as the reduced bandwidth available struggles to cope with the traffic.
I haven't had chance to try a wireless network but I would expect you would need to use 802.11a/g (max 54Mbit/s) devices. The latest 802.11b D-Link kit that offers a max 22Mbit/s may work but only over short distances.
Cheers, Phil
 
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Lumox

Guest
my network cards are 100mbits so I should get a good picture.
Is there a way to tell how fast my connection is?
Thanks.
 

halephil

Standard Member
Check your network status. In XP open Network Connections and right click on the live network connection and select status.
If you using a hub or switch ensure it supports 100Mbit/s otherwise your network cards will drop back to 10Mbit/s.


Cheers, Phil
 
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Lumox

Guest
I am running win98se and at the moment I do not have a hub, only 2 pc's linked with a
cross over cable and a network card in each machine.
Thanks
 

MAW

Banned
I've been wanting to try this, but my laptop, where the drive i'd like to use is situated, it networked with a USB thingy, not enough bandwidth. What bandwidth is PCMCIA, anyone know? that would be the easy solution. Or else I suppose I could p2p network the laptop via it's firewire port.
 

Desmo

Member
Originally posted by MAW
What bandwidth is PCMCIA, anyone know?
10/100Mb with an ethernet PCMCIA card.
 
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alexpocock

Guest
Originally posted by Lumox
I am running win98se and at the moment I do not have a hub, only 2 pc's linked with a
cross over cable and a network card in each machine.
Thanks
IMO the easiest way to get your second PC to access the dvd drive in the first is to map it as a network drive. Then point your dvd software at the network drive.

To map a network drive:

Right click on network neighbourhood on the desktop and select Map network drive. Type the path as \\NAMEOFPC1\d\ replacing the d with the drive letter of the dvd drive in PC1 and the name part with the network name of PC1. Then select a drive letter for the network drive eg X: Now open your dvd software and set it up but when it asks you to give it the location of your dvd drive type X: (or whatever letter you assigned in the mapping process.

If you have any problems following this just ask - i'm not the best at explaining things clearly

Alex
 
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