Media server don`t know whats possible

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  1. sirata

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    Whilst ripping a few cds using wmp 11, it occured to me to set up some sort of server, but i don`t know whats possible.
    Basically i am in the market for a 32" lcd for the lounge,and would like to
    view the net,stored pictures and locate my cds from pictures of covers.
    There is not room for a pc next to it/ also the fan would get on my nerves.
    My thought was to locate a pc in the loft and use it as a storage device
    for all my cds, pics etc, my questions are
    how would i get the info to the lcd, i have heard of cat5 (is that the same as
    ethernet ),but would i need some sort of box to convert the signal down
    the cat5 to something the lcd could read.
    Or have i got it wrong, and i would need a pc to access the server in the loft
    I have also seen NAS mentioned a lot,is that just a hard drive or is there more
    to it than that.
    Basically, i want a system like having a pc next to the lcd in the lounge
    but in the loft,if you see what i mean.
    I could have a 360 in the lounge, but that wouldn`t enable me to surf the net.:confused: :confused:
     
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    i was using the 360 at my dads as a media centre extender. Worked very well and you can record / view / playback tv on it. No divx compatibility though.

    Their may be a web plugin for MCE on the 360, i know theres an ebay plug in. Of course you need MCE on a PC to do this, standard XP linked to a 360 isnt as good.

    I wouldnt think any hard drive based network storage would allow for web browsing...
     
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    Cat5 is basically ethernet.

    And co-incidentally, i found out today, you can get a VGA over ethernet sender. It's £42 + vat from CPC and it's arriving tomorrow, i'll let you know how i get on.
     
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    NAS is purely for storage, NAS servers don't have

    looking thru your post, it seems you need to be able to control the pc from the lounge as well, so in addition to sending a video signal, you need keyboard and mouse control too. Investigating CAT5 KVM's should get you on your way. I'm not sure what the quality will be like on a big screen, hopefully i'll be able to tell you more tomorrow.
     
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    sirata,
    an HTPC doesn't have to be big or noisy - i fact if it is, ist's just a PC not an HTPC. You can get hold of Media Centers that are smaller than and quieter than a 360

    rob
     
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    this is all very true! you can get MCPC's that run cooler too!

    anyway, that VGA sender i got was a piece of junk. I'm getting a replacement on monday, the recieved picture did not seem to have a green component, as a result, the whole picture was pink.

    Also, further to a KVM you'll need to be able to send audio too for the price of a normal PC and a KVM that's up to the task, plus your cables you are looking at a top spec media centre pc.

    Investigate small form factor PC's,
     

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