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Topic # 22885 11-Jun-2008 11:15
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Hi everyone,

Just a few questions about how best to set up a home network, and also stream to a PS3.

I have a Linksys WRT54G wireless router, laptop, and a PS3 (and the flatmates contribute a further two laptops to the household, on being a MacBook). My laptop essentially going to be the central unit, connected to a large External HDD with media.

Currently I'm using WMP11 to stream to the PS3 wirelessly (its working well, although I'd prefer something like TVersity which will let me view/listen to essentially any encoding type), but I'm wondering whether it would be better to have both the laptop and PS3 connected to the router via ethernet connection (in terms of streaming to the PS3 over the network, being the main consideration)?

So the questions I have are:

- will it be better to connect the laptop and PS3 via a wired connection?
- should I use TVersity, stick with WMP11, or something else for streaming?
- how difficult is it going to be for the mac to connect to the network?
- although its not a consideration for right now, I will want a PSP to connect to the PS3 for remote play later. How do I get it to see the media server the PS3 is connected to, or is that automatic?


Now don't be too harsh on me, I'm completely new to this networking stuff!

EDIT: If its not completely clear, the others will be connecting to the network via wireless.

EDIT: OK, mac connectivity sorted (easy, as it turns out). Now have a movie streaming to the mac while music is being streamed to my PS3, pretty cool... Now only need a few hundred man-hours adjusting my ID3 tags in my music collection!

Now all I need to know about is whether wired connections between my laptop+ps3 to the router are superior to what I currently have... anybody?






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  Reply # 137335 11-Jun-2008 14:14
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If you have the option of going wired or wireless then go wired.

WiFi can be interupted by your microwave, cordless phone, wireless doorbells, wireless speakers, bluetooth and a whole host of other things that use the same 2.4Ghz frequence range.  Although all these things get automagically fixed they WILL be noticable as glitches in streaming audio and video.

For the streaming transcoding software there is a host of apps out there, just search for "upnp media server" and try out some of the free open source packages you find .. Mediatomb springs to mind, I run that on a very low powered server and it goes OK to the PS3 ... not great but enough for what I want.

Mac stuff is idiot proof (well resistant at least) as you;ve found

PSP .. not sure .. sold my PSP before I had my PS3 .. I think it might only stream things local to the PS3 ... but who knows maybe it is smarter :-)

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  Reply # 137349 11-Jun-2008 14:31
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Wired will always outperform wireless, has no latency compared to significant, not exposed to external interference, compared to quit interference prone, guarenteed throughput compared to wldly variable.

Wireless is great for web surfing, pretty much dodgy for streaming.

Cyril

 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 137467 11-Jun-2008 19:54
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Thanks for the replies guys, pretty much confirms what I thought - for wired connections I'll just throw the laptop and ps3 directly into the router yeah?

Watched two movies on wireless this afternoon/evening - was perfect (although it would be annoying if the connection dropped during a movie...).

PSP can watch anything on the PS3 remotely as long as you have a connection.

Should be good for watching recorded TV shows once PlayTV is out...




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