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Topic # 22564 1-Jun-2008 08:11
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As any PCH owner knows and FYI for to be owners, the current PCH doesn't have wireless capability. There is an ethernet port on the device for a wired network but for wireless you can't connect a USB wireless adapter to the device since it has no supporting drivers. I understand from Syabas they are working on a firmware upgrade to support one specific chipset of a Wireless N card that will be supported via USB.

Since my PCH is nowhere near the main network I have done the following.

1. Used a 802.11g wireless bridge (in this case a Dlink). While that works okay for SD content, it doesn't work so well for HD content which I think could be a limitation of the wireless speed, my environment or both. BTW you can also use a Linksys wireless router that is patched with open source firmware to achieve the same

2. Bridge to my main network via my HTPC.  This works surprisingly well. I have a HTPC near my TV that is plays content recorded via gbpvr and also content on my main file server. Again it's connected via wireless but this time via 802.11a. I have a 802.11a network in my house as well as 802.11g since I needed 54mbs well before 802.11g became ubiquitous and also the 5Ghz frequency of 802.11a is less susceptible to inferference from other networks, microwave ovens, cordless phones.

The HTPC plays content on the file server via Windows shares.

I connect the PCH to the HTPC using the HTPC's ethernet port (which is unused) using a RJ45 cross over cable. I have manually configured the IP address for the ethernet port on both the HTPC and the PCH to be in the same subnet but not the same subnet as my main network.

I run swisscenter (www.swisscenter.co.uk) as the media server. I have swisscenter configured to serve up both local drives on the HTPC and the shared drives on the network. The PCH is configured to access the swisscenter server over the static ip address as entered on the HTPC and specific port.

When I fire up the PCH I choose the  option Web Services and the Swisscenter server shows up. From that I am able to watch content both stored on the HTPC as well as on the network. It works surprisingly well.  I very rarely have any stuttering in the video stream (even HD streams) and the connection is rock solid.  The PCH seems to buffer content so that small interruptions in the signal don't seem to affect the playback but this connection is much more robust than the 802.11g I tried using the bridge.

Now can't wait till the firmware is released to play the AAC HE streams that Freeview uses.

Larry




System One: Popcorn Hour A200,  PS3 SuperSlim, NPVR and Plex Server running on Gigabyte Brix (Windows 10 Pro), Sony BDP-S390 BD player, Pioneer AVR, Raspberry Pi running Kodi and Plex, Panasonic 60" 3D plasma, Google Chromecast

System Two: Popcorn Hour A200 ,  Oppo BDP-80 BluRay Player with hardware mode to be region free, Vivitek HD1080P 1080P DLP projector with 100" screen. Harman Kardon HK AVR 254 7.1 receiver, Samsung 4K player, Google Chromecast

 


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  Reply # 134712 1-Jun-2008 08:32
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Hi Larry,

Great Post !

You will be pleased to know that Freeview codecs are planned to be in the next firmware release. And PCH are releasing a WIFI option very shortly. Once I can release the spec's and prices Geekzone will be the 1st to know.

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  Reply # 134717 1-Jun-2008 09:30
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popcorn: Hi Larry,

Great Post !

You will be pleased to know that Freeview codecs are planned to be in the next firmware release. And PCH are releasing a WIFI option very shortly. Once I can release the spec's and prices Geekzone will be the 1st to know.

Kev


Look forward to that. Just another data point. I tried the above using the MyiHome server. While the configuration works okay, for some reason when I play a SD video off the file server (encoded in divx), it will play for about 10 minutes and then freeze and/or play jerkily and not fix itself. This does not happen with swisscenter. The developer of Simese (the web server component of swisscenter) has modified the code to handle the screen size of the PCH and is currently testing a resume function (which is a native capability of Swisscenter/Simese but doesn't work on the PCH). If that works it would be even better.




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System Two: Popcorn Hour A200 ,  Oppo BDP-80 BluRay Player with hardware mode to be region free, Vivitek HD1080P 1080P DLP projector with 100" screen. Harman Kardon HK AVR 254 7.1 receiver, Samsung 4K player, Google Chromecast

 


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  Reply # 134737 1-Jun-2008 12:40
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Hi Larry

Thanks very much for that. Now to find a good bridge.


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  Reply # 136585 9-Jun-2008 07:17
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OK, got a Linksys WRT54G and loaded v.23 of DD-WRT software (initially tried vv.24 but bricked the WRT, but the un-brick instructions on the DDWRT site worked a treat). I hve my Popcorn connected to the net and it works great! One thing I cant figure (even after googling) is how to download torrents directly to the PCH HDD?



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  Reply # 136786 9-Jun-2008 20:45
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That question is probably better asked in this forum

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  Reply # 137220 11-Jun-2008 06:34
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Thanks!!  Found it here if anyone is interested.



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  Reply # 139238 19-Jun-2008 19:07
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I have a spare 802.11g wireless bridge on Trademe in case anybody is interested

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Worked well with the PCH. Reason for auction - upgraded to a 802.11a/b/g bridge since I want to remove all 802.11g from my house and stick with 802.11a.




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System Two: Popcorn Hour A200 ,  Oppo BDP-80 BluRay Player with hardware mode to be region free, Vivitek HD1080P 1080P DLP projector with 100" screen. Harman Kardon HK AVR 254 7.1 receiver, Samsung 4K player, Google Chromecast

 


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