Edited by ilove2ride, 01 May 2012 - 10:11 PM.
best setup for whole house audio/visual
Posted 01 May 2012 - 09:36 PM
Posted 01 May 2012 - 11:12 PM
Nope Sparkies can't install network cable unless you have the relevant comms certificate and from the questions you are asking it sounds like you don't, Either that or your training was absolutely ratshit.
Wiring cables thru walls, etc will not be a problem as i am an electrician
Now that is out of the way.
To do it properly you will probably want individual Ethernet runs for each network capable device, plus one for a wireless AP. A spare or two is also a good idea. The spares do not have to be terminated but could be left behind the wall plates.
As it is new work I would be running Cat6 cable not Cat5e (make sure you use cat 6 rated keystones). You will want antenna outlets too so you should be able to find wall plates in the Clipsal or HPM catalogue that have both ethernet and coax outlets.
If the garage is joining the house then yes this would be a good place to put a file server/media streaming PC. Doesn't need to have a lot of grunt, but plenty of storage (HDDs) is a must.
For a low powered unit, something based on the Intel Atom or AMD E350/E450 CPUs (TDP around 18 watts) would work fine with 4Gb ram and Windows Home Server V2 installed.
For more 'grunt" but at the expense of higher power consumption a dual core AMD FM1 or Intel socket 1155 G series Dual Core (65w TDP) would work ok too.
Another alternative is the socket 1155 Intel i3-2120T LOW POWER Core i3 35 watt TDP.
For hard drives stick with the 7200RPM jobbies as they have better IO speeds than the 5400RPM green drives.
Hook this up to a gigabit ethernet switch (probably want to go for a 16 or 24 port)
All the ethernet from the house should come back and terminate on a patch panel (cheaper than a load of wall plates and keystones) then short patch leads can be used to hook between patch panel and switch.
Ideally you will want to have the patch panel, switch and server in some sort of ventilated comms cabinet to keep prying fingers, animals and dust off the gear.
Depending on layout you could even have the ADSL/Cable modem/FTTH NTU out there too.
Haven't done this sot of thing myself, this is all picked up from other forums and reading.
They key seems to be plan, plan, plan, over-engineer, plan.
Often see posts by people who wish they had added just one or two more ethernet ports in the multimedia room.
Edited by aliali, 01 May 2012 - 11:14 PM.
Posted 02 May 2012 - 06:07 PM
Posted 02 May 2012 - 09:59 PM
Posted 03 May 2012 - 08:45 AM
I take it they don't have their own inbuilt network connectivity?
My biggest question is how to connect the TV's to the server??
If not then you have several options.
I initially had my TV connected to the LAN via a Tvix PVR unit. With this you set up their special netshare software on the media server and use it to share selected folders on the server (up to 4 locations from memory).
Then set up the network side on the TVix and away you go. I have since moved to a full HTPC as the Tvix was having issues with the way some files where encoded, no audio on some files or "unsupported format" on the video component.
The HTPC hooks to the TV via HDMI and the LAN via ethernet and you can use it like a normal PC or set up something like Windows Media Centre to look to the shared folders on the server.
The HTPC route is the most comprehensive but also the most expensive and the most complex to set up.
Not ideal for family use. From what I have read quite a few people are happy with units like Popcorn hour and the Western Digital WD TV Live
There are also units like the Seagate GoFlex TV HD and the aforementioned TVix and probably a whole host of others.
It's a matter of wading though them to find one that suits your useage. Like I said the TviX was giving me some issues with certain codecs but it was a slightly older model, otherwise it worked fairly well.
Codec issues is the biggest problem with manufactured media players as you are totally reliant on the manufacturer updating the player firmware to keep up with codec development. Or you have to get more critical with the type of files you have.
Or perhaps the Raspberry Pi would make a good basis?
http://www.raspberrypi.org/faqs No HDMI though.
Posted 04 May 2012 - 11:53 AM
http://www.4cabling.com.au/ even brought a line tester to check my cable runs witch came in handy
My setup is router to a 8 port switch gave me enough ports to run tvs and blurays plus my pcs its a http://www.4cabling....unt-Switch.html
as for media player http://www.streamast...products_id=575 it was a bit pricey but does every thing i wanted
good luck with the build
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