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Saturday
Dec262009

Streaming video around the house without a video sender.

I haven't updated the blog for ages because of two reasons.


  1. In 2009 I used up  all my tech-buying budget on a new Conservatory and Garage.

  2. I seem to spend all my time either at work or sleeping.


So now that it's the Christmas break and I've finally found a bit of spare time, I've put another video together.

This video is an explanation and demonstration of my wildly overcomplicated solution to a common problem, that is - how to get TV from one room to another without sending it down a wire.

I already pay for Sky Multiroom and this means I can have Sky TV in two rooms, the Lounge and the master bedroom. Now that I've bought a third  TV for another room I also wanted the option to watch Sky on this- the only caveat is that there can be no wires between this TV and either of the existing Sky boxes.

Watch the video to see how I went about achieving this seemingly simple task (without using a traditional video sender).

(I've uploaded this in HD - so it will be worth clicking through to Youtube to see it properly)

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Reader Comments (15)

Good video, like those little revo's

December 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDale

Yes, the 3610 is a really capable machine. I contemplated getting another Mac Mini but when I saw this for £160 in an online offer I couldn't resist.

December 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTechmoan

Great vid! Just bought a 3610, was wondering which wireless N card you'd put it? Is it capable of full 300mps speed?

January 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChris

The wireless N card I got was the HP BCM4321 from this seller on ebay. http://j.mp/87MqYN

His advert says it does 300 Mbps but I can't confirm or deny this because I have no idea how to test it.

January 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTechmoan

Good enough to stream HD content?

January 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChris

My machine is running Windows 7 so it will only play 720p smoothly in XBMC. Apparently to play 1080p smoothly I'd need to run XBMC under Linux - something to do with the XBMC Ion drivers.

Therefore I can't test if there would be enough bandwidth to stream 1080p smoothly under linux in XBMC - but I'd guess that it would be fine.

January 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTechmoan

the iphone is a excellent remote for the revo btw

March 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermike

with airmouse pro or logitechs free mousepad app

March 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermike

You are right, the iPhone or iPod do make great remotes. Unfortunately I need something to leave next to the TV so the missus can use it when I'm not around.

March 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTechmoan

http://maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=224519 isn't as bulky as it looks - I'm using it with Windows 7 as a Media Center, and its good - nice to hold in two hands with your right thumb on the track and the left hand doing the buttons.

March 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDon O'Ketty

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