barnabas1969 wrote:Most folks will steer you to the XBox as an extender. Of course, the Ceton Echo is supposed to be out this year... and I have high hopes that it will be a great one. I, personally, prefer the HP X280N. You can get them on e-bay for anywhere between $50 and $150. The X280N works fine for me... but I don't have any ripped files... just recorded TV.
Yes, an extender is a better choice than a 2nd PC with a drive mapped to the PC where the recordings are stored. Have you considered running a 50' HDMI cable? You can get them at monoprice.com. You can use a USB extender to put an IR dongle in the "smoking room".
So, there are a few different ways to go after this problem:
1- I can just use the WTV to MPG converter and continue using the clunky Samsung TV interface.
2- I could buy an extender, which would extend WMC but not the rest of the desktop ie: internet, e-mail, etc.
3- Leave the HTPC where it sits right now and extend the input devices (keyboard, mouse, handheld remote) and the display.
4- Use the Samsung as the display for the laptop while I shop for the end result.
I think I am going to start out with (4) and work towards (3). 50 foot HDMI cable about 50 bucks for the display. I was looking around at some USB extender over ethernet with power supply around 30 bucks. Probably need some sort of USB hub for all the input devices. Looks like the cost would be a couple hundred and a Saturday afternoon.