Make your own Extender - possible?

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by Angus Logan [MVP], Jun 11, 2005.

  1. Hey MCE gurus,

    I just got a MCE 2005 for my lounge room (very impressed!) and have a spare
    laptop in my study.

    So what I would like to do is build my own Extender using the spare
    laptop... is this possible?

    What stack would I need to install? Also would the MCE be able to push
    signal over WiFi 802.11b to the Wireless router that my study laptop is
    plugged into?

    Regards
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    Angus Logan (MCAD/MCDBA/MCP/MVP for MCMS)
    Product Specialist
    Microsoft Application Solutions
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    Angus Logan [MVP], Jun 11, 2005
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  2. No, you cannot create your own extender. There is required software for the host side, along with numerous modifications. However, as long as the machines are networked, there is nothing to prevent you from accessing any content on the MCE machine from the other.
     
    Doug Knox MS-MVP, Jun 11, 2005
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  3. Hi Doug,

    So by MCE content you mean things like recorded videos & music?

    What if i installed MCE on the spare laptop and then used that to read the
    files from the remote MCE (or should i stick with WinXP on the spare laptop
    and just read the MCE videos etc?).

    Regards
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    Angus Logan (MCAD/MCDBA/MCP/MVP for MCMS)
    Product Specialist
    Microsoft Application Solutions
    Data#3 Limited
    E
    BLOG www.anguslogan.com
    ________________________________________
    No, you cannot create your own extender. There is required software for the
    host side, along with numerous modifications. However, as long as the
    machines are networked, there is nothing to prevent you from accessing any
    content on the MCE machine from the other.
     
    Angus Logan [MVP], Jun 11, 2005
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  4. Hi Angus,

    Unless you want the MCE interface on your laptop, you could just stick with
    XP Pro and use WMP to view the content via a network share. Of course,
    you'll have to nagivate to the content as opposed to having it all display
    in the MCE interface... but if you set those folders up as watched folders
    in WMP10 then you should be okay.

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    Michel Bordeleau
    MS-MVP - Windows XP Media Center Edition
    (remove oogle from email address to email me)
     
    Michel Bordeleau [MCE-MVP], Jun 11, 2005
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  5. Hey,

    So if i install XP MCE on the laptop;

    can you do something like hook up 2 MCE's and share the content?

    the reason i am asking is that I have the cable boxes & tuner hooked up to
    the pc in the lounge room and the laptop is just sitting on my desk.

    Cheers
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    Angus Logan (MCAD/MCDBA/MCP/MVP for MCMS)
    Product Specialist
    Microsoft Application Solutions
    Data#3 Limited
    E
    BLOG www.anguslogan.com
    ________________________________________
     
    Angus Logan [MVP], Jun 11, 2005
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  6. Angus Logan [MVP]

    CWatters Guest

    Sounds like someone should write a little application to do this. Would it
    be hard to write a "remote front end" or whatever you want to call it?
     
    CWatters, Jun 11, 2005
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  7. You should be able to access network shares for all of the content types
    except TV... that might be a bit more complicated as the interface doesn't
    natively let you hook up to a network share... there have been several
    potential solutions posted here in the past... I haven't tried any though.

    --

    Michel Bordeleau
    MS-MVP - Windows XP Media Center Edition
    (remove oogle from email address to email me)
     
    Michel Bordeleau [MCE-MVP], Jun 12, 2005
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  8. Angus Logan [MVP]

    Bob [MVP] Guest

    Since your first question has already been answered, I'll
    answer your second question. 802.11b is not going to
    provide sufficient bandwidth for viewing high-quality
    Recorded TV from your laptop.

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    -Bob
    _______________________________
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows XP Media Center Edition
    http://www.microsoft.com/ehome
     
    Bob [MVP], Jun 12, 2005
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  9. Cool.

    ps. Thanks for all your help - it seems the MCE community is very good
    considering there are lots of different forums:
    -newsgroups
    -xpmce.com
    -green button

    They all have very active MVP's (and other helpful community members).

    Cheers!
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    ________________________________________

    Angus Logan (MCAD/MCDBA/MCP/MVP for MCMS)
    Product Specialist
    Microsoft Application Solutions
    Data#3 Limited
    E
    BLOG www.anguslogan.com
    ________________________________________
     
    Angus Logan [MVP], Jun 12, 2005
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  10. Doug Knox MS-MVP, Jun 12, 2005
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  11. Cool - I'll check it out.

    What kind of network connectivity do you suggest to stream Recorded Tv to
    another pc?

    Regards
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    Angus Logan (MCAD/MCDBA/MCP/MVP for MCMS)
    Product Specialist
    Microsoft Application Solutions
    Data#3 Limited
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    BLOG www.anguslogan.com
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    Angus Logan [MVP], Jun 13, 2005
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  12. Hardwired 100 Mbit or better, or 802.11 a or g wireless. B will not be sufficient in most cases.

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    Doug Knox, MS-MVP Windows Media Center\Windows Powered Smart Display\Security
    Win 95/98/Me/XP Tweaks and Fixes
    http://www.dougknox.com
     
    Doug Knox MS-MVP, Jun 13, 2005
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  13. Either 100Mbps Ethernet (wired) or 802.11g or n (wireless) should be good
    enough, depending on other network traffic.

    Dana Cline - MVP
     
    Dana Cline - MVP, Jun 13, 2005
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  14. Angus Logan [MVP]

    barb bowman Guest

    "n" is not out yet. There are some "pre" n things out there, but be
    clear that anythikg purchased today may not be upgradeable to the
    final standard and there will interoperably issues between vendors.
    802.11a or 802.11g is the most suitable,

    The info in
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/mce/expert/bowman_extenders.mspx
    can be applied in a pc to pc frame of reference as well as extenders.
     
    barb bowman, Jun 13, 2005
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