Suggestion for future MCE Extenders

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by Robert G, Mar 8, 2005.

  1. Robert G

    Robert G Guest

    Being at college, I've found that the only way for the XBox Media Center
    Extender to work is to disconnect the router from the wall to prevent it from
    searching, what seems like, the whole campus network (if not, the whole
    building). I'm not sure of the exact way that Extenders search for the master
    MCE computer, however, so this might not be a helpful suggestion. I thought
    I'd throw it out, just in case it would help anyone in college having the
    same situation as me with the product...

    When the Extender displays the setup key on its first run, would it be
    possible for the Extender to copy the main MCE computers IP address and
    connect directly to that computer, instead of searching for the computer on
    the network?

    Just a bit of extra information on my side to maybe help with the
    situation... but, I'm not sure if this is entirely accurate, but I'll take a
    stab at it anyway:

    With our ethernet connection, we use a router to connect our three computers
    and an xbox, which is plugged into the wall jack. In the buildings at our
    campus, there are 16 rooms to a floor, a possibility of about 40 computers
    per floor, 3 floors in this building, which, I believe, is connected together
    using a switcher based in the building. There is a possibility that some
    buildings are connected to each other, as I see some other buildings'
    residences listed in the iTunes music sharing feature.

    Hopefully this helps and allows for an easier connection between Extender
    devices in the future :-D.

    Thanks for your time.
    Robert G
    Robert G, Mar 8, 2005
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  2. Thanks for the suggestion; I'll pass it along.
    Todd Bowra [MSFT], Mar 8, 2005
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  3. Robert G

    Mike L Guest

    This sounds like a mis-configured router, it sounds like it's forwarding
    broadcasts, which routers typically are supposed to stop.
    Mike L, Mar 8, 2005
  4. Robert G

    Bob [MVP] Guest

    It sounded to me like his entire building (possibly campus)
    is on a single LAN/VLAN. If that's the case, then broadcasts
    would be forwarded.

    I like his suggestion that MCX remember the IP address of
    the MCE server. Try that first. If no response, then start
    broadcasting the: "Mommy, where are you?" messages... ;-)

    Microsoft MVP
    Windows XP Media Center Edition
    Bob [MVP], Mar 8, 2005
  5. Robert G

    Mike L Guest

    but he says he has a router connected which would make his network seperate
    from his buildings network.
    Mike L, Mar 9, 2005
  6. Robert G

    Bob [MVP] Guest

    He did say he used a router, but all the other details
    in his description suggest that his MCX is a member
    of his campus VLAN.

    And besides, routers by definition do not forward
    broadcast frames. If it did, it wouldn't be a

    Microsoft MVP
    Windows XP Media Center Edition
    Bob [MVP], Mar 9, 2005
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