Sunday, February 17, 2013

Current TV Stream Setup - Roku / Server

I thought I'd give an update on my current setup.   I no longer have a HTPC connected to the TV.  I now have a Roku at the TV streaming from a media server.

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ROKU SPECS
  • Roku 2 HD

Channels I Use the Most
  • Plex - Streams from media server.
  • Hulu Plus - Streaming Hulu.
  • Twonky Beam - Beam things from Smartphone to TV.
  • Slacker Radio - Music streaming.

MEDIA SERVER
Specs:
  • Motherboard - Foxconn M61PMV AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 6100 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
  • Case -  Rosewill R6426-P BK ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
  • Power Supply -  Antec earthwatts EA380 380W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.0 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
  • Processor - AMD Athlon X2 BE-2300 Brisbane 1.9GHz Socket AM2 45W Dual-Core Processor ADH2300DOBOX
  • Memory - 2 Gigs
  • Hard Drives - 2 500GB WD Green Drives and 2 500GB old drives - Total of 2TB. I plan on expanding.

Software:
  • OS - Windows Server 2008
  • Emit - Stream to smartphone and tablet. If I can get it to work. 
  • Plex Server - Stream TV shows and movies to Roku, smartphone and tablet.
  • Couchpotato
  • Sickbeard
  • uTorrent
  • Google Music Uploader
  • PC Monitor - Can monitor my server from any browsers or Android app. Has push notifications for updates to the server.
  • Goodsync - Used to backup pictures and music to a different hard drive
  • Growler for Windows - Sends notifications to smartphone via Squealer Android app and sends notification to other desktop.

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DVR
  • Dish Network 722K - Still going strong.

TV AND SOUND SPECS
  • 42" RCA 1080P LCD HDTV
  • Pioneer Receiver and surround speakers
  • Sony Powered Subwoofer - just used for movies.
  • Phillips learning remote control - Best $12 I ever spent.
  • Harmony 550 remote control - USB port stopped working so I just use this for the HTPC now.

ROUTER
  • WNDR3400V2

OTHER WIRELESS DEVICES
  • Kodak Frame
  • Next Thermostat

OTHER ANDROID APPS USED
  • uTorrent Remote
  • PC Monitor - View media server stats 
  • Couch Fowarder - Used to browser Sickbeard and Couchpotato
  • Beam - Used in conjunction with Twonky Beam
  • Squealer - Used in conjunction with Growler for Windows
  • Emit Free - Testing. Right now only local network works.
  • Plex - Steams from media server to smartphone and tablet.

HTPC SOFTWARE I'VE USED IN THE PAST
  1. Yahoo Go! TV
  2.  Meedio
  3. XBMC
  4. Boxee


OLD SETUP

4 comments :

  1. i would recommend switching from utorrent and downloading torrents to NZB then using sickbeard and SABNZBD that makes it so much more automated and easier then using torrent with rss. Sickbeard along with NZBs are great for tv. Sickbeard will also load on your phone or tablet to access the pc so you can add new tv show and start to download them without accessing the computer.

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  2. Hey Randy , Fraser here from the you tube comment. I brought a Roku 3 and have it set up but i have huge buffering issues over wired playback, are you able to give me a run down on the best setup for pled / roku and the preferences

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  3. @BIGFISHAUS I'll look into it today. What type of video file are you trying to play?

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  4. @BIGFISHAUS Sorry for the delay, I've been really busy all week. My Quality is set at 4.0 720p (Sometimes I change this setting) and Direct Play is set to Automatic. I am using wireless N for streaming. My movies normally do buffer at the beginning when starting.

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