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My dad and I are big fans of watching movies and videos on the big screen, and we also like to listen to music on it, as it has a better speakers. We're thinking of wirelessly joining my PC (in the office room) to the TV (in my living room) or to be able to mirror what's on my iPad or Nexus to the TV. I don't want to have to download it, then transfer to my pen drive, then watch it on the TV (you won't believe the amount of times I have lost my mass storage devices). So I was looking for some cheap solutions for my problem and, if possible, links would be appreciated.

To specify one more thing, I live in India, so after conversion, anything that goes above INR Rs6000 is not a good idea.

I don't mind if it has to connect to something like a headphone jack.

My TV is an HDTV Panasonic Viera TH-L32U32D, if it helps.

asked Jan 24 '13 at 11:35

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I use a Linksys NAS Mediahub. There are a lot of different brands of NAS boxes that do the same thing- serve content. The nice thing about it is that, unlike other connected devices, every, single electronic device in this house (once on the network) can stream from a NAS without issue.

For instance, in our house we are running: a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, a Samsung Galaxy 2 smartphone, 2- Linux PC's (one running Mint 9, the other Mint 13), a dual-core iMac AIO running Snow Leopard, a laptop running Vista SP2, one PC running 7 Pro, another running 7 Ultimate, a Dell mini 9 running XP.

Every one of these devices "sees" & can stream from the NAS. Additionally, while my TV lacks an ethernet port, I do have a PC (Mint 13) as well as PS3 hooked to it via an AVR w/ethernet. That allows me to stream from the NAS to my TV.

Now, my particular NAS box is old & was never the speediest according to reviews- but I got it for a steal & it's served me well (knock on wood).

Good luck & hope this gives you something else to consider? Oh- a good couple of places to read reviews is amazon.com & newegg.com. May not be in India, but they have many of the products you'll run across.

Cheers from AU! :)

answered Jan 25 '13 at 02:36

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i like the idea but it also brings me to 2 more questions

1) can i browse through youtube with the mediahub connected to my TV 2) can i use it to extend my wifi (just curious its just that in my living room the wifi does not give good service ) 3) can it also be used as a cloud service

(Jan 26 '13 at 08:59) Themanwhoasksalot Themanwhoasksalot's gravatar image

What I described came about in bits & pieces, for lack of a better term? I didn't start out wanting this set-up as it is now- it's more that as needs grew, so did my imagination to make it work- lol.

For instance, I bought the nice 42" LED TV & PS3 as a "family gift" one Xmas. Looking back, I would have chosen one that had wireless capability, but at the time, I wasn't looking for that. I'm not a gamer, so didn't even know that the PS3 had built-in wireless & was a BR disc player (really!). It also meant that because the PS3 was connected to the TV, that we could then access our home network (all the shared stuff on all PC's, too).

What I eventually found, though, was that a NAS handles it all much better. I also have a dual-band modem/router (Netgear DGND3700) which handles media streaming to the close hardware brilliantly on the 5ghz channel whilst giving the 2.4 range to the PC's across the house. I have the NAS hard-wired to the 3700. Because it's plugged to my modem/router, it is available to all devices in the house.

Fast-forward to me deciding to attached a mini-tower PC (Mint 13) to the TV. With this, I obviously can browse the net & stream youtube all day long (though I favour TED talks- ;) I use a wireless KB/Mouse. As it so happens, I also have access to a lot of unmetered content via my ISP here in AU- channels which are reached via the PS3.

As far as "cloud service"- not sure what you're asking there? If you mean you want to access your NAS from outside of the house, yes, some have that capability. Actually, the DGND3700 allows you to plug in USB external drives to it & you can FTP into those, as well.

Hope this explains things here a bit better? I have pretty good range with this set-up, but not sure if it would help with your wireless in your place (the dual-band, I mean)- but it's possible.

answered Jan 26 '13 at 11:17

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thanks this helps but could it air play or have an app for the ipad and the nexus i wannt a nice gadget that can help me solve my media problems and my dad could easily use and ya thumbs up you are getting me right and are really helping me out

(Jan 26 '13 at 11:53) Themanwhoasksalot Themanwhoasksalot's gravatar image

I had a quick peek around & saw this app:

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/arkmc/id405487397?mt=8

and this page:

http://best-tablet-converter.com/2012/10/09/streaming-movies-from-nas-to-ipad-3/

Not too sure if this is what you were hoping for (re-encoding)...

I wish I had a way to get my hands on an iPad & I'd tell you straight-up how it works, but unfortunately have only a Galaxy Tab 2 at my fingertips, atm. No friends with iPad either...If you have access to any large electronics shops, you might get lucky & find a clue-y salesperson to give you some more ideas, as well.

Expensive, but pretty much guaranteed to work (older model server, but you get the idea):

http://www.amazon.com/HP-EX495-MediaSmart-Server-Black/dp/B002N8A098 or,

http://www.netgear.com.au/home/products/storage/advanced-prosumer/RNDU6000.aspx#two

and these posts have some good thoughts/recommendations:

http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/archive/1996938

http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/archive/2006976

Another interesting "fix": http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2012/07/gadget-patrol-a-nas-for-your-i.html

It seems the bottleneck (or lack of easy way to incorporate the Apple products) is Apple's doing. Since it's hard to use 3rd-party stuff with Apple, you're stuck waiting for them to develop something. The conversions & streaming isn't an issue if you use a PC as server.

Anywho- lots of possibilities for you. All you have to decide is price & which seems best for your situation.

Cheers!

(Jan 27 '13 at 03:22) geekomatic geekomatic's gravatar image

Streaming from the PC could use a software (Plex came to my mind), for iOS you could buy the HDMI adapter that ends up cheaper or for 99 dollars get an Apple TV so you could do Airplay mirroring to your TV, or just stream Music from the iPad wirelessly. Android doesn't have an "AirPlay" function, so from that get a micro HDMI cable for it

answered Jan 24 '13 at 20:02

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hey listen i am going to try plex and can you tell me is does Roku 2 XS does the samething with android ios and windows it also has the availibility of plex

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