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Initial post: Aug 7, 2010 3:58:55 PM PDT
I am trying to reduce my monthly expenses by cutting out my phone and cable bill. I will need to stream video wirelessly to different tv's (simultaneously) with wii, ps3, and probably a blu-ray, and will try 'ooma' for a voip. I am not very up to date on the latest and greatest technology out there, and was wondering what is the best way to set this up, fastest router for reliable simultaneous wireless streaming, etc. Any input would be appreciated.
Thanks, J.M.

Posted on Aug 9, 2010 3:25:32 AM PDT
JShuford says:
I really like this:
Cisco-Linksys WRT610N Simultaneous Dual-N Band Wireless Router

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 9, 2010 9:27:05 AM PDT
Thanks James,
I actually bought a new router yesterday, I think its pretty similar to that one, a Netgear WNDR3700 dual band, works great so far, and I signed up for netflix, downloaded 'playon' and some other plugins (I returned my cable boxes this morning!). I found a lot of sites with free access to movies and current season tv shows that I can watch on my p.c., but I am not sure how to get them onto the t.v. I am thinking maybe I need external storage or a media server, and maybe a program to convert them to formats playable on PS3, and Wii. Any ideas?
Thanks, J.M.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 9, 2010 11:16:09 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 9, 2010 11:16:28 AM PDT
JShuford says:
A PC-T.V. connection couldn't be simpler...Buy yourself a cheap refurb SFF (small-form-factor) PC from either E-Bay or here at Amazon, Install a video-card with a S-Video T.V.-out port. I am using a: HP Compaq D530 Small Form Factor Desktop PC and a Brand NEW in BOX 128MB 128 MB Nvidia GeForce MX4000 MX 4000 PCI Video Graphics Card Adapter VGA DVI S-Video TV-Out

Using a standard monitor make sure that everything is configured properly...

Connect the PC to your T.V. using the S-Video port and an S-Video cable.
Connect a home-stereo to the PC's headphone-jack.

Basically your T.V. becomes a monitor...


Please email me if you need any help! (I have been using the PC - T.V. combination idea since 1998!!!)

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 9, 2010 6:35:21 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 9, 2010 6:36:44 PM PDT
Sounds like you've already downloaded the software from Netflix for the ps3 and wii. Try downloads from and to access youtube and hulutv (and some other websites) using the Wii and Ps3.

An external media server is a luxury, but not a necessity. It isn't needed for streaming content or to share music, videos, pictures, etc... stored on a PC. With xp and win 7 os's, you simply establish a home network and turn on the "share" feature for folders that you want other devices to have access.

You then use the ps3 to look into the share folder.

It sounds as if you already have one of the best devices for home networking entertainment - the ps3. Pc's and laptop can easily be connected to TV's and offer excellent functionality, but cost quite a bit more than most media extenders.

The other inexpensive item to consider - the digital antenna. Free HD over-the-air is an excellent option. Use a PC with capture video card and you have a d/pvr for recording and playing back OTA TV.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 9, 2010 8:45:02 PM PDT
Ramani says:
If your TV is not networkable, you can buy a media player like Seagate FreeAgent Theater+, Western Digital WD TV Live HD, etc. and connect Media Player to your network. If the router is not physically near the TV & Media Player, one option is to buy a cheap wireless bridge that will talk to your router and connect the Media Player via Cat 5 cable

Posted on Aug 10, 2010 3:54:07 PM PDT
I am going on vacation to my moms house in Cape Coral Florida and she does not have internet access at her house. I am looking for a portable internet access without having to go through ATT and pay monthly fees, since I will only need it while on vacation. Have any ideas?

Posted on Aug 10, 2010 5:40:59 PM PDT
Thanks for so many helpful suggestions!

So far I have 2 t.v.'s up and running, and even my kids are happy with the new arrangement. I added a bunch of plug-ins and scripts from 'playon' and the amount of content is just unbelievable!

It's still a work in progress though, I haven't decided yet which way to share stored/downloaded media. Downloading files directly to my p.c. and then sharing them would be the cheapest option, but my computer is not very new or fast, so I am not sure if it is up to the task.

I was also wondering what works well to protect myself from viruses etc. from downloads? -is it safer to download to an external drive than to my hard drive, and which sites are best to download from? also is there any risk of viruses in videos that are streamed directly from sites (instead of downloaded).

Oh! And my brother came over to check out my new cable-free set up - and went home to set his up the same way!!


In reply to an earlier post on Aug 11, 2010 7:33:10 PM PDT
Virgin 3G wireless. You can purchase $50 data.
No plan required

Posted on Aug 31, 2010 6:36:21 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 1, 2010 8:41:00 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 1, 2010 8:42:24 AM PDT
David Fry says:
@J. Miller, I'm considering the 3700 as well. What ISP are you getting Internet from, and is it cable or DSL? Do you have an ethernet cable from your modem to the WNDR3700, or some other setup? Thanks very much.
Dave on Verizon DSL in St. Pete FL

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 5, 2010 4:21:34 PM PDT
grundune says: Check this out. If you are not too far in the boonies this will work great and it is the cheapest option I can find.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 8, 2010 1:09:06 PM PDT
Beamer says:

Thanks for your posting. I have wanted to set up PC-TV connection for a while and you have made it so simple and straightforward. I really appreciate you sharing your set-up.


In reply to an earlier post on Sep 9, 2010 10:43:53 AM PDT
® says:
you can get playon which will stream all your pc content to your ps3. Even though the PS3 is dlna it only see your share photo, video and music. Once hulu was free on it but no more and now they have netflix. Yes in the past I have cables and wires coming out of my computer to the TV. But since the PS3 can do that I don't need to, except for some of your internet streaming shows (playon again). Lenovo 3016-1DU Desktop (Black) can be the small cheap htpc and it has a ion graphic which will do basic hd.

I have almost he same setup as you: wii, PS3, Ooma,Canon MP560 Wireless, ASUS TS Mini, 1 computer, 1 laptop and 1 netbook on my D-Link DIR-825 Xtreme N Dua plus a usb hard drive attached to it. and typically no hitch at all.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 16, 2010 5:58:09 PM PDT
I just bought the 2200, but my Linksys WUSB54G won't connect to it. Any help would be appreciated.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 17, 2010 5:31:50 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 17, 2010 5:32:16 AM PDT
JShuford says:

Posted on Sep 19, 2010 5:53:53 PM PDT
What some people seem to be forgetting is that S-VIDEO is *NOT* an optimal video connection!
NUMBER 1 CONSIDERATION TO VIEW *HIGH* DEFINTION - HDMI PORT! Make SURE your laptop or PC has an HDMI output - if not, go buy an inexpensive HDMI card to put in. Once you've seen upconverted DVDs and Blu-ray via HDMI port, you will NOT EVER go back to watching things via s-video or regular RCA cables.
TigerDirect and others are now offering SFF (small form factor) boxes just for that purpose.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2010 8:54:46 PM PDT
Suggest being careful of file sharing sites that do not openly pay copyright holders. They may claim their sources are required to deliver un-encumbered programming, free of all rights and clearances. Many of these sites are illegal and I believe participants may also be implicated.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2010 8:57:42 PM PDT
Airport Express from Apple. Small, portable and accurate.

Posted on Oct 4, 2010 5:47:34 PM PDT
copyleft says:
your weakest kink will be your Cable Modem, id get one with DOCSIS 3.0.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 5, 2010 11:05:17 AM PDT
Juan Colon says:
I purchased the same one and i am very pleased with its performance, i have 3 xbox360s in the house ps3 and 2 laptops psp and work well.

Posted on Sep 20, 2011 11:31:33 PM PDT
I have NETGEAR N200 router,it is work excellent with cool reception.the router good for YouTube and cheeking mail or FB.However when I try to connect by Skype or oovoo for video calling after 2 minute reception will be dead.I turns off my firewall too but i still have same problem. could you please some help me what kind of router gonna be good for video calling?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 13, 2011 9:58:24 PM PDT
MathFire says:
I bought a Western Digital TV Live Plus. When I compared it to a Roku 2 XS, I took the Western Digital back to the store and traded it for the Roku. For user interface and the number of channels available, there's no comparison.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 19, 2011 4:26:44 AM PDT
Jim Halligan says:
I would also like to know about portable wireless in the MN, SD, NE area. Verizon is the best provider, but I really need unlimited plan...any ideas out there?
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