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Hd to tv and wireless? Help!!

Discussion in 'Technology' started by pboreham, 4 December 2010.

  1. pboreham

    pboreham Kick. Snare. Hat. Ride.

    5 August 2002
    C*lchester
    Southend Utd
    Guys, my problem...

    I want to hook up my external hdd to my tv to play back vids. But also want to transfer them wirelessly from laptop to the hdd.

    So do I need some sort of nas plus a media out device?

    Bit confused... One of you hip young things must have a similar set up?!

    Suggestions please :)
     
  2. biker_jim_uk

    biker_jim_uk International

    24 November 2003
    Man City
    Do you have a PS3 or Xbox?
     
  3. pboreham

    pboreham Kick. Snare. Hat. Ride.

    5 August 2002
    C*lchester
    Southend Utd
    Yea ps3 but not in the room I want to hook the hdd up to.
     
  4. biker_jim_uk

    biker_jim_uk International

    24 November 2003
    Man City
    Ok, I use mine as a media server, no experience of NAS drives sorry
     
  5. TikTikTikTikTik

    TikTikTikTikTik *****

    7 August 2004
    Liverpool
    WD TV Live has the capabilities.

    I have the normal WD TV's which I find pretty good. Just connect a usb HDD and you are good to go with most formats. Although a mate of mine only has 1080p movies (+10GB p/m) and his WD TV had issues playing them so he got a one from a different make.
     
  6. Placebo

    Placebo Ԁlɐɔǝqo

    3 May 2003
    Esmoriz, Portugal
    Sheffield Wednesday
    I use a Popcorn Hour, great piece of kit, plays almost all files and filetypes, can put a laptop size hard drive inside for storage (I used a spare one from an old 360), can also transfer stuff from usb flashdrives or just watch straight from the flashdrive, can stream stuff from your PC to it and watch that way, can upload files from your PC via FTP/file transfer wirelessly (if you buy the wireless dongle) and you can even download directly to it from Nzb's/torrents which IMO is the best feature :)
     
  7. TikTikTikTikTik

    TikTikTikTikTik *****

    7 August 2004
    Liverpool
    From what I have read the popcorn is the best out there, it's just so much more expensive. 300euro vs 100euro for the more generic ones if I remember correctly.
     
  8. Placebo

    Placebo Ԁlɐɔǝqo

    3 May 2003
    Esmoriz, Portugal
    Sheffield Wednesday
    Well they do refurbished A110 if you're on a real tight budget but yes it's not uber cheap :) We got the A200 for £204 and then the USB wifi dongle was £28 but it was money well spent IMO :)
     
  9. pboreham

    pboreham Kick. Snare. Hat. Ride.

    5 August 2002
    C*lchester
    Southend Utd
    Cheers guys.

    I had an AppleTV which would have done pretty much exactly what I now want (why do I go through these phases!)

    I've only got a laptop, so if I download anything, i have to move the laptop into another room to watch it with the GF.

    Would be so much easier to have something in the lounge and either stream directly from laptop, or just preferably (so laptop doesnt always have to be on) drag it across the network onto a HDD in the lounge.

    Didnt want to spend a fortune really as its only for convenience, not a necessity...
     
  10. Tim7

    Tim7 Retired Footballer

    6 May 2003
    Gravesend
    Charlton Athletic FC
    Must be hard that, moving a small computer designed to be portable ;)).
     
  11. pboreham

    pboreham Kick. Snare. Hat. Ride.

    5 August 2002
    C*lchester
    Southend Utd
    Smart arse! Its the fact that its my work machine, so its got a kinda of semi-docking thing going on to my back up drive, second monitor, external drive, speakers etc etc.

    Plus it means watching it on a small screen with crappy sound. I could hook it up to the TV I spose... just not an elegant solution all in all!
     
  12. Bitter Rivals

    Bitter Rivals International

    24 January 2005
    your not going to achieve anything without spending some money

    you can have your laptop/hdd connected to the network and then have some device in the other room like a pop corn hour which can stream over the network and/or the external hdd can connect to that to play directly through the pop corn hour as that is connected to your tv

    unless you tv has a usb port or networked and has the ability to browse nas drives etc then you are still in the same position.

    you would need a networkable device to talk to a nas drive to be able to play it on the tv you would need a clever bit of kit in between
     
    Last edited: 8 December 2010
  13. pboreham

    pboreham Kick. Snare. Hat. Ride.

    5 August 2002
    C*lchester
    Southend Utd
    Which really was the crux of the question.

    I have a laptop, I have a 1gb external drive and I know there is a device that you can connect a HDD to and then that to the TV via HDMI (name escapes me).

    Its being able to do it networked that I wondered if people could suggest the best thing.

    Popcorn, AppleTV or something else. As I say, I have the storage space, so dont really want to spend out on an all-in-on device - just something to connect the HD to the network via wireless.
     
  14. Bitter Rivals

    Bitter Rivals International

    24 January 2005
    you say you don't want to spend on an all in one device. but you need such a device to achieve what you want

    to be able to connect to the lan, to be able to connect to the tv.

    no magic piece of kit other than a media device to connect the hdd to. you can probably find a cheaper alternative to the popcorn hour etc but it would probably be better stretching to a pop corn hour simply because you could sell it at a later date and still not loose to much money
     
  15. biker_jim_uk

    biker_jim_uk International

    24 November 2003
    Man City
    Last edited: 8 December 2010
  16. Bitter Rivals

    Bitter Rivals International

    24 January 2005
    that is a good point biker jim

    if u can pick up a second hand cheap hacked xbox that would work
     
  17. pboreham

    pboreham Kick. Snare. Hat. Ride.

    5 August 2002
    C*lchester
    Southend Utd
    Cheers guys, that could be ideal. Still streaming though, but I could work with that.
     
  18. TikTikTikTikTik

    TikTikTikTikTik *****

    7 August 2004
    Liverpool
    I hope you mean 1TB...:P
     

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