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Long-Range Wireless Keyboard/Mouse?

timothy posted more than 5 years ago | from the he-thanks-you-in-advance dept.

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tambo writes with the sort of problem more people wish they had: "I've just bought myself an excellent LCD TV. I'd love to be able to access my home server from it for many reasons (music, video, surfing, MAME, etc.) — but my home server is in another room, 30 feet away from the TV and 50 feet away from the couch. I've acquired some gear to send PC audio and video wirelessly (over the 5.8GHz range), so that's all good. My challenge now is trying to send input wirelessly to my PC from fifty feet away. I've thought about getting a wireless USB hub, but that would introduce an additional wireless hop that would probably add to the input latency (and might interfere with all the other wireless gear in my pad.) My best bet now is to get a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse that have an unusually good range, and some of the Logitechs seem to qualify, but it's a gamble. Advice?"

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Bluetooth? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23794631)

The right bluetooth equipment can have a range of up to 100m. That enough?

Re:Bluetooth? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23794727)

I was probably like any other fifteen year old when I was growing up, seemingly aways having to fight off a hard-on. Maybe it was hormones, maybe it was because I was still a virgin, but my almost daily jack-off sessions didn't seem to help much. I still wanted to experience the feeling of my dick actually plunging into some beautiful young girl's tight, wet cunt. Hell, she didn't even have to be all that beautiful!

This feeling was driving me crazy. I HAD to have me a piece of ass soon, or I was simply gonna explode! I just couldn't keep out the thoughts of some young girl's pointed, jiggling tits slipping between my lips while my dick plowed between her moist slit.

My imagination, summer bikinis, and dad's PENTHOUSEs helped me to fill out my favorite fantasies of what the girls in my classes looked like naked. Those vivid images of beautiful, naked young girls coming into my room looking at my dick with lust, or my plopping them down on a desk right there in school and fucking our brains out seemed to dominate my every waking moment. Hell, even my nights were filled with wet dreams of these nubile young girls offering their naked bodies to me on sight!

The truth was I had never even seen a live naked girl since I was about seven-years-old playing doctor with a neigbor girl. Even then I didn't know what it was all about, just that my little dick got hard when I touched her bare pussy and that it felt REAL GOOD when she touched my hard dick. 'If only I new then what I know now,' I thought. Furthermore, I was much too shy to even approach a girl my age to ask for a date, much less to ask for a piece of ass or a blowjob.

I was sitting under a tree fretting about all of this one summer day, when I was startled by the voice of a young neighbor girl who had walked up behind me.

"What are you doing out here all by yourself?"

Pauline was a typical eleven-year-old, her body just beginning to show the first signs of maturing into an hourglass shape, but she still was flat-chested. Her personality had definitely not matured, and I even cosidered her to be quite a brat.

"Nothing much, just moping around," I told her.

"What's wrong?" she asked in a soft tone, touching my knee as she sat down beside me on the ground, her small skirt riding up her smooth legs.

I had never looked at her in a sexual way before, but the combination of my frustration and her uncharacteristic soft-spoken manner caused me to take a second look at her. She was actually a very pretty young girl, with long dark brown hair that flowed down onto her flat, preteen chest. Her innocent dark brown eyes looked deeply into mine as she pondered my troubles, and I began to get an idea on how I might exploit this budding motherly instinct of hers.

"Well......, it's just that a lot of the other guys my age have dated girls already," I began, "some of them have even had sex."

I paused to check her reaction. She was still sitting there looking at me intently, her knees pulled up near her chest and her arms draped around them casually leaving her skirt to gape open under her legs. I was sure that anyone passing by would be able to see her panties, but she didn't seem to be aware of her immodest pose.

"I'm just too shy to ask anyone out, though. I guess I'll never have the guts to either."

She sat there silently, bending her head down and resting her chin on her knees. She seemed to be in thought as she began to stare blankly at the ground in front of her, possibly wondering about her own lack of boyfriends and whether she too would ever have the experience of having sex one day.

"Have you ever wondered what it's like to have sex?" I asked her, hoping to guide the situation into a possible encounter. v She looked at me momentarily to see if I was sincere, or just trying to poke fun at her before answering.

"Well...., yeah...., sometimes...., but nobody really likes me much around here. All of the boys in my class just want to play by themselves. I'll probably never have a boyfriend or anything," she said solemnly.

"Have you ever thought about doing it with anybody around here?" I asked, pressing further.

"EEEWWW, NO!" she said, raising her voice defensively.

"Don't get mad, Pauline! I was just wondering." I said, trying to salvage the situation. "I wouldn't tell anybody if you had thought about it."

After that exchange, we both sat silently for a few moments. She resumed her position of resting her head on her knees, and her skirt still left her entire bottom open below her legs. Hoping to get a better view of this sight, I stretched and yawned, feigning fatique. I then bent forward and crawled along the ground until I was stretched out on my side facing Pauline, my feet resting against the large tree. She looked at me momentarily before reaverting her gaze to the ground directly in front of her, resuming her thoughts. I waited until she looked away before looking under her legs, but when I did, I was greeted by the sight of her beautiful tanned legs disappearing into the rumpled bottom of her skirt. Between them was a bright white strip of cotton cloth, covering what I knew had to be her young twat. The tightness of the cloth stretched across her little pussy, clearly identifying just where it was by the indentation of the fabric along the slit. My dick immediately began to respond, and I quickly stuck my hand in my pocket to adjust it before it was too late, leaving it there to help hide the effect it was going to have on my pants.

"I've thought a lot about having sex," I said, looking back up to her eyes just as she turned her gaze back to me.

"Really? Who with?" she asked curiously.

Now she had me on the spot. If I told her all of the girls my fantasies revolved around, it would be just like this little brat to go and tell them. As I studied her face though, I noticed a look that I had never seen before. It was as if she was trying to form a mental image of two people having sex, me being one of them and the other still left blank.

"Well...., I don't know. You might think it's gross if I tell you. What's more, you'll probably go right off and tell them if I told you who it was," I said.

"I won't think it's gross, and I promise I won't tell...., please....." she pleaded.

Now I was beginning to feel I was getting somewhere. I really had her curiosity up, and I even thought that she might even be enjoying this line of conversation.

"Well...., OK," I began. "But you gotta promise you aren't gonna tell. And it's not like I would really do it with them or anything. I've just thought about it, OK?"

"OK, sure!" she replied, just a tinge of excitement in her voice. v "Um..., well..., you know Jodi McAllister? I've thought about doing it with her." I said.

"Oh," she replied, sounding slightly disappointed.

"Yeah, she's got a nice body. Blonde hair....., blue eyes...., and pretty nice tits too! And she's got a REAL nice ass on her!" I said, hoping to get Pauline's gears going.

Pauline raised up, resting her chin on her hands, her elbows on her knees. She shifted her geet out from her body, keeping her thighs together. Her little feet were pointed inward slightly, giving her a very little girlish look. Her gaze seemed to be far off now as she thought about what I had said.

My eyes returned to that magic spot between her legs momentarily, as I pondered how to word my next sentence.

"Who else have you thought about?" she asked in a faraway tone.

"Well...., if you promise you won't think it's gross.....," I said, pausing for a response.

"No..., no, I don't think it's gross!" she said, looking back at me with pleading eyes.

"Well...., I'm kinda embarrased to tell you who else I was thinking about," I said teasingly.

"Aw, c'mon....., I promise I won't tell!" she begged.

"Well...., you really won't have to...., 'cause...., I kinda have been thinkin' about doin' it with you," I said softly, not really lying about it now.

A look of complete surprise came over her face as her head raised from its resting place slightly and her hands came apart. Her mouth gaped open as she took in what I had just said and I noticed a distinct deep red blush spread across her face.

"Larry...!" she exclaimed, not really knowing what to say next.

"Y-y-you've really..... thought about...., y'know..., having sex..... with me?!" she asked in disbelief.

"Well....yeah," I said, more confidently. "You're a pretty girl, and even though you don't really have any tits yet, you still have a nice body."

She blushed again, instinctively reaching down and wrapping her skirt around her legs, drawing them together and hunching over to rest her chin on her knees once more. It was obvious that she had been flattered about my remarks, but at the same time she was totally caught off guard with the thought of someone wanting to have sex with her. I could see her playing out the scene in her mind as she sat there, rocking back and forth slightly.

A long, pregnant pause elapsed before anyone said anything again. It was me who initiated the next question.

"Well..., what do you think?" I asked her. "Do you think you would want to have sex with somebody like me?"

"NO!" she exclaimed. "I couldn't....., I mean....., I'm only eleven-years-old. I shouldn't be doing stuff like that. And besides, you're fifteen!"

"So, I know some girls who did it when they were nine- years-old," I lied.

"Oh yeah....., who?" she demanded.

"Well...., I promised I wouldn't tell. And promises are promises," I said, trying to get myself out of that one.

Pauline thought for a moment before saying, "Well...., I dunno....., I just don't think I better do anything like that."

"OK, OK......, but if you COULD do it, do you think you would do it with somebody like me?" I asked, trying to keep on the topic.

"Well...., I dunno," she said blushing. "I...., I guess so."

I just smiled back at her, "Thanks, Pauline. I needed to hear that!"

She looked back at me, and an embarrased smile flashed across her face as she had to look away. I wasn't through with her yet, however. I just HAD to get something out of all of this. My dick was pressing against my pants with one of the most raging hard-ons I had ever had. I had noticed Pauline looking down at my crotch a couple of times as we had talked about doing it, but I wasn't sure if she saw anything as my hand was still in my pocket, paritally hiding the tent-like effect my dick was having on my pants.

I waited a few more moments before starting again, "You know...., I don't even know what a naked girl looks like."

"What about your sister, haven't you seen her naked before?" she asked.

"Well....yeah. But that was a long time ago, when she was just a little baby. Besides, it's not the same when you see your sister, especially when she's only one-year-old."

I continued to look at Pauline. She was all balled up, and refused to look at me when we weren't talking. I had decided that I just had to at least see her bare little pussy, even if she wasn't gonna let me fuck her. At least I would have something to go whack off with for a while.

"What about you...., would you let me see you naked?" I asked hesitantly. "I'll let you see me naked."

"I..., I don't know. I better not," her voice showing her uncertainty.

"Aw, c'mon Pauline," I begged. "I'll probably never get to see a naked girl until I get married...., if I ever DO get married."

"I-I don't know, Larry." she said nervously.

I could tell she was actually considering it, but she still would have rather I hadn't asked. Even so, the thought of seeing a naked boy probably for the first time intriqued her.

"I'll make it worth your while," I went on. "I'll buy you an banana split when the ice cream man comes by."

She paused for a moment, biting her upper lip as she contemplated my proposal. The agony of the moment was almost unbearable for me.

Finally, she spoke, " Well....OK...."

I almost leaped for joy inside, but I kept my cool on the outside. At least as much cool as I could considering my state of excitement.

"But you've got to promise that you'll not touch me. And you've got to promise not to tell ANYBODY. And you still have to buy me the banana split." she rattled on.

"OK, OK," I interupted, "I promise, I promise."

"C'mon, let's go to my grandpa's barn where nobody will see us," I said, grabbing her by the hand and rushing her away before she had a chance to change her mind.

Grandpa's barn was way off in a field by itself, surrounded by a few old oak trees on the sides and back. He used it mainly to store hay for his cows, and hardly ever came there during the summer. He also kept an old Studebaker out there, and that is where Pauline and I stopped to carry out our deal.

"You go first," I told her.

"Can't we both just go at the same time?" she asked.

"Well...., yeah..., sure," I said almost reluctantly, not wanting to miss one second of her bare pussy being exposed.

"Remember, you can't touch, and you've got to buy me that banana split," she said.

"I know, Pauline. You don't have to keep reminding me," I said, as I unzipped my pants and she pulled her panties down under her skirt.

I quickly shucked my cut-offs down, exposing my underwear and the large bulge sticking out into it. Pauline had bent over to pull her panties down to about her ankles, then stood up, stepping out of them with her left foot and flipping them off with her right. As she stood, she became transfixed by the sight of my bulging underwear.

Knowing that her pussy was naked under her skirt, and that I was about to see it seemed to make my dick even harder than ever. What's more, knowing that my naked cock was going to be so close to a naked pussy, and me not getting to at least stick it in was more than I could bear. I just had to have more than just a look. My mind raced over what I could say to coax her into letting me at least try to stick it in her as we both slowly began to expose our sex to each other.

I bent over as I slowly lifted the waistband of my underwear over my pulsing cockhead, sliding them down my legs. My face was about a foot and a half from Pauline's crotch, as she slowly lifted her skirt. The hem slowly inched it's way up, and just as I saw the first signs of a tiny hairless slit she stopped.

"Well, stand up so I can see it. We've got to do it together," she demanded.

Reluctanly I stood up, my hard dick pointing up at her face at about a 45 degree angle. Pauline gasped as she looked at it bobbing slightly in front of her.

"OK, Pauline, take your skirt off," I said impatiently.

"I'm just going to lift it up so you can see it, I don't want to take it off," she replied.

I was at the point where I didn't care, just so long as I could see her whole pussy. Quickly she jerked her skirt up over her waist to expose my first full view of a live girl's pussy. It was so beautiful, just a tiny little hairless slit laying there between her closed legs. I marveled at the smooth folds of skin, and the lack of anything else around them.

"Spread your legs a little bit, Pauline. I can't really see anything yet," I asked, my voice almost choking in my throat.

Pausing for a second, she then stepped outward with first one leg, then the other, leaving me a clear view of the little line running down her crotch and disappearing up under her. We stood lie that for a little bit, both of us in awe of each other before I spoke again.

"Pauline.....," I began, "Just let me stick it in you one time...., PLEASE! Just one time, that's all."

"I don't know....," she said cautiously, "besides, you said all I have to do is show you my thing, then you would buy me the banana split."

"I know, I know....., but you look so pretty down there...., a-and guys who have done it before tell me that it feels REAL good when you do it. I promise I'll only stick it in and then pull it right back out...., OK?" I pleaded as I watched her let the hem of her skirt relax downward a little as she thought.

"Well.....," she thought for a moment, looking at my cock, "I......, I guess it will be alright....., just one time though."

"OK," I said, "I get to stick it in you all the way one time, then I'll pull it out."

"Then you buy me the banana split," she added.

"Then I buy you the banana split," I acknowledged. "C'mon over here to the car, we can do it in the backseat."

She dropped her skirt back down and stood by the car door as I opened it. Then she jumped in and lay down on her back across the seat, pulling her skirt up. One leg draped off the edge of the seat, giving me my first good look at her whole, hairless little pussy slit. It started just a little ways up the front of her body and continued down all the way between her legs connecting with the crack of her ass, making one continuous line. The lips of her hairless twat were tight together, leaving no clue as to where her little hole might be.

Slowly, I climbed in the car over her until my dick hovered right over the top of her slit. I wasn't quite sure just where it was supposed to go, so without further ado, I began poking at her slit with my dick. The first prod ran along the very top portion of her hairless slit, the head of my cock parting her lips slightly as it slid up and onto her lower belly. She giggled a little bit at this new stimulation, as the shaft of my dick slid against her preteen clit. I raised up and tried again, producing the same effect. I propped myself up with my left arm as I backed up a little and eased my dick head down her slit with my right hand. 'Where is her little cunt hole,' I thought as my cock head explored the length of her slit. Suddenly, my dick felt something slightly more moist and hotter than before. 'That must be it," I thought, as I held my dick in place and pushed slightly. Her hole was tight, and my dick glanced off and ran down between her ass cheeks.

Again, I backed up and placed the head of my dick at the entrance to her tight, hairless hole and pushed. This time I felt the head go in slightly. As hard as my dick was, it began to bend so I backed off of the pressure a little, but keeping my dick in the same place. Once more I pushed in, and again I felt my dick slip in a little more. This time when I stopped, I felt the walls of her pussy begin to slip down around my cock, readjusting themselves to where they had formerly been. Again I pushed, and I noticed that her pussy lips seemed to go with my dick inside her. When I stopped again, I could see her slit slowly reappear as the walls of her pussy slowly slid back down my dick.

Again I pushed, and suddenly Pauline gasped. I wasn't sure what happened, all I was sure about was that the feeling was incredible. It was like pushing my dick through layer after layer, fold after fold of hot, moist skin. Her tiny hairless hole was so tight that I could only go in a fraction of an inch at a time. Each time I pushed, her whole twat would go with me, and each time I stopped her hole would slowly ease it's way further down my dick, giving me the feeling of passing yet another fold of her inner skin.

I could tell that Pauline was experiencing some discomfort, but she was not protesting. This was a business deal. Both of us had a bargain to keep, and she was certainly going to keep hers. After all, it wasn't very often that a kid around here got a banana split.

I kept up my assault on her tight, hairless, virgin cunt. I had almost gotten my entire dick in her on the last push when I felt the bottom of her pussy come into contact with the head of my dick. The last push had only allowed her pussy to slip down my dick part of the distance of my thrust, and her tiny slit was just barely visible between her legs, my dick resting snugly between them.

Well, I was all of the way in now. We looked at each other, both of us breathing heavily as I stayed inside her for a moment, relishing the feeling of my cock buried deep inside this eleven-year-old's tight, hairless pussy.

"Pauline....," I managed to speak between gasps, "how about if I move my dick back and forth inside your pussy some? I'll still buy you a banana split!"

She lay there with my dick inside her for a moment, panting heavily as she thought before asking hoarsely, "How many times do you want to do it?"

I looked at her for a moment. I hadn't thought about that. How many times does it take before I can cum?

"I dunno...," I gasped, "maybe about...., a hundred?"

I hurried to quell the look of apprehension on her face by explaining, "A hundred times is not a lot. Hell...., I can count to a hundred in less than a minute!"

She looked at me for a moment, then nodded in agreement as I began to slowly withdraw my dick until it was about halfway inside her. As I withdrew, the inner walls of her pussy seemed to hold onto my dick, creating an effect similar to the one when I entered her.

Gradually I began pumping back and forth. The grip of her pussy, combined with the wetness and moisture was causing that familiar feeling deep within my loins. Her gasps became little "Ahh's" that came in time with each quickening thrust of my dick inside her.

I don't think I needed to bargain for "about a hundred times", as the combination of the feeling of her tight hairless cunt wrapped around my dick, the feeling of her tiny body under mine, and the fact that she was looking me right in the eyes as I fucked her brought me over the edge with the most ball busting orgasm I had ever had.

The force of my orgasm forced me to thrust completely inside of her, burying my dick to the hilt. I could feel the hard little nub of her cervix pressing against my cock head as I erupted spurt after spurt deep inside her preteen pussy. The amount of my jism was so much, and the room inside her was so little, that after I filled her preteen womb completely with my spunk, I began to feel it spurt out between my dick and the walls of her twat, running down onto my balls and between the crack of her ass.

I had expended so much energy on my orgasm that I collapsed on top of her, my dick still buried deeply inside her. I rolled over slightly and eased my dick back out of her tiny twat, and as my cock head emerged from between her hairless pussy lips, one last spurt of pent up jism held inside my dick from the tightness of her pussy splashed across the bare lips of her slit, covering them completely.

Our deal was done. It was late however, and the ice cream man had already gone by for the day. It was also getting on to be about supper time, so Pauline slipped out of the car and put her panties back on under her skirt, leaving my cum dripping out of that sweet hairless hole and soaking those pretty white cotton panties.

I saw Pauline around the neigborhood a lot after that. I heard from my freinds that she eventually fucked almost every other boy in the neigborhood, but we never again got together like that, nor did we ever speak of it again. Come to think of it, I never did buy her that banana split!

Re:Bluetooth? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23794953)

Wtf, where is the tech?

Re:Bluetooth? (4, Informative)

jdcaron (1133483) | more than 5 years ago | (#23795081)

Personally I own a wireless keyboard (Adesso WKB-4000US [adesso.com]) which I am very satisfied of. I never had to charge the batteries (AAA) since I got it (6 months). And it works either on Windows XP or Linux without any drivers to install. The range of the keyboard is good and that's fine for my usage. Also, the manufacturer says that it works up to 100 feet. But obviously it's not 100 feet through any walls or floors. So, I guess that could work for you but I don't know much what you really mean by "...in an other room..."

Otherwise, I found that my laptop is a very good alternative. I just hop on my server through VNC and I control it with my laptop. And this works from a further distance since my wireless network has a very good range.

or you could just go take a walk... (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23794635)

i think this is what they mean by possessions owning the person rather than the other way around.

Re:or you could just go take a walk... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23794967)

You know, if we just raise taxes enough, then people won't be able to afford things, thus saving them from the clutches of materialism and capitalism.

Re:or you could just go take a walk... (1)

cyberchuck.nz (1307417) | more than 5 years ago | (#23795415)

i think this is what they mean by possessions owning the person rather than the other way around.

That's true, although I have a Media PC setup at home (standard MythTV - nothing flashy). It's great for the days when you come home from work and just want to spend an hour to unwind - especially on those days where anything that can go wrong does go wrong.

When I'm home alone, it's great to be turn up the stereo and have my music stream across the network so that I can hear it while I'm in the kitchen or wherever - and yes I could just plug in an ipod and get the same result, but this lets me have all my movies in one "central repository" type thing - kinda like Movies on Demand, except requiring you to rip them to ISO after you've purchased them

Frist Psot! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23794637)

Man you're lazy!

I think you mean... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23794975)

First FAIL.

Re:Frist Psot! (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23795213)

Ironic.

CB'er solution (4, Funny)

bmo (77928) | more than 5 years ago | (#23794643)

If 5 watts isn't enough, just hook it up to a 1KW linear amp. Oh wait, there's a van out front that says FCC on it. BRB. Door.

--
BMO

Re:CB'er solution (1)

Toll_Free (1295136) | more than 5 years ago | (#23795605)

If 5 watts isn't enough, just hook it up to a 1KW linear amp. Oh wait, there's a van out front that says FCC on it. BRB. Door.

--
BMO
1Kw

lol

You jest, Uncle Charlie coming after a driver.

--Toll_Free 22Kw PEP

Build your own set-top box... (4, Insightful)

I confirm I'm not a (720413) | more than 5 years ago | (#23794655)

I realise you've just spent a fair bit on sending video and audio from the server, and probably don't want to waste that investment, but wouldn't the easiest approach be to have a networked PC under the screen, and use that to connect mouse and keyboard to? You could SSH into your server, or similar?

With this approach you could dedicate the "set-top box" to recording video (handy for the antenna connection or cable box...) and use the server for storing recordings long-term.

Re:Build your own set-top box... (1)

Maestro485 (1166937) | more than 5 years ago | (#23794821)

That's exactly what I was thinking.

In fact, I was going to suggest a "putoneinthelivingroom" tag.

Re:Build your own set-top box... (0)

KillerBob (217953) | more than 5 years ago | (#23795223)

Part of the problem is that for an HTPC to be successful, it needs to be silent. That's one of the reasons that some of them get put in another room entirely... it's not easy to build a PC that's fast enough to be useable as an HTPC and low powered enough that it can be passively cooled.

Admittedly my experience is a little lacking when it comes to dumb terminals, but how are they at transmitting OpenGL etc.? Do they need powerful graphics, too? That will add to the heat.

HTPC doesn't need to be too powerful (3, Interesting)

Rob the Bold (788862) | more than 5 years ago | (#23795319)

I've got a Linux HTPC that satisfies me pretty well. The only case fan I need is on the power supply, since I'm using a low-power AMD 45W dual core CPU. The CPU fan is small and almost inadible. Since all the data storage is on the home server, the HTPC boots off a 4GB CF card. The power supply itself is "80 plus" rated PS with power factor correction, and the fan only runs as fast as it needs to, which isn't very fast since nothing in the box makes too much heat.

The performance specs aren't incredible, and this setup wouldn't be suitable for hard-core gaming, but it doesn't take much CPU horsepower these days to run video and audio codecs.

Re:HTPC doesn't need to be too powerful (1)

KillerBob (217953) | more than 5 years ago | (#23795511)

Likewise mine runs quiet enough that I can't really hear it most of the time.... but it is getting difficult to assemble one that's quiet enough, particularly if you need something approaching power, and/or a small form factor case.

Re:Build your own set-top box... (2, Informative)

HipToday (883113) | more than 5 years ago | (#23794927)

My modded Xbox with Xbox Media Center basically satisfies these requirements (minus the video recording and SSH). I can play all my video, MP3s, etc. from the server via SMB shares, and you can easily get emulators for all of your favorite gaming classics. If you really want wireless, you can get an Ethernet-WiFi bridge. Plus there's no bulky keyboard and mouse on my coffee table, just an Xbox controller.

Re:Build your own set-top box... (1)

JediLow (831100) | more than 5 years ago | (#23795203)

Even easier - tversity; I'm running a 802.11n network in my place and the streaming between my 360 and desktop works great.

Re:Build your own set-top box... (1)

BungaDunga (801391) | more than 5 years ago | (#23795481)

I've got the same thing, I've used my xbox as a DVD player ever since I lost my DVD remote. The fan does tend to be a bit loud though.

Re:Build your own set-top box... (2, Informative)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 5 years ago | (#23795595)

Minus video recording, SSH, HD playback, actually HD anything.

I so wish it would do 720p but the xbox chokes hard on it. In fact most peoples HTPC's choke on HD content.

Re:Build your own set-top box... (3, Informative)

cyberchuck.nz (1307417) | more than 5 years ago | (#23795193)

wouldn't the easiest approach be to have a networked PC under the screen, and use that to connect mouse and keyboard to

That's how we've done the setup where I live. Bought a couple of secondhand PC's, which were shifted into media PC cases, add a PCI wireless card and S-Video capable graphics card and you're set.

The PC's sit quite nicely with the other equipment around the TV, and it's easy enough to control using the IR remotes (we use the Microsoft MCE ones).

Load MythTV on all these machines, convert all the DVD's to ISO's / CD's to MP3 / etc and throw them on your workhorse PC (Myth Server) and you're set

How are you running the video remotely? (1)

billstewart (78916) | more than 5 years ago | (#23795317)

If you've got a long enough cable to reach from the computer to the TV, can you run another cable next to it for your keyboard? If that doesn't reach all the way to your couch, either do something wireless, or run a USB cable and use an infrared USB frob for the keyboard/mouse or something if you don't trust ethernet or bluetooth latency.


Or take that P200 laptop with the cracked screen that's been lying around and use it as a X server for the keyboard and mouse.

Re:How are you running the video remotely? (1)

Chris Mattern (191822) | more than 5 years ago | (#23795615)

If you've got a long enough cable to reach from the computer to the TV, can you run another cable next to it for your keyboard?


The second sentence of the freakin' *summary* says:

I've acquired some gear to send PC audio and video wirelessly (over the 5.8GHz range), so that's all good.


He's got no wires, and he wants to keep it no wires. Personally, I tend to prefer sticking to wired connections when possible (such as with two fixed points in the same home) but it's his stuff and if he wants to do it wirelessly, I wish him good luck.

Re:Build your own set-top box... (1)

owlstead (636356) | more than 5 years ago | (#23795397)

They've got great, fan-less mini-itx PVR kits available for not too much money. In case you hate fans as much as I do (and don't want to spend too much $$$).

VIA has hardware acceleration for high def video in the chipsets. It'll take some time for atom to catch up, but you could wait for the eee-Desktop PC to do the same thing.

Re:Build your own set-top box... (1)

Eggplant62 (120514) | more than 5 years ago | (#23795521)

My first questions:
What OS?
If Linux, why not SSH/Xwindow via XDMCP?
If Windows, why not rdesktop?

Re:Build your own set-top box... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23795593)

Yup most do exactly that. almost NOBODy does what the asker is doing. It's simply SILLY or only done by those that cant afford what they have and they want to half arse it.

"I just blew my wad on a most excellent TV, how can I jury rig something cheap because I dont have any more money because I am living beyond my means..."

I guess Saturdays are slow (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23794657)

This must be the lamest Slashdot post I have ever seen. Have there been lamer ones? If so, links please.

Extension cable (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23794659)

Use a USB extension cable, plug it into the server, and plug the wireless receiver into that. Run it along the wall as far as is necessary to bring it into range of wherever you use the keyboard.

And on a side note: the couch? Really? I can never quite believe that people are actually comfortable using a computer when they are sat on a couch. That goes double for non-laptops.

Re:Extension cable (1)

I confirm I'm not a (720413) | more than 5 years ago | (#23794687)

Re: the couch. Sure, it's not the ideal location for hours of hacking, but it's ideal for quickly logging into a server to check something, or firing up a web-browser or mail client.

Re:Extension cable (1, Offtopic)

Swizec (978239) | more than 5 years ago | (#23794935)

When I'm writing I like nothing better than to sit on a couch or just about anywhere but my desk. The desk is just way too indoctrinated to really let my imagination flow.

Hell, even when I'm coding I do most of the thinking away from the desk and even the computer itself.

Re:Extension cable (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23795449)

Who indoctrinated your desk? What is your desk's credo? Has its indoctrination been a benefit or a detriment to its life?

Re:Extension cable (2, Informative)

Sonnekki (978779) | more than 5 years ago | (#23794995)

Unfortunately, USB cables can only be about 16 feet (5 meters) [wikipedia.org] long before the connection times out..and that doesn't really help a great deal, especially since the couch is 50 feet away from the server.

Active Extension Cable : 16 feet (4, Informative)

corsec67 (627446) | more than 5 years ago | (#23795627)

So you get a USB cable [newegg.com] that has a repeater in it.

I think the repeater is a one-port USB hub, so they could be daisy chained for a while, as long as they get enough power from the original port. Maybe have a powered USB hub that the wireless receiver plugs into.

Or you use a USB-Ethernet Extender [newegg.com], which sends the USB signals over an Ethernet cable. I don't think that is USB over IP, so you probably can't plug that into an ethernet switch at all.

Re:Extension cable (2, Informative)

WCLPeter (202497) | more than 5 years ago | (#23795095)

I can never quite believe that people are actually comfortable using a computer when they are sat on a couch.
I had my G4 Mac Mini hooked up to my Toshiba 51HX83 for about six months. It would still be hooked up, despite me having a 21 inch 1600 x 1200 LCD monitor in the computer room and only being able to run the TV at 720P (the writing was too small at 1080i), if it weren't for the fact that the Apple Menu bar starting burning into my screen.

Now I could see your point with a small TV, but with a 50+ inch it's simply amazing. No monkeying around with media servers or wireless networks, everything was in one spot. VLC plays full screen and would correctly display the correct aspect ratios for my stuff. Showing the family a funny YouTube video was much easier than everyone crowding around the computer.

It was also nice to web browse between commercials, or check my e-mail. Not to mention the Hi-Def Apple Movie Trailer site was something to behold.

If you haven't done it yet, I would strongly recommend you hook your PC up to your TV. Especially now with the LCD ones out there, you don't have to worry so much about screen burn like I did. I'm *almost* tempted to buy a new LCD TV just so I can hook up my Mac again, it's just hard to justify a new TV purchase when the one you have works perfectly okay.

Gyration Go Pro 2.4 GHz (5, Informative)

unne (450755) | more than 5 years ago | (#23794661)

Gyration GO PRO 2.4GHz Optical Air Mouse and Compact Keyboard Suite. Needs only an empty USB port and gives you a 100' range.

http://www.gyration.com/p-18-go-pro-24ghz-optical-air-mouse-and-compact-keyboard-suite.aspx

I'll second that (2, Informative)

Sycraft-fu (314770) | more than 5 years ago | (#23795093)

I haven't used their keyboards but we use their Gyromouse products in various rooms for presentations. In addition to being a real cool motion control device (works like a Wiimote, but better, doesn't need IR) it has a really long range. They claim 100 feet and I'd believe it. I haven't done accurate range tests, but it'll go all over a fairly large room.

Seems to be very solid technology.

Re:I'll second that (2, Informative)

simcop2387 (703011) | more than 5 years ago | (#23795191)

i've got one of their mice, through several walls i'd say i easily get at least 35-40 feet, i tried it once with line of site and got at least 80, though i don't know how well apparant battery life is at those distances (e.g. how long before the rf power drops to where it can't talk)

Re:Gyration Go Pro 2.4 GHz (2, Informative)

Fahrvergnuugen (700293) | more than 5 years ago | (#23795121)

I second that. I use their mouse + the Apple Bluetooth keyboard (which is nice because it's small) with my Mac mini which acts as my media center. Couldn't be happier.

And I'll third that! (4, Informative)

epp_b (944299) | more than 5 years ago | (#23795171)

We have a Gyration keyboard and mouse set at our church. The range is awesome: The receiver and PC are at the back while the keyboard and mouse are controlled from the pulpit, well over 100 feet away.

Re:And I'll third that! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23795631)

Far offtopic here, but you have a keyboard and mouse at a pulpit?

Are your sermons Powerpoint based, somehow requiring keyboard input?

Honest question.

Re:Gyration Go Pro 2.4 GHz (3, Informative)

ThomConspicuous (1004135) | more than 5 years ago | (#23795591)

I have both keyboard and mouse for my home theater. Both work great from upstairs about 30 feet away and through walls. Highly recommended for this type of application.

Re:Gyration Go Pro 2.4 GHz (1)

Threni (635302) | more than 5 years ago | (#23795641)

Is this secure? What's to stop me capturing your credit card and ordering some funky gear for myself at your expense?

Wireless (2, Informative)

kawabago (551139) | more than 5 years ago | (#23794723)

I built a little homebrew ir receiver that runs on the serial port. There are only 5 components that are easy to get and easy to solder together. Plans are linked on the homepage www.lirc.org

SSH? (1)

Darkness404 (1287218) | more than 5 years ago | (#23794725)

It might be worth looking into getting a cheap EEE ($300) and just SSHing into your PC to control it.

Re:SSH? (1)

Dare nMc (468959) | more than 5 years ago | (#23794961)

instead of ssh, synergy2.sourceforge.net [slashdot.org] I use this plus a EEE pc + DPG-1200 (dlink wireless video device)

zvbox [amazon.com] would have been better, since my Tivo could then cache Netflix movies, and turn off the pc. it's definitly more costly.

Advice? (3, Funny)

digitalderbs (718388) | more than 5 years ago | (#23794729)

[Your] best bet now is to get a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse that have an unusually good range, and some of the Logitechs seem to qualify, but it's a gamble.

Re:Advice? (2, Informative)

I confirm I'm not a (720413) | more than 5 years ago | (#23794769)

My advice would be to seek advice from anyone with experience of using Bluetooth over long distances - does it do what it says on the tin? The OP could perhaps ask on a tech site like, say, Slashdot. However they'll probably get a load of flippant answers from people who haven't tried it... ;-)

use a usb bluetooth adapter on a long extender cab (2, Insightful)

alices ice (699932) | more than 5 years ago | (#23794773)

use a usb bluetooth adapter on a long extender cable so it's closer to your couch!

Re:use a usb bluetooth adapter on a long extender (1)

Khyber (864651) | more than 5 years ago | (#23795455)

Or just put it higher up on the wall or ceiling. I've pulled about 50 feet from a 30 foot bluetooth headset by using the extender cable to raise it higher into the air.

smoke signals (3, Funny)

unity100 (970058) | more than 5 years ago | (#23794777)

with the crazy setup you are trying to do, your best bet is getting a small carpet, some wood, and sending smoke signals to your server.

Re:smoke signals (3, Funny)

nfk (570056) | more than 5 years ago | (#23794899)

That's silly, the server is in a different room. Drums might work.

Logitech Bluetooth Mediaboard for the PS3 (4, Informative)

SScorpio (595836) | more than 5 years ago | (#23794793)

http://reviews.cnet.com/keyboards/logitech-cordless-mediaboard-for/4505-3134_7-32319140.html [cnet.com]

My friend is using one for just this purpose. And he's about 30' or so away, and he's going through from the first room of his house to his basement and it's working great.

As for the wireless video? Are you using so type of VGA wireless solution? With an LCD TV you should be able to receive 720p or even 1080p connect. This would require either a component or HDMI/DVI connect. There are actually DVI over ethernet adapters which will send your single over the long distance without losing quality which the wireless solution I used to use has issues with. You could also just hit up http://www.monoprice.com/ [monoprice.com] and pick up a 40" HDMI cable for about $40 or so shipped. If you didn't know you can get adapters that convert DVI->HDMI and some even support sound as well.

bluetooth expereince (1)

Fable (136371) | more than 5 years ago | (#23794795)

i did this in a boardroom at my office.. .

bluetooth form 30 feet worked OK but it was sketchy.. signal would drop in and out. not too usable.

so i got one of these:
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2893288&Sku=C250-3868 [tigerdirect.ca]

and hung the bluetooth receiver in the center of the room. USB over cat5 goes a long way and you can hide the cables well.

Re:bluetooth expereince (1)

matts-reign (824586) | more than 5 years ago | (#23795009)

I've used one of these too, but for a USB RFID reader that was used in a server room. I was suspicious at first, because it just seemed a little dodgy, but its worked great.

Re:bluetooth expereince (1)

mikesd81 (518581) | more than 5 years ago | (#23795369)

That's fine for usb devices that plug into the computer, and does it work through the hub, or does it have to be plugged into the computer for the requester's post? Also, how what about usb devices like bluetooth dongles? How does it power them?

Wi-fi/web server based remotes (1)

glennrrr (592457) | more than 5 years ago | (#23794801)

At least on the Mac, there are a variety of remotes implemented as web apps running on small web servers on the host computer, e.g. Remote Buddy. Then all you need is an iPod Touch or iPhone, or other handheld capable of running a browser connected via Wi-Fi.

Re:Wi-fi/web server based remotes (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23795349)

Mac ... iPod Touch ... iPhone
Or if you don't like sucking Apple off, you could always get this [wikipedia.org] (or the earlier model, the N770 [wikipedia.org] for about $150) and you're in business. The N770 is a completely open platform, if you've got some developing skills up your sleeve you can write your own application. If writing code isn't your thing, I've seen a couple of free projects that allow you to control your PC remotely, and even one commercial one [linuxdevices.com].

The N770 is a pretty reasonable alternative to a keyboard and mouse, plus you can take it around the house or mount it somewhere for parties to let people have a bit of control of the music. Also, resolution permitting you could run a copy of VNC Server Enterprise and use VNC Viewer Enterprise which allows dynamic resizing of the screen to fit on your tablet for when you need to do a bit more than what your web interface allows.

My Solution (2, Insightful)

pete-classic (75983) | more than 5 years ago | (#23794809)

Storage server* in a back room, Mac Mini hooked up to the TV. Added a bluetooth keyboard and Mighty Mouse and I'm set. It's even a DVD player smaller than most! (Can't wait 'till they come out with a Blu-ray model.)

You're making the split at the I/O level. Makes much more sense to me to split at the storage level. Storage is still noisy, processing has gotten pretty quiet. Why fling all those signals around when you can just have one Ethernet backhaul, and keep all the I/O in the same room?

-Peter

*Actually just a Newertech drive plugged into the USB port on my Airport Extreme. I hope to upgrade to a Drobo soon.

Re:My Solution (1)

plover (150551) | more than 5 years ago | (#23794957)

Processing can still be noisy if you have to get rid of a lot of heat, and a lot of heat is likely when you're slinging pixels at a 1080p screen. Of course there are watercooling options, and Zalman is all about making silenced cases these days, so you're right that it doesn't have to be noisy.

Regarding the drobo, I hear they're pretty slow. I don't know if they're fast enough to keep up with a compressed HD movie or not, as I don't have one myself.

Re:My Solution (1)

pete-classic (75983) | more than 5 years ago | (#23795145)

My mini is a 1.66GHz core duo. It does 720p AVC easily. On it VLC can almost do 1080p AVC, but can't quite sustain it*. I imagine the current-gen 2.0GHz core 2 duo can handle it fine, whilst maintaining its whisper-quiet operating volume.

Blu-ray is the highest bandwidth HD source I know of, and it maxes out at 36 Mbits/s. The most pessimistic number I can find for the Drobo is 12MBytes/s sustained write. They claim "up to" (whatever that means) 22MB/s sustained read and 20MB/s sustained write. So if we assume that read throughput is no worse than write, and that the realistic number is 12MB/s, then we're talking about trying to fit 36Mbits/s of data down a 96Mbit/s pipe. Should be no problem. Playing back two different 1080p movies simultaneously would probably require some fairly heavy buffering to work reliably ;-)

-Peter

*Now that they've fixed the horrid DTS performance!

Re:My Solution (1)

xyankee (693587) | more than 5 years ago | (#23795139)

My Apple wireless keyboard (aluminum) has issues with losing connection from only 10' away from the Mac mini in my living room. And that's with nothing in between, either. The Logitech VX nano mouse I use fairs a bit better, but only when I use the USB extension cable and have the receiver facing forward; it's jerky beyond 8' if I just have it plugged into the back of the mini.

Re:My Solution (1)

pete-classic (75983) | more than 5 years ago | (#23795181)

Take it back. I had trouble with my first Mighty Mouse and they swapped it out for me. New one works like a champ!

-Peter

The PCjr "chiclet" keyboard (3, Insightful)

sakusha (441986) | more than 5 years ago | (#23794811)

Oh it's too bad they don't make the old PCjr infrared keyboards anymore. They had an upgraded model that improved on the notorious "chiclet" keyboard, I used to have one, it worked decently. The reason I say it would be perfect for you is that you can now buy "IR extenders" that are designed to carry IR remote control signals into AV equipment inside cabinets. The IR hits a receiver via line of sight, it's converted and sent down a wire, and is retransmitted by an IR LED at the other end of the wire. You could run the extender's wire as far as you like, and still have a wireless keyboard.
Maybe there are other IR keyboards around, but I'm not aware of any. They had a few bugs. For example, if I struck a BIC cigarette lighter near my PCjr, the spark would emit a little IR and the CPU would beep, indicating an unknown IR transmission error.

Re:The PCjr "chiclet" keyboard (1)

FooAtWFU (699187) | more than 5 years ago | (#23794981)

On a related IR story: A co-worker of mine who lives a little ways north in San Francisco with three roommates. One of them obtained a rabbit (for goodness only knows what reason). Rabbits, if you were not aware, are very good at chewing wires, and at some point the rabbit managed to chew through the cables to the infrared bar on their Wii.

His immediate solution was to burn two candles on either side of the TV. It apparently worked just fine.

Re:The PCjr "chiclet" keyboard (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23795065)

The IR-emitting Wii sensor bar would probably make this setup completely flip out.

Re:The PCjr "chiclet" keyboard (1)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 5 years ago | (#23795637)

They do. it's called the Windows XP Media Center Edition keyboard. they are available on newegg and work with the MCE remote and reciever.

A better antenna (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23794841)

Most Part 15 devices intentionally have bad antennas, or bad matching to the antenna. If you don't care about the letter of the law, the easiest mod to improve range is to put a proper antenna on each end. This can be as simple as a correct length of wire soldered to the right spot.

Cook your own (1)

Bananatree3 (872975) | more than 5 years ago | (#23794857)

there are any number of different wireless modules you can use to build your own hookup, includingthese [radiometrix.com]. If you are up for some homebrew and have a bit of time, this is an excellent way to ensure it will be made right. Chances are also, you could take your keyboard out to your car and still have enough range if you go with one of the 433mhz type.

Nothing like rolling your own.

Use another PC (1)

malevo (952162) | more than 5 years ago | (#23794913)

Buy a small form factor PC (a mac mini or similar) and connect it to your home server with wifi. Then you can buy a wireless keyboard-mouse combo.

This works for free (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23794959)

Your couch is 20' away from your TV?

Move your damn couch.

Kids these days.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23795011)

Why, when I was growing up, my idea of a wireless remote control was having the kids type and use the mouse for me!

I mean, you have to utilize them somehow, right??

Let them work off that nervous energy they get from playing all them darned 3-D video games. What, 256 colors wasn't enough for you??!?

recycling... not a part of it, but stil important (1)

adnd74 (1022357) | more than 5 years ago | (#23795055)

I was going to suggest a similar setup to others... a MAC Mini will surely do the job, but creating a terminal session from an outdated PC @ the TV would have saved tons of cash, and put to use some of the old hardware hanging around the house...

iPhone & Touchpad Pro (1)

justfornow (558786) | more than 5 years ago | (#23795077)

Over wifi it acts like a keyboard + mouse + mini-screen to your computer.

Of course if you have an iPhone this is a cost effective and neat solution.

If you don't, this might be one extra reason to get the 3G model :p

Input latency? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23795103)

Come on, wireless travels at the same speed as wired. Just try a hub and see if it works.

I'm sorry, what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23795147)

You're gonna try to run MAME over a wireless video signal? Stop and think for a second. You'll have horrendous lag. It'll be unplayable. Set-top box is your only option.

Partial Haul (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23795157)

You could always get a common wireless keyboard and mouse and get a cat5 KVM extender and just use the K/M part. Get the reciever closer to where you are, maybe underneath the floor if you have a basement.

PS/2 Extension cables over Ethernet (1)

TERdON (862570) | more than 5 years ago | (#23795199)

There are Ethernet-based PS/2 extension cables. Probably not really that cheap, but it would mean you would have a cable long enough too reach your TV set, and use any standard PS/2 based wireless desktop set (keyboard+mouse). I suppose that it relies on your server having PS/2 inputs though.

These extensions are commonly used in e.g. schools where the actual computers are hidden in a cupboard (i.e. to prevent theft) with only monitors, keyboards and mice on the desks.

I had this same problem, easy solution (1)

Buzz_Litebeer (539463) | more than 5 years ago | (#23795229)

Wal Mart sells a keyboard mouse combo with the tag on the front that says "2.4 ghz wireless" it is from like micro innovation's or some off brand. Works perfectly, slimline, and very cheap. I tried like 10 other keyboards and this one works the best of them and was by far the cheapest!

Remote administration (3, Funny)

SamP2 (1097897) | more than 5 years ago | (#23795257)

"What do I need to remotely administer my server?"
"Wireless keyboard and mouse."
"But it's really far away!"
"Binoculars too, then."

Synergy or VNC (1)

darkgemini333 (934916) | more than 5 years ago | (#23795295)

I would suggest getting an old PC and putting it under the couch, and connect it to your LAN. Use either Synergy (synergy2.sourceforge.net) or VNC to send the keyboard/mouse signals to your server. If you set it up properly, you don't need to see the under-couch box at all. You also don't need anything very powerful, and you don't need to attach a screen, beyond initial setup. $50, tops! With a slightly nicer box, this could also give you a local spot for dropping in a dvd drive (auto rip and deposit on the server, perhaps?), local USB or firewire, and anything else you might find useful on hand.

Versapoint keyboard (1)

KuNgFo0 (519426) | more than 5 years ago | (#23795383)

I use a Versapoint RF keyboard, they usually sell for around $150 [amazon.com]. They advertise 100ft range - I have never tried mine at this distance but I do use it at 20-30 feet through a wall and it works great, I highly recommend it. It also has a built in mouse, which was what sold me for it over a Gyration keyboard.

Et voila (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23795403)

Solved [angledcables.com].

Seriously, though, a thin client with an X server, VNC or RDP client would probably be best. You can probably convert some set top box or DIY with a mini-ITX machine or something.

Wireless A/V != good image quality (3, Informative)

Amphetam1ne (1042020) | more than 5 years ago | (#23795413)

To my knowledge there is no wireless DVI/HDMI, which means you're probably getting the signal via a composit TV out on the back of your server, which will already be lossy as hell by it's very nature, then sending it over a lossy radio connection. The difference between a PC's TV out and an HDMI connection is very large and you are not getting the benefit of your shiny new screen if you're going to use a non-digital source.

The best advice I can offer you is to grab one of the new barebone pc's with HDMI out and build a small unobtusive looking Media PC, which can then run MythTV, Media Portal, LinuxMCE, XBMC Linux/Windows, GeexBox, or any of the other great Mediacenter solutions that are out there. I'd also ditch the idea of the KB/M after initial setup and just grab yourself an MCE remote as your main input device (they're cheap, good quality and are well supported on both Windows and Linux).

For what it's worth, I've got a 3.2TB media server based on FreeNAS with 8x 500GB drives in RAID-5. I've got a media box under every TV in the house. The HD capable screens have the Asus P2-M2A690G barebones case with X2 4800+ CPU running Media Portal (Will be XBMC for Windows/Linux when a more stable build of either is out), while the SD TV's each have a modified Xbox running XBMC (unfortunately the otherwise rubust Xbox just isn't capable of decoding H.264 on it's 733Mhz cpu).

The Asus Barebones is whisper quiet, smaller than a PS3 and wouldn't look out of place next to a DVD or VCR.

Anyway, I wish you good luck with whatever solution you choose to go with.

After buying a pricey one I went with a cheep. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23795435)

I bought a fancy Logitech one, but it was terrible. It did not have any guarantee on the box of how far it would work. So I bought a cheaper one, that said it would work 30', and it works great. It is 2.4Ghz and works a good 30' away from my TV. The brand is Gear Head which I had never heard of before. my natural typing speed is too fast for it. So, sometimes there is a weird latency. YMMV.

Philips Streamium SL300i (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23795493)

What you need is a Philips Streamium SL300i. This device can connect to your network by wire or wireless if you want. It will stream all your video and audio from your server onto the tv. On top of that you could view you pictures with it. The nice thing about it is that it can play lots of video and audio formats. It comes with a remote that helps navigate through your files and folders or even on the internet.

Trollko8e (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23795531)

the future of the 0bseesed - give

Media Center keyboard/mouse (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23795571)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FE7SGA/

I use this keyboard with integrated trackball. It's cheap and has a 45 foot rated range. This way I don't have to have a separate mouse.

XBMC (1)

Toll_Free (1295136) | more than 5 years ago | (#23795649)

This seems like a no brainer.

Use your machine as a server, and get an XBOX used, chip or otherwise modify it, load the latest rev of XBMC and you are done.

If you want PC functionality, there are companies that make (or you can homebrew) a XBOX to USB adapter. The xbox uses USB for it's controllers and it's a proprietary one. You can get keyboard drivers, linux, basically anything you want on the XBOX, and I think it would fix most of your problems.

It did mine. Dropped all the computers in the room, put in an XBOX, a wireless controller from FRY's for about 45 dollars on sale, and I have EVERYTHING I need in a set top player, weather updates, RSS grabber, MAME / any other emu you can think of pretty much emu, insert anything else you can think of.

--Toll_Free

UMPC (1)

im_thatoneguy (819432) | more than 5 years ago | (#23795689)

I've used a Samsung Q1 Ultra before through "remote assistance" (just set up an invitation that is valid for like 60 days) and connect to the main machine over wifi. The sweet thing is you are able to browse the net on the primary monitor or put the video controls on the primary screen and not interfere with the video playing on the TV.
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