This blog is written so that I can spew my thoughts on a cheap networked hometheater system. I use as much opensource software as I can, but try to keep everything as easy as I can. When I am done, I will create a tutorial to sum up what I learned.

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Wednesday, 16 November 2011

back to work

Well I've been in the states awhile, but I'm back!
So with the internet working, I've downloaded the new uTorrent for mac, which has scheduling!  Now I have to figure out how to get wired internet to my room for my pc and linux server.  Once that is done, I'll start intalling programs to the server to help with managing and downloading files. 
I think tomorrow, I'll add the advanced launcher to my iMacs XBMC set up, and see what it is like.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Router 2

Well I finally got my router working.  Took some intense googling!  problem is that my router is in the closet under the stairs, and its the only switch.  I can't attach my 2 PC's (as they don't have wireless)
I have to work on that.  Maybe I'll set up my computers on the desk across the hall for some set up time.  But i'm using an old CRT monitor, so moving and placing computers can get pretty hard.  I'm in the states (Bleh!) until sunday, so I'll see if I think of a solution then.  If any one knows how to attach a mac and pc by ethernet to share a wireless connection, give me a shout!

Tuesday, 8 November 2011


Well, I realized that I can’t set up my router…   So my blog has been slowing down.  I have set up utorrent on my PC and set up CouchPotato and SickBeard to go with it, but again, I have no internet connection, so they don’t do anything.  I will also start to work with MediaFrontPage on this. 
Once I do have my connection I will do the following:
1)Continue to set up my Linux server.  I need to start downloading the proper software on to it.
2)which means I can start working on my guide.  One of the purposes of this blog is to act as a guide for those who wish to have the same setup.  The guide will make that available without the whole story.
3)Start testing out configurations for CP,uT,SB,MFP.  I will first have these set up on my XP system.  This way, I get to know how the programs work before I start using them on Linux.  
4)Start downloading media.  I would like to create a large enough archive and doing so means starting asap.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011


I am honeslty having such a hard time getting my wireless internet to work.  this is prohibitying my productivity, as I cannot download any programs for my server, or any add-ons for my XBMC test rig.  If anyone knows how to get a lynksis valet working, please say so in the comment.
Once I get the internet working,  I'll do the following:
Download the advanced launcher plug in for XBMC to test with emulators and games.
Start downloading all my programs for the server.  Once this is done, I can have the first part of my guide ready.  Also, I will be able to do some testing for Mediafrontpage, sickbeard and Couchpotato.  Still looking for a RSS torrenter for music.  If there was one for games too, that would be awesome!

Adding storage to your server

I'm just looking for storage and it seems that the cheapest option is the WD Green 3TB drive.  It is priced at $180CDN for $60 a TB.  This is the absolute cheapest per TB.  Its not extreamly fast and is best for just media, nothing heavy, but if all your doing is added more storage to your media server, this is the best.
Edit Nov 9th
Hard drive prices have dramatically increased due to the flood in WD's plants
Seagate has also came out with a similarly prices 3TB HDD which scores better on PC Maximums test