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I wanted to play my ota htpc signals on a downstairs tv and I didn't know how. Thanks to here I learned media extenders do the job.

Oh, here's where I am now. I have a mostly functioning laptop htpc (with all the needed parts in a box for a desktop htpc build), a 32" lcd tv, an xbox pro (60gb), a reliable 'g' network, and time.

I have done a lot of reading here. Honestly guys, my eyes start glazing over though when things like h.262 and fsb and phenom and pcie+ and all these others number pop up.

Now what I don't know is the significant differences between having say, xbox or WD thing. My understanding. The WD type devices allow you to play all types of media easily on a variety of output sources. The xbox does the same. The WD can standalone to display media without a computer running. The xbox can't.

Both are remote controlled. Both can operate wirelessly. Both are well supported with communities behind them.

Can someone who owns both highlight the major differences for me or correct my understanding of this? I don't want to own both if just one meets my needs. Thanks
 

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Well, with costs and everything factored in...can't forget that the extender users are the kids and wife...it looks like the xbox is the clear winner here. And with that thought...

I bought a cheap xbox just for extending purposes as the oldest son keeps his 360 at his father's place. Well, it turns out he's having a friend live with his mom and I for a semester. Yes, his friend has a 360. Add the oldest son's 360 and the cheap 360 I bought...

We're suddenly awash in extenders. Haha. Oh well, I read WMC can handle 4 extenders (IIRC) so we're good.

Pete, my pc is 12 ft. from my tv. I could just plug my htpc into it but learning about the extenders and whatnot was fun. I may still just move the htpc close enough to plug into the tv but I still need to extend downstairs for the boys tv.

I'm going wired on this one. I'm getting a gb router (dd-wrt compatible) as I'm also throwing a moderate 4.5 tb NAS into the mix. Add in a dedicated pc to strip out commercials and I can see a lot of data moving around my little network. Enough data to swamp n.
 
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