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Subject:  Re: Open question: What to put into a new house? Date:  2/25/2004  4:42 PM
Author:  FlyingDiver Number:  46684 of 137201

"And there are no currently available (or even on the drawing boards) to do video wirelessly in a reasonably efficient manner."

joe, I don't know if this is 'reasonably efficient', or at all elegant for that matter, but it is one solution for wireless video - I have used it with some success, depending on location and interference from other sources - given the price, pretty good, really:

802.11G should also be able to stream video at decent quality. Price goes up of course.

I don't consider the X-10 products to be a reasonable replacement for a properly installed coax-based distribution system. They're touchy, at best, and very prone to interference from other products in the 2.4Ghz range (such as Microwaves, phones, and WiFI networking).

They might be an acceptable solution, IF YOU HAVE NO OTHER CHOICE. But I sure wouldn't plan on using that if I had any opportunity to install real cables.

For instance, we're about to move into a new (old) house. I expect to set up a distribution system so that, from any TV location in the house, you can watch the output of any of three satellite receivers (Tivo units), a DVD player, and possibly a VCR (just because I have one, not because we ever use it). Plus monitor a couple of cameras (front door and pool area). All that takes are the signal sources (which you need anyway), proper cabling, modulators, and distribution amp/splitter. Yes, the modulators are slightly more expensive than the X-10 gadgets. But I think the signal is also better.

I did this in our last house, but with just two sources (sat receivers). I'm going to throw a few more gadgets into the mix this time just because I can. ;-)


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