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[#] Wed Aug 05 2009 12:13:02 EDT from athos-mn @ Uncensored

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Speaking of DSL as dial-up - I've been contemplating moving off of it, because of speed issues. I've noticed speed issues not just on mine, but other people's DSL lines on my end of the Twin Cities. Unfortunately, moving from DSL to fibre isn't appealing, because I'd be stuck having Qwest as my ISP (instead of IP House, which I've had since dial-up, and is fantastic). The alternative is Comcast, which beyond being no better, is having even worse issues on the east end of the TC.

Feh.

[#] Wed Aug 05 2009 12:34:24 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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What does Qwest's offering look like? There's plenty of info out there about Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-Verse, but what is Qwest doing? FTTH or FTTN?

[#] Wed Aug 05 2009 19:41:52 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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my HDMI works from my laptop to TV, the only real problem seems to have been some software glitches in either Windows or the NVidia drivers that can cause a bit of trouble with getting the audio output to go through the HDMI port instead of the laptop speakers. But apparently there is a set of voodoo workarounds that have gotten this working again, with a bit of Control Panel annoyance required.

So for the time being, the laptop is our main playback device for both DVD's and Blu-Ray. The playback quality for regular DVD'
s, is noticeably sharper than on the old DVD player connected to the flat panel via NTSC composite cables.


HDMI is good.


What's not so good is the low bitrate that NBC Universal Sports broadcasts at! Grr. I want higher-quality beach volleyball images. :)

[#] Thu Aug 06 2009 12:05:51 EDT from athos-mn @ Uncensored

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Apparently it's still ADSL - just with 20 MBps downstream, and the ability to lock out 3rd party ISPs... and it's not avaialble at my home anyway, so it's a moot point.



[#] Thu Aug 06 2009 12:31:19 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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That's a bit underwhelming, but at least they don't have to worry about high-definition television maxing out the bandwidth. On the other hand, the regional cable company could make life difficult for them, especially with DOCSIS 3.0 rolling out over the next two years.

[#] Thu Aug 06 2009 23:20:54 EDT from Animal @ Uncensored

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Eh; I've been with qwest for years and as long as you don't have to deal
with their customer service, they're really not bad.

[#] Sun Aug 09 2009 23:30:58 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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What kind of service do you have with them?

[#] Mon Aug 10 2009 01:17:38 EDT from Animal @ Uncensored

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DSL, 1.5/1.5.

[#] Mon Aug 10 2009 07:39:16 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Hey, that's like having a T1 :)

(Actually, most T1 circuits these days are actually delivered over pair-bonded HDSL, and converted to electrically-compatible T1 at the smart jack. It lets the telco use ordinary copper pairs instead of running special cables.)

[#] Wed Aug 12 2009 16:25:49 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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SCORE!

http://newscenter.verizon.com/press-releases/verizon/2009/advanced-multimedia-and.html
or ... http://tinyurl.com/n5fdra

Verizon announced this week that their "Media Manager" functionality is now going to be delivered to all DVR customers at no additional charge. This function was previously available only to subscribers who paid extra for the "whole house DVR" package.

Media Manager is their PC-to-TV software that allows you to play your computer's video and music resources on your television. I've been procrastinating about building a living room computer for this purpose for years. Now I don't have to.

The only downside is that the software only runs on Windoze. Gotta set up a VM for this purpose.

[#] Wed Aug 12 2009 16:48:50 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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Umm, why do you need Media Manager when you can just hook up an HDMI cable? What does it actually do for you? Strem over the network to your STB, w/o HDMI?

[#] Wed Aug 12 2009 17:23:59 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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There are two problems with that solution:

1. My television is standard definition and has no HDMI inputs
2. We don't have a computer in the living room

But yes, that's basically all it really does -- streaming video and/or audio from a PC to the STB using the local network.

[#] Sat Aug 15 2009 23:42:38 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Ok, that was a pain in the neck to set up, but most of the annoyance was in building a sandboxed Windows VM in which to run their software.

It seems half-baked. The UI is slow and not very intuitive. It looks like they did their best to emulate the iPod menus, but it's kind of clunky. It also didn't play either of the two video files it found on my server.

Still, it *did* successfully display photos and MP3's, and it will be nice to be able to do both in the future without having to hook up a computer.

[#] Wed Aug 19 2009 15:04:06 EDT from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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Is it possible that Verizon's Media Manager is using DLNA under the covers?
It certainly couldn't hurt to try installing a DLNA server and see what the set-top-box finds.

I've not used any DLNA software on Linux, but a quick google found this article with a list of various software packages that support DLNA and the platforms they run on:

http://www.rbgrn.net/content/21-how-to-choose-dlna-media-server-windows-mac-os -x-or-linux

DLNA Binder

[#] Wed Aug 19 2009 16:24:12 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Evidently it isn't... check out this thread:

http://forums.verizon.com/vrzn/board/message?board.id=FiOS_TV&thread.id=12556

Someone is complaining that music playing has stopped working (that happened to me too) and someone else pointed out that Verizon ought to make the software DLNA compliant.

[#] Tue Sep 08 2009 16:01:30 EDT from Freakdog @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Bleah...I've given up on the U-Verse internet...I wanted to be able to run everything through my IPCop firewall, like I'm already doing with my DSL router.
IPCop does not support multiple NICs as RED interfaces, and I really do not want to put my server directly onto the net, even though I'm running iptables directly on that box, too

IPCop doesn't use a /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts setup for the sub-interface aliases, so I can't even spoof MACs to fake the stinking thing out.

I give up.

[#] Tue Sep 08 2009 16:11:29 EDT from BOFHMike @ My Castle Realm

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Tue Sep 08 2009 16:01:30 EDT from Freakdog @ Dog Pound BBS II
Bleah...I've given up on the U-Verse internet...I wanted to be able to run everything through my IPCop firewall, like I'm already doing with my DSL router. IPCop does not support multiple NICs as RED interfaces, and I really do not want to put my server directly onto the net, even though I'm running iptables directly on that box, too

IPCop doesn't use a /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts setup for the sub-interface aliases, so I can't even spoof MACs to fake the stinking thing out.

I give up.


I haven't seen an update from IP-Cop in over a year.  Are they still developing it?



[#] Tue Sep 08 2009 17:14:10 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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What are the extra constraints that U-Verse is imposing? And why not just run a regular Linux instead of IPcop?

[#] Wed Sep 09 2009 14:20:25 EDT from Freakdog @ Dog Pound BBS II

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I haven't seen an update from IP-Cop in over a year.  Are they still developing it?

I'm not sure of that, myself...but I've noticed the same thing.



[#] Wed Sep 09 2009 14:29:20 EDT from Freakdog @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Tue Sep 08 2009 05:14:10 PM EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored
What are the extra constraints that U-Verse is imposing? And why not just run a regular Linux instead of IPcop?

The contstraint, in a nutshell, is that their Residential Gateway will not do bridged routing.  Therefore, in order for a system to have multiple IP addresses, it must have separate physical NICs with separate MAC addresses (or the ability to set a fake MAC on each ethX:Y sub-interface).

IPCop is the firewall I've been running for years, now...but IPCop does not support multiple RED interfaces.  Additionally, while I am running IPTables on my linux server, I preferred to keep everything behind the same firewall, rather than add a couple more NICs to the hardware.



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