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  1. It turns out that I don't have any PCI cards - I thought that I may have been using a firewire PCI card but I have firewire on the mobo. Anything else that could be causing this conflict, like USB ports?
  2. Thanks, I will try moving my PCIe FireWire card the next time I take my system down.
  3. Anyone have any advice for trying to figure out what sites to whitelist when things aren't working? For example - when I am using PiHole I can't stream video from espn.com on my desktop. I was able to use a Chrome addin to help identify the site and add it to my whitelist. But I also can't stream video from espn.com to my phone and espn appears to use a different site to stream to my phone as the whitelisted site that works for the desktop doesn't work for the phone. I have tried checking out the PiHole log but as yet I am not having any luck. Anyone found I good document on how to troubleshoot these sorts of issues?
  4. How much media will you be streaming simultaneously? MPEG-2 broadcast streams use some of the highest bitrates at 19Mbps. But with 1Gig you could stream 50 of those and still have a bit of room left over. Even if you have some high bitrate 4K content I can't see it going above 50Mbps.
  5. The main device that I use is SageTV extenders - HD200 or HD300. SageTV is the best PC based software to record TV and it is easier to just use SageTV for all video content although I do have Plex running and could use Plex as well and (arguably) Plex is better for playing back movies. Like Plex SageTV is a client-server configuration so that makes it easy to use at multiple TVs. I have two cable boxes hooked up to my SageTV server plus I have an HDHR OTA tuner. I have played with Kodi from time to time but haven't gone to it. You can run SageTV on a PC (SageTV Client) but it is just easier to use an extender as they "just work". They work perfectly well with a Harmony remote control, or their own remote control, you don't have to worry about OS upgrades or futz around with codecs, and they don't have hard drives or SSDs that die after a while. I run SageTV server in a Docker on my unRAID server. But the SageTV extenders don't do 4K so I won't be able to use them in the future where I want 4K. But there is a SageTV client for AndroidTV (MiBox or Nvidia Shield) and that is what I will likely go to in the future.
  6. That's true but you can buy a <$10 ethernet-USB adapter and use it with the MiBox3. I have one of these and I quite like it. The other thing to keep in mind is that these STBs are made to be controlled with a remote control and they have a 10-foot UI. With a PC you are still going to need a keyboard or mouse from time to time, which isn't convenient in a living room and sitting on the couch you may not be able to read filename to launch. I love MPC-HC (too bad it is now dead) but it isn't made to be used with a remote control. I have HTPCs in both my Home Theatre room and my Master Bedroom but I don't use them very often as other devices just work better in those environments.
  7. I kind of agree - I think it is just easier and cheaper to have local sources - unless you want to have playback synched across multiple rooms/devices.
  8. This makes a lot of sense, especially if your family gets very dependent on the media content on your unRAID server (which is the case for me). It is great to have a backup server so that if your production system fails then they just have to point Plex, or SageTV or whatever to the backup server and they are back up and running in a matter of seconds. It also gives you the flexibility to do work/upgrades on the production server without causing issues for them.
  9. I sometimes browse through the Docker Support forum looking for interesting new Dockers to try out. It would be great if the first post of each Docker Support thread contained a short description of what the underlying software actually does. I know that there is usually a link to the underlying project but it would be nice to not have to go to an external link. Some of the Dockers are obvious - we probably all know what an Apache or Handbrake or rTorrent Docker is for, but until a few days ago I didn't know what PiHole is and why it would be useful, or Heimdall. Is there any downside to include a small one-paragraph description?
  10. I doubt even that scenario is as bleak as you portray. I am a long-time user of SageTV. SageTV was purchased by Google as they used some of the software in the TV part of their Google Fiber business. But SageTV as a separate product went dormant, but there was (and still is) a vibrant user community. A couple of years ago when Google wasn't using SageTV as much the founder of SageTV had Google Open Source SageTV. So SageTV V9 is now an open source product (and runs very well under unRAID in a Docker). I could see something like that happen with unRAID if it were bought by a large company and then ignored.
  11. I just installed the PiHole docker yesterday and so far it is awesome. Thanks to those who wrote the software and the docker!
  12. Me too on Unifi - I have a USG plus five APs. Are you sure that you need a 10Gig network? Do you know if your components can take advantage of that much speed? If you have fast PCs they might but I doubt anything else will need that much speed - even 100Mbps would be more than enough for printers, TVs, streaming boxes, etc. Wifi devices will obviously not get anywhere near those speeds in the real world. The bottleneck might be somewhere other than the network and then you have needless spent a lot of money.
  13. And if it is generating that much heat then it is probably burning a lot of electricity. If that is the case you might be better off getting a NUC PC and hide it away in the office - you can get pretty powerful units as well. I kind of like the idea of having everything in one box in some ways, but then you really have all your eggs in one basket. If your system goes down then you are really stuck.
  14. In many ways I agree with you, but HDMI over Ethernet is very popular in high-end centralized video distribution which is often part of the Home Automation system in high-end homes. I have a Control4 Home Automation system and while I do not have centralized video many of the folks who use Control4 do have these types of systems and spend tens of thousands to have them installed. Systems like Leaf, Atlona and Just Add Power are three examples of this. The reason why I say this AV Access system looks too good to be true is that the Atlona Tx-Rx pair will set you back $725. That's almost 5X the price of the AV Access product.
  15. Thanks Hoopster. Is the 10 bit support needed for HDR content?
  16. If you have other Cat6 runs you can use USB over ethernet adapters that are pretty cheap. But these need a dedicated cable - you can't use a switch. You could always use your phone as your remote. Or and old phone or tablet.
  17. For Librelec you may not need the USB as you can likely use some for of IP control. That AV Access system looks like it may work but that is more for AV than for PCs. The issue might be getting USB up to your office unless you can use the RS232 serial ports for mouse and keyboard. The RS232 would generally be used for serial control of a TV or AVR. It does not support the better HDR formats but that may not matter for you. The only issue is that the price looks too good to be true. I would have expected something like this to be at least $500 if it supports 4K. But it is on Amazon and it is pretty painless to send it back if it doesn't work.
  18. Sorry - I guess it is just built into the core system no need for a plugin. And I would highly recommend a UPS for any and all servers that you would have.
  19. MS is moving forward on a few things to make Windows more Linux-friendly. In addition to the Bash prompt the latest edition has beta versions of ssh - both client and server. This ssh server seems to have lots of issues, but ssh client works very well and negates the need for using Putty. And you can set up auth keys to facilitate logins. Mind you this is less needed with unRAID since we now have the terminal within the web UI.
  20. Thanks - I wasn't sure if Skylake had HEVC support and from what you are saying it does not.
  21. One way to get more used to Unix is to use the Ubuntu Bash sub-system for Windows. You can install this on Windows 10 and it can do a lot of the things that you can do in Linux in a terminal window. It can be very useful for running code that is written for Linux in languages like Python. It is kind of like Linux with Windows training wheels.
  22. Products like Just Add Power and other video Matrix switches form the heart of centralized video distribution. The folks that have these swear by these but they can be pretty expensive if you have a lot of TVs - think $5-10k or more. Just Add Power is on the cheaper end but if you want 4K it gets more expensive. And pretty much all of these systems need a dedicated Ethernet run from your central rack to each room where you are distributing power. Then you may want a HA system like Crestron or Control4 to control it all. And then you may also want to think about centralized Audio distribution with ceiling speakers, matrix amp, etc. If you still want centralized video an alternative to consider is Video Storm Net Play. It uses AndroidTV devices like FireTVs or ShieldTVs at each TV as a receiving device. But you can put almost anything into it using their Encoders. This also works well for stuff like Video Tiling/PIP or Video Walls. Depending on what you want to do you could probably get away with spending $2--3k. But then the logical question is: If I am putting a device like an Nvidia Shield at every TV then why can't I use that as my source for everything? The thing that may be hardest to replace right now is cable TV and a centralized system like this can help you reduce the number of cable STBs that you rent. For your last question - that is possible but then you may need lots of HDMI cabling through your house. You may also need a way to get IR or USB connections over the wiring. You may also need to run several VMs and have multiple video cards. There are threads here on people who have done systems like this.
  23. Another vote for Unifi USG here. I have five APs in and around my house plus the USG and I will likely be adding Unifi switches in the future. I run the Unifi controller in a Docker container on my unRAID server.
  24. HDMI to Ethernet baluns? You may also need to transmit USB over the Ethernet as well. Going 4K will make this a lot more expensive. Many of these types of products are often used for centralized video distribution and not so much for PCs - they may introduce some latency.
  25. If you were to buy a new CPU today with a thought towards being able to transcode 4K content then what CPU would you recommend? A Coffee Lake CPU like the i7-8700 or i7-8700K? A Skylake 7800X? Or does Skylake have the GPU capabilities?