Suggestions for a home AV system based upon the Boxee Box.
I really like the look of the Boxee Box
as a solution for watching movies, tv etc. I would like use a NAS to feed it content over wifi.
Would love some suggestions about compatible kit that is not too expensive.
Here are the components i have/may need:
NAS: I have an old laptop (circa 2005 Dell with 1.8ghz centrino, 1gb ram) that i have put ubuntu and samba on. I tried streaming a 720p movie to my Macbook (using the DLink wifi router described below) but it stuttered every 5 or so seconds so I am not convinced that it is up to the job. If this computer is not up to it then i thought to use the Macbook (2.4ghz core duo2, 4gb ram) as the NAS but am not sure that the Boxee Box will work be able to stream from a mac based network.
Router: I have a DLink DIR-625 n router but have never really been that happy with it (a bit flaky). What are good robust n routers that can handle the demands of streaming HD but will not flop when a second device connects, possibly using g (ipod touches etc)?
Running a Ethernet cable is not feasible between the room with the computers and the room with the tv etc
Any advice would welcomed!