There's nothing more delightful than being able to house all of your multimedia in a separate part of the home, away from the dedicated home theater screen. Sure, Blu-Ray and DVD collections can be moved around, but being able to stream HD content around the house wirelessly? That's a whole different animal. To get a setup of that magnitude up and running, you'll need a couple of key items...WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
- A Wireless-N Only Network: Most Wireless-N routers that don't feature dual-band will drop down their transmission rate to G-speeds and create a terrible environment for HD streams which require huge packets at a very constant rate.
- Boxee Box (For Local Network Streaming): While it hasn't been tested perfect, Boxee's wireless streaming buffering engine is one of the best out there, though you'll probably want the streaming source plugged directly into the router for optimum performance. You can grab it for $200 on Amazon.
- IOGear Wireless HD Kit (For all your other devices): If you want to have your Blu-ray player, DVR, and other gear in a completely different area than the TV, you'll need one of these guys in order to stream wirelessly without hiccups. It's available for $493 on CDW. [Thanks for catching that, djstwo!]
- Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard (If you have a home theater PC): The last thing you'll want in your living room is a keyboard charging base station. Logitech's latest Wireless Solar Keyboard is perfect if you want to keep clutter to a minimum, but still maintain an extra-long battery life. Best of all, you just put it into the sun to recharge! Grab it for $80.
- Chief Automated Swing Arm Mount (For hard to reach places): Wireless tilting has never easier with the Chief Automated Swing Arm Mount for HDTVs. It's a bit pricey, but for areas where you don't want people tweaking with A/V controls, you'll want your TV mounted high with easy access at the touch of your fingertips. Starts at $1350.
- Optional: A Universal Remote: This one is a no brainer. If you wish to cut down on controller clutter, invest in a universal remote. One of our favorites is the Logitech One which goes for $200
After you've got all that plugged in, you should now be able to have a sweet, flawless setup made just for streaming wireless HD content over the network. Feel free to throw your media server into the closet, whip out that universal remote, and start enjoy your digital media without another unsightly cable running across the room ever again!
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