Media Systems - Update

Category: Personal Projects
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Well, it's been a headache but I finally am finalizing (ha..yeah right) my Media Systems setup.

I changed from Plex to Kodi as the primary front end for each device. Reason being, is the LiveTV functionality is light years beyond the Plex serverwmc plugin. No fault of the Plugin author, as he is limited on what he can do with a Plex plugin.

With that said, I settled on Kodi Helix 14.2 for each Android (and option on each Windows 8.1 MCE system), yet I use PlexBMC plugins so I can access my Plex Backend Database. Thus still keeping consistent metadata and media between all devices.

I use the Conq skin, PlexBMC and PlexBMC helper (currently broken on android),PVR.wmc for LiveTV, and then an IP cam plugin for my Security Cameras. Thankfully the Plex control code I wrote for my Home Automation control system still works for Kodi as they share the same API.

The last hurdle I had to over come was the Ceton InfiniTV 4USB. Sadly ESX USB Passthru is garbage, I was only getting maybe 10-12Mbps thru the USB port and it was killing the TV quality to the point it was un-watchable. Thus I decided to fast track upgrading the ESX host and picked up a Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3, AMX FX-9590 8core 5Ghz CPU and a PCIe USB controller.

Now that I had a 990 chipset I can do DirectPath I/O via IOMMU, I had to upgrade from ESX 5.1 to 5.5u2  for it to work correctly, but I now have a USB card passed thru to my Windows 7 MCE VM and the USB tuner connected and functioning.

All devices now have the same look and feel, media and metadata, LiveTV options and access to recordings across all devices as well as remote access (Via Plex). All devices can be controlled remotely via my Home Automation app or other home commands via the built in API. Now the real fun begins eh?

Last items somewhat on this list, Fix PlexBMC Helper for Android Devices, Fix my Camera streaming from WoWZa for Android, Mount the Office MediaCenter in the Office and then build some playlists for Music so I can code room "moods" or other goodies.

Once I get the MediaCenter mounted in the Office (and clean my house abit lol) I plan on making a quick Demo video of my setup and control.

More to come



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