I have a wireless router (assus) and a external hardrive, that I use, mainly, to share multimedia files (mp3's, Jpg's and home avi's) among 3 LAN computers.
I saw many reviews about «devices» that connect to TV set / and living room stereo, that use 802.11.g/b to get the files from a PC running somme sort of «server software» that stremming the content from the office PC to the living room.
My question is: That is possible to store multimedia files in the hardrive connected to the wireless router, and have ALL the PC's off, and get the files played in the living room? (i.e. the hardrive connected to the router is «passive» and the device in living room «active»)
The question is relevant to me, because my router, modem and hardrive are allways on, so any computer that boots up can acess the internet, view family pictures, etc. i.e. all computer are independent. I see no point in have a device in living room to see mutimedia files, and have to boot up the pc (and the «server software») each time I want to see them in the TV or play it in the stereo... what I currently do is burn a dvd and use the old dvd player in living room to play mp3 or view jpg's.
There are sommething that I miss, or if i go to that solution I fall in a solution that is not pratical? (is like having no router, and have the modem connected to one computer, that share the internet connection among the others, and have to be On each time others want to acess the net)
Is not more pratical just use a older computer, and a tv out graphical card and connect it directly to the tv / stereo in the living room, and updated the multimedia files using the wireless connection from the computer in the office??
Please let me know your opinium about the subject. Any ideas or sugestions are very welcome