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This is a menu of the topics on this page (click on any): This is a new media plan for a home & office    THIS WAS OUR OLD PLAN: Our Objectives    Equipment & Status    Equipment Available but Not in Use    Notes   .

This is a new media plan for a home & office

located at 5871 Bartram St., Boca Raton, FL 33433. Contact Carl House, 561-368-7445 or cell 561-302-2326. This plan is fully speced out for stage I, i.e. what is necessary to have Comcast internet & TV service on all computers & TVs with the caveat that TV's must watch the content selected at the "origin". It is expected that many later enhancements will be made when their need is evident. All 3 or 4 computers are networked on our own wired network.
  1. The Situation & Our Purposes
    1. The home has two residents, one of those persons has "The Lincoln Vote" (final say on anything) so we have no trouble making decisions.
    2. We have been spending a ridiculous amount of money for ComCast & AT&T and want simpler/cheaper service.
  2. Our Hoped for Solution
    1. All incoming media will come into one location we'll call the "point of origin" (for the home). That location can have as much ComCast, antenna, computer, internet, DVD or Smart-TV capability as we care to put there. The "origin" will control the cable wires running throughout the house in that those wires will carry whatever was selected at the "origin".
    2. Anyplace in the house can have a TV since the cable wires run everywhere.
    3. Any TV can have a separate antenna which enables it to be independent of the "origin" (wires). The antenna can be selected as the signal source by a toggle switch. This will enable us to learn about antenna service and might be needed if ever there is a selection conflict.
  3. Current TV's in the house (5)
    1. "origin" : Hannspree Model# T28OH: 28" LCD TV, Dual HDMI, 1920×1200, 1080P Full HD.
    2. TV room : Panasonic Viera PLASMA HDTV TC-42X3 (41.6" diagonal) Model# TY-ST42PX5OU (W) (probably 2005)
    3. Kitchen : Panasonic LCD TV, TC-19LX50 MH5610156 1.3A, Nov 200? (19" diagonal)
    4. Nancy's office: MGA TV Receiver model #CS-1346R, Serial# U1346 116365 (June 1989)
    5. Master bedroom: Sharp Aquos LC32062U SN 708859302 (31.5" diagonal)
  4. Other devices
    1. TV room : aeros FCC ID: OZ5URCMX700 (Universal Remote Control, Inc.)
    2. Master bedroom: Bose wave radio/cd DOM23030
    3. Kitchen : iHome clock radio & iPhone player

THIS WAS OUR OLD PLAN: Our Objectives

We want to make the equipment we have now work using "Smart TV" as best we can. Comcast provides fastest service for the internet connection, but we might cancel cable TV. Phone could go to AT&T. We have two important installations plus 3 digital connectors in less important rooms. The main installation is "Carl's office"; it should be the "control center" if we have one.
  1. Top priority is to get an internet connection to the main TV room (cables are in the wall), and then to make the Samsung Blu-ray Disk player use it for Smart-TV purposes (Netflix, vudu HD Movies, huluplus, HBO.GO).
  2. Set up a the new window antenna so we can see what kind of reception it can get.
  3. We understand that one can put a program on an "unused channel" (64 or 99) and then any TV in the home can access it. That means we can focus on getting best possible performance in the "control center" knowing that signal can be seen anywhere.
  4. If one wishes to watch something other than the program on the "unused channel", one can do so with minimal Comcast service. Could we use a shared antenna rather than the minimal Comcast service ?

Equipment & Status

The Panasonic TV & Sony tuner are located in the main TV room; the Hannspree TV & Yamaha tuner are in Carl's office. Status marked "ok" means we can use the device. Where "status" is marked "**" it means we need an internet connection; we need a continuity tester to find figure out which existing cables can do that in the TV room. "ng" means we cannot use the source device for reasons we don't understand.
to watch each device\use settings: →statusPanasonicTVSony-STR-DB-600HannspreeYamaha RX-V2600
Comcast Cable TV (old settings)ngComponent 1Video 2  
Comcast Cable TV (new 2012 June)okTV,channel 3(not used)  
Samsung BDC5500: Blu-ray DiskokHDMI(not used)  
Gateway (any content in cpu)ok  HDMI 1DTV (sound only)
Comcast Cable TVok  HDMI 2CBL/SAT
Samsung BD-P1590: Blu-Ray Diskok  HDMI 2DVD
Samsung BD-P1590: Netflix (B green)ok  HDMI 2DVD
Samsung BD-P1590: facebook**  HDMI 2DVD
Samsung BD-P1590: YouTube (D blue)signin  HDMI 2DVD
Samsung BD-P1590: vudu HD Movies**  HDMI 2DVD
Samsung BD-P1590: huluplus??  HDMI 2DVD
Samsung BD-P1590: BD-Live??  HDMI 2DVD
Samsung BD-P1590: Pandora radio(C y)**  HDMI 2DVD
Samsung BD-P1590: SPS Network??  HDMI 2DVD
Samsung BD-P1590: Blockbuster OD(Ar)**  HDMI 2DVD
HBO.GO (?)??  HDMI 2DVD
roku.com     

Equipment Available but Not in Use

    TV room : aeros FCC ID: OZ5URCMX700 (Universal Remote Control, Inc.)

Notes

  1. Hannspree Model# T28OH: 28" LCD TV, Dual HDMI, 1920×1200, 1080P Full HD.
  2. TV connection preferences in order: (1) HDMI, (2) Component, (3) Video.
  3. Audio connection preference in order: (1) HDMI, (2) Dolby Digital (DTS amp), (3)
  4. The Comcast digital converter sends signal to TV via coaxial cable.
  5. Acer X233H: 23" monitor, HDMI: http://www.retrevo.com/s/Acer-X233H-Monitors-review-manual/id/23258ci873/t/1-2/

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