[How To Guide] Installing XBMC for PC [Windows/Mac]

I’ve gotten huge responses from Twitter on the guide I have written for Raspberry Pi and how to watch TV for Free.
It’s basically simple and straight forward 🙂
First thing first , you need to go to XBMC Official Site and download XBMC , which you can get it from here . Download for the correct platform
Once you have done that , you may start following my guide here from enabling AirPlay and to change the theme to AppleTV Theme
After you have done that , read my guide on addons.
That’s about it

ASUS RT-AC66U Review Part 3 : Performance & Conclusion

In this section , I’ll be taking a look at the performance of ASUS RT-AC66U and also my conclusion on the router. Do read part 1 and part 2 as well if yo want to know more about the functions of the router and the interface of the router – otherwise continue on reading on how the router compares and if it is worth your RM 719 (yep – thats the suggested retail price of the router)

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ASUS RT-AC66U Review Part 2 : GUI & Functionality

In this part , we’ll be taking a look at the graphical user interface of the router (look and feel) and , it’s functionality. Do check out the first part of the review if you haven’t read it. This would be a 4 part epic saga in which I try to review the ASUS RT-AC66U !
GUI (The Look and feel)
ASUSWRT is what they call for their GUI. The moment that you login to your router configuration you are presented with somewhat stylish interface. You are presented and overall picture of your network (i.e – status of your internet connection , how many USB drives are connected , number of devices connected to the network) – which I think is great to have a great view in one glance

The look and feel of the ASUSWRT UI - it looks polished but at the sametime it looks cheap as well
The look and feel of the ASUSWRT UI – it looks polished but at the sametime it looks cheap as well

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ASUS RT-AC66U Review Part 1 : Hello 802.11ac

Router is no doubt an essential in our home especially with the growing number of gadgets we have (Tablets , Laptops , Smartphones , Gaming Consoles , Smart TV). It’s no longer a luxury and with the emergence of high speed Internet access and the demand from consumers to stream HD content – hence it has become an essential equipment in our home network.

ASUS RT-AC66U Box
ASUS RT-AC66U Box – “The next generation router”

This is where ASUS RT-AC66U comes into play. If you have a huge home network which consists of HTPC (Home Theatre PC) , Tablets , Computers , Smartphones , Gaming Console and everything-else). I’ll be taking a look a the ASUS RT-AC66U , to determine if it is worthy 802.11ac router that is capable of meeting.
As usual , this review would be split into several paths. This is the first part which basically covers of what is inside the box , ease of use and the features that comes along
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Automated SCP Copy Script (with Wake-On-LAN)

As some of you may know currently I have a file server and a download server. The file server has a script that checks if anyone is connected if not , it goes to sleep. It can be waken via Wake-on-Lan. This is to reduce power consumption , as due to electricity tariffs which are going up in 2014 (that is in Malaysia). My File Server consumes about 60-70W of energy when it is idling. When it is asleep it only consumes about 2W 
server-to-server
My Torrent Server on the other hand consumes about 20W (It’s a little machine that runs on Intel Atom 330) and has a 80GB of Storage. Basically I use it to download things from Deluge.
The problem is that once the file has been downloaded , I would have to move the files manually from my torrent server to my file server . It’s painful – I’ve to ssh over , scp and rm the files once it is done. It is becoming more and more troublesome when you have a large files to copy over – especially downloading movies
[code language=”bash”]
ssh [email protected]
cd /downloads/
scp -r file [email protected]:/largeHD/media/
rm file
[/code]
This is what i generally do . What’s worst is that if my file server is sleeping , I would have to issue a wake on lan command to activate it. Also I’ll have to change the destination every time based on the type of file , as i’ve my file server organised !
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EDID Override for HDTV to Solve Passthrough

Recently I bought a new SAMSUNG 5-Series LED TV. It’s great in sense that it has a SPDIF/Out (compared to my old Panasonic HDTV) , it’s mcuh more lighter and it’s a SmartTV.
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As you do know that I use HTPC to play back videos from the internet and all and currently the configuration is setup as Video to HDMI and Audio via SPDIF/out to my Amplifier. The reason for this setup is being that my previous HDTV did not have any Digital Out. But this current Television does support it.
So I’ve decided to connect the Toslink cable from my HTPC to my TV instead so that my HDTV can make use of the amplifier , thus making it easier for any devices to output 5.1 surroundsound. Unforutantely , this setup did not work very well with my PC.
The reason being is that moment I plugged in my HDMI Cable , Windows did detect it’s a HDTV and only offered 2.1 Audio. It did not offer Dolby Digital/DTS pass-through which means that if I play back a Dolby Digital 5.1 , it would not output correctly to my Surround. Of course other systems like xbox , STB are able to do this correctly moment you set the correct output
However in Windows (and with NVIDIA) it was not possible to bypass this. It would read EDID information from the TV. Thankfully there is a method which allows you to bypass that. This person has written a guide on how to do that , step-by-step instructions on how to do it
It works great with NVIDIA Cards a well , it’s just that after you have done the configuration you may have to re-install NVIDIA Drivers to correctly detect your Audio output 🙂
 
Let me know if it works for you