Sunday, August 07, 2005

Xbox #2 Networking Delima

So, I'm trying to figure out how I'm going to permanently network Xbox #2. The problem is, it is located in the corner of our living room - on two external walls. Also, the room has a vaulted ceiling, so I can't drop cable from the attic. I think my only two options are 1) Poking a cable in from the outside and 2) Wireless.

I've looked for outdoor-rated CAT-5e or CAT-6 cable and can't find less than a 1000' spool anywhere. That's way more than I need and is definitely cost-prohibitive. Also, I'd have to drill a hole through the brick on the outside of the house to get the cable inside. :(

I see the MN-740 (Microsoft's 802.11g adapter for the Xbox) on EBay for $54 buy-it-now price. I'm just a bit concerned about how well XBMC will stream XviD, MP3, etc over a wireless connection. Especially considering that the wireless router is in the exact opposite corner of the house from Xbox #2 - it's probably near the limit of the router's range.

So, there is my delima. Presently, I have a super long-ass network cable running from the switch in the den to the Xbox in the living room. This allows XBMC on Xbox #2 to access network shares and play system link games with Xbox #1, but it obviously needs to be a very temporary solution. :)

Please, if you have any suggestions for me... I'm listening!


Dorzak said...

If you can't come from above, what about from below?

What kind of foundation are you working with.

1:38 PM  
Zak said...

It's a slab. :(

3:32 PM  

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