Ok. I, like another reader earlier, have searched and searched the forums, and maybe I got a little overloaded. I had a few hopefully simple questions. First, my equipment : Windows Vista Ultimate Intel Core 2 Duo processor plenty of disk space and RAM. Cable modem/Internet (Roadrunner) Windows Media Center. No HD TV at this time, but possible in the near future. I have a home network, Dlink wireless-N (DIR-655), with this PC wired and a laptop and desktop both wireless. Network functions well, WPA2 used. I currently have a D11 (el cheapo, I gather) Directv receiver, x2, in the house. I am fairly computer literate, and build my own PC's and usually manually set up the home network (after hardware changes ) Now, for the questions. All these are based on a possible Plus-DVR receiver purchase/upgrade (not done yet). I would like to use the functions of the Media Center, photos, vids from PC, possibly music. Do I NEED Viiv, or will only Windows MC work? Is Viiv a similar program/substitute for the Media Center? I am considering purchasing the new Dlink wireless-N media extender coming out next month. Would that be an suitable alternative to getting a new receiver? That's all I just came up with for now. Had a few more, think they got folded into the overload reading through all these forums. Thanks in advance!