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Hello everyone! I am new to DBSTalk and obviously not as computer literate as most of you. Please be gentle. :confused:

My household has 1 laptop (Dell Inspiron 1150 with built-in wireless adapter), 1 desktop PC (eMachines) with a 2-Wire wireless modem, 1 desktop PC that (old as dirt), and 2 DISH satellite receivers. We are considering purchasing a new laptop, surround sound speakers, and an Xbox 360. Also, 2 original Xbox consoles.

I would like to be able to do several wireless tasks.

1. View and use the computer(s) on my tv screen(s).
- to play PC games on the tv
- to access the internet
- to view video and pics

2. Download saved movies from my DISH DVR to an external hardrive.

3. Listen to the DISH music channels via wireless surround sound.

I know I'm asking for a lot here, but I am sure there's a way to do all of this. To complicate matters, my house is three stories with all the electronics spread out through the house.

I would be tremendously gratefull for any guidance.


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Mickey, I think you are getting ahead of current technology for home devices. There is some mention of using the new N type WiFi devices to move video around.

But things change fast. Check the Digital Living Network Alliance for new information.


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1. Is your TV and HDTV?

If not, the quality of the TV won't let you enjoy connecting the PC to the TV. If your TV is HDTV then you'd need a video card in your PC that has an HDTV output. Like the Radeon X700 for example. Do a google search on this. You'll need a card for whatever slot you have open in your motherboard. It could be PCI, AGP, PCI-X.

2. Dish doesn't offer this yet. Coming soon. You could capture the programs in your Dish box by feeding the S-Video signal to a PC with an video capture board like the ATI HDTV Wonder for example. Once in the PC you can save the files to a DVD or external HD.

3. You can do this with a Slingo box. Connect the audio out from the Dish box to the Slingo box. Then from any PC connected to you wireless network connect to the Slingo box.
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