Last edited by Nugpot; 01-07-2010 at 10:34 PM.
I could really care the least about a fancy looking GUI. In fact, at this point, if it had one it would piss me off. Or worse, they come out with one before mending some of the functionality and bugs in the unit.
I won't be touching the fan as I will not use a media player that is noisy. When there's is some evidence that I can't hear a PBO from 6 feet then I will haul it out again (and I don't mean silence hidden by some rock band). That is my main concern with the PBO. I just don't believe it can be silent. The same goes with the Xtreamer, MVix Ultio (which I also own). My Apple TV has a fan and it is dead silent. Same with my Mac Mini. There is no room for fan noise in a home theatre system. That is my main objection to your idea of putting some hideous piece of junk in the living room. At least a nice netbook with xbmc would be a better idea than a craig's list used pc with fans blowing all over the place.You would still have the ir problem though and perhaps an hdmi one too.
And if you really really want a remote, then you can get one for your PC as well (http://www.pcremotecontrol.com/solutions/solutions.htm). But I am not that into remotes.
At this point, with no updates on GUI improvements, I am seriously considering selling my Box Office and moving to a Boxee Box.
Out of the gate, the Boxee has a much better GUI, and better internet media support, downloads DVD covers and metadata for disk isos automatically, and the support community seems downright better, for not that much more money.
To the patriot rep, when and what can we expect in the lines of a GUI improvement? I really would like to keep supporting this product, because so far it has been great, but without some big improvements, it will be left in the dust.
Now about the lan speed.....this is a bit of misinformation being said....100mb or even 1000mb is the max rate set for the standard and no adapter manufactured will achieve that rate. Best case is usually about 60% of the rating so 60mb and 600mb would be the best case scenarios you would see and with G wireless you'd be hard pressed to ever get 30mb at max because the overhead with the router itself is huge.....a good tip is you can go to a good 2nd release N router and the G throughput goes up and latencies go down so much better performance.
Now the downside is that the realtek chipset and firmware are running at the bottom of the barrel for subperformance on both the 100 and G levels and I'd recommend that you find some way to hardwire it or get a N type bridge you can plug the cat5 into and you'd see a lot better throughput than you'd ever get with any of the realtek based usb adapters due to the sub performance of the drivers in the firmware.
It's a sad fact that the kernel in the realtek sdk is 2.6.12 based and currently we're up in the 2.6.3x and soon 2.6.4x range of kernels so the drivers are very old to say the least.
So short of it is that native wireless within the PBO blows and if you expect to stream anything quality give it up it won't happen unless you use the cat5 based port and go hardwire or a wireless N bridge.
DON'T ATTEMPT ANY HACK UNLESS YOU HAVE A WAY TO RECOVER SERIALLY. (ANY OF THESE HACK STEPS WHETHER DONE WRONG OR RIGHT MIGHT BRICK YOUR BOX).
Yes they could but its not as easy on linux as it is windows type drivers. The kernel source for 2.6.12 would have to be patched with a newer version of the realtek driver code and then compiled with mips code compiler and then the modules would have to be swapped out in the image. Since it's the network modules it's ugly if the new module doesn't work because then you have no network access to the box to troubleshoot or fix it.
I bought my PBO 2 months ago because I really didn't want to move my PC into the living room and the cost of buying another one plus a big box and mouse and keyboard seemed just not practical compared to an HD sized box that wil "do it all".
It installed instantly, I hooked up an external drive and I was watching 1080p videos within 5 minutes. I had a small number of mkv files which seemed to lock it up but after installing rev 2 firmware they all played. I have since got 1 mkv file which won't play, but I have more DVD's which give problems in my DVD player, percentage wise it is insignificant.
It has played every video format I have put in it but I only bought it for 1080p so my format of choice is mkv with DTS audio and it performs 99%+ for this purpose.
I have rarely if ever got a piece of equipment which offers so much for such a small price so I really think that all the complaing is a bit unrealistic.
If you want top quality audio/video gear your looking at more like $1,000 not $100 so all things considered I think this is a groundbreaking bit of equipment for a very low price.