Asrock vision 3d 137B + Netgear XAVB5501 = the perfect MePo client?

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    Hello,
    I was searching for the perfect hardware for a MePo client, able to manage properly HD content (video and TV).
    I bought the Asrock Vision 3d - 137B and it's perfect.
    The specifications are:
    Processeur: Intel Core i3-370M (dual core 2.4 Ghz)
    Chipset: Intel HM55
    Memory: 2x 2Go So-Dimm DDR3-1066 Mhz (dual channel)
    CGU: NVIDIA GT 425M (MXM)
    HD: 500 Go (2.5")
    Combo : Blu-ray / DVD writer slim
    2x USB 3.0
    Card reader: (MMC/SD/MS/MS PRO)
    HDMI (v1.4a)
    DVI-I
    entrée ligne
    7.1 analog out (4 mini jack)
    SPDIF out
    5x USB 2.0
    1x USB 3.0
    1x eSATA II
    1x RJ45 (Ethernet Gigabit)
    Ethernet Gigabit
    WiFi n

    I have installed Win7x64, MePo 1.1.2 and SAF 5 unlock. I use various ffdshow treatments without any problems, CPU is powerful enough.
    I first tried to use the Wifi-N for the connection with the MePo server but only divx worked fine, all "bigger" files were not playable by the client, even SD TV didn't work well. Wifi-n is not fast enough and Wifi in general is too unstable for an efficient client. So I tried with a PLC (Powerline Communications) system and everything works just fine.
    I bought the Netgear XAVB5501:
    XAVB5501

    If you are interesting by the Asrock, there are good tests here:
    Asrock Vision 3D HTPC Review - TechSpot (in english)
    and here:
    Asrock Vision 3D - HomeMedia.fr (in french)



    The only bad point I see for the Asrock is the price: around 800€.
     
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    AW: Asrock vision 3d 137B + Netgear XAVB5501 = the perfect MePo client?

    is it able to wake the Client over PLC Connection?
     
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    Re: AW: Asrock vision 3d 137B + Netgear XAVB5501 = the perfect MePo client?

    Yes, like a "normal" network cable can do.
    My Asrock, which is my MePo client, is currently waking-up my server, using the MePo waking-up option with the server MAC address.
     
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    ...and HDTV or BlueRays over dLAN works too? without stuttering?
     
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    Re: AW: Asrock vision 3d 137B + Netgear XAVB5501 = the perfect MePo client?

    Yes. The netgear XAVB5501 is officialy at 500Mbps but for me I have 230-240Mbps (according to the Netgear software) which is perfect for HD content. I watch HD TV and blu-ray rip without any stuttering.
    The thing to know with the PCL technology is that it depends a lot of the quality of your power network at home. I know a friend of mine who can also stream HD videos other a PCL system with just a 200Mbps product, but his house is recent and the power network too. In my case, my house is 20 years old, that 's why I bought a 500Mbps, to maximize the chance to make HD video works.
    Also speed result with PCL can be totaly different depending on the plugs you tried...
     
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