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Old 04-18-2017, 04:58 AM
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Portable SageTV setup for my camp

I am looking to buy/build a SageTV V9 setup that I can transport up to my camp in season and bring home when I come home.

What I'm looking to build is an OTA system with at least one HDHR OTA box and then I can hook up (or cast) to my 32" HDTV at the camp for watching shows. I will have a portable drive (I already have tons of those) that I can put recordings on.

So basically what I want is either a low cost portable computer/laptop or dedicated box I can run SageTV V9 on and get good video out to my HDTV (either wired, wireless, or cast).

An option I've seen may be one of the small Android TV boxes and put the Android Client onto it. Can I record shows through that, or do I need something that can run full SageTV V9?

As to the networking part of the puzzle. I know that the HDHR's can be hooked directly to the network port on a PC, but what I think I may need is a minimalist network so I can connect the HDHR, Computer, and TV.

I also have a couple HD100 SageTV Hd Extenders laying around that I could even leave up there at the camp. Can those play all the various recording formats/resolutions?

As far as EPG I'm planning on using a WiFi hotspot to get the EPG every few days and then turn the WiFi hotspot off to keep within my data plan on the camp phone.

Thanks in advance for any help.
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Old 04-18-2017, 10:37 AM
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You could always get a mini PC to do this. Wouldn't be super fast, but it would get the job done.

Also, Android TV has DVR capability built in and should recognize HDHR tuners without issue.

Just depends on which one works the best for you I guess.
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Old 04-20-2017, 11:06 AM
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This should be very doable with a laptop. You could probably use a cheap router for the network connections and it could act as a DHCP server. It may complain about not having an internet connection but that shouldn't be an issue. You could also use a smaller OTA USB tuner if you don't have already spare HDHR - like a Hauppauge 950 that makes the system more portable and you don't need to worry about the networking so that you could even take it with you to hotel rooms, etc. Assuming that you had a portable antenna.

If I were you I would just hook the laptop into the TV using an HDMI port.
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Old 04-21-2017, 05:55 AM
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This should be very doable with a laptop. You could probably use a cheap router for the network connections and it could act as a DHCP server. It may complain about not having an internet connection but that shouldn't be an issue. You could also use a smaller OTA USB tuner if you don't have already spare HDHR - like a Hauppauge 950 that makes the system more portable and you don't need to worry about the networking so that you could even take it with you to hotel rooms, etc. Assuming that you had a portable antenna.

If I were you I would just hook the laptop into the TV using an HDMI port.
A laptop is probably out of the question due to $$$. My existing laptop is used for gaming at the camp while I watch TV.

I just replaced my existing desktop computer and can use my old desktop as the SageTV machine. It is a Shuttle small form factor machine, so not terribly large to carry back and forth. I'll probably bring it back with me when I come home so I can install any updates here since I have to use a WiFi hotspot off my phone to do any internet at camp.

In looking through my old stuff I have an old wireless router that I can use to do the network stuff, and I do have a couple old SageTV HD100 extenders. I also can pull one of my 2 OTA HDHR's off my server here at home since I never need 4 OTA tuners. Keyboard and mouse won't be an issue

So after pondering on this and taking a look at stuff I have laying around I think I have everything I need sitting in my unused pile of technology.
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Old 04-21-2017, 07:14 AM
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Sounds like you have your solution.
A while back, there was a thread on the unRAID forum for a build for his RV.
Might be an interesting read for others with the SageTV docker.

https://forums.lime-technology.com/t...rive-concerns/

EDIT: hmmm, that didn't appear to be the thread I recalled. Oh well, if I recall, it was quite interesting small build

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Old 04-21-2017, 12:29 PM
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@waynedunham - I am not sure where you live but the whole camp vs cottage terminology is a giveaway for where you are from here in Ontario.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbur...orth-1.2739559
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