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Old 12-27-2010, 11:07 AM   #1
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Hey all, I'm a student at college and am home for the holidays. I have a question regarding using a TV tuner with remote desktop software. I'd like to install the tuner on my desktop at home, then use any kind of remote desktop software to access it from my laptop at school. I'd mainly be using the software to watch games of my favorite baseball team (don't get their station where I go to school), and to play video games. I built my desktop and it's extremely powerful, though I can't really play anything on my laptop.

I know that this can be done (at least watching TV through remote desktop) because I've seen it, however it was fairly stuttery and not very high quality. Depending on what card I bought and which software I was using, could I achieve what I'm trying to with good quality (and sound), and could I also game with it?
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For best performance you would want to setup a true VPN and tunnel the traffic. You can try using teamviewer and seeing if you can access it that way I have connected to computers in california from where I live and i noticed a little bit of slowness but overall it wasnt that bad.
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Old 12-27-2010, 11:29 AM   #3
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Hm, ok. Obviously I'd like to make sure it works well before I buy a TV tuner. I'll probably wait until I get my lappy back from the shop, then use a few different pieces of software and see which works best, then try playing some games through it before I buy a tuner.

On that note, which tuners would you recommend under $50 or so?
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i havent had much luck with remote viewing of tv shows
but that could just be me
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i havent had much luck with remote viewing of tv shows
but that could just be me
Do you think that it could be attributed to a cheaper TV tuner card or software that isn't as good?
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Old 12-27-2010, 03:54 PM   #6
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you can try this https://secure.logmein.com/UK/

im not to sure if the video will be watchable theo using a remote desktop ??
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Old 12-27-2010, 04:27 PM   #7
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Hm...odd that there are mixed opinions. Some believe the quality would be good, some don't.
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Anybody else have opinions? I'm going to stick by my plan of playing games through remote desktop, and then buying a tuner if that works, but I'd like some other opinions in the meantime.
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I can't imagine remote desktop being fast enough to watch video or play games. That really isn't what remote desktop was designed for.
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Do you have any experience using a remote desktop, either for video/games or regular use?
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Do you have any experience using a remote desktop, either for video/games or regular use?
Yes, I've attempted watching video just over a LAN via remote desktop and VLC and both were unwatchable. I'm guessing gaming would be much worse due to the timing issues. Have you considered a slingbox for TV viewing?
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Yes, I've attempted watching video just over a LAN via remote desktop and VLC and both were unwatchable. I'm guessing gaming would be much worse due to the timing issues. Have you considered a slingbox for TV viewing?
I had very briefly considered it, but it's really far more money than I want to spend on this project. The only reason I want to be able to watch TV is again, for my favorite sports team. If I'm going to start spending that much money I'd just buy a subscription to MLB TV for a month or two for the time that I won't be home to watch, and it won't be nearly as expensive. I don't care about gaming so much; I used to be an avid gamer but I don't miss it too much at school. It would just be a nice bonus. I'd definitely get a Slingbox if I could get it for an incredibly good deal somewhere, but the chances of that are slim.
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You're better off buying a subscription to MLB TV. Definitely...
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Do you think that it could be attributed to a cheaper TV tuner card or software that isn't as good?
no its a good card
it has nothing to do with the card

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im not to sure if the video will be watchable theo using a remote desktop ??
no its not
everytime i log in with logmein.com i dont see my desktop wallpaper
so there isnt enough bandwidth to even show that much less watch tv over your remote desktop
no if it was a recorded program
all you have to do is go into your public docs/tv shows/
and click and drag it to what ever machine your using then play it with WMP
and your good
as for streaming live............ no
not with logmein.com
with logmein.com it has to go from your pc > modem > internet server > modem > current pc
if both machines offer it
you could use windows built-in remote desktop feature
and try that
but im not sure how well that would work
it should be slightly better if you are on the same network i.e. the same house
but if you are trying to run it over the web to a different place (city, state, or country)
you would be better off just downloading it to your pc from the other, then watching
there will be much less lag
less latency in the network
and less servers or even routers/switches to go through
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Hm, alright then. I'll have to see what happens. I'm supposed to be getting my lappy back today so I'll test a few different programs and see if any of them work reasonably well.
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if i was you i would just make sure that the folder that the recorded tv shows are saved to is shared
then use the remote desktop
any of them should work
and copy them from one pc to the other
and watch them on the other pc
the one not with the tv tuner card
then delete them from your tv tuner enabled pc
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Again, the biggest thing is that I'm really only going to be using it for baseball games, so recording them would kind of defeat the purpose. Anyway, thanks for the help. I'll see how it goes when I get my laptop back!
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