New gadget!

I was looking for a computer with following features:

  • Act as a wireless router
  • Act as a multimedia center (1080p)
  • Quiet
  • Low power consumption

After some research, I chose the Jetway Mini-TopĀ HBJC600C99-352W-BW.

Software solution: Ubuntu 11.04 + XBMC. The installation has worked out of the box, no main issues. XBMC standalone is launched by default. Nice job xmbc team!!! The software is awesome.

In the following posts I will show how I customized Ubuntu to make it fit my requirements :)

7 Comments »

  1. Jacob Said,

    June 6, 2011 @ 11:10 pm

    Hi there,

    I purchased that same barebone system and I’m trying to set up the ‘optimal’ solution to get XBMC running. I tried doing Minimal Ubuntu and it does work but seems like it randomly freezes the whole system. Now I am just about to install Ubuntu 11.04 and do XBMC on top of that.

    Since you have the setup, I had a few questions for you.

    1. Did you install the nightly build or stable release? I saw it somewhere that stable release was for Maverick (10.10) but not really optimized for Natty (11.04)?

    2. Did you have to do extra set up for XBMC to launch by default? or did you have to set that up manually?

    3. How is playing video 1080p? Working okay?

    4. Everything (sound/wifi/remote) working properly out of the box also?

    Thanks in advance!

  2. Aloisio Said,

    June 6, 2011 @ 11:38 pm

    Hi Jacob,

    Since I have 500GB and probably the “vanilla” Ubuntu system is much more tested and supported by community than a “customized” Ubuntu, I decided to install the whole desktop version (yes, #lazy).

    To install XBMC I am also using the maverick packages. I also installed the -stanalone package. Now gdm can run XMBC as my default session.

    1080p works nicely only when XBMC is launched by default. I don’t know the reason yet, but if I start XBMC from gnome/unity, it does not run 1080p smoothly.

    Sound works out of the box. You just need to set properly the sound output on sound control panel to get hdmi working.

    Wifi… well I am using the barebone as wireless router. I am about to publish a huge post about how I did that using only upstart configurations. Btw, to use in client mode, no extra setup is needed.

    I’m also planning to develop a XBMC script to manage the network management I mentioned above.

    Remote. Next chapters also. I didn’t make it work properly yet. Some keys and the mouse emulator work out of the box. When I get it working I will also post here the instructions and configurations.

    Regards

  3. Jacob Said,

    June 7, 2011 @ 10:01 am

    Aloisio,

    Thank you for the fast reply!

    I forgot to add one more question.. Are you using 32bit or 64bit?

  4. Aloisio Said,

    June 7, 2011 @ 10:07 am

    Hi Jacob,

    I using 64bits.

    I also changed the values to cooler speed on BIOS. I increased from 60o to 80o the limit to set the high speed. Now, it is much more quiet :P

    Regards,

  5. Jacob Said,

    June 7, 2011 @ 10:48 am

    Ahhh you know, I was actually looking for that setting haha. Thought I could do something in Linux, but setting in BIOS would be a lot easier.

    Thanks a lot!

    Now.. I have more questions haha sorry I guess I’m just a curious guy. How is it working out as a router? I’ve read people mentioning about how Wireless card in this machine isn’t so great and they don’t even bother setting it up.

    This set up is actually for my gf and she got this cheap router that is not so stable..so maybe if it performs well, maybe i can do this for my gf!

    Thanks in advance again! :)

  6. Aloisio Said,

    June 7, 2011 @ 11:18 am

    Hi Jacob,

    Take a look in the next post. There I’ve pasted all configs I had used to set the htpc as wireless router.

    I didn’t stressed this use case yet. Until now it’s as good as a ordinary wireless router in a short range. When you go far from the htpc, the signal quality decreases faster than a ordinary router, but it’s just a matter of buy an antenna with higher gain.

    Importante note: I’m using the driver from compat-wireless.

    Regards,

  7. Jacob Said,

    June 7, 2011 @ 1:20 pm

    Awesome.

    Thanks a lot!

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