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My Digital Home

Posted: Sun Sep 26, 2010 8:20 pm
by Marcus
I'm not sure if this is the right section of the forum, so those who can please feel free to move into the right section.

This is my new features request and I thought I'd do some background on how it's all held together.

About my current set up.

It is predominantly used for video playback. We ripped our dvd collection (2 book cases worth) to original mpeg 2 files (to preserve 5.1 soundtracks) and threw away the cases. Now the DVD collection gathers dust in the loft in large dvd wallet folders. The vast majority of files are .mpg with some .avi in there and in the work section there are lots of .m2t (1080 hd files) I do video editing work for a living.

There is audio on there but as there was so much it is often a pain to navigate and we use the computers with windows media player to navigate that pile of 'stuff'.

Pictures/JPEGs are not something I'm really bothered about on the telly.

Windows 2003 Server, with multiple TB drives attached
Attached to 100base network hub via a dual channel network card.

Network has attached:
D-Link DSM520 (in a home theatre set up) [wired]
D-Link DSM320 (attached to TV in Kids room) [wired]

Multiple Windows 7 computers [mostly wired]

Also couple of Nokia phones, a PSP and a PS3 before long - [wireless]


On the various drives on the server (don't know if this is a fault or a feature, but it ain't broke so don't fix it) but as long as the directory structure is the same they appear as one 'folder' on the D-link boxes so the folders are as such:

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my videos
+ - Kids
|      |
|      + Movies +
|      |             + Action
|      |             + Disney
|      |             + Comedy
|      + TV Series
|      |             + Dr Who
|      |             + Futurama
|      |             + Looney Toons
|      |             + Roald Dahl
+ - Grown Up
|      |
|      + Movies +
|      |             + Action
|      |             + Horror
|      |             + Sci Fi
|     + TV Series
|      |             + Bones
|      |             + 24
|      |             + Angel
|      |             + Lie To Me
+ Music Videos +
|              - Concerts
|              - Videos
+ - Work +
         + Conference
         + After Effects

The features request:

Parental control:
I'd like to be able to set up 'kids' boxes and 'adult' boxes.
The kids boxes would not to be able to see 'grown up' and 'work' folders.
The Kids boxes need have access restricted so they only work between 08:30 > 20:00 Sunday to Thursday and 08:30 > 22:00 Friday to Saturday. If something is playing past that time the server just issues a stop command.
It would be nice to have layers of this control. So that a teenager can have 'later access' than a 10year old. That could be different access for each DMR or Computer.

Computer Playback:
Is there a front end player that will go onto a computer? The twonky:9000 browser just opens a quick time window and downloads the file to the local computer. Running Firefox here. I might be doing something wrong. Internet Explorer on the same url opens windows media player, but still seems to buffer a lot.

As I understand it Twonky will play out anything it likes. It's down to the device at the other end to decode it? So if your DLNA device only plays .mpg files then it's no use having a batch of .mov files. It is possible to filter based on DMR so that you can have all your media in one 'place' but the DMR will only see the media it will play.

Many thanks to all


Re: My Digital Home

Posted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 6:40 am
by archie1810
Hello Marcus,

I'm assuming you dont have any reply even for direct Post Message to you?

I'm fully agreed with you and I'm looking for this solution - I've been using Twonky for the last one year and have about the same access mode like yours - while my kids are just toddlers ages 5-7 yrs but they are able to use iPhone and iPad to browse my DLNA UPnP storage :(( This is what I need to restrict based on content and timing.

If you have any reply or advice from anybody, feel free to let me know :)

Best Regards,

Re: My Digital Home

Posted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 7:47 am
by Marcus
Hi Arc,

As yet no reply. But good things come to those who wait.

The one 'point' I didn't include in the 'wish list' was the as well as the folder filtering ability would be the removal of the appropriate content from the 'view all' function. Not a lot of point in hiding the 'adult: horror' folder if you've got

Amityville Horror

in the all list.

So we wait patiently.