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Dennis (Tazer98) from Las Vegas Checking In
November 22, 2012
1:25 am
Tazer98

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Hello Everyone,

I located this forum after I read about the MK808. My background is in Information Technology (Administration and Systems Analysis). Not real technical, but willing to learn whats needed. This is going to be my first venture into Android/Television/Internet Streaming. I been retired for a couple of years and now is the time to take on a challenge.

I’m tired of paying for cable TV and have been looking for a way to get rid of it. Let me explain what I’d like to do and how I’m thinking of getting it done.

In my home are three TVs and each one is currently fed by the local cable company with wired connections. Everything is working fine and no complaints, except high recurring costs. I’d like to replace the Cable TV Programming with Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Email send and receive with Gmail (Outlook if possible), Internet Browsing, Accessibility to Networked PC hard drives for retrieval and saving files, some Gaming, and some business applications (like Word, Excel or their Google counterpart). Each of the TVs would have these capabilities.

Is that too much???

What I envision for the configuration:

Wireless Router (Linksys WRT54GS 2.4GHz)
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MiniPC (MK808, MX1, NEO G4 ????)
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Powered USB Hub
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Flash Drive
USB Portable Hard Drive (Powered)
Other Devices???

Each TV would have a MiniPC with Optional USB Hubs and Optional USB Devices.

I’m aware of some limitations to this setup like Netflix only allows 2 simultaneous streams.

I’m looking for a solution so any responses are welcomed.

Thanks,

Tazer98

P.S. I hope I didn’t overdo it on my first post!

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November 25, 2012
8:58 pm
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Welcome to the forums Tazer98!!
Great post as a lot of people have the same questions. All of that is what these devices are designed to do, and they do it well.
Other then Outlook, which I haven't tried, all your requests are absolutely supported. Also I'm sure android has an Outlook alternative.
Let me know if you have anymore questions
Cya around!

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December 22, 2012
11:47 pm
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Well, just a quick update on what hardware I bought and which direction I’m heading. I’ve been looking at several PC sticks and when the Imito MX2 came up on sale at In4Dealz for $53 shipped, I went for it. It took about 2 ½ weeks to get here from China. I also popped for the recommended Logitech K400 Bluetooth keyboard when it went on sale at $23 from Amazon.

It didn’t take much time setting my test system up other than finding the remote control and re-arranging my computer room. I have been using a 32 Visio TV as my monitor which I replaced with a 22’ lcd, but only temporarily. I do wear glasses for reading so I need a large screen.

My first impressions of the MX2: Very good with a couple disappointments. Easy Bluetooth setup. No Wi-Fi drops. Quick response in flipping pages, starting applications, communication with keyboard.

The disappointments were the inability to view both Hulu and Netflix content without getting subscriptions first. I’ve been accustomed to viewing Hulu for free (limited content) on my PC and just want to see a half hour or more of internet streaming, thru Wi-Fi then thru the MX2. There was very little documentation (only connection information) with the MX2.

I did easily view YouTube and videos on other sites with ease. Did internet browsing with Chrome. Used Google Maps. Accessed the hard-drive on my PC and was able to view files and navigate the directory structure. I’ve installed apps from the app store, which turned out to be very easy.

One annoying thing was using the touchpad on the keyboard. It is very sensitive. It will only take me some time to get used to it.

My next steps are:

1. Get Titanium Backup (was recommended) to backup my entire system as a fail-safe in my next step and subsequent periodic backups.
2. Flash Finless 1.5 or the latest incarnation. Doing this, I understand will also ROOT the device.
3. Install and test additional apps such as Office compatible, pdf viewer, and others.

My biggest task is to learn more about Android itself. Using this PC stick I need to know where files are backed up to, how to format the SD card, create folders on the SD care, move app icons to different pages, etc.

Many of these above issues may be second nature to some of you, but I’m a total newbie in the Android world.

If anyone has suggestions where to find documentation or FAQ’s that discuss newbie issues, please let me know.

I jumped in with both feet and need a bit of help to get educated in the sea of Android.

I hope your experiences with these devices are good ones.

Tazer98

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