The EyeHome is ALIVE! Working again after a few months now without it.
The main issue was a dead power supply. I couldn’t find a spare. In the end I found that the PSP charger, which is also 5V fitted and worked.
Initially I had an issue with finding the 10.5 Mac but after changing the IP address on the Mac it did work.
As I now have an 802.11n Ethernet bridge under the TV the streaming worked really well. No buffeting or stuttering.
Now need to get the EyeHome software running on 10.6 that looks a little more complicated.
I still have a video recorder under my TV, in the main as it has a clock!
I have not used the VCR to record for over five years now, the Elgato 410 connected to my Mac is my way main method of recording TV shows.
However I much prefer watching TV on my TV than watching it on my computer.
So how do I get the recorded video from the Mac to the TV?
Over the years I have used a variety of methods, depending on need, speed, wireless connectivity, even DRM. I have used DVD-Rs, EyeHome, video streamers, PS3, Mac mini, iPod touch, iPhone, iPod, MacBook Pro… each has its advantages and disadvantages. Over the next few weeks I will be talking about, showing and explaining how and why I use all these different methods.
Back in October last year my EyeHome stopped working. I assumed has had happened before that the transformer had broken again.
What I did back then was ask Elgato and they replaced the transformer for me, however according to their website they can no longer provide replacements.
I was hoping to find a replacement for my EyeHome, but after having a good look around, trying even to use the PS3, in the end I decided that the only possible replacement was a Mac mini and even that was a compromise and not a real replacement.
I did try and find a replacement transformer, but though I thought I had found a potential supplier, it wasn’t clear which transformer I should buy for the EyeHome.
So for most of this year, the EyeHome was sat in the office and I waited paitently for Elgato to make a replacement…
Yesterday I started tidying up the office and I “found” the EyeHome and started to pack it into a box when I looked at the power supply input, noticed it said 5V and started to wonder…
The PSP power supply looked like it could fit…
It does fit…
It does power the EyeHome…
Since my EyeHome stopped working, I am guessing it was the transformer again, I have been thinking about a possible replacement.
Choices are limited, Elgato no longer make the EyeHome or any type of replacement.
You can buy uPnP devices, however my experiences with the PS3 make me wary of purchasing a uPnP media streamer.
I am supposing the obvious choice is the Apple TV, however I am not sure if I can connect it to my TV. I don’t have an HDTV, so the connectors won’t really work with a SCART television.
So do I upgrade my television so that I can use an Apple TV?
Going to try and see if I can find an EyeHome power replacement.
I really do like my EyeHome media streamer and it look like it has stopped working (again). It’s at time like these why I remember why I blog, when it didn’t work before I was advised by Elgato to leave it off for a long time, so at the moment it is unplugged and (probably) cooling down.
The EyeHome is now four years old (which is a long time in consumer electronics) and starting to show its age.
Sadly Elgato no longer make the EyeHome device, so I will need to look for a possible replacement. The key issue will be, can it play the raw MPEG2 recordings from Elgato?
In the interim I am using MediaServer from Twonky and streaming to a Sony PS3, but this doesn’t work with MPEG2 files, works fine with the MP4 iPod versions which the EyeTV creates, but these take a long time to export.
So if I can’t find a media streamer which works with MPEG2, I may just invest in one of the Elgato turbo.264 USB devices to speed up the encoding.