I assume the UPnP option would have the server HTPC running the entire time as the client one is using the database? I would like to avoid that if I can but having moved to a low power HTPC in the NUC (Which I measured by clamp ammeter and voltage on the power cable as topping out at about 20W when playing video and around half that when idle) and assuming that the "Server" would be more or less idle even when doing this it is probably not that much of a power cost impost to do it.
Previously with the larger PC based HTPC, which would have been the server in the system it would have been more of a problem as it used four times the power of a NUC at idle.
I am using Openelex as it resolved a playback issue that must have been underlying in Ubuntu drivers. I will have to wait and see on them moving to Gotham, but that is not really much of an issue for me, I can wait a few months to get this as a feature if putting the databaase on my NAS is too much trouble.
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2013-10-24 02:56 Post: #11
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2013-10-24 03:25 Post: #12
For the last month or so I've been keeping XBMC open all the time on my laptop and minimized (OS X, 2009 MBP) to serve as a UPnP server to the rest of the house. CPU usage for XBMC is in the 2-3% range when idle, so I assume there is very low power usage.
You can make easy links to the XBMC wiki using double brackets around words: [[debug log]] = debug log, [[Add-on:YouTube]] = Add-on:YouTube, [[Adding videos to the library]] = Adding videos to the library, [[userdata]] = userdata, etc