I have this idea of adding a Bridge II card to my living room 2.0 TV system, which includes an Oppo 103 and DS. The thing is I’m mostly ignorant about how to do this, at least compared to my desktop PC/Directstream system, which seems a lot more straight forward. So I have some very basic questions about how to set this up as simply as possible (e.g., no separate server). Before that, currently I’m playing music and video files on the TV via a USB stick through the Oppo, which also makes switching between TV and media files easy (or as easy as Oppo makes it). I also have a Win 7 laptop and an iPad Mini 2 that currently run through the router, which is stationed by my Windows 8.1 desktop PC upstairs (I don’t want to run the TV system from the desktop). OK…
A dumb question I’ve never thought about before: Is the cable signal at the wall that goes to the TV the same signal as the one upstairs that feeds the cable box for the phone + internet (the upstairs run is separate)? If so, would I run the cable directly to the router and then to the TV box (plus an ethernet cable to the Bridge card)?
With this setup, is there anyway to connect the two routers without running a cable between them? I’m in a rental, so it’s not possible to drill inside and it would look bad in any case, unless I ran it out the window and up to the next floor along with the other cable.
With this setup, would I run the music/video files from the laptop or iPad to the DS via wi-fi?
Would I be running through the Samsung TV’s Smart Hub or using the Oppo’s (limited) version, or…?
How would switching between DS and TV work on this setup?
Are there some good reference sources for understanding better how to do what I’m trying - or imagining?
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PS Audio Directstream dac
Quad 12L Active Monitors (Furutech fuses) on 24" stands
Snake River Boomslang digital cable (Oppo to DS) and Mamushi ICs
Snake River and HiDiamond and Triode Wire Labs 8+ power cords
Mapleshade Vivilink II HDMI cables (cable box to Oppo, Oppo, to TV)
HiDiamond HDX2 power conditioner + Furutech GTX® receptacle