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Wi-Fi would be good on the A9, but only it it was built in, or there was some way to integrate a laptop PC card unit in to the case. Otherwise you might as well just plug an access point in to the eithernet, and the jobs then done. There are now some very small access points which wouldn't look out of place with an A9, and wouldn't be much more expensive than a PC card version.

As for a PVR unit, I don't think an ARM9 has anywhere enough horses. On a PC system running Myth you can get away with using a very low spec Celeron for the basic recording and playback as long as your PCI capture card and ATX graphics card does all the MPEGing for you, and the processor just has to set up the bus mastering and handle the front end. The A9 doesn't have PCI and USB most capture devices require 2.0 to get any sort of quality and the A9 only has USB 1.0, but that does mean the processor and integrated graphics may be able to keep up with the low rate MPEG stream.

While the A9 is underspec'd for Video, it would fine as an MP3 server with an attached Wi-Fi access point to allow other devices round the house to use them, being small and quite enough to be left permenantly powered up. Its a shame the audio isn't working, or it could also be connected to the hi-fi to play them too. Then you'd need a USB IR remote receiver too...

 is a RISC OS Userdruck on 5/4/06 10:46AM
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