Screen of the Internet Explorer window when connected to the Tuner
I downloaded a trial version of the
Snap Stream software, to try the web interface. This function is
Microsoft's Internet Explorer only, and opens a window similar to
Window's Media Player. The user is able to stop or pause the live
stream, and change channels. I like the "thin client" aspect,
which allows me to run the interface from anywhere without installing
software. The full version of the software costs $60.
The installed hardware also allows me to set up automated recordings of
any channel. I have not used this feature yet, but it essentially
implements a Digital Video Recorder (DVR) such as a Tivo unit.
The programming of automated recording and the viewing of the recorded
program can be controlled with the web server interface.
In addition to the security cameras, I can now stream to the web any
available channel including the VCR, DVD player, etc. As for
custom settings, I found
that I had to limit the streaming bandwidth to below my DSL uplink
speed and I also had to open up
ports on my router
to allow connection from the
web (HTTP Administration port and Live TV Streaming Server port).
TV software also encodes MPEG-2, so I may be able to burn DVD's in the
- September 2003 - TV Tuner card installed and Version 3.0 of Snap
- December 2003 - Trial Version 3.4 of Beyond TV (was Snap Stream)
- January 2004 - Purchased full version 3.4 for $50.