Still to do is wiring the master bedroom, to accommodate the Tivo we have in there. This will require drilling down the walls from the attic, and already I know from my time up there it's going to be cramped and difficult. To be continued.I've been putting off this last phase of the whole project for some time, remembering all the wonderful things about crawling around in the attic: the heat, the insulation dust floating around, the bruising on my arms and legs thanks to the hard boards, the redwood splinters in my hands, the discomfort of breathing through a mask, and the oh-so-pleasant fogging of my glasses as my own hot breath leaks upwards from the mask.
That, and this time the crawl space was much smaller above the master bedroom. Yes, cramped and difficult about sums it up. But I'm thrilled to report the project is finally complete. Here are the details.
I woke up this morning with one of my fingers throbbing in pain from a nasty splinter that I missed yesterday, but the effort was definitely worth it. Wireless is great for laptops, but having hard-line ethernet in every room is a must for performance and reliability. Still to do is get the various Tivo home media options working, like music and photo viewing from iTunes and iPhoto, and--the feature I'm really most interested in--multi-room viewing of recorded shows. But I'll need to replace my Series 1 downstairs with a Series 2 for that. Of course, the impulsive guy I am, I ran out and bought another Series 2 40 hour unit last night (you can get them at the Good Guys for $70 after Tivo's $100 mail-in rebate, good I think through today 1/31/05), but that'll be another story.