I had this idea for a while to connect the TV with internet and LAN. So that I don’t have to turn on the computer every time I want to stream something. Also it will remove the need to connect wires between computers and TV when I want to watch something on a larger screen.
A smart TV with all those capabilities are off my budget. And it’s not worth spending that much on such a project since we watch TV less than two hours a day. Therefore I was on the market looking for smaller devices that could plug-in to a HDMI port and stream media.
Chrome-cast and similar devices seems nice, but they have one major problem. It rely on some cloud services, phone or another computer to work. Also when stream content from local network, the media server (crome) has to render the content and stream the rendered video to device. That needs a very fast LAN. I was looking for something that can do its own rendering. So that there will be less load on network. It also had to power from TVs own USB port and connect to network via WiFi. And it should play 1080p HD Video with good quality.