I live in the states.
Yeah. It's a decent setup but I didn't buy it to stream my movies. That is an added bonus.
Your internet connection shouldn't be an issue for streaming from one room to another.
I don't run Leopard and Tiger at the same time. I have to have a safety OS because I can't afford to be obsoleted out by a new OS. My other drive is what I use to test new OS's from Apple before I fully commit. I usually stay one OS behind. Long story and won't bore you with details.
Thanks for the advice on forcing transcodes. I'll try that. Are you any good ad scripting AVISynth? I need help with that.
Black Magic Intensity Pro is a HDMI and component PCIe capture card - good for bringing in home movies on HD camcorders and digitizing VHS, outputting Mac to HDMI tv sets sans Blu-Ray, etc.
Why the high IP address? Because I let my router assign dynamic IP's and locked them in with DHCP reservation. I could change it but I'm too lazy. I don't generally screw around with what works.
I run WPA Personal and have MAC Address filtering on. It makes my kids mad because their Nintendo DS are only WEP. Fixing to buy a WRT54GL, flash it with Tomato or DD-WRT and put them on a subnet so they will quit bugging me about it.
As far as streaming to a wireless PS3:
Here is what I experienced at my brother in law's house when setting him up. Like I said before, his iMac is downstairs. The iMac is downstairs and his Time Capsule is upstairs in a mechanical closet supporting his home theater. The dude has a huge house so distance is an issue. We could not stream 1080p 16mbps without stuttering until I built an ethernet cable to directly connect the time capsule to his PS3. Now, he's 16mbps all day and 40 - 50mpbs with only a little stuttering during high motion.
FWIW, his iMac has 2GB RAM and one hard drive but it appears to stream 1080p 5.1 surround .m2ts with absolutely no problem and virtually no CPU hit.
If you get an 8 core, the rule of thumb is 1GB of RAM per core. I use Crucial memory. Make absolutely sure to match up the correct processor to the RAM.
I don't have any experience with Airport Extreme or AirPort units from Apple other than the one that comes inside my latest Mac Pro. We liked to have never got my brother in law's Time Capsule to do right - it had something to do with his DSL modem.
I've been meaning to test my PS3 and see how it performs if wired direct to my computer. I may end up running some cable.