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Whether you configure your home entertainment network as a peer-to-peer or client/server network, you mix PCs and media extenders connected to TVs, powered speakers, or home stereos. Media extender devices allow a low-cost solution where existing TVs can be used as displays connected to a media extender client playing media from a main server PC. TVs are good for playing video and displaying simple media menus but are not high enough quality for computing applications. A new generation of flat panel plasma and LCD TVs are capable of functioning both as TVs and computer displays.

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