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    How do you use your P1801?

    I get a LOT of use out of my P1801 and in many different ways. So, I thought I'd pose the question to the forum to see how others user their P1801.

    For me, this is a highly versatile system. Being both an Android and Windows guy gives me huge options with this system. I use this exclusively for both work and personal and I carry the tablet everywhere. I use 5GHz WiFi for the tablet and I have the base connected using a Gigabit connection via TP-Link PowerLine (Ethernet over AC Power) to the WiFi Router.

    At home, the tablet serves as a great Netflix portable screen for the kids. I can bring them their videos anywhere in the house and on a screen that is significantly larger than a cell phone. We have Slingbox for DVR recorded shows and we also play DVDs from the base to the tablet for the kids in Windows mode. Quality is nice for what it is especially since we're using the PowerLine solution.

    Next, I use the tablet in remote Windows mode anywhere and everywhere around the house. I have a Bluetooth keyboard paired with the tablet and I also use an On The Go (OTG) cable so that I can connect the original Asus keyboard mouse with the tablet and pass it through to Windows mode. I have stations setup all around the house (near the fireplace, on the breakfast bar, etc.). I just setup the tablet, connect to the base and begin working. Very convenient and very nice.

    I use the tablet for remote office work as well, even while traveling for business. I have completely weaned myself off of the company laptop. It's definitely less convenient than using a laptop because of the extra keyboards and cables. But it gets a LOT of attention when I pull out a huge 18.4 tablet. I do this because my line of work is in virtual desktops. I have a portable USB Ethernet dongle that I can connect to my OTG cable in-case I need it. But often WiFi or cell phone tethering will get me connected back to the base using the built-in Splashtop (Splashtop must be configured for Internet discovery).

    I carry my tablet around with me in a Case Logic briefcase which was recommended by a fellow user in this forum. The case is perfect and fits ALL of my accessories.

    So, that's a glimpse into how I use my P1801. How do you use yours?
    Last edited by djlott; 04-16-2014 at 10:17 AM.

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    Mine mainly sits next to my bed used mostly as a super smart TV to replace cable or satellite TV subscription. I have mine set up with an internal ATSC TV tuner, Windows Media Center and hard wired GB ethernet.

    It connects to my home media server and I can browse live and recorded TV as well as the video library on the server. If I see a program coming up, I can record it there and it automatically uploads it to my media server so I can view it anywhere.

    Recently have been trying out the EuroSport Player from the UK to get all the non-traditional sports coverage that I miss from cable/satellite (like pro cycling, rally, some motorcycle racing, etc.) So I run VPN on the P1801 connected to a UK server and can thus access the geo-restricted EuroSport feed. So nice to be able to fire up a VPN session with a single button click from the media center remote control while laying in bed. Perfect for catching those early morning live broadcasts of the Tour de France or other European cycling race.

    I can run all the above mainly from an infrared media center remote. I do have a small back-lit BT keyboard for those times I need to enter text - works great at night - wish the remote were back-lit. The biggest limitation I have found is that Media Center does not work in remote desktop mode, so I can't use that undocked.

    I do pull the tablet off the base station from time to time to use around the house or while traveling since I do not have another tablet. I do like the unit's relatively low power consumption and being and all-in-one, all the power shuts down with one button and automatically when the PC goes to sleep. Also, really happy about the native sound quality of the dock. So all in all makes a clean installation, no external speakers, no external display.

    So far have been happy with the system. Over 5 months since I cancelled my DirecTV subscription, P1801 system should have almost paid for itself. And it has been over 6 months since I have turned on the TV in the bedroom. I may move that to my garage and use it when I am out there.

    One thing I really like about this system is the all-in-one aspect. One power supply, one power switch, one thing to go into sleep/hibernation. With my old TV+set top box+external speaker setup, the TV had a programmable sleep timer, so would go off if I remembered to set it. Set top box had an automatic 4 hr. sleep timer and would go off automatically. External speakers only had manual on/off, so something was always running. And I had a TV remote, and STB remote and then manual volume control on the speakers. With the P1801, I have it set to sleep after 45 mins. or an hour and everything shuts off then. One remote with volume and other control and the system uses no more power than a small TV does but so much more power. Sure, a smart TV might be as good of an option, but I could not find a smart TV under about 30 inches. Way too big for what I need and almost as much money as the P1801.
    Last edited by 4Crawler; 08-09-2014 at 01:49 PM.

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    I'm bumping this thread. I thought there would be much more activity on this topic. I'd really like to know how others use their P1801. Is it just another PC and Tablet around the house or has this fantastic ASUS creation changed your daily compute?

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    Hi from the UK - first post since joining recently

    I have just acquired an as new P1801-B100K and overall, as someone equally comfortable with either Android or Windows I have to say I LOVE THIS MACHINE - the thing oozes quality, flexibility, attention to detail and the concept is a winner with the userbase despite the attempts of the big two OS providers to kill it dead !

    Have upgraded the out of the box config to Windows 8.1 vanilla (after 93 important pre-requisite Windows 8.0 updates) - the Android side is presently 4.2.2 unrooted

    I too am in the process of weaning myself off personal and corporate laptops and it has completely consigned my 9" clone tablet to a spare drawer

    I use it in equal measure between Android and Windows and most of the time, for convenience it's mobile out of the dock in and around the house

    Got a TechAir carry case and a generic zip sleeve for it on Amazon UK - took a bit of searching to get the proper fit

    Compared to my existing ICS 4.0 tablet and 2.2 GHz Core 2 Quad desktop PC, there is a noticeable performance uplift

    Aside from the usual things, a couple of specialist applications I run on it are Flight Simulation (FSX, X-Plane) and Hornby Railmaster where the huge tablet display excels as a handheld layout controller for my DCC operated OO gauge model railway

    So, just getting started with it but consider me one satisfied customer
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    Well, found a use for the tablet today. I like watching pro cycling races and generally do so either via EuroSport over VPN to a web browser under Windows, or via one of the race tracker services many of the races host, like the recent Tour of Utah. But today, wanted to catch the USA Pro Challenge race and found they only supported iOS or Android apps, no generic web browser version. So pulled the tablet off the base station and loaded the Android race tracker and viola, an awesome full screen live video feed. Only problem is I did not get good enough WiFi reception for the video stream to play it in the garage where I was working, so had to take a break and watch the end of the race in the house.

    And I also got the tablet set up with the Android client for the Dvblogic TV server software I run. The app gives me a full screen TV guide type display and then live, full screen TV:
    - Android

    So I can have a portable TV set up anywhere in the house.

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    4Crawler, what kind of DVB receiver do you use for watching TV with the tablet off the base station on android?

    Thank you.

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    I use an AverMedia ATSC card in mine, tunes US over-the-air TV. See my profile photo album for details. But any Windows TV receiver card should work as long as it has the Windows (BDA) drivers. Then use DvbLogic.com TV Source and Connect server and you can send that live TV anywhere you have a network connection. You can go to the DvbLogic web site for more info. Basically their software sits on top of any TV tuner device in your system and then you select their virtual tuners instead of the native ones in some app like Media Center. That we you set everything up outside of Media Center, which has a rather crude interface for that, basically all you can do is delete everything and start over. You can do some minor editing of channel information, but the next time you scan for channels, that all reverts to the original.

    The have interfaces for many PC-DVR programs and platforms. It is a bit quirky and somewhat weakly documented, but once you get used to how they do things, it works quite well. Nice thing is they let you combine TV signals from many sources and also combine and insert program guide information. They have a rudimentary DVR function that also is viewable on Android. The combination of Media Center and DvbLogic works well on the P1801, one of the reasons I got this system. Nowhere near as nice as Media Center or similar, but better than nothing. Note that Media Center does not work with either Android devices or with remote desktop. But with the P1801, I can just undock the tablet in Win8 mode and it will work remotely.

    Screen shot of the Android client/TV Guide screen:


    And with proper setup, you can get that functionality anyplace in the world. You can set up real-time transcoding on the server to reduce video resolution and data rate, or you can have it send out the data in native resolution.

    More info:
    - http://dvblogic.com/
    Last edited by 4Crawler; 05-07-2015 at 10:33 AM. Reason: Corrected WMC/undocked operation
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    My P1801 is still going strong. Bought it on Black Friday 2012, so it's now 3 years old. It's been my cable/satellite TV set top box replacement in my bedroom. It's been quite reliable. It goes to sleep/hibernation automatically after watching a video or movie at night. Powers back up with a press of a button on the remote. It does automatic updates, so about the only time it's rebooted is whenever an update requires that. And the unit has paid for itself in savings on the cable/satellite TV subscriptions.
    Last edited by 4Crawler; 12-04-2015 at 10:49 AM.

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    Still using my P1801 every day. It's still running Windows 8.1 Pro. I'm transitioning from Windows Media Center (WMC) over to Kodi as my bedroom "smart TV". Took a little fine tuning to get all the Kodi power saving settings working the same as WMC so the machine will go to sleep after a video/program finishes playing. Took me a while to figure out the Kodi's "Suspend" setting is the same as Windows "Sleep" setting. But Kodi works great off the old WMC remote control. I still need to get some more add-ons set up under Kodi, like the YouTube viewer and the EuroSport player.

 

 

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