Equipped with eight TV tuners (2x4), the SiliconDust HDRACK 8US TECH3-8US-2X4 allows you to watch TV from any computer on your network just by connecting this tuner to your router. No need to open a case to install a PCI card or tie to a USB dongle. Enterprise site-wide Multicast Digital RTP Streaming allows multiple computers to access digital TV simultaneously. The digital broadcast diagnostics/troubleshooting tool helps you easily analyze the stream and breeze through problems. Static Channel Mapping allows enhanced convenience. This tuner is also supports Windows, OSX, Linux, BSD, Solaris, making it an ideal choice for cross-platform users.
• IPTV unicasting, multicasting, steaming
• Streaming to designated video clients. VLC, QuickTV, or Windows Media Player
Multicast Digital RTP Streaming
• Cross Platform Support
• Static Channel Mapping
• Broadcast Signal Diagnostics and Monitoring
Cool box but....
Pros: I didn't have any problems managing this box from a different subnet after setting a static IP. The picture quality is good and the box has been running for 3 weeks with no resets.
Cons: The one problem I see is with no encoding the stream can peak at around 25mbs playing sports on ESPN or similar. I should have known this but didn't cross my mind. That is way too much bandwidth to multicast 15 or 20 channels on our network so I will be looking for another solution.
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Glued Together Product without Support
Pros: Accepts a static IP address, which is questionably a pro due to subnet restrictions (see cons). Exact same core functionality and command syntax as consumer units.
Cons: One of the biggest flaws in this product is the fact their technical support is terrible. Response times are very slow and often unprofessional. Be prepared to argue for hours with their support in order to have a bug acknowledged, but don't expect a fix for it.
Other Thoughts: Upon opening the unit up, you'll find four individual dual tuner consumer units mounted on a metal board with a single power supply. Each unit is managed individually with their own IP address and requires four network cables.
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