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Ceton Echo – Windows Media Center Extender Watch Live & Recorded TV/HDTV Access Personal Media Libraries on Any TV on Home Network, HDMI Interface, Remote Included

  • Watch live and recorded TV
  • Access your photos, music video
  • Windows 7 compatible
  • Supports PCs w/ or without TV tuner
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A great addition to your home entertainment, the Ceton Echo is a network-based extender that brings Windows Media Center experience to any TV in your home. Compatible with Windows 7, it allows you to watch live and recorded TVs, stream photo, music and video from connected computer, without cable box fees and DVR taxes. The ultra low power consumption and petite size contribute to a great saving on electricity cost and space, compared with Xbox 360 used as an extender. This unit is powered by USB connection without additional adapter, allowing enhanced placement flexibility and ease of use. (Live and recorded TV/DVR features require a TV tuner with your PC)




 

  • newegg Works with any tuner! Connect the Ceton Echo to a TV set and enjoy live TV, DVR and all your personal media in any room. Transform your Windows Media Center PC into the whole-home entertainment box you’ve always wanted. And for a lot less than you’re probably paying today. (Live and recorded TV/DVR features require a TV tuner with your PC)
  • newegg The Ultimate Media Center Sidekick Bring your Windows Media Center experience to any TV in the home. Watch live and recorded channels without needing a set-top box. (Live and recorded TV/DVR features require a TV tuner with your PC)
  • newegg Echo-Friendly & Echo-Nomical Save up to $60 a year on electricity alone compared to using a cable box or an Xbox 360 used as an extender. (Power savings based on U.S. Department of Energy published electrical rates, April 2012, comparing Ceton Echo to a high-definition DVR cable set-top box and an Xbox 360 used as a Media Center Extender.)
  • newegg Access Your Personal Media Libraries Enjoy all your music, photos and videos on any TV in any room.
  • newegg Works great with Ceton Companion Use you mobile phone or tablet to manage your media library, select shows and play using the Echo and even use your mobile as a killer remote control.
  • newegg Premium DVR Capability without Cable Box Fees and DVR "Taxes" Enjoy DVR on every TV set without having to lease a set-top box or pay DVR fees. You can also watch your recordings on every TV set. You can even pause a show in one room and resume in another. (Live and recorded TV/DVR features require a TV tuner with your PC)

Learn more about the Ceton 6100-MCX

Model

Brand
Ceton
Model
6100-MCX

General

Type
Windows Media Center Extender
Remote Control
Remote Included
Interface
HDMI

Features

Features
Enjoy live TV and DVR on every TV set

Access your photos, music, videos and movie libraries

Get rid of your cable box fees and DVR taxes

Works with any Windows 7 PC with Media Center

Supports PCs with Ceton TV tuners, with non-Ceton TV tuners and without TV tuners

Specifications

Video Format
MPEG-1, MPEG-2, H.264, WMV9
Audio
Dolby Digital AC-3, MP3, PCM, WMA, WMA Pro
Image Format
BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, TIF
Specifications
Product Size: 4.3" x 3.9" x 0.8"
Power Consumption: less than 5 watts
Outputs: HDMI, Optical Digital Audio (TOSLINK)
Other Connectors: USB 2.0, Mini USB (for power)
Network: Ethernet (10/100/1000)

System Requirements

Operating Systems Supported
PC with Microsoft Windows 7 with Media Center.
Others
Display with HDMI input
Wired Ethernet network
A PC with a TV tuner is required for TV and DVR features.

Packaging

Package Contents
Ceton Echo
Remote control
USB power cable and adapter
HDMI cable
Ethernet cable
Quick Start Guide

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


Customer Reviews of the Ceton 6100-MCX

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  • Dave H.
  • 1/10/2015 12:58:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks great. No problems.

Pros: Works great. Was easy to set up. Have had no problems with it. Just like using WMC on the PC. I'm planning on buying another when I see them on sale.

Cons: The normal price is a little high for this. I'm guessing a chunk goes to royalties to greedy MS. But if you can get this on sale for around a hundred, then go for it.
There is also just a little bit of sluggishness when you press the remote keys, but it's not as bad as other reviews have made it out to be.
But the included remote is awful. Keys are tiny and not placed in any sort of logical order. You will definitely want to use another remote. I'm using the remote that came with my PC tuner card. I'd guess that any standard WMC remote will work fine.

Other Thoughts: I was a little leary about buying this because of the negative reviews. But thought I'd give it a try anyway. I was pleasantly surprised with how easy the set up was. Took maybe 5 minutes. And it works great with my smart TV. There is a little bit of sluggishness when pressing keys, but nowhere as bad as some of the reviews make it sound. And once you start using it, you hardly even notice the delay. Overall, it's much better than I thought. I'm planning on getting another on when I see these go on sale again.

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  • Andrew M.
  • 12/30/2014 7:26:35 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsIt's ok......

Pros: This thing is really small, and even cold boots fast. Instant on from sleep and draws next to no power. Does exactly what it says it should.

Cons: a) Sluggish. I was disappointed with the responsiveness. I won't use one of these on my main TV. Will use the main Media Center as the ceton is annoyingly slow. For a second or third TV it is fine.
b) The remote. Oh dear. Next to useless for anyone with next to perfect near range vision. buttons and text are way to small. looking to find a good remote for it.

Other Thoughts: I may buy another if I can get it for $89 again. Not worth much more.

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  • Chafik H.
  • 11/12/2014 6:24:28 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsCeton Echo Extender

Pros: I purchased the first one a couple months ago, and liked it so much, that I got a second one a month later. I ran cat5e to both the server and the 2 units, it took a couple minutes to pair each unit with the server, and they have been flawless since. The only thing I didn't like was the remote, too small for my fingers, and hard to see when dark. I purchased 2 inteset remotes. One of the boxes is powered by its USB wall wart, the second one straight from the USB port on the TV (Vizio).

Cons: remote control buttons tiny, weird size button cells (2xCR2032).
Fairly expensive at the current 179 price.

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  • Rob C.
  • 10/22/2014 5:12:00 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDOA out of Box

Pros: Like small size, hope to replace larger HP extender

Cons: DOA out of box, unit lights up when powered on but no display on tv.

Other Thoughts: Have ordered a replacement unit, I noticed other reviews from others which have also received a DOA unit and there 2nd units seemed to work ok

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  • David M.
  • 9/18/2014 6:22:07 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsecho needs better parts

Pros: Worked right out of the box, with no problems

Cons: Could not play any HD content mp4 or mkv no video only, audio would play but non HD content played fine. After 3 weeks it just stopped working no HDMI signal at all. Pull in for an RMA.

Other Thoughts: Man its to bad they but low grade parts in it, because when it worked it was great for watching TV no lag at all on a gig network.

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  • David B.
  • 8/11/2014 4:22:47 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: None.

Cons: They do not stay connected to the MCE server. Poor playback of even SD video in ANY format, has trouble sometimes playing HD TV. I own two of these, and they are a waste of money.

Ceton gives a lot of garbage about this not being typical - but it is. Just read the forums and you'll see. Don't trust Ceton or this product.

Other Thoughts: The idea of a media center extender was a good one, however, it's never been implemented properly at a reasonable price.

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  • Clinton G.
  • 8/7/2014 7:45:39 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsStay Away

Pros: None. Wish I could give it -3 stars for all the aggravation this unit has caused.

Cons: I purchased one of these through Newegg and upon updating it the unit bricked contacted Ceton did all their steps they had me send it back to Newegg for new unit. Second unit updated as it should worked for a couple weeks the unit got unplugged accidentally while a show was on unit is now bricked. These things are junk Ceton will try to help you recover the unit but I have tried this process twice now and neither time it worked. I have contacted them about an RMA for this unit because it is still practically brand new and I have not gotten a reply it has been two days. Any other questions and you get a prompt reply but when you ask them to stand behind their product nothing. Learn from my mistakes looks good on paper but it is junk.

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  • Timothy H.
  • 8/7/2014 6:52:35 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDecent for most live TV on smaller screens

Pros: Very small and low power usage. Does fairly well on the standard HD channels with latest firmware, allows playback of recorded TV, navigation speed and boot time are acceptable.

Cons: Minor framerate/screen tearing issues on premium channels. Cannot keep up with HD media encoded in H.264 (but Xbox 360 handles fine). Mediocre de-interlacing and image quality can be distracting on larger TVs. On some occasions the audio/video would get out of sync on HD channels requiring a reboot of the device (happened to me twice in the same day, not again since then).

Other Thoughts: For a smaller TV (below 40") that is only going to be used for basic TV watching (say, watching news, sports, or HGTV in the kitchen), this is a decent product. Not a good solution for a home theater or larger screen, or where you plan to use an extender to watch your movie library.

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  • Frank M.
  • 5/26/2014 9:22:04 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsWorks... Not Ideal but.. for Media Center not too bad

Pros: Handles not only TV but most video formats -- including MKV. I don't know what the other reviewer spec'd out; all you need do is download the Win 7 or 8 Video drivers to get all of these formats available on a pass-thru basis. That said, some formats in 1080p won't be viewable. So downsize.

Cons: I bought this for $179. It would be a good value for about $59 IMO (honest or not) but $179 was way over-priced and rather quickly reduced it $100 or so. Story of my life with PCs...

The remote was difficult to work with right from the get-go, until I replaced the batteries. Go figure. Wish they would update the software for the hardware, too.

Sometimes (well about 50% of the time) you need to restart the system to get the signal and video to handshake properly, which is a bit of a pain, but it does work the second time around. All said, it might be less frustrating to just use a cable box.

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  • Scott L.
  • 5/25/2014 8:17:13 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat MC Extender

Pros: Super quite (no fan)
Does exactly what it's supposed to do, serve up Windows Media Center
Always on (no startup time)
Great value
Video Quality
Small

Cons: A little bit slower on navigation than xBox 360

Other Thoughts: I have 3 xBox 360s (2 Slims and a previous model) and been using them as Windows Media Center Extenders for 5 years now. But I was tired of the noise of the fans (unit and/or the power supply) and the boot up time as well as the switching apps time.
This does all my extender functions as well as the xBox excepts it's just a tad slower on navigation which is no problem for me.
This allows me to have xBox video apps running (like ESPN, xBox Video, VUDU, Huku, etc.) and switch back and forth to media center via my AVR (like during commercials).
This also frees me up to be able to move to xBox One without losing my Extender which we can't live without. Our use of the xBox's is 60% WMC and 40% everything else.

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