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Ceton InfiniTV 6 ETH – Six-Tuner CableCARD Ethernet Network Tuner for Win7 and Win8 PC 5304 -DCT06EX-ETH

  • 6 HD cable TV channels
  • Tuner sharing between PCs
  • Network Attached
  • Works with all U.S. cable TV system
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Have all your media – TV, DVR, music, photos, videos, and Internet media services – available from one awesome device: the InfiniTV 6 ETH!

InfiniTV 6 ETH is the world's most advanced network tuner for cable TV on the PC, and a must-have accessory for Windows Media Center. With InfiniTV on your PC, you can replace your cable set-top box and get rid of monthly leases and DVR fees. Use Windows' built-in Media Center functionality to watch and record six live cable TV channels at once, including HD and premium channels like HBO, Showtime, and Starz! When your PC is paired with a Ceton Echo media center extender or Xbox 360, you can also watch TV and DVR on any TV set.
 

  • newegg Six Live HD Channels at Once Watch and/or record six live channels of standard-definition- or high-definition TV simultaneously, including all your favorite premium and encrypted cable channels.
  • newegg Whole-Home Entertainment When used with media center extenders like the Ceton Echo or Xbox 360, a Ceton InfiniTV turns your Media Center PC into a whole-home entertainment device. Enjoy live TV and all your DVR recordings on any TV set.
  • newegg Share across Multiple PCs Since InfiniTV 6 ETH connects directly to your network, you can easily share its tuners with more than one PC. (*Assigning tuners between different PCs is a supported feature, while dynamic tuner pooling between multiple PCs is currently a beta feature.)
  • newegg Works with Any U.S. Cable Provider InfiniTV 6 ETH supports CableCARD, and connects to any U.S. cable system to receive all SD and HD digital cable channels without a set-top box.
  • newegg Supports Switched Digital Video As cable providers move to Switched Digital Video (SDV) technology, rest assured that your Ceton InfiniTV 6 ETH supports SDV Tuning Adapters just fine.
  • newegg Save Tons of Money By using InfiniTV on your PC, you can save hundreds of dollars a year by avoiding monthly cable box leases and DVR fees.


Learn more about the Ceton 5304 -DCT06EX-ETH

Model

Brand
Ceton
Model
5304 -DCT06EX-ETH

General

Type
External TV Tuner Box
TV Tuner
Digital Tuner
TV Standards
US Digital Cable
Interface
Ethernet

Features

Features
Watch and/or record 6 HD cable TV channels simultaneously, including premium channels

Dynamically share tuners among 2 or more PCs (tuner pooling)

Plugs into your network or router and supports any style of Windows 7 or Windows 8 PC

Watch and record different channels on multiple PCs and/or Windows Media Center Extenders like the Ceton Echo or Xbox 360 (both sold separately), all from a single cable connection

Manage and control your Media Center experience with Ceton's My Media Center mobile apps for iOS, Android, Windows Phone and Windows 8 (sold separately)

Works with any U.S. cable TV provider

Eliminate costly set-top box lease and DVR fees

Specifications

Specifications
Six QAM 64/256 tuners

CableCARD M-Card DRM Processor

Full 1080i and 3D support

Dimension: 7.1" x 5.25" x 1.1"

Weight: 1 lbs.

Connection to PC: Ethernet via LAN (cable included)

Power Source Required: Standard 110-120V AC household outlet

System Requirements

Processor
2.0 GHz or faster dual core or quad core processor - either 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64)
Graphics Card
HDCP-compliant graphics card or on-board graphics
Memory
3 GB of RAM (4 GB recommended)
Operating Systems Supported
PC with Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8 with Media Center
Others
350 GB of available hard disk drive space recommended for 50 hours of HDTV recordings. 7200 RPM SATA drive or faster recommended for recording 6 channels at once

HDMI output, or DVI output with separate 5.1 audio output required for Dolby 5.1 surround sound

Wired home network (100 Mbps or greater)

Available Ethernet connection on your network or router

One multi-stream CableCARD (M-Card), available from your cable TV provider

Television or PC display with HDMI input, or HDCP-compliant DVI input and separate audio input

A Tuning Adapter from your cable operator might be required if your cable TV provider uses Switched Digital Video technology. Please check with your cable operator.

Digital cable TV subscription from your local cable TV provider. HD package required to receive High Definition TV channels. Premium package required to receive premium TV channels.
InfiniTV 6 ETH does not support over-the-air (ATSC), satellite or Internet Protocol (IPTV) TV services

Packaging

Package Contents
InfiniTV 6 ETH
Ethernet cable
Power supply
USB cable (for Tuning Adapter)
Quick Installation Guide

Quick Info

Warranty

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


Customer Reviews of the Ceton 5304 -DCT06EX-ETH

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  • Mel M.
  • 3/28/2014 8:11:12 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSusceptible to network issues

This review is from: Ceton InfiniTV 6 ETH – Six-Tuner CableCARD Ethernet Network Tuner for Win7 and Win8 PC 5304 -DCT06EX-ETH

Pros: Six tuners requiring only one cablecard
Easy setup

Cons: Depending on the quality of your existing networking hardware, you may have to factor in the price of a new gigabit switch.

Other Thoughts: I upgraded from an InfiniTV 4 PCIe card with which I was very happy, but I wanted a couple of extra tuners without having to use another cablecard. I thought the ETH version would be a good move since it would reduce heat in my HTPC and maybe make tuner sharing easier.
Once installed, right from the off there was a drop in picture quality, with frequent sound dropouts and pixilation. Nothing disastrously bad, but enough to be annoying. On a couple of occasions the tuners actually disappeared from Media Center, and only reappeared after rebooting everything. Other people have reported the same thing. HOWEVER, what is obvious now and wasn’t obvious initially is that the quality of your networking hardware / firmware / software is critical to getting good results from this device. That $20 8-port gigabit router might be OK for file transfers, but when it comes to streaming HD video its x% packet loss will start to show. Maybe it’s fine when it’s first turned on, but after a week of operation it might start to flip bits. Also, maybe that network driver that Windows tells you is up to date, is actually 4 years old and has had many bug fixes along the way.
Bottom line: stick with the PCIe version unless you are sure that your network is top-notch. Good routers, switches, and adapters aren’t necessarily expensive – you just need to be a savvy shopper. I'm actually getting very good results now, but only after some headache.
One extra tip: keep the ETH on its side to reduce heat.

Manufacturer Response:

The type and quality of your network devices will play a significant role in your viewing experience with any network-based device. One of the things that sets an InfiniTV 6 ETH apart is that it supports up to 6 HDTV channels at once, double its closest competitor. That can mean up to almost 120 Mbps of data moving across your network at once. That’s not bursts of data but rather continuous streaming of high-volume data for as long as you’re watching those channels or recordings. Lower end gigabit routers and switches are often not designed for that kind of traffic and can result in viewing and playback issues.

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  • Daniel B.
  • 3/11/2014 9:11:07 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsHDHomerun is far superior

This review is from: Ceton InfiniTV 6 ETH – Six-Tuner CableCARD Ethernet Network Tuner for Win7 and Win8 PC 5304 -DCT06EX-ETH

Pros: 6 tuners (instead of 3 for HDHomeRun)

Cons: - Every time I start Windows Media Center, there's a 10-15 second delay caused by the device.
- Randomly (seemingly at least) stops tuning channels with WMC.
- I had to reinstall them in WMC ones.
- Runs hot.
- Tuner pooling is in beta.

Other Thoughts: HDHomerun Prime is so much better. It's stable and is a polished product, without any of the downsides of the Ceton. The lone one is that it only can tune 3 channels, but it's worth it for stability and functionality. You may want to buy a few (and rent more CableCards, unfortunately).

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  • Fred M.
  • 3/8/2014 12:28:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsDon't Buy It

This review is from: Ceton InfiniTV 6 ETH – Six-Tuner CableCARD Ethernet Network Tuner for Win7 and Win8 PC 5304 -DCT06EX-ETH

Pros: It's a 6 tuner USB device

Love New Egg!!!

Cons: I have the 4 tuner version.......
Drivers for Windows 8 are beta and crash a computer all the time. Have had conversations with tech support off and on for over five months and all they ever want is to send logs and try this and try that. Now that they have stretched out their support, the warranty is over and I am out of luck. Still doesn't work with Windows 8.1 or 8.
Last email I got from them said that drivers are not a priority for this card. I would gladly pay the difference for the newer version that they say will work.

Other Thoughts: When I looked at buying this, I had contacted customer support and they told me that their 4-tuner version supported WIndows 8. Wish I hadn't listened to them.

I just wish I could get more than patronizing tech support!!!

Manufacturer Response:

We appreciate your review however it seems to be for a different product. We don’t actually offer a 6-tuner USB device as your review indicates. InfiniTV 6 ETH is a 6-tuner network-attached device, not USB attached. It also supports Windows 8 and 8.1 just fine. Every single model of InfiniTV 6 ETH that is in market today is still covered by our 12-month warranty (the product launched less than a year ago).

We did offer an older 4-tuner USB model which required Windows 7, as indicated in its published system requirements. That product was released long before Windows 8 was available and is unfortunately not forward compatible with Windows 8 due to changes Microsoft made in the operating system. Our 4-tuner PCIe model does support Windows 8.

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  • Stephan R.
  • 3/3/2014 3:13:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsAvoid

This review is from: Ceton InfiniTV 6 ETH – Six-Tuner CableCARD Ethernet Network Tuner for Win7 and Win8 PC 5304 -DCT06EX-ETH

Pros: 6 tuners in external enclosure, gigabit ethernet

Cons: No DLNA support. Constant problems "Service Unavailable", "Subscription Required" and "Tuner or Viewing Conflict" errors. About 5 to 20 seconds to change the channel.

Other Thoughts: I spent over 6 months fighting with the aforementioned error messages. I have opened may support tickets and played musical firmwares. It feels as though I payed a significant amount of money to beta test this product. This product was not worth the purchase price, it has cost me so much more in time troubleshooting the problems that eventually they blamed on the cable card. I swiftly got rid of this tuner but kept the cable card and it is running like a champ.

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  • Tao J.
  • 2/22/2014 7:12:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgood product for watching cable TV

This review is from: Ceton InfiniTV 6 ETH – Six-Tuner CableCARD Ethernet Network Tuner for Win7 and Win8 PC 5304 -DCT06EX-ETH

Pros: Easy to install, and very easy to use. Now, I can watch cable TV from different rooms. Very good product.

Cons: none so far

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  • Lou S.
  • 2/12/2014 11:37:01 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsworks better than expected over wireless

This review is from: Ceton InfiniTV 6 ETH – Six-Tuner CableCARD Ethernet Network Tuner for Win7 and Win8 PC 5304 -DCT06EX-ETH

Pros: Have 4 PCs sharing tuners throughout the house. Two connected via 802.11n - one via Gb network - and one via Powerline network. All except Gb-connected PC have no stutter on any channels at all. Works fine with both Win7 and Win8 PCs.

Cons: Windows 7 PC with 6-core AMD processor and 12 gig of memory, connected to the same Gbit switch as the InfiniTV6 - is the only one where channels stutter. And only on Verizon's 'premium' channels (HBO, Showtime, etc...).

Other Thoughts: After a little confusion on the Verizon 'self-install', everything went smoothly. Assigned 1 tuner to each of the kid's PCs, and two tuners each to PC in the Living room and in my office. The PC in the office doesn't exactly stutter (usual frame-loss jagged picture) - it's almost like it keeps switching between very slight slow-motion and fast-forward.

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  • Elmues B.
  • 1/24/2014 10:24:04 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCeton InfiniTV 6 ETH

This review is from: Ceton InfiniTV 6 ETH – Six-Tuner CableCARD Ethernet Network Tuner for Win7 and Win8 PC 5304 -DCT06EX-ETH

Pros: Small foot print. Very easy setup. 6 tuners. Works great, so far, with windows media center.

Activation was a breeze with Verizon FiOS.

Cons: No Apple support for playing videos. Windows Media Center software could be more robust with more features for the DVR.

Other Thoughts: So far, so good. I'll update if I have any issues.

Manufacturer Response:

Thanks for the very nice review Jack.

Please note that CableCARD tuners for the PC are only certified for Windows today. The cable industry standards organization, CableLabs, hasn't approved Apple's MacOS (or other operating systems like Linux for that matter) for CableCARD-based tuners, and Apple hasn't pursued getting their products certified like Microsoft did with Windows.

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  • peter t.
  • 1/12/2014 2:32:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsworks great

This review is from: Ceton InfiniTV 6 ETH – Six-Tuner CableCARD Ethernet Network Tuner for Win7 and Win8 PC 5304 -DCT06EX-ETH

Pros: Using Ceton InfiniTV6 as external tuner for Toshiba Satellite Laptop running Windows 8.1 Pro and Media Center.
Installed Ceton using Win 8.1 Pro firmware and software.
The PC is connected to the Ceton device via a gigabit switch and cat5e cable.
Works flawlessly. Have recorded simultaneously with 4 channels, but have not yet had the need to use 6. Bought this unit so I could also record on another PC connected via Cat5e cabling and Gigabit switch. Don't have that setup yet as I'm still building the new PC.

Cons: I already had the cablecard paired due to using it on an InfiniTV4 PCIE unit in another HTPC. The Ceton installation instructions were not accurate with regards to how to deal with this situation since I did not have to call the cable company at all (Comcast).
Had initial problem with laptop not passing the Media Center Digital cable advisor test due to 'incompatible graphics card or driver". Turns out you can't have a TV connected to the HDMI output AND have the laptop screen showing at the same time. I disabled the laptop screen and only used the HDMI output and the advisor completed successfully. Nothing wrong wit Ceton, just something I thought others might find valuable.
One other note, I also have a SiliconDust Prime unit on my home network and those showed as eligible tuners in my laptop media center tuner list, but I did not install the software for that. For some reason the Ceton tuners did not show as primary in media center so I had to fix that 'per channel' which was a pain. Probably more of a media center issue than Ceton though.

Other Thoughts: Unit runs warm so I moved it to a separate shelf away from other devices. The InfniTV4 also ran hot in my HTPC case and contributed I'm sure to multiple power supplies going over a 4 year period. The main reason I went with this external unit and a laptop PC was to mitigate heat issues.

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  • Daniel B.
  • 1/10/2014 11:45:50 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsYou have to love 6 tuners onc cable card

This review is from: Ceton InfiniTV 6 ETH – Six-Tuner CableCARD Ethernet Network Tuner for Win7 and Win8 PC 5304 -DCT06EX-ETH

Pros: Pro’s 6 tuners, 1 cable card, stand alone device, pure TV exstasy.

Cons: Bad reviews that are continually written for a fantastic device. User error, system incompatibility, I have no idea what the deal is, I’m sure there are some folks that actually do have some real problems, but the device works and you don’t need 20 years of IT experience to get it up and running, basic reading comprehension and the ability to follow directions is prerequisite. Oh, it does run super hot, 59C , room temp’s are 69C, I’m down to low 50’s/high 40’s as using a USB power 120MM fan blowing directly across the unit.

Other Thoughts: Upgrading from the Infinitv 4 PCI, setting up the ETH was breeze, unit shipped with latest stable firmware, but a new hardware version was released as I was writing this review, updated without issue via the Ceton diagnostic tool. Installed the latest Ceton Windows drivers, had it going in a matter of minutes, not counting the hour and a half I spent at the Comcast office getting a second cable card, argh. Paring/activation of the cable card with the ETH was painless after calling the Comcast number provided in the directions. I setup using assigned tuners, split between 3 PC’s, waiting for dynamic tuners to come out of Beta before giving that a go. ETH has been up and running now for a month without a problem, I’ve already decommissioned the Infinitv 4, listed it on fle@b@y.

Love it.

Manufacturer Response:

Thanks for the nice review!

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  • Thomas C.
  • 12/11/2013 7:28:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsimpressive

This review is from: Ceton InfiniTV 6 ETH – Six-Tuner CableCARD Ethernet Network Tuner for Win7 and Win8 PC 5304 -DCT06EX-ETH

Pros: 6 tuners
Stable for 3 days

Cons: none currently

Other Thoughts: I replaced my infintv4-pc with this. I'll sell my old hardware to family to offset my cost. I had a working setup beforehand. Switched my cablecard into the new hardware. Installed updated software, and repaired cable card all in under an hour. 4 tuners was not enough for my family. I think 6 will be better. I'm not sure why others are complaining. The hardware has no problems. You should certainly have a Gigabit network. I haven't tried tuner pooling yet. Actually I just started using a ceton echo extender rather than a second htpc. I may try out tuner pooling to second htpc if I can't make the echo play my movies. Another benefit of the eth version over the pci version is that I think it offers more potential for power savings. With infintv4 I always kept my server htpc powered on. I can potentially power it down now and use WOL to wake it up.

For now, I chose the "stable" firmware rather than "beta" firmware.

Ratings now are too low, so I'm giving it 5 eggs. I'll try to review it again in a month after I've had more time with it.

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