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Ceton InfiniTV 6 ETH – Six-Tuner CableCARD Ethernet Network Tuner for Win7 and Win8 PC 5504-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 5504-DCT06EX-ETH

Model

Brand
Ceton
Model
5504-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 5504-DCT06EX-ETH

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  • David K.
  • 8/12/2014 11:37:06 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsAfter RMA, works *perfectly*!

Pros: * Can't beat 6 simultaneous tuners from one CableCARD.
* Tuners are available to any machine on the network.
* Excellent diagnostic tools
* Ceton support is fantastic

Cons: * First one I got needed to be RMA'd due to hardware signal-detection issue
* A little more setup is required than my old USB ATI CableCARD tuner
* Requires gigabit network gear if you want to use more than two tuners simultaneously

Other Thoughts: I used to be limited to two tuners via two CableCARDS in two ATI DCTs, on one machine. I purchased this Ceton unit, because I wanted to upgrade to more tuners, and have them available on more machines.

After some diagnostic work (Ceton tools are best I've used for CableCARD tuners), I determined that the first unit I purchased needed to be RMA'd because of an OOB-lock signal-detection issue in the unit.

Fortunately, Ceton support was extremely helpful - they got me an RMA, and quickly sent me a replacement.

Now, I have six tuners via a single CableCARD, and I can use them anywhere in my home. That's exactly what I wanted, and it works beautifully.

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  • Timothy H.
  • 8/7/2014 6:39:19 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGreat device so far, don't understand the bad reviews

Pros: 6 Tuners, using the beta firmware and tuner pooling works fairly well already. Set this up on my new HTPC, and have been thrilled with the functionality so far. I'm even able to watch live TV through Media Center on my Office PC over WiFi (using a good AC router) while somebody else uses a Laptop for live TV while the HTPC is recording and viewing live TV! Had a few small quirks which I've largely been able to work through. To those having issues with pixilation and/or slow channel tuning, READ THE DOCUMENTATION! Make sure your signal is within their specifications for signal strength (should be close to 0dBmV with a good Signal to Noise Ratio). All you have to do is type the IP address of the Ceton into your browser and you can view signal strength for each tuner. At first, mine was at the low end because there are multiple splitters before the device, and I would start to see pixelation on channels where the signal went below -5. Had Comcast come out and put in an amplifier and the signal is now between 0 and +5, tuning is MUCH faster, and no more pixelation. The device can run a bit hot under use, but seems to do better when stood on its side vs laying flat. If all else fails, just put a quiet fan on it.

Cons: Runs hot at times, should have a small fan built in to keep it cool. A bit sensitive to minor signal issues, but nothing a decent cable amplifier (or smaller splitter) can't fix.

Other Thoughts: Tried the Ceton Echo as an extender (not so great), and ended up going with a pre-owned Xbox 360 instead for the same price. Between Ceton, Media Center, and the Xbox 360, I'm dumping my cable boxes and DVRs.

NOTES:
-Make sure your cable signal is as close to the recommended strength as possible!
-Be sure the device has room to breathe and can stay cool.
-If the device looses power or is rebooted, you will have to reboot the PC or restart the Windows Media Center Receiver Service to reconnect to live TV
-If your PC asks to update Play Ready for premium channels but cannot, leave the error message on screen, unplug the Ceton, wait a minute, click the option to try again (it should now complete), reconnect the Ceton, then reboot the PC. You should be good to go after that.

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  • Bert S.
  • 8/2/2014 5:08:38 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSlow tuning

Pros: Fast tuning (after reconfiguring video driver software)

Cons: All sorts of installation problems with WMC. Ultimately resolved by installing latest Realtek lan drivers and reconfiguring Intel 4000 video driver from "application" to "driver" settings.

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  • scott w.
  • 6/24/2014 11:23:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsHorrible unit STAY AWAY

Pros: 6 tuner over network allowing multiple connections

Cons: Unit doesn't work... disconnects often, crashes windows even on different systems and tech support is useless..I have submitted many tickets to them and still haven't gotten an answer or replacement

NO DLNA, digital pixelation and lockups. It takes over 3 minutes to read on an I7 machine 16gb ram with a 512SSD....

Other Thoughts: I have a 4 tuner version as well .. and never had any issues with it..daughter wanted to record more shows so opted for the 6 tuner version... theory is great product isn't..

Currently having to ask for assistance from NEWEGG.. they are going out of the way to help which is why I always order from them. Manufacturer has been of no help so I hope you read this.. and maybe then you will help

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  • DAVID S.
  • 6/23/2014 7:02:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks Very Well (finally)

Pros: Operates smoothly. Very clean recordings. Can record six HD channels with ease. Fairly easy to set up and get the CableCard activated. Diagnostic software seems mature and runs well.

Cons: First unit received was defective. Ceton tech support is uncooperative and basically useless. Runs a little warm - I added a small USB fan that dropped the internal temp from 68 C to 47 C. The supplied USB cable for a tuning adapter is wrong - Ceton had to mail me right one!

Other Thoughts: Newegg was excellent at handling a replacement unit quickly. Ceton had a lot of nerve shipping these units with the wrong USB cable for a tuning adapter, especially since it's not standard. I would have given 5 stars if it had worked the first time and the USB cable had been right.

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  • Mark A.
  • 5/25/2014 11:43:50 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDon't pay the cable company for set top boxes.

Pros: You can rent a cable card from your local cable company for about 1/8 the cost of a STB. I had 2, 4 tuner cards in s server that worked well. With this I don't need to have the server running to watch or record TV and it has 6 tuners. Once a program records it then transfers to my WHS and then I can watch it on any machine.

Cons: Just like the internal cards this may hang up once in a while. Once or twice every 2-3 months live TV will just stop. When I check my network I don't see the InfiniTV6 there. Reboot the InfiniTV6 and it reappears and I can watch TV. It's not overheating, it just stops. I had to reboot Motorola STB too so it's not like it's any worse than a STB.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/4/2014 3:48:00 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLiking this thing

Pros: Six tuners on a network so anyone can watch television on their own computer. Which means no need for a host computer to have its resources tied down because of extenders.

Cons: No DLNA and The assign a tuner doesn't work

Other Thoughts: I was rushing my way through set up; due to never ever having prior experience with the technology and no prior use of a CableCARD tv tuner. So yes this was my very first product as well.

After my confusion was over, The thing has been solid for me. All of the video walkthrough watching before my device had arrived I thought I was ready, but failed to go through the steps carefully. When in doing so, the television could and can be viewed with in matter of a 20 to 50 seconds because of cold boot.

Using powerline ethernet adapter is worthless (mine supposedly has upto 200Mbps); slow channel change and quite the pixelation and stuttering and at times stops working. The only option are: hardwired ethernet or ethernet to coaxial via Multi Media over Coaxial Alliance.

Should note, it will help to have a second hard disk drive, preferably with 7200 Revolutions Per Minute. To be able to channel change faster than if you were using the operating system hard drive.

The chassis is nice well ventilated making it nice to place just about anywhere, but I choose to place it near the router via sub-woofer cabinet of a tv shelf. That's because I don't have a long ethernet cable or just haven't bought a gigabit ethernet switch.

Another thing I noticed is that when I'm done playing video games or using an editing program; obviously both things that take up CPU usage tv tuning will not work. The thing for me to do is either wait a few moments or just reboot and it will work again.

I'm noticing a pattern of some people rating themselves quite high in the technical level, but display rather inept knowledge of setup and or trouble shooting.

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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

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

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

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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