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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.

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


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  • andrew s.
  • 3/16/2015 10:33:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsgreat idea but horrible

Pros: Possible to have tv and dvr capability throughout the house. Have fios tv and 50 mbs internet which works well. Good speed never had issues tv picture quality. Got a m- card set up the ceton went well for setup. Then the fun started....

Cons: On going issues of tuner conflicts , no tuner available, weak signal BUT YET I can run ceton diagnostic and the channel will be there and pass the tests completely. Tech support is only accessible by email and it takes at least 2 emails to get a reply at least 2 days after the second email. I wanted 3 tv's to be connected to the ceton each tv to have its own computer connected to our network in the house. Not using wifi but wired connections. Each of these tv's with their computer can stream hi def movies streamed off the internet but yet the ceton eth6 will puke. A waste of money and even worse a huge waste of my time. I am very technical have a good knowledge of windows pc hardware and networks.

Other Thoughts: This was my idea of cutting the cord on cable but after all the frustration I will probably take a different path. If ceton wants to be proactive about these issues find otherwise I'll try home@@n prime or try tv off the net. Btw my smart tv at the opposite end of house from the a.c. router can stream hd movies on wifi but I can't get the ceton eth6 to send big bang theory via Ethernet. Give me a break

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  • Brandon Y.
  • 2/25/2015 5:59:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDisappointing

Pros: 6 Tuners in one box. Works over Ethernet.

Cons: Poor quality. Runs very hot.

Other Thoughts: I purchased this device to replace two SD Homerun Primes. I wanted to consolidate all my tuners on to one device. The setup was easy and getting the CableCard paired with the device was painless. WMC saw the tuners and added it to the setup. I was able to watch live TV for 15 minutes then it stopped. The device reinitialize itself and the LED was constantly flash blue then red and blue again. I contacted Cox, and had them double check make sure IDs are correct on their end. They indicated that they have the correct IDs. After 30 minutes of troubleshooting, I went back to the SD devices and it works perfectly. This is the second Ceton device I've puchased. The first was the Echo media extender and it was horrible. After this experience, I'm writing off Ceton. Big kudos to NewEgg. The RMA was painless.

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  • Mark B.
  • 2/18/2015 11:44:07 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsUnstable; disappearing tuners

Pros: Offers more cablecard-enabled tuners than similar Silicon Dust units.

Cons: Unlike the Silicon Dust network-based tuners which were always available to Media Center for recording programs, all of the Ceton network tuners disappear from Media Center within a few hours. If their unreliable software detects any of the available network tuners at all, it may detect only one of the six available.

Other Thoughts: Extremely poor support for Media Center on Windows 8.1. Not quite as unstable on Windows 7, but still far less stable than Silicon Dust.
Poor diagnostic tools. Poor web interface for direct device status monitoring. Nonexistent alerts when tuners disappear. Media Center recordings simply all fail to occur on schedule.

Save trouble and just get a real DVR, or use another brand for better stability.

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  • Sheldon J.
  • 1/28/2015 8:44:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsUnstable

Pros: Setup was really easy and diagnostics tools are helpful. Really helps to keep cable cost down especially if you have multiple TV sets in the house.

Cons: • Unstable.
• I have to reboot the unit every few weeks.
• Keep missing recordings.

If the unit is rebooted you have to also reboot the MediaCenter PC so that it can re-establish a connection. (I used a pair of HD Homerun Prime 3 with the same PC previously without issue). I even deleted the MediaCenter database remove/re-install the Ceton software and drivers and it did not resolve the issue.

Other Thoughts: I had a pair of HD Homerun Prime 3 before switching to the Ceton Infinity TV 6, the Homerun Prime is a rock solid product from my experience when compared to the Ceton. The additional $10/month I've saved by switching to the Ceton is not worth it, having to randomly reboot the Ceton every few weeks is very frustrating and their software updates are too slow for me to wait around for them to address the issues. I'm getting rid of this product and switching back to the HD Homerun Prime 3. I’m very disappointed with this product.

Manufacturer Response:

We’re sorry you’re having an issue with your Ceton InfiniTV. The behavior you describe is definitely not normal. Please contact Ceton Support at the link below and one of our engineers will help troubleshoot things for you.

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  • Alex H.
  • 12/23/2014 8:25:33 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCeton InfiniTV 6 ETH

Pros: works great. I have tested recording 5 DRM movies at the same time and it works without issue. I have not had any issues with overheating.

Cons: n/a

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  • jonathan s.
  • 12/18/2014 9:44:30 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks Great

Pros: Has 6 tuners to watch TV on your PC. Puts copies of all your recorded shows on your hard drive.

Cons: Hard to install. I had issues with Windows media Center not communicating with the cable card. Turned out my Norton anti-virus was blocking it and I was forced to uninstall Norton to get WMC to work. Supposedly there is a work around involving opening ports but I am not as familiar with Norton to do this.

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  • Ryan M.
  • 10/11/2014 2:04:33 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome.

Pros: 6 Tuners.
Dynamically shares between computers.
Software easy to manage.

Cons: After starting up a computer, it takes about 2 minutes for it to connect to the device to watch live TV.

Other Thoughts: I previously had a Ceton InfiniTV4 device installed in a computer. While the PCIe version supports sharing with other computers, it was not very stable and not dynamic. This device not only gives more tuners, but also a more reliable tuning experience.
Alos, Comcast is stupid and it took a long time to get the CableCARD activated with this device. Just tell them its a TiVo and you won't have any issues.

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  • Joshua T.
  • 8/28/2014 8:31:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSo Far So Good

Pros: It works. I literally just got this thing set up and I'm able to view TV so far. Haven't tried anything else yet. I'll update later on after I have a chance to record and playback recorded TV.

Cons: None, yet.

Other Thoughts: Haven't tried using multiple tuners. I don't have a wired network as of this writing, but do plan to try it on my 802.11n network just for kicks, although I've heard a gigabit wired connection is required. That, remains to be seen. I'm on a Windows 7 Ultimate machine. This computer is 7 years old and only has one PCI-e slot. Previously, I used the InfiniTV4 PCI-E card which worked fine, but changed cable providers (DirecTV), which did not offer a cable card, so I swapped that with a PCI-E to USB3 card. Now that I have no slot available, I had to go with another option. I caught the InfiniTV6 ETH earlier this week at $199.99.

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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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