- Record Four Channels at once
- Stream HDTV to home network
- Windows Media Center Support
Really Happy! 10/18/2012
I've been dragging my feet now for a very long time about getting one of these cards and FINALLY I did. So glad I made the choice to do it! I had been holding off because I was waiting for the Ceton Q but it seems to be on hold at this point. I had tried the Tivo 4 tuner models but they didnt play nice with my tuning adapter here in the Dallas area so that was a complete bust. This Ceton card works so amazing here with my cable system! Picture quality is really great except for some macroblocking issue they are having right now. I dont get it a lot, just every 30 minutes or so I see a line or two going across the screen. I'm sure there will be some firmware update to fix this since a lot of people are having it. I went to the Green Button website and read a lot about how to set up an HTPC before completely diving in. This was really helpful to learn about what to do before actually doing it. I have this working with an Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 with 4GB Ram. I dont use an SSD because I havent had good luck with them yet. I just use a regular 80GB WD Caviar Blue for the program files and then a WD20EURS for the 2nd disc to write the video files to. What a great setup! I think I'll be adding a 2nd one to get 4TB total. I really like that I can link my other computers to this, so I can view the video files on other computers as well. I'm on Time Warner Cable here in the Dallas area and it works really great. I'm so impressed with this that I cant hardly wait until the 6 tuner card is released!
There is some macroblocking issue right now. I dont see it a lot, but it is there. I sent a support ticket to Ceton about it, and just got back some generic answer about my signal level etc etc. My signal is right exactly where they suggest it be, so I dont know what else to do about that. Time Warner has run all new lines to my house and checked the signal level and everything is fine on their end. It's OK for now, I can deal with it, but I do hope they come out with some firmware fix for this. I've been thru this kind of thing before with Tivo, they like to blame the cable company, and the cable company does all they can to get you a good signal, but the issues are still there. I have other DVR's in the house so I know the signal is fine, and Time Warner checked it out for me. Either way its better than paying every month for a DVR and only having 2 tuners instead of 4, so I wont complain too much.
Someone in a previous post said something about Time Warner, and they dont do 2way but only with Tivo? No clue what they are talking about. These cards do everything a Tivo will do and more on Time Warner Cable so dont hold back on buying if youre on Time Warner, take the plunge right away, you'll be happy you did. I've got 2 Tivo's left on contract and as soon as they are done, they are gone from this house. So tired of paying the monthly fees, and buggy software, and using this with an HTPC there are no fees! I really wish I had gotten one of these sooner than I did. I always like to research things a lot before I do something, so I will know what I'm doing, and I like to do it right the first time. Just took me awhile to do this. I'm finally happy I did. These cards do get a bit toasty, so I got one of those PCI slot fans and put it right next to the card to keep it nice and cool. This works really well for it. Mine usually runs at about 48C with all 4 tuners recording. I have the fans running at the lowest speed so there is no noise coming from them. In an HTPC air flow is key. I use the SilenX fans in mine and I cant hear anything, but they have a good air flow. I really do hope they get the macroblocking issue fixed soon, then I could say its 100% perfect. If you dont have a lot of computer experience, I could see how this whole thing would drive you crazy. You do need a good level of experience to get one of these things going. I've built my own computers for a long time now, and even this threw me a few curves, but it worked out great in the end. If this is your first time at the rodeo, just be sure to follow the setup instructions really well and dont try to get ahead of yourself. Remember air flow, air flow, air flow. Also look at the system requirements needed for this card. You will need to use a dual core or quad core processor for this setup. It does need some power behind it. A lot of people are using the cheaper AMD processors which work great, I just happen to have the Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 that I wasnt using, and I thought wow this would work great, and it does. It might be a bit overkill, but I'd rather have too much than not enough. I might add more RAM for a total of 8GB, but it seems to never go over 1.5GB used RAM when running, so I might not even need it. Windows 7 Pro 64bit is the way to go also. Has everything you need. Also look for the Green Button website, its very very helpful to see what others are doing, and to talk to others and see what works for them before you get yours up and running. It made my project smooth and easy. I'm very happy! Now if I could just get my hands on one of those 6 tuner cards I would be on cloud 9, totally cant wait for it! One last thought, my first box of stuff was lost in the shipment by UPS and Newegg was amazing as always getting me another shipment out right away! Newegg has me for life, you just cant beat them hands down! I love Newegg!
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