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Ceton InfiniTV 6 ETH – Six-Tuner CableCARD Ethernet Network Tuner for Win7 and Win8 PC 5504-DCT06EX-ETH
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

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.

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TP-LINK TL-WDR4300 Dual Band Wireless N750 Router, Gigabit, 2.4GHz 300Mbps+5GHz 450Mbps, 2 USB port, IP QoS, Wireless On/Off Switch
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Lots of feature for the money.

Cons: Not stable.

Other Thoughts: This router has a lot of potential, but it isn't realizing it yet due to instability. I need to reboot this device at least once/day. There is some support from dd-wrt and openwrt for it, but those are still in testing and debugging. Sadly I can't recommend this router right now, but if they ever get the kinks out it will be a great deal.

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HighPoint RocketRAID 622 PCI-Express 2.0 x1 SATA III (6.0Gb/s) Controller Card
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Cheap

Cons: I am not a fan of this card. I thought I had left Windows BSODs behind with Windows 98, but thanks to this card I have seen plenty of late. It should not matter what drives you hook onto this, it should not kill the OS. Please correct me if I am wrong.

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Mel M.'s Profile

Display Name: Mel M.

Date Joined: 03/18/01

  • Reviews: 10
  • Helpfulness: 7
  • First Review: 02/18/07
  • Last Review: 03/28/14
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