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Pros: I bought this because I have more connected devices around my house than I care to count. All of them support some form of DNLA so I thought I'd give it a try. Now, for the pros: It does what it says, pumps out TV from COX using the Cable Card and SDV box. Sure, it's a ton to hook up, but it's worth it. My PC plays the Video Stream just fine.
Cons: Now, my issues with this device is as follows:
Transcoding from MPEG2 to something less bandwidth heavy takes a beast of a machine. Even then, the stream isn't without errors or dropped frames. Using Media Center is not as clear cut either as those streams also develop the same stutter or lag as the transcodes. Transcoding and MCE duties were handled by an i7 2600 PC with 8GB of RAM and an SSD Cache. So speed shouldn't be an issue. I also tried it with nothing on the network to alleviate congestion and still, even my own PC, would stutter on those streams. I want to say the box is dropping frames on the way out, as starting the MPEG2 stream tends to do the same thing, but it recovers. I don't know how to fix this and I refuse to toss 13mbps over my network if it's going to stutter like that on any box, including my PS3 and XBOX and these issue are likely due to caching on the client side, which is no fault of SiliconDust but they should have better represented it's DNLA capabilities and accounted for devices that don't cache as much data as would be needed for something like MPEG2.
Other Thoughts: If this box had native transcoding, this wouldn't be an issue, but unfortunately I don't see a box from SiliconDust that does that and uses an MCARD for cable. Overall, it's a great idea and even better if you have nothing but PCs under all the TVs, but for what I wanted to use it with (Any DNLA device) it didn't work as it should. MPEG2 is too big for to stream, not just a bandwidth issue, but a hardware issue. As most TVs can do DNLA, most don't have the processing or cache to handle an MPEG2 stream.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: TP-LINK TL-SC3171G RJ45 Wireless Day/Night Surveillance Camera
Pros: First off, this camera is excellent for home security. I picked up 2 from a local store and both set up and streamed to IP Cam Viewer within 5 minutes (+10 minutes for mounting the hardware). It's not meant for a pre-exsisting system. It's meant as a quick solution for average users. Cheap and effective. If you're like me, you had a decent PC sitting around that can run dedicated for the software that's included. The software does output to secondary monitor full screen, records all incoming streams individually, scheduled recording alarm notifications and duplex audio. It's more robust than you would think. I recommend this to anyone who needs a quick door cam, porch cam or nanny cam. It's expandable and can handle up to 16 devices.
Cons: None that I've found.
Other Thoughts: As I said, it's not professional, it's consumer and that's really what they gear it towards.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Great budget card with Open CL for encoding jobs and 1080p playback.
Cons: Heatsink is huge. It won't fit in a SFF case like the Optiplex GX760, maybe it's big brother or Mini Tower, but not that little guy.
Other Thoughts: Overall, I can't fault the company for not doing my homework. Just a word of caution: If you're putting this in an SFF case, check the dimensions first.READ FULL REVIEW