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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: Using Ceton InfiniTV6 as external tuner for Toshiba Satellite Laptop running Windows 8.1 Pro and Media Center.
Installed Ceton using Win 8.1 Pro firmware and software.
The PC is connected to the Ceton device via a gigabit switch and cat5e cable.
Works flawlessly. Have recorded simultaneously with 4 channels, but have not yet had the need to use 6. Bought this unit so I could also record on another PC connected via Cat5e cabling and Gigabit switch. Don't have that setup yet as I'm still building the new PC.

Cons: I already had the cablecard paired due to using it on an InfiniTV4 PCIE unit in another HTPC. The Ceton installation instructions were not accurate with regards to how to deal with this situation since I did not have to call the cable company at all (Comcast).
Had initial problem with laptop not passing the Media Center Digital cable advisor test due to 'incompatible graphics card or driver". Turns out you can't have a TV connected to the HDMI output AND have the laptop screen showing at the same time. I disabled the laptop screen and only used the HDMI output and the advisor completed successfully. Nothing wrong wit Ceton, just something I thought others might find valuable.
One other note, I also have a SiliconDust Prime unit on my home network and those showed as eligible tuners in my laptop media center tuner list, but I did not install the software for that. For some reason the Ceton tuners did not show as primary in media center so I had to fix that 'per channel' which was a pain. Probably more of a media center issue than Ceton though.

Other Thoughts: Unit runs warm so I moved it to a separate shelf away from other devices. The InfniTV4 also ran hot in my HTPC case and contributed I'm sure to multiple power supplies going over a 4 year period. The main reason I went with this external unit and a laptop PC was to mitigate heat issues.

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SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Installed in new PC build with Asrock H87M motherboard and i7-4770 haswell CPU with 16 GB DDR3 RAM. Built PC with WIndows 7 Pro 64 bit (better in my opinion for mouse/desktop (non tablet) computing).
Noticed how fast Windows 7 installed and booted. From turn on to functional desktop in 15 seconds after install was completed. Experience same boot times after installing all Microsoft updates and Norton Security Suite.
Apps open instantly.

Cons: not a con of the unit, but a con of the cost of SSD's. Hope they come down to be in parity with disk drive prices within a few more years. Will get SSD's to replace HD's on my other PC's. (have 5 total for various purposes including 2 media center PC's).

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ZyXEL 500 Mbps Mini Powerline AV Ethernet Adapter Kit (PLA4201KIT)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Much improved over AV200 Netgear unit and 3-4 times faster than first gen netgear unit from 2007. Internet download speeds increased from 18MB/sec download to 40-50MB/sec download (matching speeds for PC connected to router through gigabit switch). Easy to use, didn't bother with bundled software. Just plugged units in and they found each other within a couple minutes and paired. Have not turned on encryption yet.

Cons: none.

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Date Joined: 12/07/03

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  • First Review: 11/12/08
  • Last Review: 01/12/14
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