Date Joined: 06/12/11
Pros: Simple, rugged design. This antenna is fairly small, it was pretty easy to hide up on the roof or I would have heard about it from my draconian busybody HOA if it was in any way noticeable. Not difficult to put together and install.
Prior to installing this for use with my HTPC I tried some old style bunny ears, then an RCA amplified antenna, and finally I tried to get a Mohu Leaf to work. I got really spotty signals and barely any channels to show up at all. I hooked this Wineguard up and I got consistent reception of all the channels that are available in my area. According to TVfool, this antenna wasn't even really the right type to receive the signals in my area, but it works wonderfully.
Cons: I can't really think of any cons. It is a simple device and it works, I am totally satisfied. Other people complained about the size of the coax that comes with it, but this being a roof mountable antenna I am not sure one would expect to use the provided cable for anything but testing, so I might even call it a pro that they included one at all.
Overall Review: I'll describe my setup so maybe others can use it as a reference point for their own systems as it took me some tinkering to get everything working smoothly and I think it is all pretty darn cool. Howtos for the specifics can be found with a little Googlefu.
So, I have an 2 HTPCs running Windows Media Center, which I am using to watch live broadcast OTA TV, and as a DVR. This antenna is mounted on my roof and is connected to an dual tuner HDhomerun (2nd gen), which is connected to a switch on my home network. So, this antenna signal is available to anyone on my network who is running the HDhomerun software. I put together a similar setup for my mother, except she has cable. So, I used an HDhomerun Prime with a Cablecard, which costs $1/mo to rent from the cable company. She is saving at least $100 a month just by using her own equipment instead of renting a cable box and DVR.
I altered the path that WMC saves recordings to via the registry editor initially so that I could share the directory on my network, as the default directory is unsharable due to WMC's attempts to enforce copyright protections. This is also necessary if you want to have PLEX pick up the shows you record because the default directory WMC uses is not selectable from within PLEX, and the file format WMC uses is itself unplayable by anything other than WMC.
After WMC records something I have a free program called MCEbuddy which is configured to automatically snag the recordings, identify and name them, strip the commercials, and convert them into .MKV. These video files are then automagically picked up by my PLEX server. After the transcoding, MCEbuddy deletes the original video file, which is great for saving space. Raw WMC recordings are fairly large. I really can't say enough about MCEbuddy, it is a great little program.
Hope you guys found that useful, good luck out there
Pros: Front USB 3.0, 6 SATA ports gives me some room to expand, 3 PCI-e, very clearly marked front panel header, actually all the ports and slots were very clearly marked on the board and I really appreciate that.
Cons: I have tried 2 of these boards now and neither of them will boot, they fail in the same exact way.
After the first installation I hit the power button, the fans and hard disks started to spin up, then the light on one of the fans flickered and the machine just kept power cycling like that over and over. I returned the board and the new one does the exact same thing. It never even gets to the BIOS so I can't really do anything with it.
Overall Review: I purchased this along with a new Intel Pentium G3258 with the intention of upgrading a little file server I have and playing around with overclocking the G3258 that I hear so many people having fun with.
First off, I did not buy this item at Newegg, I am submitting this review here just so other people can be aware of the problems with this component.
Some interesting things about this purchase. When I was picking out the first one the salesman looked in the box and said "oh this one is brand new" with a look of surprise. I found that a little odd but let it pass. So, I get it home and the first thing I notice is the manual appears to have been used. Then I install it and have the problem noted in my CONS. I tried various troubleshooting steps and eventually disassembled the machine so I could return it. That is when I noticed some of the CPU contact pins were slightly bent. So I figured my problem was solved, and went ahead and returned it.
I explain to the customer service person that the pins are bent and the manual appears to have been used and I suspect this is a returned item that they just put back on the shelf. I'm not giving them a hard time, I just want a new board. They agree to an exchange and I go to grab another board. We ended up opening 5 of these boards until we found one that hadn't obviously been returned and put back on the shelf, some of them were absolutely mangled. That's fine, I found one that I was satisfied had never been opened buried in the back of their inventory. Got that one home, installed it and boom, same exact problem as the first time. I tried various things again, different RAM, different slot configurations, single stick, multi stick, a different PSU, etc.Some people I spoke with suggested that I might need to update the BIOS to get this board to work with my CPU. I was unable to try this as I do not own any CPUs of the same production generation as this board.
So, I am beginning to wonder if this board isn't just bunk altogether and the reason the shelf at that store was loaded with a bunch of returned boards is because they have a colossal DOA rate. I submitted a support ticket to Gigabyte, but they haven't gotten back to me yet.