Ok, well, months later I finally have my Ceton card and my HTPC build up-and-running. Here are my initial observations after several days of use:
1. I got the Antec VERIS Elite multimedia station
, but quickly discovered that the supplied remote, while great for controlling a computer, was going to be a poor experience for controlling a TV/DVR. I bought the Logitech Harmony 300i
instead, which works and feels great, although I'm having trouble setting up some button mappings (the Harmony software specifies MCE buttons that don't exist in the iMon software, and vice-versa).
2. Comcast set-top boxes have an "Exit" button, and so does my Harmony remote, but there is no equivalent function that I can find in WMC! "Exit" should close any menus that have been opened overtop of live TV/recorded TV/video playing, etc. I'm not sure what to hook this button up to, and I miss the functionality!
3. For the most part the XBox 360 is working GREAT as an extender. I originally bought the standard Microsoft XBox 360 Universal Remote
, but I am disappointed with the feel of it, and it has no button to display recorded TV, so I am swapping it for this remote instead
, which looks a bit more ergonomical, has the recorded TV button, and according to user reviews controls the XBox just fine.
4. I set up commercial skipping (which is very cool) along with buttons on my Logitech remote to enable/disable it, but as I feared there doesn't seem to be any way to custom-configure remote buttons on the extender, so I can't toggle the feature on and off for the XBox. I'm concerned that if commercial skipping doesn't work perfectly I'm going to have to disable it entirely, because if I can't toggle it off on the extender it's going to be a big problem.
5. My HTPC seems to be having a weird problem where (even with no USB ports in use) Windows will start thrashing that a USB port is connected/disconnected. I've tried turning off power management to the USB hubs, but it's still happening... problem is I don't know if it's an issue with the motherboard
and since I ordered them both online I don't expect it will be easy to get service on either one at this point.
So far, even with my complaints this system is a BIG win over my previous setup, and requiring only a single CableCARD for the entire household is rocking.