Originally Posted by hlkc It depends on who you ask or reply
I'm a one of the happy Ceton daily users here and no major trouble at all. Great guide, search, record all I want in my own HDD... The down side I can think of is unless I keep this box configuration forever, otherwise I will lose my recordings since all the Protected recording are lock and can't play/watch from any other HTPCs. Also, just like another piece of hardware, it will take a bit time to configure and get used to it.
Well the bolded part of your response sums it for me. Varying experiences for lots of user feedback on here = unstable to me.
I can't call the InfiniTV 4 stable at all in the 4 weeks I've had it up and running. First 7-10 days for me were plagued by having to re-run the WMC TV signal setup every other day for no reason. After that it ran solid for almost 3 weeks until this weekend...
One of my network PC's, WMC basically lost sight of the tuner again for no reason, so oh well went to re-run the Network Tuner Wizard should be back up and running in 5-10 mins. Well, won't let me run it because I don't have the LATEST firmware. Are you kidding me, I can't use the product if I'm one rev behind on firmware? So I do the latest firmware update which reboots the box with the InfiniTV 4 in it of course. Upon coming back up the Ceton card is no longer recognized at all by my PC. After a couple driver re-installs/reboots still nothing. Also I noted that the blue LED on the card remains in the blinking state when I'm into Windows, so it's like the card wasn't even initializing. At this point I'm thinking the firmware update might have hosed my card.
Last obvious step before having to engage Ceton support was to power down the PC, open it up and reseat the card. Did that and did the factory reset in the Network Tuner Wizard, and mercifully my TV service was restored. After 2 hours of messing around.
Before we get into the I must have an unstable system or be a noob in the HTPC world, that is not the case. I've built all 4 of my HTPCs and the one it is in has been issue free (with a QAM tuner card) for almost a year prior to the Ceton. I've never had anywhere near the troubles with any PC or AV component in my life than what I've had with the Ceton so far.
Also worth noting I had zero troubles getting the Cablecard setup with Comcast and that aspect of it. Strictly hardware/software issues with the Ceton and WMC.
And all of this is magnified by the fact that it is the sole provider of TV service into my house, and it is replacing equipment (Comcast STBs) that while they sucked, generally worked 99.999% of the time.
Could barely recommend this card to the most patient and technical savvy colleagues I have. No way I could recommend it to family or friends with beginner to intermediate PC knowledge.