One thing you will probably find and it has been hinted at in a post above.. the Ceton may actually work better from a client or extender than from the PC with the card in it. I have not really figured that out yet.
As I pointed out before, it is very touchy regarding signal quality. It can perform perfectly for hours.. other days it will freeze on a channel and you will have to change to another channel than back. That could happen 4 or 5 times in an evening. My brother lives in another part of our area and has a lot more trouble.
Tonight for example I ran 5 hours and only noticed one single audio/frame drop. I could further streamline my feed but I am afraid the signal will get to hot. I am as high as +1 dB as it is. 36.x dB SNR. That should be good enough for any tuner.. I am sure the Ceton is actually seeing some momentary drop in the signal quality when it freezes then I can tell from the internal diagnostic pages.. but it must be very minor because the Tivo feed was down more than 10 dB and the SNR was more like 32 dB SNR before.. and the whole things was way more robutst.
I am not saying the Tivo never hung on Crapcast's signal.. it just did not happen very often and it did it with much more grace. I never sent anything even close to a +1 dB signal to the Tivo.. it might have cooked it from what I read.
There are some timing issues with current drivers/firmware apparently or it would not work so much better on a client or extender.
I now have very good grade AC current from a UPS to the pc powersupply as well as to the cable drop amp and the 1gb ethernet switch. The OS is on SSD, that combo of things and my hot signal made a tremendous difference particulary when you got out to a client or extender where TV runs very smoothly..
When Comcast is loaded down though, particularly around dinner hour... the Ceton can have its trouble. It was not usable on the same feed the Tivo was getting. I had a cheap drop amp at the time and ran the Tivo and Ceton side by side. I was able to AB test them even changing the last cable drops and amp ports. The Tivo would be fine (not stutter at all) and the Ceton would freeze or jump to a blue screen.
I sent one trouble ticket on a weekend to their support group and they were in contact first thing the following Monday AM. The solution they provided was both right and wrong. It fixed one box with the issue and not another. I had figured it out by the time they got back to me anyway..
I am not complaining at all. I just see where it could be very far from an appliance.. you could get lucky and have it work well without special efforts. In my case I really had to throw the kitchen sink at it and I am still not sure I don't need to remove that last passive splitter between the Ceton and the pole. I might move one of the Motorola Broadband Drop amps I now have to where the passive splitter is outside the house. The question is how much (high) and how good does the signal really need to be for these things anyway?
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