Originally Posted by kmind
...I have a crappy router and it messes up my internet connection trying to run this all wirelessly. A few emails to Silcon and they tell me it's highly recommended to avoid wireless networking for this. ...
I use HDHR2 wireless to my HTPC. Overall, it works fine. It is sensitive to radio interference. The microwave being on disrupts the signal so bad half the time I lose the channel I'm watching. I normally use a PC running Smoothwall as my router/firewall and a traditional router as just a wireless access point.
That said, I use a different PC to do all the PVRing, and that machine is connected via ethernet wire. Although I could record on the other machine, radio interference was too unpredictable and made the recordings unpredictable at times. Usually I would end up with random pixelation like on a bad DVD/BR disc.
Using the wire is best, but you can do wirelessly. I think it's just the way WMC or HDHR handles signal fluctuations. If I can stream at 20Mbps BDrip on the same network using the machines, there is enough bandwidth to handle the cable TV stream.
On a side note, I've read, the newer SD tuners, HDHR3 are a bit more forgiving with signal compared to the HDHR2, which I have.