Originally Posted by ncarty97
Holy crap, that's 14 tuners. How much TV do you watch?!?
I have the infiniTV4. It's been great though I never got the networking part to work consistently well (My tuners kept losing their bindings and I'd have to reset it up). I'm probably going to add an HDHomeRun Prime in the future so I can have TV on my other two PC's without messing with the main DVR.
It's not a matter of how many shows I watch but rather the way in which they're recorded. I pad all of my recordings by 10 minutes at the beginning and end of each show. This requires separate tuners to be available for each recording as there tends to be a lot of overlap if shows are aired consecutively on the same channel.
I'm actually using 17 tuners at the moment (it tends to change almost on a daily basis). The primary HTPC has dual InfiniTV4's, a Hauppauge 2250, and a AverMedia Duet installed internally. In addition, I have a HDHomeRun Prime and a HDHR Dual on my network that's shared with other PCs. That gives me a total of 17 available tuners on my primary HTPC with 5 of the tuners available to all other TVs.
I prefer the HDHR tuners for networking since they're not tied to a specific PC. I tried experimenting with extenders a couple of years ago so I could eliminate the need for cable boxes and it was met with huge resistance from the family. The primary HTPC that hosted the extenders was having issues and the extenders would go out all over the house on a frequent basis. I have since replaced the extenders with standalone SFF PCs. The epic fail with extenders taught me not to make every TV dependent on one primary source, hence the reason why I don't network my Ceton tuners.
My HTPC is rock solid and perfectly stable now, but I still won't network my tuners for the same reason I don't use extenders. OTOH, I have a Ceton Echo that I only power up about once a week to see if there's a new firmware update. If there is I'll update the Echo and see if they've added the features I've been waiting for. So far the Echo has been powered back down after each firmware update, but I'm still hopeful.
Originally Posted by Ruiner
Re: OP: I use the USB connected DCR-2650. Only dual tuner, and not networked, but cheaper at 100 bucks, perhaps less on sale.
Is anyone upgrading their routers to IvP6?
Cost per tuner is on a par with the InfiniTV4 and the HDHR Prime at about $50 apiece. The real cost savings is appreciated by the fact that the InfiniTV4 has twice as many tuners but still requires only a single cablecard rental. I'm on FIOS and they apparently just jacked up their cablecard rates to $5.99 per month (they were only $2.99 for S-cards when I activated my 1st S3 Tivo and then increased to $3.99). At $6 per month, you're going to pay far more in the long run for a dual tuner than you will for four tuners if you break down the cost on a per tuner basis.
I haven't looked into IvP6 yet. I just got my pfSense router up and running with internet service last week. I got it working initially, but none of my PCs could connect to the internet. Turns out there was a checkbox on one of the setup screens that was checked by default that I needed to uncheck. It's tough to follow setup tutorials that are online when you can't connect to them.