As I dig further into the idea of replacing my cable boxes with an HTPC and a media center extender, it seems that reliability may be a big concern. I'm very technically inclined, but I'm pretty busy between work and other activities, so when I want to watch TV/Movies, etc. I just want it to work. That is the reason I've avoided HTPCs to date. I was hoping the tech had finally evolved to where things work as they are supposed to on a consistent basis. However, after reading part of the Ceton Echo thread, I'm no longer convinved that is the case.
My impression is that the Echo is basically the only worthwhile extender on the market, and it's buggy. I need something my wife can easily use (she won't tolerate **** not working right) and something that I'm not going to have to constantly tinker with to get right. I don't mind a bit of a "hazing" period to get it all setup, but after that I just want it to work consistently and reliably.
So, what I'm looking for is an honest assessment of your setups. Do they really consistently work properly, or do you find yourself constantly tinkering with it to work out bugs, with new bugs popping up every time you get one fixed? My biggest fear is ditching my boxes, spending a bunch of money on an HTPC and extender setup, and having it piss me off because it never works like it should. I'm open to any and all thoughts, comments, insults, etc.
Edit: I'll add that I do want to be able to play BluRay movies and file-based movies (MKV/h.264) over the same system.