Originally Posted by dgk
Currently I have the two upstairs PCs on one cable box with a splitter and it works out ok since usually only one is on at a time. So I really only need one extender if I can keep that setup working - I'm splitting the component output from the box. I can't move the PC because that is used mostly for gaming on the main TV. At least inititally I can use the XBox upstairs. But that doesn't seem to have component output.although I see online that folks say it does. Must need a special cable. 1080p or 1080i isn't really a major problem for me, i is ok.
Well if it has component that solves one problem at least initially and I can pick up extenders on sale.
Now, the network question. Currently cat5 with an old Netgear 10/100 router. Do I need gigabit and/or cat6? The runs are significantly less than 100 feet.
Can I temporarily pull the existing cable card from Tivo to test the Infinity and then put it back in Tivo?
You can keep 2 PC's, but then you will have to deal with 2 recording schedules, and some recorded programs will only play on the PC it was recorded on and the XBOX. Also, which PC are you going to associate the XBOX with? You can only pair it to one PC.
My suggestion, if you want to keep the gaming PC downstairs and XBOX, is to use the other PC as your "whole house DVR", and use the XBOX downstairs to receive cable TV on the TV downstairs, while having it paired to the HTPC.
I am not clean what "Currently I have the two upstairs PCs on one cable box with a splitter and it works out ok since usually only one is on at a time." mean, since you don't need PC if you have cable box, or don't need cable box if you have PC do the decryption.
Fox XBOX to output component, if yours is not HDMI compatible, you will need an XBOX HDTV cable. It has a switch on it to output in 720p, which is pretty much the same as 1080i. It has XBOX connector on one end, and 6 RCA plugs on the other, 2 of which are left and right audio. Some connectors also have "optical" so that you can feed more than 2 stereo channles into a device that can receive optical.
Cat 5 is only rated to 100 Mbps, Cat 5e is rated to 1 Gbps. If you have Cat 5, you will be limited to no more than 5 simultaneous streams. Each HD stream is maximum 20 Mbps. With 3 TV's, you will not exceed the 100 Mbps rating for most programming. However, if you get a network attached Ceton (6 tuners), then 3 simultaneous streams from the Ceton to the HTPC then out to 2 extenders, or a combination of 5 simultaneous streams into the HTPC will saturate the 100 Mbps...
You can take the cablecard out of TiVO, but depending on your provider you may or may not be able to tune anything on another machine until it is paired properly. It will all depend on whether they are using copyright protection on top of the encryption. You can try, and see if it works, but don't take it as permanent solution. You can call them and re-pair with the Ceton tuner. It is not illegal to move cable cards as long as they are properly paired.