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Location: Beaverton, OR, USA
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Just a few tips, comments, and some answers after having reviewed the last several months of this thread:
1. I've had my Moxi 2-tuner since almost the beginning when they were first offered and Moxi had significant marketing. I had helped the developers with qualifying external eSATA drives, including a LaCie 6TB RAID system.
I had gone to the Moxi since the HD capability of TiVo was quite sorry, and it wasn't clear that TiVo would be around for much longer. Definitely quite a few years ago. I was moving up from DirecTV, and FiOS was installed in my neighborhood.
Unit has been great for years, and had to replace the original HDD with a Seagate 1.5TB which was the largest at the time.
Happy user, so never paid much attention to the 3-tuner model, or the Moxi Mate until last year.
After exploring several distribution schemes, HDMI extenders, remote extenders, etc, I bought a used Mate from Amazon user, and I was surprised at how well it worked - even zippier than my sometimes sluggish 2-tuner box. For networking, I used Moca to get down to the other end of my home (100 ft away). I tried WiFi and powerline networking, and neither was reliable. With Moca and the Coax run I already had, the Mate "just worked".
Picked up a second Mate on ebay a few weeks ago (got it as the only bidder ?!?) and discovered something during setup. Being lazy, I tried to set it up in the same room as the Moxi DVR as that is where I had an extra hardwired ethernet port, and it just would not listen to the Remote. I thought the remote was bad, or the IR sensor was bad as I was able to use the front panel buttons to start the setup. When it came to typing in numbers one must use the remote. Tried the remote that was included, my 2 spares, and my Logitech. None would work.
Then I recalled that the Moxi DVR might be retransmitting IR signals, so I covered the DVR with a blanket and then then Mate responded to the remote. Phew. Now the 2nd Mate is working fine, and I will be using it for offline digitizing of recordings. Sure wish it worked with FiOS video-on-demand.
2. Recordings on the DVR are in whatever format was originally recorded. With the Mate, the original bit-rate is sent, and the Mate down-reses to whatever you have the Mate set to, so no reduction of network traffic. I run a 100Mbps hardwired network in the house for all the TV/DVR/Video media stuff. I also have several hotspots setup throughout the house with individual names rather than extending the network with a common name. I have a mix of Apple and non-Apple access points (for testing) and several switches, and found that extending the WiFi acros the several access points was unreliable.
a) has anyone figured out how to extract media files for reuse/transcoding? For now I use ElGato and Hauppaugue HD-DVR as digitizers/transcoders. Time consuming, but good results.
b) Any Android remote programming app?
c) Any other Moxi forums to visit, besides this one and the HDD replacement thread?
I hope the Moxi stays alive for a long time, as I 'm not looking forward to going back to TiVo. I also have the Motorola FiOS DVRs, but they see little use since they are so small in capacity. Frontier was nice enough to send me out some newer boxes with 500GB drives inside, but I haven't had the time to swap them in. Also not sure what problems they might introduce as the original ones are still running fine.
Thanks to all for the valuable information in these threads.
M2 in OR
we live in interesting times