What Boxes Are Right For Me? (Help Guide)
Originally Posted by fhall1
Without going too far back to try to find this.....isn't ODN the guide for folks with the "C" type box? I have an 8300HD, so I'm MDN and that's why no transparency? Or do I have that backwards or all wrong? I do have the DVR Compensation setting and the 4xFF.
The ODN boxes are the newest versions of the TWC Navigator software that run on the C-model boxes AND the Samsungs.
The MDN boxes are the non-C boxes and any boxes that are not a Samsung.
MDN boxes are being phased out, but are reportedly faster with the Navigator software, (provided that you have an SA-8240 or SA-8300 if you are a DVR subscriber.) The only difference between the MDN SA-8240 and the MDN SA-8300, is the SA-8300 has it's own Digital Tuner. Non-DVR users, should have either a Samsung 3000 series box (or higher when available,) OR a Cisco 4000 series box (or higher when available) for best guide results.
MDN boxes work with Drive Expanders that are optional and not supported by TWC. Western Digital is considered the best choice to compensate for MDN's smaller hard drives, by giving much added storage.
ODN boxes are all C-model boxes with the FCC Cable Card Mandates as of July 1, 2007 and Samsungs. They tend to be a bit slower than NDN, but the newer models have bigger hard drives, and are likely to get new features faster. There's the SA/Cisco 8240HDC, the SA/Cisco8300HDC, the newer Cisco 8640HDC and the Cisco 8642HDC
ODN boxes for Samsung are the Samsung 3090 and the newer Samsung 3270 and 3272.
Newer ODN C boxes come with a 320GB hard-drive built-in. Whole House DVR models are the Cisco 8642 and the Samsung 3272. Whole House DVR models have 500GB hard drives built in, BUT require a truck roll to put a filter on the line. Users who may get a Whole House DVR through an office box swap, will still have the 500 GB's of storage, but will have the Whole House feature disabled by default. Note that Samsung models 3270 and 3272 lack PIP, due to a decision made by Samsung. They are a bit faster than the SA-C model/Cisco counterparts.
Optional Drive expanders are hit and miss with the ODN boxes.
The most widely used ODN box is the SA-8300HDC. A bit slow and laggy, but updates have made it a bit faster. The catch with the SA-8300HDC, is that it still has the smaller 160GB hard drive.
All SA-boxes at model 3000 or below (non-DVR models) do not have the memory to run Navigator well. The same is true for any Pioneer boxes. Much too old to handle the new software.
PS. Guide Transparency is activated at the TWC head-end for your division, generally within two days of an update to ODN 4.1 or higher. I don't think it is on any versions of MDN at this time. It is the decision of the division whether or not they choose to activate it.