Originally Posted by ncfoster
A lot of the choices have to do with what the rest of your setup is. I am quite happy with my Tivo Mini that hooks into my Tivo Roamio in the living room. I also have a 3 tuner HD Homerun Prime that is a useful way to get more than one TV running on HD without paying per box. I don't use that anymore, since getting the Mini, but that was how I got rid of DTAs in my house initially. It requires a CableCARD, but if you don't already have one in use in your setup, you can probably get one free. Also requires some sort of hardware on the TV end like an Xbox or a computer of some sort.
I am not guessing that these are the sorts of choices that you are most interested in, but I find those DTA boxes (and paying a rental fee on them) so abhorrent that I think these sorts of things are far preferable.
Here's an update for the last few posts:
) The trade-in on the 4 SD-DTAs was smooth and done without a $15 fee (So far -at least, but my Wife is wondering if something might show up on the next bill).
) The installation went well since I installed each box and let it 'power-up' and refresh for at least 20 minutes. During that process, I noted that the power pin on one of the wall-warts seemed short and eventually, I found that box was not getting any power since the internal pin size did not match the actual pin within the new box ( I was able to 'simulate' a temporary connection to get all four of them assigned to the account).
) The next day, I took the unit (as evidence...) and the slightly odd wall-wart back to the Bolingbrook store (which was hopping with people...). It took at least four powers supplies in their new wrappers (just like my original four were....) to find one that worked.
BOTTOM LINE: The external diameter of these very tiny connectors on the four wall-warts were identical, but the internal (female side of the plug) comes in two sizes. The pin that works is just a bit larger than a large (unbent) paperclip. On the connector that did not work - it was about 1-1/2 that diameter - placing the center pin exactly centered within the wall-wart connector - and therefore not making ANY connection. Once I showed this to a technician, they were a bit surprised and promised to add a note... somewhere. If I were to go there again and get a bunch of these, I'd unwrap each one and plug it in to ensure that the power-lights blink on each unit with each wall-wart.
- Thanks for those options - especially the possibility of getting an 'initial' CableCard at no extra fee, since I was considering adding a Tivo to the mix in the future. Right now - I'm happy with the final install of one DCX3400-M and the four HD-DTAs.
Thanks for the tips.