Originally Posted by lifespeed
Have you considered assigning a static IP to both the host PC (now identified as miniport bridge) and the Ceton card? I assign all network devices (except for the laptop) static IPs.
I repeat, your experiences are not typical. The vagaries of various network configurations and DHCP implementations of cheap/buggy consumer routers may have a hand in your problems. I doubt it is simple for you to switch routers, but this could easily be part of or even the root cause of your problem.
I can't tell you how many headaches I have had from buggy router software. I finally have an excellent, high-speed unit (Draytek Vigor 2130) and intend to keep it for a long time.
I tired to set the Ceton to a static IP but the directions they offer were confusing to me. Well I could follow them and I did but everytime I would get a no internet message.
Normally, the Ceton can play a couple hours without a burble. After the betaware it would not play 10 minutes. After updating the nic driver it seems to be working as before the betawar install. Actually, I would call it beware software.
The TV has been on in the other room I can't say how many times it has glitched today if any. So it seems for me at least the betaware and the july realtek nic driver were a very bad mix. Clearly I am in better shape now than yesterday.
I will know better tonight when I can sit in front of the thing for some hours. I have been gone much of the day today and while CNBCHD has been on in the living room the whole time I can't say for sure how well it is has done. My perception is things are relatively okay.
I have an HP Media Smart Extender and I prefer to use that for watching TV in Media Center because its resoltuion and color accuracy are much better than the PC. The extender last night was hopeless. I have not tried to use it today.
My Netgear 4000 was until a few weeks ago considered the best consumer router on the market..
Again you can have awful problems with a Ceton and you can do this and that and it makes no difference because it is Comcast having problems. The Ceton is a different animal with the betaware in how it behaves.
I don't know what the trick is with getting the Static IP address to work but that is something I will probably revisit.