My understanding is that Ceton now supports streaming from a PC with their tuner to client PCs. If my interpretation of this is correct, it essentially means Ceton internal tuners can replicate what the pending Silicondust HD Homerun Prime will do from the start. I know I will want 6 to 8 tuners ultimately to feed 3 to 4 rooms. I already have the client HTPCs required for these rooms so the only question now is to go with Ceton or the HD Homerun Prime. I already have a Ceton (yes I paid full pop for it a couple of months ago ) and it works well, but it's currently installed my living room HTPC which I really envision as a media client. Thus, I like the idea of a tuner-server but I'm wondering if it makes more sense to build a dedicated Windows-based tuner server and add another Ceton, or sell the Ceton and just go with the six-tuner HD Homerun Prime? Here are the pros and cons I can think of:
- Implementing the 6 tuner HD Homerun Prime will ultimately cost less than a 8 tuner Ceton solution
- Implementing the HD Homerun solution should be less labor intensive, as it would just be a matter of installing/configuring the device. With the Ceton I'd have to buy a rackmount case and build a new PC to accommodate two Ceton tuners. This isn't a big deal, but it is a factor.
- OTOH, my understanding is that the Ceton will allow a user-determined number of tuners to be assigned to specific PC clients. I find this very appealing because I can prevent guests from potentially becoming tuner hogs. I don't know if the HD Homerun Prime can do this.
- I've already invested in the Ceton, so why take the inevitable hit on sale?
- Though the 8 tuner Ceton solution would definitely be more expensive up front, it would also be more potentially scaleable with a single box because I can ensure the PC mobo and processing power supports a third card in the future if necessary. I don't envision this in the near-term but one never knows.
- I will have a large NAS (36TB) running MS WHS v1 running by the end of the week which would have plenty of room for TV recordings. All HTPC clients will run WHS connector software.
- I do have a dedicated room for the NAS with a rack, UPS, and single Gb Ethernet port. The "core" Ethernet switch, router, and cable modem are located in another room. Unfortunately because of the way the home is arranged and wired, I can't co-locate the NAS or tuner-server there.