Originally Posted by shigalosis
Thanks! If I have 3 tv's in the house, and I have one of these devices connected to a laptop, how do I get the channels on the TV? just plug the laptop into the tv? Just confused how the devices work...will the video quality be reduced?
The laptop is old...my wife has a newer Toshiba, but my laptop (the old one i am using now) is running Windows 7 Home premium, 2GB RAM 1.8G AMD Turion 64 X2 processor.
I plan on getting a nice desktop in the near future, but do not have it just yet. Ideally, I would rent the boxes from Verizon until I have the computer later in the year, and then return the boxes...but with a two year agreement I think that means I have to keep and pay for all 3 boxes during my two year agreement. That's why I am trying to figure out if I should call them and try to drop the 3 boxes and get a cablecard, or just suck it up for 2 years and see what is available then? Since they are coming Wednesday I don't even know that they will drop the boxes at this point...but that's a total of 720$ over two years for the three boxes...or 199$ for a Ceton device. So it may be worth calling and arguing. Thanks again!
You need to read up a bit more; what you want to do is not going to work as you currently understand.
You need at least 1 pc, your current laptop is likely not powerful enough to be this pc. To this pc you will hook up the ceton tuner (either usb or pcie *to be clear not the Q which is a different device*) and the cable from the cable company will plug into the ceton tuner. You will have all HD channels but no on demand.
You can hook this pc up to a tv or have it act like a "server" with no display. If you have it act as a server you will need to have an extender (xbox 360 or when released the ceton echo) or another PC on the same network as the server PC (this network should be wired or you will almost certainly have problems streaming tv stably). This extender/pc will then be hooked to the tv and will act as the GUI for the tv's cable experience.
For the other 2 tvs you can either hook up additional networked PC's or extenders, however there are limitations to either approach that you will need to research.
In short its not as simple as buying the ceton card and being able to watch tv all over your house. At the very least you will need:
1. a more powerful pc
2. a cable card tuner
3. 2 extenders
This is assuming that your house is already wired for cat5 at each tv.Edited by kemist1117 - 6/12/12 at 9:37am