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post #1 of 10
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I have owned and loved the PCI version of the InfiniTV since it became available, even was on the original pre-order list with Zones.com. Since my HTPC does not have another available slot, I figured I had the perfect plan. I would buy the USB version and have 8 tuners available. 7 of these tuners would be dedicated to the HTPC and the 8th would be network shared to my work PC with dual monitors. I set out to order the USB version and naturally came across all of the negative reviews. What I would like to do in this thread is to try and get a sense of just how prevalent these problems are. We all know that people who post in forums are more likely to be dissatisfied with a product. I'm hoping that this will explain the large amount of negative reviews this product has received. Are there people out there using this device that are completely satisfied with it and have no issues? Please respond to the poll and post you experiences with the USB Ceton tuner here.
post #2 of 10
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Ceton USB owners?
post #3 of 10
I'm curious to know the results of this poll as well. Like you, I pre-ordered my 1st InfiniTV 4 from Zones literally within seconds after receiving the e-mail from Ceton announcing it. I have since bought a 2nd InfiniTV 4 for a total of eight tuners. I had the notion of sharing tuners with one or two other PCs, but after a previous bad experience using extenders and a flaky HTPC I was hesitant to set it up.

A few weeks ago, the SiliconDist HDHR Prime went on sale at J&R Music for only $169 so I grabbed one. It seems to be the perfect complement for my setup. I now have additional tuners available to the primary HTPC if I need them and I can also use them with the satellite PCs. If the main HTPC goes down for any reason I won't catch any grief because everyone else is still up and running with TV reception from the SD HDHR.

The idea of a central hub for distributing TV sounds like a good idea until something goes wrong. It becomes the weak link in a chain that affects everyone.

Anyway, back to the subject of USB tuners. I have used numerous USB tuners over the years and liked them fine until the PVR app decided to lose them. I used to use BeyondTV and Win XP and the USB tuners had a bad habit of disconnecting themselves, resulting in lost recordings. It appeared to be due mostly to intermittent issues with external USB hubs that I was using. I don't recall having the same issues with Win 7 and Media Center. The rumors I've been hearing about the USB version of the InfiniTV 4 seem to be isolated to reviews posted on Amazon or Newegg or simply rumors. Let's hope this poll gets you some actual feedback that is meaningful.
post #4 of 10
Have you been following the InfiniTV4 thread here? It's way more than just 'rumors', there are plenty of reports that the USB adapter resets on a regular basis.
post #5 of 10
No, I haven't, but I'll check it out. Thanks.
post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by slowbiscuit View Post

Have you been following the InfiniTV4 thread here? It's way more than just 'rumors', there are plenty of reports that the USB adapter resets on a regular basis.

I have. My theory is that most people that post are doing so to vent and complain. I'm trying to bring the satisfied owners out of the woodwork.

On a side note I just picked up an HDHomerun Prime to see how that works alongside my PCI Infinitv4.
post #7 of 10
My PCIe is great 98% of the time but it's that 2% that's making me look for an alternative.

I really wish I could know for sure that the USB version won't suffer from the same issue my PCIe version is suffering from. I'm hesitant to get a usb version since it's the same firmware running the PCIe version. I just can't chance having the same problems.

Post the top 20 lines of your ceton usb logs and we will tell you if you are having same errors / problems or not (default is http://192.168.200.1/log.txt).

Think of it like this...if your car worked fine 98% of the time you drove it but just dies for no reason 2% of the time, you're going to bring it to the dealer to get it fixed, correct? You're going to keep bringing it in and demanding it be fixed. Why should it be any different for those of us having the PCIe segfault and memory leak?
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by docprego View Post

I have. My theory is that most people that post are doing so to vent and complain. I'm trying to bring the satisfied owners out of the woodwork.

Don't let the facts get in your way then.
post #9 of 10
I voted mostly satisfied. For the $299 I paid for the USB version, I really would like to be more than 'mostly satisfied'.

I've had mine for 3 months. For the first month it was very unstable, with frequent tuner crashes and partial recording errors. After updating to the beta firmware V. 1.1.2.4, it is much more stable.

However, it is not stable enough to return my cable co. DVR. Mine is not a dedicated HTPC, it is my everyday triple-monitor desktop. So for the time being, I am 'relatively' satisfied using it to watch HDTV on one of my monitors, while using my PC for everthing else.

I was considering building a dedicated HTPC, but my USB tuner is not stable enough for that yet. Hopefully future firmware updates will make it so. If not, I'll try a HomeRun Prime if they keep dropping in price.

Gary
post #10 of 10
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A few more Ceton USB questions:

1. Has anyone been offered a beta firmware? If so has this improved any issues you were experiencing?

2. For those with the internal PCIE card and the USB external device: With 8 tuners available have you found that all 8 tuners can be used simultaneously? Is it possible to record 8 shows at the same time? Is it possible to record 7 shows at the same time while viewing an 8th show live?

Thanks.
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