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In theory if I wanted to add a cable card to my Comcast account to use with my hd prime. Would i be able to use it at my office or would it only work at home.
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In theory if I wanted to add a cable card to my Comcast account to use with my hd prime. Would i be able to use it at my office or would it only work at home.

Only at home. It requires a cable feed and an account with specific home address on it.
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Only at home. It requires a cable feed and an account with specific home address on it.

Just out of curiosity, could you use some sort of remote desktop to view it remotely on a home pc?
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Just out of curiosity, could you use some sort of remote desktop to view it remotely on a home pc?

No. There may be other solutions to port your TV feeds remotely, but remote desktop and VNC won't work.
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Only at home. It requires a cable feed and an account with specific home address on it.

Even if my cable feed to the office is also comcast? Obviously the address is different, but why does that matter as far as the card is concerned. Isn't it simply "translating" the information? How does the card no what location it is in?
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a cablecard is basically a cable box (to be more exact cable boxes have cablecards inside of them).

suppose you subscribe to every single channel comcast offers and you have their cable box. if you disconnected the box and walked next door to the neighbors (not comcast subscribers) and tried plugging your box in the provisioning would be all messed up.
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Only at home. It requires a cable feed and an account with specific home address on it.

Even if my cable feed to the office is also comcast? Obviously the address is different, but why does that matter as far as the card is concerned. Isn't it simply "translating" the information? How does the card know what location it is in?
It doesn't, since it is considered a "dumb" device. Now of course, if you take it to another headend, or another system, it will not work, due to it is not authorized on that system.
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Originally Posted by Foxbat121 View Post

Only at home. It requires a cable feed and an account with specific home address on it.

Even if my cable feed to the office is also comcast? Obviously the address is different, but why does that matter as far as the card is concerned. Isn't it simply "translating" the information? How does the card know what location it is in?
It doesn't, since it is considered a "dumb" device. Now of course, if you take it to another headend, or another system, it will not work, due to it is not authorized on that system.

+1 as long as your on the same head end, which chances are you would be it should work in both locations.

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+1 as long as your on the same head end, which chances are you would be it should work in both locations.
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What does head end mean? Other than testing to see if it works, how would I know?
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Just out of curiosity, could you use some sort of remote desktop to view it remotely on a home pc?

You can via a VPN setup. Remote desktop is too slow for live video. But keep in mind, a HD feed typically requires about 15mbps of data rate which means you need at least 15 mbps of UPLOAD speed on your home internet connection. Download speed does not apply here,
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What does head end mean? Other than testing to see if it works, how would I know?

You really have to test it out yourself. Headend is where your cable box/cable card connects to at the cable plant. Depends on how it is setup, you may or may not be able to get anything. When I moved about 15 miles within the same county and same cable provider 10 years ago, my existing cable box no longer worked when I plugged into the new location.
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Got it, thanks.
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