Originally Posted by FlyEspresso
Umm... No, obviously if I'm using a Tivo Premier XL4 I'm using a cable card setup (comcast/xfinity)... IDK where you got over the air or sat...
I can-I'll have to do a quick check, so what is the range that it needs to fall under? -10 - 0? I do have a gigabit network and 802.11n 5ghz network. The actual media center will be on gigabit to the Apple Airport Extreme along with the ETH if I go that route.
Though is it worth going for the ETH for the sake of being ethernet based over the 159$ USB/4 tuner option? I've never really hit a wall with my old apartments Whole Home DVR/Genie that had 4 tuners. I only remember once that that happend. It's more if the ETH provides a future benfit for potential iPad app/Laptop access similar to sling (LAN only). As I'm the only one that lives in my one bedroom apartment....
This is purely anecdotal, but it appears -5dB to 0dB is the best range. I will get my additional attenuators in another two days or so and will be able to do much more in-depth testing.
More tuners is always better for obvious reasons...but also one not obvious one. If you have two shows set to record back to back, WMC will record both of them using the same tuner. Sounds like a good idea at first, but then you will find the end of the one show will get cut off and appear at the start of the other show. Unless you remember which show was recorded second you will have a problem finding the end of your first show. To overcome this, you must force WMC to use a different tuner for the second show - and to do that you have to setup the recording to record "10 minutes after". Not "if possible", force it to do 10 minutes after. This means that if you have two sets of two back to back shows, you will use up 4 tuners during the last 4 minutes of the first two shows and the first 10 minutes of the last two shows (due to overlapping). To be fair, I only ran into this two times in the last 3 years.
Of course, the Ethernet tuner also has the ability to be used by other WMC machines. I setup my own gaming desktop and my wife's laptop to use the Ethernet tuner as well...and then added the Recorded TV folder from the HTPC to both machines. I told her not to record shows with her laptop and she understands why not to do it (since they would not be shared easily). Neither of us use the other PCs to watch TV very often, but it is nice to know we can. It also allows you to move a massive heat producing item from your HTPC.
I would never expect to get Apple support for the tuners - Apple has to become CableCard certified first and I seriously doubt that will ever happen.