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post #61 of 875
Waiting for holiday sales :-)
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Waiting for holiday sales :-)

Memorial Day? Fourth of July? Labor Day?

Just sayin'!
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Originally Posted by cybrsage View Post

Should I uninstall the drivers for the current PCIe card first, reboot, then connect the new Ethernet 6 tuner and install the drivers? I do not want it to become confused - though from what I can tell the drivers are the same.

I think I will try it without uninstalling the drivers - it appears to detect the Ceton device each time I open the diagnostics tool, so it should just find the new device and be happy.

Upgrade to our newest drivers - they support PCIe, USB and Ethernet. Don't forget to install the newest firmware on your Ethernet InfiniTV from the Diagnostic tool (beta if you want pooling). You can either uninstall the existing card, or just manually go through TV setup and pick the tuners you want to use.
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Originally Posted by erickotz View Post

Upgrade to our newest drivers - they support PCIe, USB and Ethernet. Don't forget to install the newest firmware on your Ethernet InfiniTV from the Diagnostic tool (beta if you want pooling). You can either uninstall the existing card, or just manually go through TV setup and pick the tuners you want to use.
For pooling, is that an option that you select during the install or is it automatic if the same tuners are selected for use on multiple PC's? And when using pooling, if WMC on PC#1 is using some number of tuners and WMC on PC#2 needs a tuner, does the user see any errors either onscreen or if they look in the recording history indicating that a tuner wasn't available or does it just automatically move on to the next tuner and no error happens unless no tuners are available? Can pooling be used if one has a mix of InfiniTV 4 PCIe's and an InfiniTV 6 ETH (obviously only the 6 tuners on the ETH will be pooled)?

I just took a look at what is scheduled to record tonight and there's only 1 show that's only available on cable (and I could certainly survive if it doesn't record) - all the others will be recording on my BeyondTV PC too. So if I run into issues getting the CableCard re-paired, I won't run into any major conflicts tonight or for the next few days. So I think I'll take a stab at installing the InfiniTV 6 ETH this evening. I probably won't be physically removing the old InfiniTV 4 PCIe card from the PC until I've confirmed there aren't any issues as I have to remove the rack mount chassis from my equipment rack to do that, which takes a chunk of time to do.
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It may be a little early for these questions but I am close to ready on pulling the trigger to start setting something up at home now that I got the wife on board.

1. Will the InfiniTV 6 ETH have similar power draw to the InfiniTV 4 USB (I believe 10W Idle)?

2. Is the only drawback of the PCIe version the added heat to the case and the lack of dynamic tuner allocation support or is there a delay of tuner availability coming out of sleep mode?

3. From searching I am seeing some people having issues coming out of sleep mode with the current InfiniTV 4 PCIe, have most those issues been resolved?

I prefer to have the computer in sleep mode when not in use but startup time may kill the WAF. As it is now, the trial will be done with a XBox 360 that takes almost 1 minute to startup in extender mode so I am trying to balance energy consumption and startup time.
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Can somebody explain the differences between using network tuners versus PCI?
post #67 of 875
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Originally Posted by gsr View Post

For pooling, is that an option that you select during the install or is it automatic if the same tuners are selected for use on multiple PC's? And when using pooling, if WMC on PC#1 is using some number of tuners and WMC on PC#2 needs a tuner, does the user see any errors either onscreen or if they look in the recording history indicating that a tuner wasn't available or does it just automatically move on to the next tuner and no error happens unless no tuners are available? Can pooling be used if one has a mix of InfiniTV 4 PCIe's and an InfiniTV 6 ETH (obviously only the 6 tuners on the ETH will be pooled)?

I just took a look at what is scheduled to record tonight and there's only 1 show that's only available on cable (and I could certainly survive if it doesn't record) - all the others will be recording on my BeyondTV PC too. So if I run into issues getting the CableCard re-paired, I won't run into any major conflicts tonight or for the next few days. So I think I'll take a stab at installing the InfiniTV 6 ETH this evening. I probably won't be physically removing the old InfiniTV 4 PCIe card from the PC until I've confirmed there aren't any issues as I have to remove the rack mount chassis from my equipment rack to do that, which takes a chunk of time to do.

Assuming you are using the beta firmware with pooling support, pooling just works - there is nothing to setup. Technically even if you assign only a single PC, pooling is still on (there's just only one client using the tuners so they will never get re-mapped).

Essentially, when WMC calls PrepareForConnection the InfiniTV checks if the requested tuner index is free. If it is, it assigns that tuner to the PC. If not, it starts at tuner index 0 and increments through tuners until it either finds a free tuner, or runs out of tuners. Assuming a free tuner is found, WMC has no knowledge of this and it is completely transparent (there is no error). If all tuners are in use, there would be an error as the connection request would be denied.

Pooling can still be used with a mix of tuners, however pooling is only supported on the InfiniTV ETH. I believe you can play with your tuner priorities in WMC to make it favor non-pooled tuners.
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Originally Posted by blauter78 View Post

It may be a little early for these questions but I am close to ready on pulling the trigger to start setting something up at home now that I got the wife on board.

1. Will the InfiniTV 6 ETH have similar power draw to the InfiniTV 4 USB (I believe 10W Idle)?

2. Is the only drawback of the PCIe version the added heat to the case and the lack of dynamic tuner allocation support or is there a delay of tuner availability coming out of sleep mode?

3. From searching I am seeing some people having issues coming out of sleep mode with the current InfiniTV 4 PCIe, have most those issues been resolved?

I prefer to have the computer in sleep mode when not in use but startup time may kill the WAF. As it is now, the trial will be done with a XBox 360 that takes almost 1 minute to startup in extender mode so I am trying to balance energy consumption and startup time.

1. Yes - the hardware is very similar to the InfiniTV 4 USB.

2. Aside from the interface differences, the InfiniTV 6 PCIe and InfiniTV 6 ETH are nearly identical.

3. That is a pretty open-ended question - I would encourage anyone running into trouble here to open a support ticket with us.
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Originally Posted by L54 View Post

Can somebody explain the differences between using network tuners versus PCI?

I'm not sure I understand the question. The InfiniTV 6 ETH plugs directly into your home network, where as the PCIe tuner would be installed in a PC.
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The question in general would be which unit should I buy PCI or ETH? What are the advantages/disadvantages of each. I am judging by reading other posts that the ETH offers tuner pooling and the ability to leave the tuners on while putting your computer into sleep mode and have reliable wake ups. Also it is outside of the case so the heat isn’t added to your computer. The PCI however doesn’t need a separate power supply and of course won’t require another box laying around.

I am guessing that when using media extenders (Ceton or xbox) with the network version you would still need a computer. What about tablets and cell phones?

With either tuner will a secondary program be needed to take advantage of all six tuners if only one cpu (but multiple extenders) is connected?
post #69 of 875
Subscribed. Mine should arrive today and my FIOS cable card landed yesterday. This will be my first HTPC experience so I'm looking forward to putting this guy into service.
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Hasn't anyone that ordered yesterday with overnight shipping received and installed theirs yet? Where's the first user review?

There's a pretty good review up from MattCR of HTF if you google for it or go to the main page you can find that easy enough. He's had his for a while and is pretty jazzed about it.
post #70 of 875
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Originally Posted by L54 View Post

The question in general would be which unit should I buy PCI or ETH? What are the advantages/disadvantages of each. I am judging by reading other posts that the ETH offers tuner pooling and the ability to leave the tuners on while putting your computer into sleep mode and have reliable wake ups. Also it is outside of the case so the heat isn’t added to your computer. The PCI however doesn’t need a separate power supply and of course won’t require another box laying around.

I am guessing that when using media extenders (Ceton or xbox) with the network version you would still need a computer. What about tablets and cell phones?

With either tuner will a secondary program be needed to take advantage of all six tuners if only one cpu (but multiple extenders) is connected?

Right now, you are correct that an extender requires the use of a computer so it has to be on anyway so the advantage of the ethernet tuner being always on isn't apparent however, esp. with SDV, the tuner should be available sooner after the computer wakes up. I am hopefull that ceton might be able to do something with the echo that will allow it to play live tv (even protected content) without the need for a computer but that is probably wishful thinking on my part. Generally, ceton hasn't been pushing the tablet/cellphone access as much as I think some people would like... the new prime that is expected to be released this summer should fulfill servicing those better... most cable signals are mpeg2 and few tablets/cell phones support it... the expected prime will transcode to h264 and be better suited for tablets/cellphones. If your tablet supports mpeg2, there may be a way to play the stream directly... but I believe in the past there were python scripts and/or linux drivers involved.

Ceton has automatically provided support for 30 cablecard tuners (though they only support 12 officially) since shortly after tunersalad was originally released (though I believe its only been recent that win8 could have more than 4 if at all... I have not tried more than 4 with win8)

The advantage of tuner pooling is when you have more than one computer that they each have access to all 6 tuners rather than network tuners where you would assign 4 tuners to one computer and assign 2 to another "permanently". With pooling at noon, computer A can be using 5 tuners and computer B can use 1... a few hours later when computer A is only using 2 tuners, computer B can use 4. The tuner is busy if one computer is accessing it so if you are recording the same program on 2 computers one would need to use 2 tuners... The only problems I have had with this with the primes is occasionally live tv likes to use one particular tuner and won't try others if it doesn't realize the tuner is busy as it does not know if another computer has it tied up but does know if itself is tying up the tuner for a recording. Usually this isn't a problem but with 3 tuners and 4 pcs it is inevitable that there is a conflict for that default live tv tuner. If record is pressed (or scheduled), it will try other tuners (at least a couple of times) until it finds one available..
post #71 of 875
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Originally Posted by erickotz View Post

Upgrade to our newest drivers - they support PCIe, USB and Ethernet. Don't forget to install the newest firmware on your Ethernet InfiniTV from the Diagnostic tool (beta if you want pooling). You can either uninstall the existing card, or just manually go through TV setup and pick the tuners you want to use.
For pooling, is that an option that you select during the install or is it automatic if the same tuners are selected for use on multiple PC's? And when using pooling, if WMC on PC#1 is using some number of tuners and WMC on PC#2 needs a tuner, does the user see any errors either onscreen or if they look in the recording history indicating that a tuner wasn't available or does it just automatically move on to the next tuner and no error happens unless no tuners are available? Can pooling be used if one has a mix of InfiniTV 4 PCIe's and an InfiniTV 6 ETH (obviously only the 6 tuners on the ETH will be pooled)?

I just took a look at what is scheduled to record tonight and there's only 1 show that's only available on cable (and I could certainly survive if it doesn't record) - all the others will be recording on my BeyondTV PC too. So if I run into issues getting the CableCard re-paired, I won't run into any major conflicts tonight or for the next few days. So I think I'll take a stab at installing the InfiniTV 6 ETH this evening. I probably won't be physically removing the old InfiniTV 4 PCIe card from the PC until I've confirmed there aren't any issues as I have to remove the rack mount chassis from my equipment rack to do that, which takes a chunk of time to do.

Will be very interested to hear your experience with the pooling in a mixed environment. PCIe's and new ETH.
post #72 of 875
Here is my update on my install. I put this in the I4 thread earlier.

I installed my new Ceton Ifinitv6 ETH device today. It was replacing an infinitv4 card. Here are the steps I took:

I shutdown the sytstem.
I pulled the cablecard out of the I4 and then removed the I4 from my case and then powered back up my HTPC.
I plugged in the I6ETH and slid the cablecard in. The blue light blinked for a bit and then went solid. The I6ETH is plugged into a gigabit switch that my HTPC is also plugged into.
I then downloaded the latest version of the Ceton software for Windows 8 x64 and installed it without uninstalling the old version (this would cause problems for me later).
I then called Time Warner and gave them my old pairing info and then gave them the new pairing info. They had me pull up the device homepage and click on a few links to verify that everything paired up correctly. The call took about 10 minutes at most.
I then went into Windows Mediacenter and ran through the tv setup wizard and it found the new 6 tuner device and I was off and running.

I checked a few channels and then tried to upgrade the firmware on the I6ETH. I'd select the stable options and click the update button and the software would throw a .net error. I rebooted the computer a few times and then finally sent in a support ticket. I decided to uninstall the Ceton software, reboot and then I reinstalled the software and rebooted. I was then able to update the device without issue.

I'm currently watching TV on my XBox 360 with no issues. My HTPC is cooler now.
post #73 of 875
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Originally Posted by mariob33 View Post

Will be very interested to hear your experience with the pooling in a mixed environment. PCIe's and new ETH.
Well, not so well so far, but I think it could be my fault...

After I installed the new Ceton driver software, I went to the update tab on the diagnostics page. I made the mistake of selecting the highest firmware version (13.5.6.133) and hardware version (7359) rather than selecting both from the beta choices. At the moment, I can record 5 shows - 4 on one of my original InfiniTV 4 PCIe cards and 1 on the new InfiniTV 6 ETH. As soon as I try to record a 6th show, WMC starts giving me "no signal" errors and keeps trying to cycle through the rest of the tuners. I suspect that the mix of stable and beta firmware and hardware versions is the culprit here as one or the other knows about tuner pooling and the other doesn't. I'll have to see if Ceton can give me a way to get both onto beta versions that support pooling - I'll submit a ticket shortly.
post #74 of 875
I'm not thinking that the PCIe version supports pooling but by no means am I the expert on this new product. Have you tried un-installing the PCIe card and all software then just installing the software for the ETH card as well as connecting just it?
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Originally Posted by Sammy2 View Post

I'm not thinking that the PCIe version supports pooling but by no means am I the expert on this new product. Have you tried un-installing the PCIe card and all software then just installing the software for the ETH card as well as connecting just it?
Eric has said that the PCIe versions don't support pooling at this time. I don't believe the problem I'm having has anything to do with the software on the PC. It's the firmware and hardware updates installed on the InfiniTV 6 ETH itself - those can be updated via the Ceton Diagnostic utility (and in fact need to be as they ship with ancient versions from the factory). I'm pretty sure the problem is my fault, as I indicated - I just hope Ceton can provide me with a way to rectify it without having to send the InfiniTV 6 ETH back to them.

Getting the CableCard swapped over was a bit of a pain too. Verizon's automated line didn't work for me (and yes, it had an option for transferring a card to a new device) - after I entered all the numbers, it said it would take about 30 minutes for the activation to happen. I gave it about 2 hours without any results and then called back and spoke with a human being. It took her about 30 minutes, but we got the CableCard activated eventually.

Since I plan to get a second InfiniTV 6 ETH, I may order it immediately and then plan to install it this weekend. I'll make sure that I don't screw up and install a mix of stable and beta firmware on it smile.gif.
post #76 of 875
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Originally Posted by mo0sic View Post

Here is my update on my install. I put this in the I4 thread earlier.

I installed my new Ceton Ifinitv6 ETH device today. It was replacing an infinitv4 card. Here are the steps I took:

I shutdown the sytstem.
I pulled the cablecard out of the I4 and then removed the I4 from my case and then powered back up my HTPC.
I plugged in the I6ETH and slid the cablecard in. The blue light blinked for a bit and then went solid. The I6ETH is plugged into a gigabit switch that my HTPC is also plugged into.
I then downloaded the latest version of the Ceton software for Windows 8 x64 and installed it without uninstalling the old version (this would cause problems for me later).
I then called Time Warner and gave them my old pairing info and then gave them the new pairing info. They had me pull up the device homepage and click on a few links to verify that everything paired up correctly. The call took about 10 minutes at most.
I then went into Windows Mediacenter and ran through the tv setup wizard and it found the new 6 tuner device and I was off and running.

I checked a few channels and then tried to upgrade the firmware on the I6ETH. I'd select the stable options and click the update button and the software would throw a .net error. I rebooted the computer a few times and then finally sent in a support ticket. I decided to uninstall the Ceton software, reboot and then I reinstalled the software and rebooted. I was then able to update the device without issue.

I'm currently watching TV on my XBox 360 with no issues. My HTPC is cooler now.

Thanks for the info about the drivers - I will uninstall them, shut down, remove the PCIe 4 tuner, start up, install the new drivers, update the firmware, most likely reboot again, then hook up the new Eth 6 tuner and run through the WMC setup.
post #77 of 875
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Originally Posted by gsr View Post

Well, not so well so far, but I think it could be my fault...

After I installed the new Ceton driver software, I went to the update tab on the diagnostics page. I made the mistake of selecting the highest firmware version (13.5.6.133) and hardware version (7359) rather than selecting both from the beta choices. At the moment, I can record 5 shows - 4 on one of my original InfiniTV 4 PCIe cards and 1 on the new InfiniTV 6 ETH. As soon as I try to record a 6th show, WMC starts giving me "no signal" errors and keeps trying to cycle through the rest of the tuners. I suspect that the mix of stable and beta firmware and hardware versions is the culprit here as one or the other knows about tuner pooling and the other doesn't. I'll have to see if Ceton can give me a way to get both onto beta versions that support pooling - I'll submit a ticket shortly.

I'd recommend you try running through TV setup just on the new tuner and see if you still have trouble. Beyond that, I'd recommend opening a support ticket - this type of problem typically needs one-on-one attention
post #78 of 875
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Originally Posted by gsr View Post

Well, not so well so far, but I think it could be my fault...

After I installed the new Ceton driver software, I went to the update tab on the diagnostics page. I made the mistake of selecting the highest firmware version (13.5.6.133) and hardware version (7359) rather than selecting both from the beta choices. At the moment, I can record 5 shows - 4 on one of my original InfiniTV 4 PCIe cards and 1 on the new InfiniTV 6 ETH. As soon as I try to record a 6th show, WMC starts giving me "no signal" errors and keeps trying to cycle through the rest of the tuners. I suspect that the mix of stable and beta firmware and hardware versions is the culprit here as one or the other knows about tuner pooling and the other doesn't. I'll have to see if Ceton can give me a way to get both onto beta versions that support pooling - I'll submit a ticket shortly.

Thanks for this info - I updated mine to both beta versions, did the reboot and power cycle, and see the stable firmware is still available since it is the highest rev. I am not going to update to it after your results. I did all this from my Windows 8 gaming machine (which is Pro version with WMC installed) so I could get the updates awhile and ensure the tuner was visible. Tomorrow I will move my cablecard over and do the swap out on the main HTPC - I will then be able to test the tuner pooling.
post #79 of 875
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Originally Posted by erickotz View Post

I'd recommend you try running through TV setup just on the new tuner and see if you still have trouble. Beyond that, I'd recommend opening a support ticket - this type of problem typically needs one-on-one attention

Should I be fine if I update the tuner to the stable hardware version and yet still run the beta firmware version?
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Originally Posted by cybrsage View Post

Should I uninstall the drivers for the current PCIe card first, reboot, then connect the new Ethernet 6 tuner and install the drivers? I do not want it to become confused - though from what I can tell the drivers are the same.

I think I will try it without uninstalling the drivers - it appears to detect the Ceton device each time I open the diagnostics tool, so it should just find the new device and be happy.

If you are not on the latest stable driver package yes uninstall, reboot, install the latest package, reboot. If you don't do this you are likely to get .NET exception errors when you try and upgrade the firmwares.

http://www.thegreenbutton.tv/forums/viewtopic.php?f=68&t=5167
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Originally Posted by cybrsage View Post

Should I be fine if I update the tuner to the stable hardware version and yet still run the beta firmware version?

The beta and stable hardware version are the same
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Originally Posted by erickotz View Post

I'd recommend you try running through TV setup just on the new tuner and see if you still have trouble.
When I get home from work later this afternoon, I'll try rebooting the PC and InfiniTV 6 ETH again as the first step and then try to start a bunch of recordings from the guide. If that doesn't work, I'll try taking the InfiniTV 4 PCIe away from WMC.
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Beyond that, I'd recommend opening a support ticket - this type of problem typically needs one-on-one attention
I opened a support ticket last night.

I also ordered a 2nd InfiniTV 6 ETH from Amazon last night and it should arrive on Friday. That will give me another chance to not screw up the firmware / hardware update procedure biggrin.gif.
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Originally Posted by erickotz View Post

The beta and stable hardware version are the same
The version numbers I saw in the Update tab were different - IIRC the stable hardware version number was higher than the beta version.
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Originally Posted by erickotz View Post

The beta and stable hardware version are the same

They are different, the stable is a higher number than the beta. The stable is 7359 and the beta is 7287.
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The Win8 drivers do not currently have the option to install Dynamic Tuner Sharing. When I had the drivers setup on both the Win8 and Win7 machines (Win7 had dynamic sharing installed), my Win7 kept saying it could not find any tuners. Once I uninstalled the drivers from Win8, Win7 found all 6 tuners. I did not run the WIn8 setup, so none of the tuners were assigned to it.

EDIT: I tried the Verizon Self Activation and it did not work. I have it 6 hours, the time I spent asleep, and nothing. I decided to try calling instead of putting in a ticket with Ceton. It took 1.5 hours on the phone with the rep, but eventually she got everything sorted out. I was missing half my channels - the upper half. To make it easy, I told her I had a Tivo.
Edited by cybrsage - 5/16/13 at 7:49am
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I'm not thinking that the PCIe version supports pooling but by no means am I the expert on this new product. Have you tried un-installing the PCIe card and all software then just installing the software for the ETH card as well as connecting just it?
Eric has said that the PCIe versions don't support pooling at this time. I don't believe the problem I'm having has anything to do with the software on the PC. It's the firmware and hardware updates installed on the InfiniTV 6 ETH itself - those can be updated via the Ceton Diagnostic utility (and in fact need to be as they ship with ancient versions from the factory). I'm pretty sure the problem is my fault, as I indicated - I just hope Ceton can provide me with a way to rectify it without having to send the InfiniTV 6 ETH back to them.

Getting the CableCard swapped over was a bit of a pain too. Verizon's automated line didn't work for me (and yes, it had an option for transferring a card to a new device) - after I entered all the numbers, it said it would take about 30 minutes for the activation to happen. I gave it about 2 hours without any results and then called back and spoke with a human being. It took her about 30 minutes, but we got the CableCard activated eventually.

Since I plan to get a second InfiniTV 6 ETH, I may order it immediately and then plan to install it this weekend. I'll make sure that I don't screw up and install a mix of stable and beta firmware on it smile.gif.

Good information for those waiting arrival.
Is it normal that FW would take for a non-intended piece of HW? Wondering why when you selected the drop down for the ETH it doesn't just show versions intended for that specific device.
post #87 of 875
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Originally Posted by mariob33 View Post

Is it normal that FW would take for a non-intended piece of HW? Wondering why when you selected the drop down for the ETH it doesn't just show versions intended for that specific device.
Either I wasn't clear, or you didn't understand what I was writing (I was rather tired when I posted last night, so it's likely that I wasn't clear), so I'll try again smile.gif. The updater presented 4 items as being available:

- Stable Hardware Version Update (7359)
- Stable Firmware Version Update (I don't recall the exact version number, but lower than the beta version)
- Beta Hardware Version Update (7287)
- Beta Firmware Version Update (13.5.6.133)

These are all intended for the InfiniTV 6 ETH. The instructions very clearly stated to select the stable versions of pooling wasn't desired or the beta versions if pooling was desired. I blithely forget about that while I was making my choices and decided to go with the highest version number on each, so I've got a mix of a stable hardware version and beta firmware version installed in the device. I'm not sure if having a mix of stable and beta installed is the source of my problem or if something else is causing the it.

The hardware and firmware versions the device shipped with were REALLY ancient, so I'd definitely recommend that anyone getting one of these follow the instructions and upgrade to either the stable (no pooling) or beta (pooling) set.

Once the problem gets resolved, I'll post an update so (hopefully) nobody else will run into the same problem. I'll have a limited window of opportunity to do anything with it tonight as I've got an important hockey game to watch (Go Bruins!) smile.gif.
post #88 of 875
I got my Infinitv ETH yesterday and got it installed. Wasn't easy. For some unknown reason the CableCard paired just fine but there was no Verification signal getting to it. Spent 50 minutes on the phone with Verizon trying to figure it out. Think they had something misconfigured at their end, at one point the tech told me that the Device ID and another code were put in duplicate when they were actually two different numbers. We aren't sure WHAT fixed it but after a half hour of that they finally got it to go through.

Despite folk's advice to not bother with wireless I had no choice since my Gig switches had not gotten here yet (I expect the 8 port for connecting all of the rooms together to get here today and I purchased 2 more 5 ports, one for my office and one for the basement so those Xboxes will connect via cable and not wirelessly now, (And I'm assuming they have GigE and not 100mb! Will have to look into that).

Once I got the verification signal to go through I then ran into issues with Media Center. Apparently my installation didn't have the Digital Cable stuff in the extras that most people should. Searching online I found a direct link to the x84 and 64 bit .msi files and installed it and that worked no sweat. That got me all of my standard channels but none of the encrypted ones. The Ceton instructions were a bit lax on that but I noticed I kept getting a message that "Your computer is not digital cable ready" so I searched on that and found instructions on fixing it by the MC setup.

So now I can watch HBO no sweat. It lags a bit here and there and goes to massive macroblocks every once in a while, but hoping putting it on full Gigabit will fix that.

Outstanding issues:

- It did tell me that it thought the Ceton could only use 4 tuners. Will have to figure that out eventually but I don't see me using more than 3 at a time for the foreseeable future anyway.

-Need to figure a way to lock keyboard input while watching. Cats walk over the keyboard!

-Definitely going to have to calibrate this screen. Too bright for sure.

-Definitely see all of the flaws of the compressed cable image, I guess I will get used to it but for some reason it looked way worse than it does coming off the Fios set top box going to my 120" screen. Again, taking it to wired will probably help that.
post #89 of 875
@Kadith..

Is this the first time using a CableCARD tuner for PC?

Have you checked the signal levels and strength for the cable feed itself?

In addition, typical wireless connections cause problems for video signals not due to speed but due to packet loss and insufficient time to resend lost packets before the next frame needs to display.
Edited by Sammy2 - 5/16/13 at 8:22am
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Originally Posted by Kadath View Post

I got my Infinitv ETH yesterday and got it installed. Wasn't easy. For some unknown reason the CableCard paired just fine but there was no Verification signal getting to it. Spent 50 minutes on the phone with Verizon trying to figure it out. Think they had something misconfigured at their end, at one point the tech told me that the Device ID and another code were put in duplicate when they were actually two different numbers. We aren't sure WHAT fixed it but after a half hour of that they finally got it to go through.
Yeah, I had fun swapping my CableCard over to the InfiniTV 6 ETH. I called the automated line and gave it my numbers. It told me all should be well in about 30 minutes. After 2 hours, the CableCard diagnostic was still looking for a CCV and one other thing, so I called and spoke with a human. It took her around 30 minutes or so to get it resolved. From what she said, the numbers I put into the automated system got ignored or something.
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- It did tell me that it thought the Ceton could only use 4 tuners. Will have to figure that out eventually but I don't see me using more than 3 at a time for the foreseeable future anyway.
Ceton's drivers are supposed to fix this, but I've found that I still need to use Tuner Salad to get past the 4 CableCard tuner restriction. Note that I last checked this the last time I rebuilt the PC, so it's possible they've resolved the problem since then, but it sounds like that's most likely the problem here.
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