Originally Posted by Enrico Ng
well, I think I'll be getting a modded DTC100 so I'll have to see what kind of outputs come out of that.
but I'm thinking one of the two methods above will probably work best unless I'm forgetting something. I'll have to do some tests on my firewire to see if it uses more cpu resources than my ethernet
Both the DTC100 and the dish 6000 have vga outputs that will work with your lcd monitor. The 6000 has component output too.
Based on your comments, it sounds like you need a vga switch for your monitor. I use the MyHd vga pass through to switch between a Dish6000 (w/r5k) and the my hd card. Pressing the "HD" button switches between MyHD and dish6000. It only works if your STB has a VGA output. Here's a simplified version:
Dish 6000=VGA output -> VGAin of MYhd, VGA out of MyHD-> LCD vga in. I use the DVI input on the LCD for the computer. So I can easily switch between Computer stuff and watching HD.
I also use a KVM 4 port switch to do the same thing. Ports 1,2,3 are my XP,Linux, and Mac Mini, respectively. Port 4 is is connected to the VGAout of the myHD card. My dish 6000 is connected to the MyHD VGA pass through input.
It works quite well, YMMV