ok so.. I am still using Ceton tuners. Its not by choice - I want to buy the SD HD Homerun Prime 6 but right now its still vaporware (really praying it is not).
My history. I have a win 8.1 WMC machine I've been running... forever. I have Fios using a cable card. I did have a Ceton Infinitv 4 PCIE tuner. It worked fine for years but starting failing, I was never really able to identify which of the 4tuners (or perhaps 2) that were dying but since January I've been holding out for SD. Finally got fed up of waiting and needed to do something so I bought on Ebay a Ceton Infinitv Ethernet 6. Why not, right? 6 tuners wooo..
sigh.. pixilation on a few of the tuners is absolutely killing me (and my wife is NONE TO PLEASED either....)
I'm running the last firmware that was/is available (does anyone have those files to share so I can try other versions of firmware???) and I see signal levels on most channels from 4.1 to 5.6. I have one channel that is 3.6 and one that is 1.2. From what I have read I need that between 4-6 to have good recordings.
Now, the cable that connects to my Ceton is almost direct from the Fios box outside. It has ONE Verizon splitter (to split out to the Verizon modem). There is a low pass filter inline on the coax to the Ceton.
What I am doing to try to fix this. I ordered a different splitter (figuring Verizon might just use crap.) and will install that today. I have also ordered the upgrade to 100mb internet. Not that I need the faster speed but this will entail them doing that ethernet run from the box outside for data inside (and then
I can get rid of their router woohoo) and the coax coming in will solely be for the tv signal.
I also found these tweaks I'm going to try
For pixellation especially when using/recording multiple tuners:
● Disable windows network throttling in registry
And disable these network adapter
● IPv4 Checksum Offload - Disable
● Large Send Offload (IPv4) - Disable
● TCP Checksum Offload (IPv4) - Disable
● UDP Checksum Offload (IPv4) - Disable
I've never made those tweaks before because I didn't have this issue. I'm also going to change out ethernet cables between my switch and my wmc pc. I am ALSO considering buying a NEW switch. I'll connect the Infinitv box and my existing switch to that switch and then that switch to my pc. The thought being that maybe that older switch (its like a year old) which has every port used might be adding to the problem. If I introduce a new switch which only has traffic to the WMC from one port, and the Infinitv on another port...maybe it might decrease congestion (if there is any).
ONe other thought I've had, and to be honest I just can't remember right now, is if my mobo on my WMC machine has two ethernet ports. I know one mobo I had in there at one point did have two. I might have replaced that mobo.
That's where I am and where I've been.
Does anyone have any useful suggestions?
thanks for your time.