[mythtv-users] Ceton vs HDHomerunPrime?

Steven Adeff adeffs.mythtv at gmail.com
Fri Nov 25 17:12:50 UTC 2011

On Sun, Nov 20, 2011 at 7:17 PM, Ronald Frazier <ron at ronfrazier.net> wrote:
> On Sun, Nov 20, 2011 at 3:45 PM, Phil Bridges <gravityhammer at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Thanks for the response.  .26, maybe, for official Ceton support?
> The OCUR recorder has been pushed back and won't make it for 0.25.
> I've been asked about the possibility of including my Ceton patch in
> 0.25 as a temporary measure until the OCUR recorder is ready for 0.26.
> I've been working on porting it over and I just got it fully working
> in trunk last weekend. This weekend I'm making improvements and doing
> some more extensive testing. I should be done with it soon. Whether or
> not it will actually be included in 0.25 I can't say for sure yet. If
> they decide not to include it, then I'll certainly make it available
> for anyone that wants to patch it themselves.
> As far as the devices themselves, it's a bit of a tradeoff. Having the
> 4th tuner for just a slightly higher price is definitely a huge bonus
> in my case. There have been plenty of times when 3 tuners wasn't quite
> enough. But I suppose that's going to be highly dependent on your
> personal recording tendencies. Another advantage of the Ceton is that
> it's internal, so there's no network activity. Even with gigabit
> networking, I'd often have trouble where my HDHomerun (original, not
> Prime) would crap out and drop packets when there was very high
> network activity. To be fair, I can't say whether it was the fault of
> my router, wiring, network card, OS, or what. With the ceton being
> internal, I haven't had any problem like that.
> Advantage of the Prime is obviously that you can install it external
> to your box, so nothing to do other than plug it into the network and
> install the software. The ceton isn't much more difficult...plug it
> into a slot, install the drivers, and reboot. Though obviously you
> need to have a PCI-E slot available, there's always the possibility of
> heat problems, and a few users have had things like DMA issues (though
> I think those were mostly easily solved once identified). I read the
> Silicon Dust forums for the first couple months after release and a
> handful of users there were having issues with things, though much of
> it was Windows DRM issues, and the rest I suspect were just initial
> production issues (the Ceton's been out quite a bit longer so those
> issues have been better worked out).

I've got a Ceton with Ron's excellent patches and work. Flawless for
me. I can't rave enough about the combination. I use all 4 tuners a
lot (I have 4 housemates). I also like that it doesn't require a
network connection or a wallwort. It's increased the usability of
MythTV by leaps compared to firewire connected cable boxes.

Also, newegg has it on sale right now for $259 + free shipping,

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