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 Matt'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.
- 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 forseeable 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 it looks way worse than it does coming off the Fios set top box going to my 120" screen. Again, moving to a wired connection will probably help fix that.