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Old 08-05-2018, 05:09 AM   #61
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Never mind. I see earlier post which indicates you are. I use the Hauppauge dual tuners directly connected to the PCs and they have tuners as strong as my Tvs. I've heard that some of the network tuners are not as strong. Having said that, atmospherics and solar activity can still cause some drop outs.
I use two SiliconeDust HDHomeRun tuners and find them slightly better pullers than the tuner on my Pinoneer KURO TV. Do you or can you use two Hauppauge dual tuners at the same time?

Since the Ethernet card in my laptop is dead and I have not been able to find a replacement I have ordered a USB Ethernet adapter. I'm not sure if the USB adapter will have the throughput to handle all four TV show data at the same time so I might change to directly connected tuners (like the Hauppauge tuners) on that laptop. Or just get another laptop.

The best thing of my setup is that I have two dual tuners each is connected to a separate antenna. I have one antenna pointed to the Detroit stations and the other pointed at Lansing. This gives me the best of both. Plus after running this way for three or four years I finally discovered that WMC allows me to designate the priority of which tuner is used per channel. This is great because it allows me to prioritize the tuners pointed at Lansing (for a Lansing channel) and only use the tuners pointed at Detroit getting the signal off the backside if I'm recording four shows at once.
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Do you or can you use two Hauppauge dual tuners at the same time?

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Plus after running this way for three or four years I finally discovered that WMC allows me to designate the priority of which tuner is used per channel. This is great because it allows me to prioritize the tuners pointed at Lansing (for a Lansing channel) and only use the tuners pointed at Detroit getting the signal off the backside if I'm recording four shows at once.
Yes I have two media centers set up in my equipment closet with two dual tuners on each. One is for me and the second is for my wife. In addition to her wanting different shows than I do for recording, she is visually impaired and has to sit very close to her TV which make watching TV with her very difficult. I end up watching the back of her head!

I use a powered USB hub attached to a laptop for one of the media centers. That allows the tuner power to be supplied by the hub rather than the laptop to reduce the heat of the laptop.

There are a lot of features of Windows Media Center that many users don't know about like the narration capabilities which "reads" the menus for her. It is not perfect, but a great aid. Also the speech recognition can be helpful for visually impaired. I haven't found the feature for being able to designate the priority of which tuner to use, so if you could explain that it would be helpful for others. I don't have a need myself because all the Houston area stations are in the same direction, but others which have multiple directions may find it a solution like you have.

The tuners I use are these: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Thanks for the info about the tuners. I have been thinking about it and if the USB Ethernet adapter does not work out I will probably get another reconditioned laptop from NewEgg. The HP ProBook I have been using has lasted over two years and cost less than two of the Hauppauge tuners. It was a reconditioned laptop. So it probably has had quite a few hours on it before I got it. Still looks like new and still is fine to use. Just the Ethernet card is broken. I can use it as my personal laptop when my current one dies, or a travel laptop since it’s so lightweight.

To change the priority of the tuners per channel. (This may be possible only with a mouse)
1. Go to the guide
2. Select a channel
3. Select “Edit Channel”
4. Select “Edit Sources”
5. Use the arrows to move each tuner up/down on the list.
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I also use the Magnifier which may be helpful to your wife. But I suspect you already know about it.
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I also use the Magnifier which may be helpful to your wife. But I suspect you already know about it.
Yes I do, but the problem she has is a lack of peripheral vision which makes it difficult for her to see the magnifier icon on the screen. She only uses the remote control and trying to make that work is not been possible so far to move it around the screen. I think it could be helpful if she had a touch screen, but I don't want to spend that money.

What is great is the Recorded Shows menu is black with white lettering as contrast is what she needs to read the screen.

Also some of the visual aids from third parties do not work well with WMC.

However I've set it up so I can switch my TV to her WMC and use my keyboard mouse to make changes that she can't accomplish like setting up new series records when she only wants new shows.

Thanks for the info on setting up the tuners.
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