Ceton InfiniTV 4
|Ceton InfiniTV 4|
|Support Status||Supported to be included in 0.25, user patch to support 0.24-fixes|
|Sound Driver||not applicable|
The Ceton InfiniTV 4 is a PCIe 1x card with four CableCard 2.0 tuners. Along with a M-type CableCard obtained from your cable company, this device will allow your computer to tune up to four cable channels. Due to differences between cable companies, the exact channels you are able to receive with MythTV can vary. See the below section on CCI/5C. The card is also capable of being used without a CableCard to tune Clear QAM channels.
Some users have reported issues with the card properly seating. This seems due to a poor motherboard to case angle issue that causes the card to "pop" out of the PCIe slot when screwed into the case. For most, simply bending the metal backing piece that screws into the case has allowed them to have a properly seated card after being screwed in.
Drivers for the device can be found on the manufacturers webpage here. You can also find the latest firmware files for the device on that page. The installation is straight forward and when complete a web browser running on the same machine will be able to open the device IP address, typically 192.168.200.1.
Your Cable Company
After installing the card and inserting a CableCard you will need to contact your cable company to Bind and Validate the card. To obtain the information they will ask you, go to the IP address for the card and select CableCARD from the horizontal menu at the top. This screen will show you the activation status of your card. If you look down the page, about half way you will see a link for CableCARD(tm) Pairing DSG clicking on this will open a window that shows the following information for your card and device,
In order to start cable service for this device, please contact your cable provider 1-xxx-xxx-xxxx CableCARD ID: xxx-xxx-xxx-xxx-x Host ID: xxx-xxx-xxx-xxx-x Data: xxx-xxx-xxx-xx UnitAddress: xxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xx Card S/N: yyxxxyyyxxx eCM MAC: Unknown Host MAC: zz:zz:zz:zz:zz:zz Host Type: One-way
patch for 0.24-fixes
Ronald Frazier has graciously spend the time to create a patch for 0.24-fixes that will enable use of this card. He has written a 3 part series on his MythTV blog about the patch as well as instructions on how to apply it to source, and how to compile it for Ubuntu 11, which also works with slight modification for Ubuntu 10.
CCI / 5C
What channels you will be able to capture with the device will depend on the two copy-protection schemes used by cable companies. Wikipedia has a good article on Copy Control Information. Ceton has a page describing how this device will work, Knowledgebase: Copy Protection Flags
Ronald Frazier has setup a database for Ceton users to track what channels are available with the card on their cable providor. Further information can be found in this MythTV Users List message.
I am using the latest mythbuntu builds from [deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/mythbuntu/0.25/ubuntu oneiric main] and the Ceton device is working without and extra patching or building. Much thanks to Ron and all others that contributed to get this great card working. However CableCARD activation with Comcast is still a painful experience. In the end (a week later) they did manage to get my CableCARD activated.