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 Post subject: PCI vs USB tuner?
PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2008 2:09 pm 
Joined: Sat Feb 03, 2007 12:52 am
Posts: 187
Location: Manitoba, Canada
Couple quick questions.

I’d like to add an additional tuner but I’m all out of PCI slots. One is being taken up by a network card as my onboard network failed. Would I be better off replacing the nic with a USB nic and adding a PCI tuner or just getting a USB tuner? I was thinking of a Twinhan 1020A DVB-S, but they also have a USB StarBox. Any idea which is more compatible/trouble free with Knoppmyth?

Thanks in advance.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2008 3:45 pm 
Joined: Fri Sep 15, 2006 12:16 pm
Posts: 292
I have used a USB NIC in the past and it worked fine. I don't
remember setting it up, so it must have worked right out of
the box.

But... If you have an old motherboard, you may only have USB
1.1 (12 mbps, generally much less though) which would be
alright if you are not transferring video files around on it. I
personally would not use a USB 1.1 NIC because I have
non-integrated frontends that have to be served via the

If you have USB 2.0 to plug the NIC in and it is a NIC rated at
at least 100 mbps you can expect to get that speed which is

I think I would base my decision on which new tuner I wanted


R5F27 using R5F1 Nvidia drivers
HD-5500 analog from NTSC Sat Rx, with OTA DVB too
GeForce MX-440 SVideo tvout to a TV
Older dual core 3.4ghz Intel CPU
Asus P5PE-VM Motherboard

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2008 5:35 pm 
Joined: Wed Apr 28, 2004 10:42 pm
Posts: 405
Location: Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
I have 4 USB tuners in my system and they work fine. They are 2x "DigitalNow TinyUSB 2 DVB-t" and 2x "DigitalRise DVB-T USB 2.0 Ter Beetle" which are both clones of a Twinhan DVB-T tuner.

Paul Turpie
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 4:34 am 
Joined: Sat Sep 02, 2006 9:17 am
Posts: 359
Don't forget the 3rd option: HDHomeRun. It connects via ethernet, and adds two tuners to your rig.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 11:43 am 
Joined: Fri May 21, 2004 11:55 pm
Posts: 1206
Location: Silicon Valley, CA
I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure the HD Homerun does not work with European DVB standards. It's only for the North American market.

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