I’m really not concerned about cutting the commercials right now. If I decide I need to go the Plex route, I’ll need a new system for it anyway because I would need the 4-tuner card, and I don’t think the mobo has a PCIe slot. Even if it does, I don’t want to just get by with limitations… I would want it to be able to handle all 4 tuners at once, in case that situation ever arose, while also being able to stream my regular media collection and run uTorrent 24/7. I also fairly routinely do audio editing/mixing of large 24-bit, 48 kHz files, which I wouldn’t want to attempt on this system if I were also counting on it to record even one thing flawlessly.
I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to try the Tablo with the new router tonight, or try the Hauppauge tuner over the network, or try the Hauppauge tuner through a temporary installation of Plex on my more powerful work laptop. I had planned to knock one of those trials out yesterday, but the wife was enjoying the near-perfect function of Plex and I didn’t dare interrupt that. There were split-second instances of pixelation perhaps a couple times an hour, but the server was also recording something most of the day, and it was running uTorrent. Saturday’s even more perfect performance was with uTorrent not running. I’m hoping these blips are different than whatever the Tablo is choking on.