Thanks for clarifying that. Actually, option 1 is more appealing to me because I'm not imposing on the tenant with lots of stuff -- it would just be a Tablo + drive + small antenna. Once I add a separate box for TabloRipper + Plex, it starts getting messy. (Would need a keyboard, mouse and monitor for tweaking and debugging.) I'd rather transfer files overnight and not impose on the tenant's upload bandwidth at other times.
Just how vulnerable is the Tablo to hacking? Can someone get in and take down the network with it? A prankster who schedules some recordings or deletes stuff is less of a worry.
If outside intrusion is a problem, I suppose I could set up a router to router VPN to make it look like the Tablo is on the same network to TabloRipper, yet still be closed to the outside world. I wonder if anyone has tried that.
The good news is, you let me know it is possible to use Tablo and TabloRipper for this purpose. Now I can work on putting it together.