I read the threads about people having issues. And it makes me think about WHY they have issues. And also makes me wonder what percentage of Tablo users actually have issues at all. I mean, it seems logical that people with some kind of problem would be the most vocal and those with no issues just go on about their day and maybe don’t ever visit the forums.
I don’t seem to be having any issues (knock on wood) so I thought I’d describe my setup a little…
Firstly, my whole house is wired with cat5. To every room (except bathrooms) and to several locations within each room. I did this when we bought the house. I also ran RG6 quad shield everywhere. So I have wall plates with multiple network and cable connections.
I have a 24 port gigabit switch in the basement “wiring closet” (really just a location where everything comes together… not actually a closet at all) and a 24 port patch panel where all of the cat5 connects.
So… I’m wired.
I have cable internet at 100Mbit down and 12Mbit up. Speed test shows me more like 120Mbit down.
My cable router is just the one supplied by Spectrum and has 2.4Ghz and 5GHz WiFi.
My Tablo is down in the basement connected directly to the Gigabit switch and the antenna.
My Antenna is an Antop AT-400BV mounted on the gable end of the house above the roof line.
- After trying 2 different antennas and 3 different locations around my house, I’ve found a good placement and all of the stations I care about are coming in strong with SNR of 29.2 to 30.2. So I have good reception now.
Antenna cable run to the “wiring closet” is about 65 feet where it connects to the power inserter for the antenna’s amp and then into a 4 port distribution amp.
The Tablo Quad gets fed from that distribution amp as well as 3 of the 4 TVs in the house. So each TV has its own antenna connection. (except the spare bedroom because… it’s spare)
I use a Roku Ultra in the living room and that’s connected to ethernet. The other 3 TVs have Roku Streaming Stick+. 2 of those are on the 5GHz WiFi and one is on the 2.4GHz WiFi.
The system as it is now is responsive and I don’t get buffering. I don’t have failed processing of recordings for thumbnails or (now with the 2.2.26 firmware) commercial skip. It just works as described.
The ONLY issues I’ve had have nothing to do with the Tablo. One was getting the antenna placement and type sorted out and the other is with occasional audio sync issues on the Roku devices which Roku OS 9.1 is supposed to fix… if I ever get it (c’mon Roku… you released this a month ago… roll it out faster!)
So that’s where I am. Lots of components go into making this work I think. Is probability of success related to the successful implementation of each part? I would think so. But what I have seems to work and I’d be curious to know what other setups “just work”