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Pinnacle PCTV To Go HD Wireless TV Link - 230100181

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Total Reviews
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4.2
Overall Satisfaction
5
Value
4.8
Ease of Use
3.5
Performance

I purchased this product to use with my new Vista laptop. It took quite a while to finally get the product working. But now that it is up and running it is great. The picture is crisp, the recording works great (and DVD's can be made from the recordings). The virtual remote control is identical to the actual one I have! I have NOT tried remote viewing from the internet. I give it a 3 for ease of use because of the unnecessary hassle of installation. The connection to the network failed multiple times. Calling customer service was no help. However on their webpage there are directions for proper installation (Why they don't have it boldly listed in the package or why customer service couldn't help is disappointing). To all those contemplating purchase please MANUALLY CONNECT to your network and the PCTV box. If you do this it will install in 3 minutes!! If you automatically connect on installation the box cannot connect to the router. As another hint - if it is installed and works one day then an error occurs "PCTV cannot locate the network" just unplug the router to reset the network and you can connect again. Because of this dropping from the network, I am not sure, in my instance, I could use the connection via the internet, unless someone was home to unplug the router if the PCTV were dropped from the network. I hope they can correct that issue. The range of the box is great. I have the PCTV to go box in the bedroom, the router in the living room and my laptop anywhere in the house and I can connect and view the TV, the DVR recordings and change channels effortlessly. If it weren't for the network dropping ( and that may be the wireless N router's fault and not PCTV to go) it would be truly wonderful.

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PCTV to Go excellent AFTER INSTALLATION

by Susan F on 3/1/2008

I purchased this product to use with my new Vista laptop. It took quite a while to finally get the product working. But now that it is up and running it is great. The picture is crisp, the recording works great (and DVD's can be made from the recordings). The virtual remote control is identical to the actual one I have! I have NOT tried remote viewing from the internet. I give it a 3 for ease of use because of the unnecessary hassle of installation. The connection to the network failed multiple times. Calling customer service was no help. However on their webpage there are directions for proper installation (Why they don't have it boldly listed in the package or why customer service couldn't help is disappointing). To all those contemplating purchase please MANUALLY CONNECT to your network and the PCTV box. If you do this it will install in 3 minutes!! If you automatically connect on installation the box cannot connect to the router. As another hint - if it is installed and works one day then an error occurs "PCTV cannot locate the network" just unplug the router to reset the network and you can connect again. Because of this dropping from the network, I am not sure, in my instance, I could use the connection via the internet, unless someone was home to unplug the router if the PCTV were dropped from the network. I hope they can correct that issue. The range of the box is great. I have the PCTV to go box in the bedroom, the router in the living room and my laptop anywhere in the house and I can connect and view the TV, the DVR recordings and change channels effortlessly. If it weren't for the network dropping ( and that may be the wireless N router's fault and not PCTV to go) it would be truly wonderful.

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Great concept, rough around the edges

by Jim on 4/4/2008

Very cool concept and nice performance - when it works. Unfortunately installation is a nightmare and it suffers from reliability issues. Be prepared to spend time in the Pinnacle knowledge base and forums. When it works, it's great, with surprising video and audio quality over my 802.11g network. If you don't mind fiddling around with the technology, go for it. If you're looking for something that just works, this product will disappoint. Usual great service and fast shipping from buy.com.

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Product Overview

Introducing Pinnacle PCTV™ To Go HD Wireless, the ultimate wireless TV viewing solution. Now watch and control high quality SD and HD TV on your PC from anywhere. Easy wireless setup, integrated Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition support and built-in comprehensive digital video recorder capabilities make Pinnacle PCTV To Go HD Wireless a must-have for anyone interested in watching high quality TV shows, sporting events, movies or news anywhere on a PC.

Specifications

Manufacturer Pinnacle
Mfg Part# 230100181
SKU 204069887
UPC 613570221074
UPC 14 00613570221074
Features
Connect PCTV to go HD to your Cable Box, Satellite dish, Tivo, DVR then you can take your TV with you.
Enjoy your home HDTV or SDTV programming wherever you are, at the office, a hotel room, other rooms of your home or anywhere there is an Internet connection
Works with existing A/V components and PC technologies
Allows you to pause, rewind and record your favorite TV shows
No set-up or monthly service fees
Watch and control TV in full screen MPEG-2 DVD like quality in and around your home on your PC
Watch and control high-quality MPEG-4 TV content remotely anywhere in the world on an Internet connected PC
Wireless set-up makes installation of PCTV To Go a breeze
Control all your TV features from your PC – remotely change channels, Video sources, and even control your home Digital Video Recorder
Wirelessly communicates to your existing network or directly to your wireless PC
Pause and rewind live TV or record your favorite TV shows with the included PCTV To Go Player
Works as a TV source within a wirelessly connected Microsoft Media Center Edition equipped PC (also compatible with Windows Vista Home Premium)
Tech Specs
Minimum System Requirements
Desktop or laptop PC
Windows XP (Home, Professional, or Media Center Edition 2005) with latest Service Pack
Intel® Pentium® III 866 MHz or higher (P4 1.3 GHz or equivalent AMD® Athlon® XP* recommended)
256 MB RAM (512 MB recommended)
UDMA/IDE hard disk (min. 500MB for time-shifting and 10GB for recording recommended)
Graphics /sound controllers with support for DirectX® 9 or higher
Wireless LAN 802.11g adapter (for wireless configuration and operations)
Available RJ-45 ethernet port on PC or LAN (for wired configuration and operation)
CD-ROM drive
* For usage with Windows Media Center, a Pentium® 4 2.6 GHz is required.
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