"Why didn't I buy this before?"5.0 starson by ITJon
Pros: Simple setup. Flawless integration with Windows Media Center. Just works. Record two shows at once. Record one show and watch one show. Watch two shows at once.
Cons: Had to scan for channels on both Silicon Dust software and MCE software. Strongest connection through Wired connections, not wireless. Not enough time to watch all of the shows that I want to record.
Summary: This is a fantastic solution to make use of the DVR features included in Windows Media Center. The setup was simple. I followed the default setup from the included disc. It searched for updated drivers, installed them, then ran me through a decent setup. Worked really well and I was up and running in about 5 to 10 minutes.
I am in Chicago with really good OTA signal for broadcast TV so the HD recordings are solid as long as I am connected to my network with a wired connection. I've used it over wifi with mixed results for live TV. It gets a little glitchy if I am more than 10 feet from the router and through walls, but it does work.
The recorded files are averaging about 7Gb per hour of HD broadcast television. So I will probably be getting a larger/faster drive to act as storage for all of the goodness this is recording.