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Rookie Optik Questions

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Optik noob questions

I am planning to pull the trigger and switch from Shaw to Optik in the next week or two. I've been browsing the forums but haven't found the answers to these questions: should hopefully be easy and any Optik user can answer them.

1) The install: I understand they put in their router or whatever near a phone outlet and connect it to a coax outlet, and then every coax outlet in the house becomes 'active' for Optik. Does every TV then require a 'set top box'. Is this like a box that takes the signal from coax and then gives component / HDMI output?

2) How many set top boxes do you get with an Optik install?

3) How many remotes do you get? No real issues with the Harmony One that anyone is aware of? (I did see this thread, but don't know what flavor of Harmony remote)

Thanks and sorry if this info is posted elsewhere- it seems so basic but I couldn't find it.
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You get the capability of either 3 or 4 channels (depends on your area)streaming to your house at any given time. This is the limit of the adsl bandwidth at this time. You can have all 6 boxes watching the same channel and will be using only one of the streams. Have 3 different channels showing on any combination of the 6 boxes and you are using all of your streams (unless you are in an area that gets 4 streams at once).

Remember that anything recording is using a stream although that stream can be watched on any box at the same time as it records.

If all 3 or 4 streams are in use by the PVR or set top boxes, you can't turn on another box to watch something that isn't currently on one of the 3 or 4 streams currrently in use but you can watch anything that is already recorded on the PVR. Watching fro mthe PVR is not using a stream to the house.
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Unfortunately, I have no shaw cable running into my office, and the two TV's are at the opposite end of my house.
I guess the new modem will have to be further away from my PC, and I assume that it will not be a problem.
Anyway, your replies are very much appreciated.
How close is your office to the Shaw cable box on the outside of your house? A single coax from the HPNA output to the cable box can heat up the two existing coax feeds to your TV's.
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