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X1 TV Box Comparison - DVR vs. Non-DVR

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X1 TV Box Comparison - DVR vs. Non-DVR

If you have multiple XFINITY X1 TV boxes in your home, you most likely have a DVR and one or more non-DVR TV boxes. This post explains the differences between these TV boxes, including the XG1, RNG150N, XG2, Xi3 and other X1 equipment.

 

DVR vs. Non-DVR TV Boxes:

There are a few key differences between the DVR and the non-DVR TV boxes.

 

  • All recording is done from the DVR. Non-DVR TV boxes can schedule recordings and play back recorded content, but do not record content.

 

  • X1 DVR connects to the Comcast network to buffer live TV and access certain applications. As a result:
    • The ability to pause and rewind live TV, recordings and XFINITY On Demand programs varies by TV box. Please see the feature comparison chart for more information.
    • Access to certain applications also varies by TV box. Please see X1: Application Availability for more information.

 

  • The remote can be radio frequency (RF)-paired with all devices except the RNG150N. For more details, see the instructions for pairing your remote with your TV box.

 

Equipment Types:

Use the examples below to identify your equipment.

 

X1 DVRs

 

  • Arris XG1
    • Specifications:
      • Manufacturer: Arris
      • Model Number: Arris XG1 MX011ANM
      • Device Type: Digital Video Recorder
      • Device Dimensions: 12.6 in W x 8.75 in D x 2.56 in H

XG1-1.PNGArris XG1 Front XG1-2.PNGArris XG1 Back

 

 

  • Pace XG1
    • Specifications
      • Manufacturer: Pace
      • Model Number: Pace PX013ANC
      • Device Type: Digital Video Recorder
      • Device Dimensions: 13.78 in W x 8.27 in D x 2.5 in H

Pace XG1-1.PNGPace XG1 FrontPace XG1-2.PNGPace XG1 Back

 

 

X1 Non-DVRs

 

  • Pace RNG150N P2
    • Specifications:
      • Manufacturer: Pace
      • Model Number: Pace RNG150N P2
      • Device Type: HDTV Cable Box
      • Device Dimensions: 9.875 in. W x 6.375 in. D x 1.8in. H

Pace RNG150N-1.PNGPace RNG150N FrontPace RNG150N-2.PNGPace RNG150N Back

 

  • Samsung RNG150N 
    • Specifications:
      • Manufacturer: Samsung
      • Model Number: Samsung SR150BNMD
      • Device Type: HDTV Cable Box
      • Device Dimensions: 10.2 in. W x .68 in. D x 1.8 in. H

Samsung RNG150N-1.PNGSamsung RNG150N FrontSamsung RNG150N-2.PNGSamsung RNG150N Back

 

  • Pace & Samsung XG2
    • Specifications:
      • Manufacturer: Pace/Samsung
      • Model Number: Pace PX022ANM/Samsung SX022ANM
      • Device Type: Digital Cable Box
      • Device Dimensions: 9.84 in W x 6.30 in D x 2.28 in H

XG2-1.PNGPace/Samsung XG2 FrontXG2-2.PNGPace/Samsung XG2 Back

 

  • Pace and Cisco XiD X1
    • Specifications:
      • Manufacturer: Pace/SA Cisco
      • Model Number: Pace PXD01ANI/CXD01ANI
      • Device Type: HDTV Cable Box
      • Device Dimensions: 5.32 in W x 3.41 in D x 1.19 in H

XID-1.PNGPace/Cicso XiD FrontXID-2.PNGPace/Cisco XiD Back

 

 

X1 Non-DVR HDMI Only

 

  • Pace Xi3
    • Specifications:
      • Manufacturer: Pace
      • Model Number: Pace Xi3 v2 PX032ANI
      • Device Type: HDTV Cable Box
      • Device Dimensions: 4.92 in. W x 4.33 in. D x 1.77 in. H

 Xi3-1.PNGPace Xi3 FrontXi3-2.PNGPace Xi3 Back

 

  • Pace Xi5
    • Specifications:
      • Manufacturer: Pace
      • Model Number: Pace PX051AEI Xi5
      • Device Type: HDTV Cable Box
      • Device Dimensions: 4.23 in W x 4.23 in D x 0.63 in H

Xi5-1.PNGPace Xi5 FrontXi5-2.PNGPace Xi5 Back

 

Feature Comparison

 comparison.PNG

 

 *Pace XG1v1 only supports five DVR tuners

 

**NOTE: With non-X1 boxes you were able to take advantage of the eSATA port to expand the capacity of your DVR. However, with all X1 boxes we have either disabled or completely removed that port and that feature.**



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Re: X1 TV Box Comparison - DVR vs. Non-DVR

This didn't help me. My remote box is a model PR150BWM. I don't see that on your list.
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This didn't help me. My remote box is a model PR150BWM. I don't see that on your list.

in the table in his post above it is in the middle (find 150) in the blue area. The 150 has no app access, no aim-anywhere remote feature, and no voice control. It was the first and oldest companion set top box. If you need component video connectors you will need the first edition of X1 DVR by pace (has only 5 tuners) or keep the rng150.




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Re: X1 TV Box Comparison - DVR vs. Non-DVR

For the Non-DVR ones which one is the fastest (CPU and Memory) ?

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For the Non-DVR ones which one is the fastest (CPU and Memory) ?


direct answer is 'no difference' (not including the rng150). The differences in companion set top boxes is what features are offered. IMO at least one of multi-companion boxes in the home should be an XG2 (has 3 tuners to loan out).




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Rustyben wrote:

AG007 wrote:

For the Non-DVR ones which one is the fastest (CPU and Memory) ?


direct answer is 'no difference' (not including the rng150). The differences in companion set top boxes is what features are offered. IMO at least one of multi-companion boxes in the home should be an XG2 (has 3 tuners to loan out).


Can those 3 tuners that you say can be "loaned out" be utilized by the DVR to record more shows at once? Or are they only,available for live viewing by XiDs and the like?

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pcmichael wrote:

Rustyben wrote:

AG007 wrote:

For the Non-DVR ones which one is the fastest (CPU and Memory) ?


direct answer is 'no difference' (not including the rng150). The differences in companion set top boxes is what features are offered. IMO at least one of multi-companion boxes in the home should be an XG2 (has 3 tuners to loan out).


Can those 3 tuners that you say can be "loaned out" be utilized by the DVR to record more shows at once? Or are they only,available for live viewing by XiDs and the like?


no, so far only the other xi3/xiD can use the Xg2's extra 3 tuners.




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So even in a house with only 2-3 XiDs it still makes sense for one of them to be swapped to a XG2 as you’re essentially leaving all the tuners in the XG1 available to record shows at once, correct? Do the XiDs “prefer” tuners in the XG2 over whatever DVR may be present?
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So even in a house with only 2-3 XiDs it still makes sense for one of them to be swapped to a XG2 as you’re essentially leaving all the tuners in the XG1 available to record shows at once, correct? Do the XiDs “prefer” tuners in the XG2 over whatever DVR may be present?

I don't know the answer to your second question, but as a Comcast customer, I use only XG2's with my three X1 DVR's.  When I have a full house, those channels get taken and if I didn't have XG2's, someone would not be able to watch live TV while recordings are in progress.




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So even in a house with only 2-3 XiDs it still makes sense for one of them to be swapped to a XG2 as you’re essentially leaving all the tuners in the XG1 available to record shows at once, correct? Do the XiDs “prefer” tuners in the XG2 over whatever DVR may be present?
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In the backend of the system the XG2 is the first that an XiD will look for, if it can't find it (XG2 unplugged or more than 3 XiD being used), it will go on to the next XG device.

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pcmichael wrote:
So even in a house with only 2-3 XiDs it still makes sense for one of them to be swapped to a XG2 as you’re essentially leaving all the tuners in the XG1 available to record shows at once, correct? Do the XiDs “prefer” tuners in the XG2 over whatever DVR may be present?

yes they prefer to use XG2 tuners. The setup for a new XG2 says to unplug the DVR and let the XG2 complete the boot process. Then plug in the Xi3/Xid devices until they have live TV. Then bring the DVR back on line. 




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Re: X1 TV Box Comparison - DVR vs. Non-DVR

I have one X1 box in our living room and 1 HD DTA box in the bedroom.

I want to swap the HD DTA box for a X1 receiver box. Can anyone tell me what model receiver box I should ask for at the Xfinity store?

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I have one X1 box in our living room and 1 HD DTA box in the bedroom.

I want to swap the HD DTA box for a X1 receiver box. Can anyone tell me what model receiver box I should ask for at the Xfinity store?


Ask for an Xg2, XiD or Xi3


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ComcastAndrew:
Would you mind explaining the difference between the 3 receiver boxes mentioned,
Xg2, XiD or Xi3
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In the very first post there’s a very good chart that breaks them all down

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Re: X1 TV Box Comparison - DVR vs. Non-DVR

Thanks. I reviewed the comparison chart and the three receivers have the same functionality. The only difference I can see is that the Xg2 has 4 tuners, where the XiD and Xi3 have no tuners.

So to the uneducated, under what circumstances would the Xg2 be preferable?
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Re: X1 TV Box Comparison - DVR vs. Non-DVR

This is based on your example of having 2 X1 boxes
Your dvr has 6 tuners-each tuner represents a possible recording
An xid uses a tuner-taking away the ability to record one show.
An XG2 has its own tuners, freeing the dvr back to 6 recordings at a time

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