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Comparison Guide

SD receivers:

We have five different models of SD receivers available.  The DCT 2000, 2500, & 700 can be used with any provider that supports Motorola receivers.  The DCH 70 & 100 are only used with US providers.  In terms of picture quality, the DCT2500 (1631 model only) / DCH100 have s-video which will provide a better picture than Composite (yellow RCA cable).  The DCT2500 (all models) & DCH100 also support digital audio for 5.1 surround sound when connected to an AV receiver.  If you are just planning on using the standard RCA (red, white & yellow) cables you're unlikely to notice any differences in audio / picture quality.

HD receivers:

We have several different models of SD receivers available.  The DCT 5100 & 6200 can be used with any provider that supports Motorola receivers, however due to their lack of cable card technology most providers in the USA will not activate these for end users.  They feature DVI (video only) as their main video output.  This left users needing to use RCA cables for audio or to hook the unit up to an AV receiver.  Even though they are older models, they still work quite well.  Picture quality is very subjective, but we don't believe you would notice a large difference between this unit and a newer model.  The biggest differences are size and lack of HDMI output.

The DCH 3200 / 6200 are mostly the same as the above, except they have HDMI output.  These units are only used in the USA.

Pace RNG110 / DC550 (we believe these are essentially the same model) are basically the equivalent of the Motorola DCX700, except somewhat inferior.

Pace RNG150 is very similar to the DCX3200 P3 model, and are primarily deployed as part of a whole home DVR solution.  They can be used as a standalone unit if supported by your provider.

DCX3200 are available in three different models.  There's no real difference for an end user apart from the appearance of the unit.  The DCX700 is a smaller version of the DCX3200, mainly used by smaller cable providers.  We do not know the exact differences, but the DCX3200 is by far the more widely deployed unit.

HD PVR:

We have several different models of HD PVR available.  More content to follow...

You can find product information for a number of these units at http://moto.arrisi.com/products/home.asp

Model Manufacture Dates HDMI PVR / DVR Hard Drive Size MPEG-4 Manuals Misc
Motorola DCT2000 2000 - 2004 NO NO n/a NO Various sub-models with specific frequencies were made.  Composite Video & Digital RCA Audio, SD only.  Depending on your provider, VOD may no longer work properly.
Motorola DCT2500 2002 - 2006 NO NO n/a NO Best SD receiver.  Composite / S-Video & Digital Audio (RCA & Toslink), SD only
Motorola DCT700 2006 - NO NO n/a NO Smallest form factor. No clock.  Composite Video & RCA Audio, SD only.  Very popular model due to its size.
Motorola DCH70 2008 - 2011           Composite Video & RCA Audio, SD only
Motorola DCH100 2008 - 2011           Very similar to the DCT2500.  Composite / S-Video & Digital Audio (RCA & Toslink), SD only
Motorola DCT5100 2003 - 2005 NO NO n/a NO Original HD receiver.  Not widely used. Component / DVI (select models), Composite, S-Video & Digital Audio (RCA & Toslink)
Motorola DCT6200 2003 - 2008 NO NO n/a NO One of the most widely deployed STB.  Very durable, and still widely used.  First of the DCT6000 series of units.  Any models starting with a '6' had both analog and digital tuners.
Motorola DCT6208 2003 - 2005 NO YES 80GB IDE NO
  • DCT6208 Series User Guide (1Mb pdf) 
Single Tuner, same hardware base as DCT6200, weak fan & poor airflow design
Motorola DCT6412 2004 - 2005 NO YES 120GB IDE NO First Dual Tuner model, DVI, weak fan & poor airflow design
Motorola DCT6416 2004 - 2006 NO YES 160GB IDE NO
  • See above
Deployed mainly by Verizon, this is the same as the DCT6412 except with a 160GB hard drive.
Motorola DCT6412 Phase III 2005 - 2007 YES YES 120GB¹ NO First HDMI model, improved airflow & fan design, SATA hard drives & much better picture quality on analog channels.  These models finally brought come real stability to DVRs.  They are still widely used and perform quite well.  The internal hard drive can be upgraded to 1TB.  They obviously do not have the processing power of later models, but with tried & true tested firmware they still hold up quite well against later models.  The hard drive fan now sits under the drive (earlier models had it attached to the HDD housing) making it easier to replace in the event of failure as well.
Motorola DCT6416 Phase III 2006 - 2008 YES YES 160GB¹ NO
  • See above
Same as DCT6412 above, except with 160G hard drive
Motorola DCT3412 2005 - 2007 YES YES 120GB¹ NO First 'all-digital' model, same fan / airflow as DCT6412 Phase III.  Any models starting with a '3' no longer had analog tuners.
Motorola DCT3416 2006 - 2008 YES YES 160GB¹ NO
  • See above
Same as DCT3412 above, except with 160G hard drive
Motorola DCH3200 2008 - 2011 YES NO n/a NO
  • DCH3200 User Guide (1Mb pdf)
The DCH series were introduced due to FCC regulations in the USA in 2008, and to the best best of our knowledge only used in the USA market.  DCH & later models feature cable cards for removable security (M-CARD).  This is an all-digital HD receiver.
Motorola DCH6200 2008 - 2011 YES NO n/a NO Same as DCH3200, except it also has an analog tuner.
Motorola DCH3416 2008 - 2011 YES YES 160GB¹ NO All-digital HD PVR.  Slightly newer chipset than the DCT series, but no real difference in terms of performance.
Motorola DCH6416 2008 - 2011 YES YES 160GB¹ NO Same as DCH3416, except it also has an analog tuner.  Very popular model as it is the last DVR made to feature an analog tuner.  Still widely used as a lot of companies have not upgraded to MPEG4.
Pace TDC775D   YES YES 250GB¹ YES   While newer than the Motorola DCT line, not very popular due to it not been thought of as stable
Pace TDC777D   YES YES 250GB¹ YES   Same as above.
Pace DC550D  2011 - YES NO n/a YES   HD receiver that is primarily used on Cogeco.  Not widely available.
Pace RNG110 / DC550
 2011 - YES NO n/a YES   HD receiver that is primarily used on Comcast.
Pace RNG150  2011 - YES NO n/a YES   HD receiver that is primarily used on Comcast / Cogeco, as part of a MOCA solution for whole home DVR.  Comcast model uses cable card technology which makes it incompatible for use on Cogeco.
Pace RNG200N  2011 - YES YES 500GB YES   Uses 2.5" SATA HDD.  Used only by Cogeco in Canada.  Some US providers also use this model, except it features a cable card which is not compatible with Cogeco.
Motorola DCX3200 2 YES NO n/a YES  
Motorola DCX3400 2009 - 2012 YES YES 250, 320, & 500GB¹ YES The first DCX PVR available.  A major upgrade over the older MPEG2 DVR of the DCH & DCT series.  Supports 1080P through VOD, as well as enhanced digital audio capabilities.  While no longer made, it is still an excellent PVR.  Later models in the DCX series are smaller, but do not feature much in the way of noticeable improvements for the average consumer.  Last Motorola model to use the regular power cord. 
Motorola DCX700  2009 - YES NO n/a YES Smallest DCX unit available.  Does not have 3D support.  Primarily used by smaller cable providers.
Motorola DCX3300-M 2009 - 2012           This model did not include an internal hard drive, rather, it used an e-Sata drive to enable PVR capabilites.  Primiarly used by Charter.  Slightly longer than a DCX3200 P2.
Motorola DCX3200 P2 / RNG150N  2010 - YES NO n/a YES Same as DCX3200 P1, except with slimmer enclosure design & front panel display
Motorola DCX3501 / RNG200N  2011 - YES YES 500GB² YES Smaller form factor than the DCX3400, along with other improvements.  The removable HDD tray is a nice feature.
Motorola DCX3200 P3  2012 - YES NO n/a YES
  • DCX3200-M-P3 (222Kb pdf)
Very similar to the DCX3200 P2, except with newer chipset.
Motorola DCX3510  2012 - YES YES 500GB² YES Very similar to the DCX3501, except with newer chipset & no removable HDD tray.
Motorola DCX3600 2013 - YES YES 500GB² YES   We believe this to be similar to the X1.
Pace X1 2012 - YES YES 500GB² YES   This a gateway type DVR used on Comcast.  Unlike Arris models, this is used as a normal DVR as well.  This is the best PVR we have available.


¹ Internal hard drive can be upgraded to 1TB.
² Internal hard drive can be upgraded to 3TB+.
³ All of the above models are compatible with Cogeco, except for the Motorola DCT3400 & DCH series.  As of July 21st, 2014 Cogeco has made changes to their internal procedure and therefore will no longer be adding equipment that does not exist in their inventory.

Whether or not is legal for cable providers to deny you the right to use your own equipment we can not say with any certainty.  However it is possible that it would come under Abuse of Monopoly.