|Item Weight||9.6 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||7.1 x 1.4 x 4.5 inches|
|Item model number||HW180STB|
|Batteries||2 AAA batteries required.|
|Item Display Height||5 inches|
Mediasonic HW180STB HomeWorx HDTV Digital Converter Box with Media Player Function, Dolby Digital and HDMI Out (Old Version)
- Converts digital ATSC broadcast to your Analog & Digital TV, Projector, and Monitor
- USB Multimedia Player (Support USB Flash Drive up to 64GB)
- Support MPEG-1 Layer I & II Dolby Digital Audio, Support MPEG-2/4, H.264/AVC, 1080P HD Digital TV
- HDMI 1080P Output / Composite Output / Coaxial Output, Analog Pass Through, Channel 3 / 4 Function
- Favorite Channel List, Parental Control Function, Auto Tuning, Closed Caption, Auto, 16:9 Pillar Box, 16:9 Pan G Scan, 4:3 Letter Box, 4:3 Pan G Scan, 4:3 Full, 16:9 Wide Screen
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|Connectivity Technology||hdmi||Wireless||Built-in Wi-Fi||Wired||Wi-Fi|
|Item Dimensions||1.4 x 7.1 x 4.5 in||1.6 x 6.1 x 8.7 in||2.7 x 8 x 4.3 in||7 x 4 x 1 in||5.5 x 8 x 10 in|
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|Internet Applications||Free Sat/Free View||Browser||Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Pandora, Vudu, YouTube||.||Vudu|
|Total HDMI Ports||1||1||1||0||1|
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HomeWorx HW180STB high definition digital converter box can convert over-the-air (OTA) ATSC television signals to your analog TV, digital TV, projector, and computer monitor. The HDMI output support maximum resolution up to 1080P. It also has USB multimedia player function that user can play back their media file.
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I think I should mention, that while this page I ordered from calls it the OLD VERSION, I in fact got the new version, even though they placed a sticker over the bar code calling it the old version. If you look at the website, there's a distinct outer difference to the old and new. It also was made in 04/2015. One thing I did worry about was whether it would turn on by itself when it came to recording time, and it does, every time without fail. I at first was leaving the unit on when recording time was approaching, but there's no need. I also did not use the sleep on/off option, which I would think would be used so it could do this, but I just really have no idea what that option does. I think what MAY be happening to some people who can't get the thing to record efficiently when the unit is off, may be turning their HDD off as well. It will power up to try to record, see the USB device isn't powered on, and then turn off. You have to leave that HDD on before the recording approaches. It may work if you have an HDD that only sleeps, but my Verbatim 1TB model does not. I'm not sure, but I thought the manual stated it wouldn't work with sleep modes either, but as the manual isn't completely accurate, maybe not. For example, it states it won't record CC, but it has CC options all over the place. I did just go try the CC off an old recording and it don't work. I then went and tried to turn it on and even though the option is there, it won't let you enter any of the CC versions - it just stays blank.
BTW, my hookup is straight OTA, using only the HDMI cord and am going through an HDMI splitter.
MY only real complaint so far is that the remote is rather clumsy, at first. The buttons aren't very easy to push, plus you have to point the thing directly at the sensor or you can forget it. It's amazing how having good remote devices elsewhere, can get your aim off at times, at that is usually the culprit. Once you get the aim, and the buttons get a bit broke in, you're pretty much home free. The whole thing is rather clunky compared to a professional DVR, but you get used to style after a while. I suppose the only other gripe I have is that if you pick a program through the EPG to record at a future time, the thing always seems to start a minute late or so, so what I do is pick the program and then alter it's start and ending time by a minute.
One other minor complaint, the EPG seems to only load two days at a time, but a firmware upgrade may fix that (as well as this has worked, I'm sort of afraid to put in any patches). You can get around that by manually typing in a time and all the other pertinent info, and it will take it, despite the EPG not having loaded something a week in advance. I haven't ever tried that yet, but I have one pending now like that, and given how well it's recorded to date, I don't expect that will be a problem, since you're just telling it what channel and when to record and that doesn't need to know the actual program itself to do that. If that fails I will update this.
One additional note. I'm not sure where I saw it, but some people claim it has some problem with the FAT32 format. Mine has no problem with it I can see. The 30 minute HD program is broken up into 5 or 6 chunks if you see it on a computer, but there are free programs out there to put it all together. The one I use is called fjoiner, and 'seems' to join them flawlessly, but I haven't scrutinized it really, but haven't seen any leaps in the film either.
edited to update 4/16/16 - This unit is still going strong. I have bought a miniature fan for the summer months during operation and it works very well. As I may had noted before, the only 'perceived problems' I have encountered off my newer unit, is that it takes a while to get used to the fussiness of the remote, as it really has to point directly at the unit to work. As well, the ONLY time this has failed to record on schedule was no fault of it's own, at that means specifically the hard drive not turned on, or the hard drive out of space. Also, I bought an extension for the connection to the hard drive, so that the extension stays on the unit constantly, and I therefore can remove the cable without pulling on the unit as much as might be otherwise. The problem though is that the cable is VERY difficult to get off in this manner, and I fear the strain on the unit's connection may be just as bad as if I didn't have an extension there at all. I just fear the unit breaking due to reports that that portion of the unit tends to break. So far, so good, though. So definitely, it's still a gem, for the seven months I have owned it. BTW, I have always used FAT32 format on my hard drives for this unit, and there's no problem with that at all.
Update 9/6/17 - Still going strong, with tons of recordings to it's credit!
The key is that since there is a HomeWorx model that does work, then with a little persistence they might all work regardless of model differences. Like computers, sometimes trying different things will get Xbox to recognize your HW180STB, it's just a little buggy that's all.
This is exactly what I did, which is exactly what the instructions tell you to do.
1) Set up converter as normal to watch on your television.
2) Then set up as instructed to your Xbox One.
3) Turn on Xbox one and proceed as instructed in the settings for Xbox One Guide and TV
4) Manually type in " hw " for xbox to find a the only compatible model which is HW150 something, something, there is only one choice so, so just pick it.
5) Now go through getting xbox to have control over your converter's power.
6) Now it is not going to respond, but don't worry it just needs a little persistence and kick in the but. Okay, what this means is that you need to try different things such as turning off and on the converter box and trying the power set up on xbox again, or changing a channel on the converter box, also try changing it with xbox also. Repeat steps in different order and try the whole xbox device set up again but it will eventually 'kick in'.
7) Step 6 is key, because just like computers, there needs to be some kind of reboot or input action on both devices until it xbox finally is able to control the converter's power.
8) Once you finally go through some trial and error and get the xbox to finally turn off your converter (HW180STB) that's when everything else will slowly start to respond, I'm sorry I don't remember exactly what I did, but I do know that somehow xbox finally powered off my converter and that's when it all came together.
I'm watching TV on it right now and I can speak it to: power off and on, select channels, pull up One Guide and change channel from there.
I hope this helps, remember the key is to get Xbox to power off the HW180STB, once that happens then everything will fall in place.