SiliconDust HDHomeRun HDHR-US Dual Networked High Definition Digital Tuner Device (White)
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- 8-VSB (ATSC over-the-air digital TV)
- QAM64/256 (unencrypted digital cable TV)
- IR Receiver (signal PC with a standard remote control)
- 100baseTX high speed network
- 1 Year warranty
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One Box - Two Digital Tuners - Anywhere on Your Network/Dual Digital Network Attached Tuner Device/Watch - Pause - Record Digital and HD Content from Over-the-Air and Cable from any computer on your home network system. Cross OS Compatible with Windows/MAC/Linux. Total Media DVR software included.
Top Customer Reviews
So what good is it? You can use it to pick up digital TV from an antenna or unencrypted QAM (usually network) cable signals, and stream to your computer for watching or recording.
I have two of these on my local network. I use them to stream Fox, NBC, ABC, and CBS to my MythTV box, where I record everything broadcast by the Big 4 in primetime onto 2 750GB disks, which hold about 2 weeks of the programming I record. I have demoted my TiVos to cable-channel and backup network use.
If your computer is not dual-core, it's not powerful enough to watch HDTV with (though it will do OK recording, if you have something else to watch with/on).
This unit also has a builtin infrared port that will transmit the codes from your remote control to your computer after you configure it.
It does come with some software, but I don't know what it does, I already had my older HDHomerun hooked up, and just added this one in MythTVSetup. As another reviewer mentioned, there is not a toll-free number to call for support, they use the internet and forums at silicondust.Read more ›
What I like about this product is the flexibility a networked device delivers. All the computers in my house can access it as needed: the Linux box running MythTV, the Vista PC running Media Center, the Mac running EyeTV. Even my iPhone can access the HDHomerun to check on antenna signal quality (using an iPhone application I wrote: Signal GH). A tuner in a PCI slot or on a USB dongle would not be nearly as useful and would tend to be harder to setup as special device drivers would be required. And if every computer had its own tuner, my antenna signal strength would be split down to nothing.
I was an early adopter of this gadget, purchasing one in November 2006. It has been reliable and has good sensitivity for over the air broadcasts hooked up to my rooftop antenna. The manufacturer has released a steady stream of firmware updates resulting in a gadget you can rely on not to crash. As a software engineer I'm impressed with the quality of the publicly available code for controlling the device.
I've found it to be extremely easy to use with MythTV, making it one of the few easy things about MythTV.Read more ›
I tried several different analog/digital combo and hybrid cards. I had the best luck with the Hauppauge 2250, but that "best" still meant random lockups in MCE, corrupted recordings, codec problems, and hours with technical support and different driver versions. None of the cards provided anything approaching stable operation.
Then I found the HDHomeRun. The install worked first time, XP Media Center saw both the new tuners, and everything works perfectly. I now have FOUR tuners (the two old NTSC, and the two new ATSC in the HDHomeRun) and all work flawlessly. No lockups, no reboots, no driver nightmares.
Some technical tips:
- If you want to use HDHomeRun with XP Media Center 2005, you must have an analog tuner card installed before installing HDHomeRun. This is because XP MCE2005 requires a analog tuner. Vista MCE and Windows7 MCE do not have this requirement, so they can use HDHomeRun without any internal tuner card. Similarly, third-party TV/PVR apps can use the HDHomeRun on XP without an internal tuner card.
- With XP and Media Center 2005, you must have the Media Center Rollup update installed. There are instructions and links for this on SilconDust's web page.
- Two concurrent video streams from the HDHomeRun will generate about 60mbps on your local network. That's 60% of a 100mbps network, which is fine if you don't have much other traffic on your LAN. If you have a lot of other traffic, consider upgrading your LAN to gigabit Nics/Routers/Switches.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This model has been made somewhat obsolete by newer models, but it is a solid tuner appliance if you happen to slip up on one. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Kenneth Tindle
didn't work well - way to complicated and didn't give good signal eitherPublished 23 months ago by Will
Not too difficult to set up and manage. Worked fine as advertised. Firmware updates went fine. Haven't used this in a few years, but it was ok when I did need it for a period of... Read morePublished 23 months ago by M. Stone
HD Home Run.. Always the best for your own home made DVR or remote TV watching.Published on October 7, 2014 by Timothy D. Gray
Older design, new model more compact.
Still working OK, have not complaints
Digital TV Support only
For over the air reception, don't believe it supports... Read more
I've gotten a lot of use out of these over the years, but I'm bummed that it doesn't work with the new apps.Published on July 27, 2014 by Speerdo
I bought it to work with my Linux computer. It works like a charm. I would have given it 5 stars but there are many stations that are scrambled by the TV providers that this box is... Read morePublished on June 14, 2014 by robert bagley