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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
I think, in the end, I'm going to be happy with this product, but it has become more of a project than I would like. I wonder if alternative products are this hard to get up and running?
I chose this product because my cable company is discontinuing analog service and my current tuner does not have Clear QAM capabilities.
Another thing to note is that other devices/software that is streaming video over the same network will cause the overall signal to deteriorate, hence your HDHomerun streamed image will likewise suffer. This will occur when I have my wireless home surveillance cameras fully operating and try to view HDHomerun streamed video. I use only a g network over a 2.4gh band, so this issue may be somewhat muted with a better/upgraded system.
The HDHomerun system was fairly simple to operate using the included software. Once you have eliminated all the “dead” channels in the setup, your lineup of channels will appear on the right hand of the screen when you hover your mouse pointer to that side. You can then easily select your channel by simply clicking on it. I tried using Windows Media Center on my Vista system, but found that the lack of full channel display (like the HDHomerun) was a big negative. My only complaint is that there is a lack of a channel guide that would list the days viewing options…so if I am planning to view any programming for the day over the network, I would have to consult my regular cable guide for the info.
Overall, the system operates as advertised. I did not test the unit with OTA reception as I reside in a valley where reception is almost non-existent. Those with network issues should address them before trashing the unit. Lack for provisioning a reliable channel lineup led to my downgrading it by a star, although you may wish to visit their website for a possible paid channel subscription guide (not entirely sure if they provide this service).
Would give more stars, if I could, for customer service!
We had oddball hesitation problems -- which turned out to be PC hardware (a network card setting). SiliconDust support, via email, was quick, and they know their stuff. There is a software option to allow their support to examine your log, which was key to solving our problem (it turns itself off after 10 days).
The product does what it says, and performs well. Software drivers to access the tuner signal are available for PC, Mac and Linux (I only use PCs). Also, ARCSOFT "TotalMedia" DVR software is included. IMPORTANT NOTE: The current version of the software must be downloaded from the website; it will automatically update the hardware's firmware, too, if needed -- very slick.
CURRENT AND PROPOSED USE OF THIS PRODUCT
We only use the broadcast signal functions, known as "ATSC". I got this after the Analog-to-Digital broadcast switchover. Since we now get 2-4 sub-channels for each primary channel, our selection is far greater than before. We are in a rural area with a tower antenna; digital reception from surrounding areas works well. As long as we can get PBS Kids for the little ones, we're good.
Our plan is to use a PC as a TIVO/DVR, plus Veoh and Hulu via DSL internet, with movies on DVD from Netflix, which also has SOME instant internet access.
Dumping satellite service (DirecTV, at $[...]+/month -- cable is not available here) ought to pay for a big screen, a new PC as a DVR and basic NetFlix.
PROBLEMS WITH MICROSOFT MEDIA CENTER
"Media Center" doesn't work right. Not even "XP Media Center Edition." Nor the Vista versions. All sources I've checked say that Microsoft does NOT intend to fix problems with either version.
The first failure is that you CANNOT set it up for digital only; you will have to get an analog tuner, just to get into SETUP mode. I bought one on [...] (this part may be XP only).
The MAIN FAILURE is that the EPG (Program Guide) does not display sub-channel data -- and there are more subchannels than primary channels! The Guide -- and therefore, the DVR functions -- are USELESS for sub-channels. This DEFECT is inexcusable, in an age where analog broadcast is obsolete. FWIW, my two main computers are less than 1 1/2 years old!
I'm told Vista has the same sub-channel problem, and further, that this will NOT be fixed for either Vista or XP. The words "piss-poor design and engineering" do come to mind...as do "lack of quality control".
That said, my experience is that Windows Media Center has better DVR features. On the plus side, the included ARCSOFT "TotalMedia" actually works, although the DVR options are not that sophisticated. The only problem I've had with the "TotalMedia" software is that it cannot be dragged to a 2nd monitor (Media Center can be).
Bottom line: We will wait 'til October 09, for Windows 7, as I'm told the Media Center problems are definitely fixed.
Most recent customer reviews
Still working OK, have not complaints
Digital TV Support only
For over the air reception, don't believe it supports...Read more