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AVerMedia HomeFree AVplus F210 Watch Live TV on iPad

  • iPad Support
  • Wireless Media Stream
  • ATSC HDTV Tuner
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HomeFree AVPlus F210

HomeFree AVPlus brings TV and videos to your iPad!

Major Description
HomeFree AVPlus Brings TV and Videos to Your iPad!
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Do you have a satellite TV box and a digital TV connection? Would you like to have that same television viewing experience on your iPad? HomeFree AVPlus can fulfill that desire!

HomeFree AVPlus has one set of composite video inputs and one digital TV input. Used with your wireless router, HomeFree AVPlus can broadcast digital TV, satellite TV and AV-input video signals over your Wi-Fi home network. With HomeFree AVPlus, you can easily watch live satellite TV or digital TV on your Wi-Fi connected iPad or laptop, unrestricted to a specific location.

It gets even better - your iPad can serve as a remote control for a wide variety of set-top boxes! (Skybox, TiVO, DISH, DVD players, and other TV set-top boxes supported.) Our intuitive design allows you to easily surf through satellite TV channels with a tap of your finger. You’ll no longer be tied to your seat - you’ll be fully mobile, able to enjoy satellite / digital TV wherever you happen to be, anywhere in the house!

Compatible with Windows 7 Media Center. Enjoy HD digital TV on your laptop!

HomeFree AVPlus is compatible with Windows 7 Media Center which enables Windows-based computer users to watch, playback, and schedule the recordings of digital TV programs without installing any other software. What’s more, HomeFree AVPlus can real-time broadcast HD digital TV with original quality within LAN area. Enjoying live HDTV on your laptop has never been so easy!

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*HomeFree AVPlus can broadcast digital HDTV with high resolution up to 1080p. However, the video quality can be decreased due to the hardware restrictions of users’ viewing devices.
Remotely Control Your Set-Top Box from Your iPad or Laptop
HomeFree AVPlus also features an IR Blaster function by using the included software AVer MediaCenter HomeFree or the free iPad app HomeFree Player, allowing users to remotely control a set-top box external connected to the HomeFree AVPlus from their laptop or iPad over their Wi-Fi network. With HomeFree AVPlus, users can watch satellite TV freely on their portable computer without any device attached on.

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Serve two users to watch different TV sources at the same time!

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*To support two users watching TV on their iPad / laptop / desktop at the same time, HomeFree Combo and the viewing devices must be in the same Wi-Fi segment.
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HomeFree Player Brings Live TV to iPad!
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HomeFree Player is a TV-viewing application for iPad which must be used with HomeFree AVPlus. iPad users can download this app from Apple App Store, set up the HomeFree AVPlus, and then immediately enjoy live TV on iPad. HomeFree Player is with the following features:

  • Intuitive interface: Quick & simple changing of channels by tapping or dragging on the iPad screen
  • Support MPEG-2 & H.264 SDTV
  • EPG: Full-channel and TV program information with an Electronic Program Guide
  • Sociability: Capture screenshots of TV being watched and share them with friends on facebook.
  • Support IR Blaster function: Remotely control your set-top box external connected to the HomeFree AVPlus. Watching & switching satellite TV channels just from your iPad!
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Notes:

  • HomeFree Player iPad application and wireless router are not included in the retail package and selling price.
  • iPad does not support recording function due to its hardware limitations.

Download HomeFree Player to use together with HomeFree AVPlus, enjoy TV on iPad!

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Feature
  • Support digital TV & AV-in device, serve two users simultaneously
  • Built-in IR Blaster & Receiver to remotely control an AV-in device, such as a Set-top box, from iPad/ PC/ NB; Supports IR learning
  • Streaming within LAN area: Real-time broadcast HD digital TV with original quality
  • TV cable-less: Enjoy TV everywhere on your local network
  • TV tuner-free: Watch TV on your iPad/ NB/ PC without installing any TV tuner
  • Compatible with Windows® 7 Media Center
  • Support AVer MediaCenter HomeFree (XP / Vista / Win7) as a client application
  • Support HomeFree Player (for iPad) as a client application (available on Apple App Store)
  • Schedule recording TV programs on the local hard disk of users PC / NB
  • Teletext & EPG (Electronic Program Guide) Support
  • Easy installation, automatic device search while iPad / NB / PC connected to LAN
Specifications
F210 Input Signal:
  • 75Ω TV Antenna (ATSC) RF IN / OUT (IEC Type)
  • Composite AV IN/OUT
  • S-Video IN/OUT
  • Power 5V / 2A
Output Signal:
  • High-Speed (100 Base-T) Ethernet Output
  • Support Full HD up to 1080p for digital TV signal in HDTV format to PC / NB
System Requirement
Client Desktop / Laptop System Requirements

Operating System Windows® 7 / Vista™ / XP (32- / 64-Bit)
CPU
  • For Real-Time TV Viewing, MPEG-2 Recording & TimeShifting:
    • Intel® Pentium® 4 1.7GHz
    • AMD Athlon™ XP 1700+
    • Intel® Pentium® Mobile 1.0GHz or AMD equivalent CPU
    • Intel® Atom™ 1.6GHz
  • For H.264 HDTV Viewing:
    • Intel® Core™2 Duo 2.4GHz
    • AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual Core 2.8GHz
    • Intel® Core™2 Duo 2.0 GHz or AMD equivalent CPU (Laptop)
  • For AV Device Capturing:
    • Intel® Pentium® 4 3.0GHz (Hyper-Threading)
    • AMD Athlon™ XP 3200+
    • Intel® Pentium® Mobile 2.0GHz or AMD equivalent
Memory 512MB RAM or above (1GB RAM recommended)
Graphics Card VGA card with support for DirectX 9.0c and HD DXVA. (With a VGA card supporting HD DXVA, the CPU requirement for H.264 HDTV viewing can be lowered to the Intel® Pentium® 4 3.0GHz.)
Multimedia applications Windows® 7 Media Center
AVer MediaCenter HomeFree (Windows® 7 / Vista™ / XP)
Client iPad System Requirements

Wi-Fi support
SD Video quality support
HomeFree Player (Please download the app from the App Store)
LAN Environment Requirements

Cable LAN: High-Speed (10/100 Base-T) Ethernet
Wireless LAN:802.11n Dual Band Wireless Router with MIMO 2 x 2 or above
Supported Audio & Video Devices

Basic Cable TV Set-top-Box
Digital Cable Set-top-Box
Digital Video Recorder (DVR)
DVD Player / Recorder
Satellite Receiver
Video / Security Camera
Package Included
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  • AVerMedia HomeFree AVPlus (555g)
  • High-Speed (10 / 100Mbps) Ethernet Cable
  • Power Adapter
  • Client Application Installation CD
  • Quick Installation Guide
  • Composite (RCA) Cable
  • IR Blaster Cable
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Learn more about the AVerMedia F210

Model

Brand
AVerMedia
Model
F210

General

Type
External TV Tuner Box
TV Tuner
Digital Tuner
TV Standards
ATSC
Interface
Ethernet 100baseT/Wireless LAN

Features

Features
Intuitive interface: Quick & simple changing of channels by tapping or dragging on the iPad screen

Support MPEG-2 SDTV

EPG: Full channel and TV program information with an Electronic Program Guide

Sociability: Capture screenshots of TV being watched and share them with friends on social network sites

Support IR Blaster function: Allow users to remotely control a set-top box external connected to the HomeFree AVplus from their iPad over Wi-Fi network.

Specifications

Specifications
Built-in TV tuner: One HD digital TV tuner
Supported digital TV standard: ATSC, support HDTV

TV input/ output (loop through): One digital TV RF connector (IEC Type)
AV input/ output (loop through): Composite (AV-in) & S-Video

Network output: RJ45 (10/100Mbps)
IR Blaster & IR Receiver: One set

Hardware power switch: Yes

Dimension: 218mm x 132mm x 43mm
Weight: 555g
Power Supply: DC 52V/2A

System Requirements

System Requirements
Client iPad/ Windows Computer System Requirements

Video quality
- Support Full HD 1080p for digital TV signal in HDTV format on a Windows computer
- Support Standard definition (SD) video quality on a iPad

Multimedia application
- Windows 7 Media Center (supports digital TV)
- AVer MediaCenter HomeFree (Windows 7/Vista/XP)
- HomeFree Player for iPad (Please download from Apple App store)

Wireless network (for wireless network user): Support Wi-Fi

LAN Environment Requirements
- Cable LAN:High-Speed (10/100 Base-T) Ethernet
- Wireless LAN:802.11n Dual Band Wireless Router with MIMO 2x2 or above

Packaging

Package Contents
HomeFree AVplus
Client Application Installation CD (AVer MediaCenter HomeFree)
High-Speed Ethernet Cable (100Mbps)
IR Blaster Cable
Composite (RCA) Cable
Power Adapter
Quick Installation Guide

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Chris A.
  • 6/12/2014 10:16:07 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsThe box is nice, but the software sucks

Pros: Works well. Does what it says. Great for being able to stream OTA or your own content to any device in the house.

Cons: The software that comes with it is one of the worst I've seen in my over 30 years of working with computers.

The MPEG2 files it creates only have an I-frame every 2 seconds. Way too long.

The files it creates when you schedule a recording don't even use the name you give it. It's just a date stamp. There's no reason for that.

There's no way to automatically delete scheduled recordings. You have to clean them all out manually.

No way to start directly to TV mode. You have to navigate around to get to it.

Hotkeys can't be redefined.

The settings interface is horrible. It's nearly impossible to find anything. You need a paper flowchart to figure out where everything is.

The timeshift buffer is small and can't be changed.

Whenever it starts or ends it changes the system volume whether you want it to or not.

Adding/removing channels changes what is recorded if you've already set those up in the scheduled recordings.

It crashes or freezes when viewing a weak signal.

When scanning for new channels it often duplicates existing channels.

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  • Gwyn N.
  • 2/17/2014 9:00:32 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsAVerMedia AVplus F210

Pros: It handles RCA composite inputs, S-Video and open air digital TV & Cable. It also has a IR-Blaster function built in for changing channels on a sat or cable box, etc.

Cons: The RCA composite video and audio loop thru this box so you can still have a TV or monitoring device connected to the source. It might just be my TV set but the video output to the TV sometimes has a distorted picture. It might be too much signal amplification or not enough, not sure. The input is not affected as it records and displays video properly on my PC.

Other Thoughts: At this time I am only using this for the composite video / audio processing feature. I do not have digital TV or cable where I am deployed so I cannot comment on that feature. I will try them when I finally get home.
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The unit has the ability to let two users access it as long as one is on the composite channel and the other is on the coax channel. The IR-Blaster is nice and works well once it is setup, which takes a little time and effort. The media software that comes with the product is OK, not great, not bad. It does allow you to record and timeshift live TV. A few times while recording it has stopped in the middle of a show and said it was not allowed to record a protected content.
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The software makes you install WinPcap which is a windows packet capturing program that runs in the background. Not complaining but I am familiar with this applet and feel they took a shortcut instead of having a packet capturing process built into there software.
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I also cannot comment on the iPod/iPad software feature since I do not own one of these. I am only using this in a PC Windows environment, mostly Win7 64bit.
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The AverHome Media software does allow you to make changes and customize it for such things as recorded format output. I have used MP2, MP4, WMV, and some others. If your going to run your recordings thru a another program say to remove commercials, I have found it better to use a higher bitrate lossless encapsulation such as WMV.
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This device is purely designed to run inside of a LAN environment. I cannot get it (Aver software limitation) to connect outside of my LAN say if I was out of town like a SlingBox can do. I probably wouldn't want to even if I could because this product uses 4.2mbps on average peaking at nearly 5mbps at times. This is the streaming bit rate from the box to your computer no matter what. The formats you choose to record in does not affect this streaming rate.
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The IR-Blaster software seems to be a separate sub-system add-on to the main AVerMedia Home software. The IR setup software has a lot of step by step help built into it. I found I had to run it a few times to get everything just the way I wanted it. The process learns your existing remotes and sometimes it doesn't get it on the first attempt. Once the remote control panel is open on your computer it can stay open with the AverMedia Center closed. Not sure why but I thought this could be handy down the road.
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I tried the add-on driver for Windows Media Center or MCE. I am not a fan of Windows Media Center / player but I wanted to see if this worked. Once installed and WMC recognized the box, it only wanted to scan for ATC/QAM TV channels on the Coax input. I might be missing something but I could not get it to connect to the RCA composite side of the box.

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  • William H.
  • 1/15/2014 12:09:58 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsAnother Newegg paperweight

Pros: only took 11 days to arrive.

Cons: Works almost as well as a brick.

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  • Viatcheslav P.
  • 1/3/2014 9:22:09 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat for hacking, like HomeRun.

Pros: Great on iPad 2 (need N WiFi, see other thoughts)
Cheap.
Great reception.
Hardware encoder for SD analog. (I have not use it yet).
Very Hackable (TCP calls to stream direct to VLC, use WireShark to get API).
WMC works great with it.
Built like a tank, unlike other hardware nowadays. Mostly metal. It is heavy and feels good.

Cons: Contrary to many I do not like PC suite. While it works flawlessly with WMC, driver is heavy and for some reason uses WinPCap, same packet capture driver used by Wireshark and other snooping software.

Included DVR software is ugly. Still need it if you need to setup IR blaster for analog input.

While iPad software great and light, I was initially confused by some bugs in it: Initial scan reveals no channels, progress bar never moved. Then, like 5 minutes later, on another app restart, all channels just appeared!?! Whatever, it does not affect use.

It does not have re-encoder, like SlingBox or some newer HomeRuns. For the price none expected, really.

Apparently it is discontinued, no further support expected?

Other Thoughts: For most it will be great network tuner, especially for WMC, cheaper alternative to HomeRun. I do like it for great option to stream to iPad, app is free and works great.
I do have HomeRun and SlingBox Pro HD, but all apps to stream to iPad from them are not free or severely crippled.

Now, common complaint about no HD channels to iPad: FALSE. Box will pump raw demuxed program stream to whatever device you have, there is no software limit on that. Most home WiFis will choke on that. I have iPad 2 and multiple access points through the house. It is impossible to stream any HD through G. Two other access points are N. Results are different. One breaking stream badly and the other is very watchable, with only occasional stutter on HD channels (probably decoding, not network). I think, because iPad does not have MPEG2 decoder in hardware, it must be soft decoded and processing resources are important, for iPad2 it is at the edge. I'm pretty sure that newer iPads with faster processors will have absolutely no problems to run full HD (with appropriate WiFi).

I just got second one to stream to VLC, (directly, not through the driver).

It is a great hardware. One egg off for bulky Windows software, bug(s) in iPad app and limited support form the manufacturer.

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  • David F.
  • 12/20/2013 6:12:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBeat Expectations

Pros: I installed the Aver Media Center program on my Windows 8 Laptop and it has worked great. The quality is very good with super sharp resolution on the ATSC HD channels and even a pretty decent picture using the composite video. With the composite video connected to my dish receiver I set up the remote control function and am able to watch and control my satellite from any room in the house. The DVR function works great also.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: I have installed this on a couple of computers and the HD channels kind of lag on the older computers. If you have an older computer you may have a little trouble with this or any other TV tuner.

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  • Anuj R.
  • 11/20/2013 5:07:15 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks Great!

Pros: Easy setup, Good picture quality, Cheap!

Cons: No HDMI, Installation Guide could be better.

Other Thoughts: I was skeptical because of the low price of this product and having tried other products before and failed, but thought I will take a chance because I spent a lot of time in my home office and would like to catch up on news and other shows without having to go to the TV room. This has definitely worked better than my expectation. The setup was relatively easy. Hooked it up with an indoor antenna via coaxial and connected to my router, installed the software on the PC and was up and running in < 30 min! The software instructions were not very clear but was able to figure it out. It does display both HD & SD channels that the antenna can pick up. How many channels it picks up really depends on the antenna you connect to it. I just use a thin leaf type indoor antenna and get about 19 channels including ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS & others in the Atlanta area. Never had this easy results in watching TV on my PC without a lot of other additional tuner cards and equipments that cost $$! I haven't tried accessing it on my IPad so cannot talk about it yet, but so far this have been working great and for < 30 bucks (got it on a sale) this has been a great device!
Note/Tip: When you start the TV streaming on the PC it will default to 'Device 1' Composite or S-Video input and would not find any channels because this is for video or music over your network. If like me you have only an antenna connected to it, select 'Device 2 : ATSC (QAM)' from the dropdown box and it will pick up the channels from your Antenna stream!

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  • Scott S.
  • 11/14/2013 5:34:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks fine with Windows 7 Media Center

Pros: Great picture quality! Reliable. Cable pass-though port.

Cons: No HDMI or component input, must use coax for HD. Bright LED's on front panel.

Other Thoughts: I have a Windows 7 desktop PC connected to my TV. I previously was using a chepo USB TV tuner but at least once a week it would fail to record a show, or would blue-screen the computer due to its outdated drivers. I then decided to buy this product since it works over the network rather then USB. I installed the Windows Media center driver from the manufactures website and it worked correctly the first time. The install did seem a little confusing and bloated but after that, WMC detected the new tuner and I was able to scan for channels. This product works with my existing tuner, so I now have two tuners available for use at the same time. I don't have an iPad so I can't comment on that functionality but as far as a TV tuner for WMC, it is working well! Picture quality is very good and much better then I expected!

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  • Chris H.
  • 10/31/2013 5:56:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDoesn't work, don't buy

Pros: Cheap

Cons: Doesn't work - waste of cash

Other Thoughts: I bought it to watch video on ipad. The lack of support for HD channels is just being lazy on the manufacture's side - that's well within the technical capability of the ipad. But it didn't detect the non-HD channels either - so no channels at all detected Tried on Mac, all I get is 'Warning cannot find the device!'. It also looks like they've basically created one mostly beta version of software and never updated it for anything.

I'm able to view over a dozen channels of both HD and SD from an antenna on my TV. This device doesn't work.

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  • Mike D.
  • 9/30/2013 5:43:52 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsMajor Flaw

Pros: Shows standard definition channels on iPad.

Cons: It only shows standard definition channels. The description indicates it shows channels in standard definition. To me the description implies that it will show Hi-Def channels in standard definition. This is not true. If channels are Hi-Def, it will not play them at all.

Other Thoughts: Never got it to work with Windows. But I didn't spend much time since I already have a Silicon Dust tuner that plays on Media Center. I was looking for being able to watch TV on my iPad which I have to give a failing grade to if it only plays standard definition channels. Also very quirky when scanning for channels. Everytime I scanned for channels on the iPad, it always said no channels found. I finally closed the app and when I reopened it, it was listing the few standard definition channels that it found.

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  • Patrick L.
  • 9/30/2013 5:31:27 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNot a bad deal

Pros: 1) Great deal for the price paid - once set up, it performs just as well as the Slingbox. Picture quality is good.
2) Control is very intuitive for iPad
3) Most cable companies provide own app for TV broadcasting with super high resolution, but great for PC

Cons: 1) Installation guide can be more user-friendly to augment user support
2) Installation is more tedious and requires learning remote control signal
3) Support is not invisible as someone has said
4) PC control is not too user-friendly (you need to hit 2 buttons to get the remote up)

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