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SiliconDust - HDHomeRun Network-based Dual Digital - HDTV Tuner Ethernet Interface

  • Dual HDTV Tuners on board
  • Access from any PC on your network
  • Works with popular DVR software
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Turn any PC on your network into an HDTV with SiliconDust's HDHomeRun adapter. This dual tuner solution plugs into your network and lets you receive both over the air and unencrypted content from your cable company. The 5th generation tuners have increased sensitivity and gain so you pull in signals from farther away than ever before.

The HDHomeRun is compatible with Windows Media Center and many third party solutions for Windows, Macintosh and Linux. The included DVR software lets you record your favorite shows onto your hard drive so you can watch them whenever you want.

  • newegg Dual Digital Tuners With two built-in digital TV tuners, the SiliconDust HDHomeRun receives both free-to-air ATSC (up to 1080i) and ClearQAM unencrypted cable TV programs for an unsurpassed PC-TV viewing experience.
  • newegg Works with 3rd Party DVR Software The SiliconDust HDHomeRun works with various 3rd party DVR software such as Windows Media Center, SnapStream BeyondTV, Elgato EyeTV, MythTV, SageTV, and MediaPortal, so you can enjoy added features such as TimeShift, scheduled recording, TV guide and more.
  • newegg Ethernet Interface The SiliconDust HDHomeRun features an Ethernet port for connection to your home router or network, so you can share the TV turner function among multiple computers.

Learn more about the SiliconDust HDHomeRun (HDHR-US)

Model

Brand
SiliconDust
Model
HDHomeRun (HDHR-US)

General

Type
External TV Tuner Box
TV Tuner
Dual Tuners
TV Standards
ATSC(8-VSB) / ClearQAM (QAM64/256)
FM Tuner
No
Remote Control
No
Interface
Ethernet
Mac Compatible
Yes

Features

Features
Watch TV from any computer on your network.

Record full 1080i broadcast resolution.

Pause, rewind, fast-forward live TV.

Schedule and record all your favorite TV shows.

Expand with multiple HDHomeRun devices.

Works with popular DVR software:
Pause, rewind, fast-forward live TV.
Record all your favorite TV shows by name.
Integrated TV guide (provided by the DVR software).

Seamless operation with multiple computers:
- Run Vista Media Center on multiple computers sharing the pool of HDHomeRun tuners.
- Tuners are automatically allocated between computers as needed.
- Multiple HDHomeRun units can be used together to expand the number of tuners.
- Tuner pooling works with Windows Media Center, BeyondTV, SageTV, GBPVR, and MediaPortal.
- Free software/firmware upgrade available for download.

Compatible With:
- Windows Media Center: MCE 2005 / Vista WMC (32/64-bit) / Windows 7 (32/64-bit)
- Elgato EyeTV - DVR for Mac
- MythTV - DVR for Linux
- SnapStream BeyondTV - DVR for Windows
- SageTV - DVR for Windows/Linux/Mac
- MediaPortal - DVR for Windows
- GB-PVR - DVR for Windows
- VLC - Multi-platform media viewer
- TSReader - MPEG-2 transport stream analysis

Specifications

Ports In
Ethernet (100baseTX Network)
Coax Tuner 1 (Cable TV/Antenna In)
Coax Tuner 2 (Cable TV/Antenna In)
Specifications
8-VSB (ATSC over-the-air digital TV)
QAM64/256 (unencrypted digital cable TV)
100baseTX high speed network

System Requirements

Processor
2.8 GHz Pentium 4 (or similar) for HD playback
Memory
512 MB RAM (1 GB recommended)
Others
100/1000base-T Ethernet network
TV antenna to receive free over-the-air digital television (ATSC)
Cable connection to receive unencrypted digital cable (Clear QAM)
2-4 GB per 1/2 hour of DTV recording

Packaging

Package Contents
HDHomerun Network Digital TV Tuner
2 RG-6 Coax cables
High-speed Ethernet cable
Low-profile power adapter

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

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


Customer Reviews of the SiliconDust HDHomeRun (HDHR-US)

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  • Ronald T.
  • 2/11/2013 12:25:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsMostly happy

Pros: I've had the HD Homerun in my network for a couple of years now, and for the most part it has been trouble free. It's very convenient to be able to connect to it from any device on the network.

Cons: There have been some minor issues, but the biggest problem is that the tuner seems to lose the signal fairly easily. I have consistently found that the tuner on the 2 TV sets I have has been able to display the picture without any issues when the HD Homerun is heavily pixelated and choppy. it has nothing to do with my network, it works fine most of the time, but if it is windy outside the reception on the HD home run turns bad, and we have to switch to the TV tuner.

Other Thoughts: On Rare occasions over the past year, the HD Homerun has needed to be power cycled to restore function.

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  • Robert D.
  • 3/21/2012 8:42:54 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat device

Pros: I use this to feed digital antenna signal into my computer for DVR purposes, and to watch live programming on my laptop anywhere in the house. It's on the same network switch as the computer that is doing the recording, and that works great with Hi-Def content.

Cons: As soon as the signal leaves the network switch and hits my wireless network (802.11g), I run into bandwidth issues for hi-def content. I'm not sure if my network configuration is to blame or if the thing is just a b/w beast. I have a point-to-point wireless network setup between the aforementioned switch and the rest of my network, and I have a separate wireless network (different frequency, ssid, etc) that I use to deliver content to mobile devices and laptops in the house. Seems like I have it as optimized as I can get it. And, hd still suffers.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/26/2011 1:51:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggseasy to use

Pros: Can use with Ubuntu currently using lastest ubuntu 11.10 .i use Kaffeine . Works perfect . Getting away from windows been using ubuntu for years but never got excited till 11.04 came out its just like windows.. Sorry now I purchased 6 copies of win 7 .. Don't really use win 7 anymore dual boot this laptop and always use ubuntu. Have 7 computers .1 desktop use win 7 because of beyond tv . but kaffeine can do the same thing schedule recordings . Recently getting BLD ..BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH ON 2 WIN 7 machines have to reboot then works .. NEVER BUYING WINDOWS AGAIN.

Cons: none so far

Other Thoughts: I see a slow death of windows. Yes has games Ubuntu has them too now ,but many more in windows .Many people do not play games on windows that is why i see a slow death . Ubuntu is free why pay for viruses and virus software. I also install on several family members computers and they just use ubuntu now. TRY IT.

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  • Christian K.
  • 9/28/2011 7:14:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsHOMER

Pros: Excellant reception, dual tuner that can use seperate antennas or 1 antenna that can be split. Great support from Silicon Dust and lot of AVS forum support. Open source with lots of DVR software support and apps. Need I say more.

Cons: No cable, telco, satelite encrypted tuning. For that you'll need their latest model.

Other Thoughts: Nice price drop too.

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  • Oskar B.
  • 6/25/2011 7:15:12 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great with media center pc

Pros: Full HD TV without digital cable box. Wireless streaming on my laptop and via desktop to LCD tv at the same time (2 tuners!!). Full dolby digital sound.

Cons: No cablecard.... Might have to buy new model that is coming out..

Other Thoughts: My first box died after about 10 months. Got a replacement from HDHomeRun without issues (about 2 week turnover). Getting great image quality into my media center pc with full HD and dolby digital sound!!! The driver support in the beginning for windows 7 ultimate was not perfect. But seems now (June 2011) very stable. Like that I can watch TV in high def on my laptop without any wires!! Would definitely buy again.

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  • Albert B.
  • 3/6/2011 8:43:10 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood concept, marginal tuner

Pros: Integrates easily with MythTV. Network connectivity easier than separate tuner card.

Cons: For OTA, depending on your location, etc., etc., the tuner may be inadequate.
I have reception issues, possibly multipath, with stations that work just fine with my tv and with a $25 converter box, using same antenna.

Other Thoughts: Highly recommended for OTA if you have a strong clear signal. But don't assume that just because your existing tuner works then the HDHomeRun will as well.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/23/2011 7:24:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOutstanding Product!!!

Pros: Easy to set up. Can work on many computers.

Cons: Do not like its physical look. Other than that can not think of anything.

Other Thoughts: A must for anyone with windows Vista or Windows 7

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  • Skylar D.
  • 2/21/2011 10:23:14 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent product, will buy a few more

Pros: Setup is incredibly easy. Set it up on multiple computers (so far all running Win 7). Download the HDHomerun software off the site, open Media Center...DONE!

I don't try to use it with QAM or any cable provider, just over the air with an outdoor antenna. I get about 20 channels for free in crystal clear HD. And, my PC is my new DVR.

Cons: I ended up wiring my main TV computers via 100MB network, because even with N wireless it would occasionally stall and if it's my main TV, I don't want that. If you're going to do it wirelessly, I would suggest paying the extra money for a 5gh network to make sure you can stay connected.

Other Thoughts: Great product, well worth it.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/21/2011 5:33:37 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBetter than Sling Box

Pros: The video quality of this unit is far better than the sling box I owned. The ability to use this hardware with open source (free) software makes this a winner!

Cons: None so far.

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  • Russell S.
  • 2/15/2011 6:13:48 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Product

Pros: Easy to use and setup. Streams Television to any computer in your house. Excellent picture/sound quality. Works great with Windows 7 Media Center. Works great over wireless router.

Cons: If you have a older laptop or desktop, the HD channels can breakup every once in a while. The SD channels are always crisp and clear.

Other Thoughts: I can't wait until they come out with the cable card model. Should be able to get rid of some cable boxes then.

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