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SiliconDust HDHomeRun PRIME 6CC - Six Digital Tuners, Anywhere on Your Network HDHR3-6CC-3X2 Ethernet Interface

  • Six Digital Tuners
  • Watch TV on your network
  • Premium cable TV channels
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Expand your cable TV from the living room to kitchen, backyard or garage with the SiliconDust HDHomeRun PRIME 6CC TV tuner.

Equipped with six TV tuners (3x2), the SiliconDust HDHomeRun PRIME HDHR3-6CC-3X2 allows you to watch TV from any computer on your network just by connecting this tuner to your home router. So you can enjoy the premium programs in 100% digital quality without monthly set-top box rental. The HDHomeRun PRIME is compatible with Windows Media Center on Windows 7 and other DVR application including MythTV, which means you can record your favorite TV shows or schedule future recordings easily and effortlessly, and never miss your favorite shows. Check out the HDHomeRun PRIME today, and add a new dimension to your computer.

  • newegg Any computer on your home network HDHomeRun PRIME is a cable TV tuner for computers – Ethernet attached. Once connected to your home router you can access the HDHomeRun Tuners from any computer, anywhere in your home. Watch / Record TV from you Family Room / Kitchen / Garage / Backyard, anywhere you have a computer.
  • newegg Premium Digital Cable TV HDHomeRun PRIME supports CableCARD conditional access, providing access to the premium cable channels from your PC. Insert an M-Card from your cable provider and you’ll be able to watch and record all the digital cable channels you subscribe to, including HD and premium channels in 100% digital quality. Do away with that $16-22 per month set-top box rental.
  • newegg Windows Media Center HDHomeRun Prime works with Windows 7 Windows Media Center, providing the full DVR experience. Watch/Pause/Record live TV, schedule recordings by name, set up season passes, and watch any time.
  • newegg Xbox 360 Don’t have a PC next to your TV? No problem. Use an Xbox360 or other Media Center Extender and you’ll have access to live TV and all the recorded TV on your main PC.
  • newegg DVR Applications HDHomeRun PRIME supports streaming access-controlled copy-freely channels to other DVR applications including MythTV. These are channels that you subscribe to, are encrypted on the cable system (access-controlled), and do not impose restriction on use inside the home (copy-freely).
  • newegg iPad 2 Compatible Elgato’s HDHomeRun App and Silicondust HDHomeRun PRIME together deliver premium television and DVR capabilities to iPad 2. The HDHomeRun PRIME device sends the TV signal straight to the HDHomeRun PRIME App, so there is no need for the user to turn on a computer. You will be able to watch, pause and record on your iPad.

Learn more about the SiliconDust HDHR3-6CC-3X2

Model

Brand
SiliconDust
Model
HDHR3-6CC-3X2

General

Type
External TV Tuner Box
TV Tuner
Six Digital Tuners
TV Standards
US Digital Cable
Interface
Ethernet

Features

Features
Six Digital Tuners, Anywhere on Your Network
- Home-theater form factor… add 6 premium cable-TV tuners to your home theater system.
- Premium cable TV (CableCARD).
- Watch TV from any computer on your network.
- Record full 1080i broadcast resolution.
- Watch, Pause, Record, & Rewind Live TV.
- Schedule and record all your favorite TV shows.
- Expand with multiple HDHomeRun devices.

TV sources
- US digital cable TV

Windows 7 Windows Media Center:
- Record all your favorite TV shows by name.
- Schedule future or season recordings.
- Integrated TV guide.
- Never miss your favorite show.

Compatible With: Windows Media Center on Windows 7

Specifications

Specifications
Based on two 3-tuner HDHomeRun PRIME units

17" home-theater form factor

US Digital Cable

M-Card CableCARD interface (x2)

USB Tuning Resolver interface (x2)

1000baseT (gigabit Ethernet) network interface (x2) (compatible with 100baseTX networks)

System Requirements

Processor
Dual (or more) core PC
Memory
2GB RAM
Operating Systems Supported
Windows 7
Others
4-8GB disk space per hour of HD recording, 1-2GB per hour of SD recording

100 or 1000Mbit Ethernet network (1000Mbit/GigE Ethernet switch recommended).

Subscription to digital cable service

CableCARD (M-Card) from your cable provider (x2)

Consumer Alert

Consumer Alert
HDHomeRun PRIME is not compatible with satellite TV or IPTV services such as U-Verse

Quick Info

Warranty

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


Customer Reviews of the SiliconDust HDHR3-6CC-3X2

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  • Josh H.
  • 6/22/2012 5:45:21 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsExcellent System

Pros: Work with available ClearQAM and CableCard. Fast and smooth over wired network. Still pretty fast on wireless N network. 6 HD tunners

Cons: Its really two triple tuner systems in one box. Not a big problem but requires 2 sets of wiring (coax and ethernet) and 2 CableCards to work all 6 tuners. (also currently Windows Media Center, if that's what you choose to use, only supports 4 tuners)
Wish it worked with ATSM (over the air HD) as well as Cable signals

Other Thoughts: I have been very happy with the HDHomeRun PRIME. Tested it with Comcast cable card and it worked well. Now using with Bright House ClearQAM and it runs very well.

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  • Scott W.
  • 1/27/2012 2:44:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome product

Pros: The unit does everything it states it does. Very easy to set up if you have the right kind of cable card. Works very well with WMC and xbox as a media extender. My xbox in my living room is now my TV tuner hooked thru a powerline network module to that allows access to my house switch. WIFI was not effective for me in terms of HD streaming. It will share tuners thru out the house so now every computer in my house is also a TV. I am FIOS customer in the DFW area so make sure you ask for the red/pink M-cards, the ones with the globe on them from motorola are not compatible in this area (I have no idea why). If the tech doesn't have one on the truck the FIOS plus stores in the metroplex do. I just took back the FIOS dvr box and switched over from Directv. This little box will pay for itself in 2 years and save me a metric f-ton of money in the long run. I had no software issues with it, just make sure you run the setup before messing with WMC. I highly recommend.

Cons: This box is literally 2 home run prime just put in a rack enclosure. I got this one because I have a wall rack mount in my laundry room and I wanted it look tidy. So if you want to go cheaper just get 2 home run prime 3cc boxes. I don't know why SD charges $30-50 more for this unit (boo SD). Also would have been nice for the circuit to be one piece as far as ethernet connections with just one connection versus two to the switch (minorquibble).

Other Thoughts: The unit is 3 tuners per card however your cards might not be. My area is only 2 tuners per MCard (so only 4 useable tuners). Also WMC per machine will only allow 4 tuners from any one source. I got another tuner 3cc version (for a total of 6 tuners) and found that the WMC I have set up for the xbox will max at 4 tuners from any one source (ie you can have 4 cable card tuners and 2 antenna tuners for WMC just fine but not 6 from each) which isn't a big deal, I just mix and match tuner usage on my other computers so that in the case of recording there are no lack of tuners available. Very pleased with unit but if you do get it, be prepared for a fight. The cable companies are clueless at times in terms of getting these things going. You have to dogged in terms of perseverance, but you and can succeed. DON'T GET FRUSTRATED. Just keep at it. FYI I was a long time Directv customer but now that you can get sunday ticket thru PS3 without having to suscribe to Directv- "Life iS Good!'

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  • Elliot O.
  • 9/24/2011 5:11:26 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThe little tuner(s) that could.

Pros: Works as advertised.
Low power consumption.
Excellent continuous improvement of firmware and software package by Silicon Dust.
Setup was fast and easy. It took about 20 minutes from plugging in the device to watching tv with activated cable cards.

Cons: I get why silicon dust had to package the two tuner option in this manner (without an internal coax splitter), but a splitter in the box would have been nice.

Other Thoughts: I wasn't sure if it was going to be a Ceton or a SiliconDust, but I'm glad I waited and picked up the two-in-one. My Verizon FIOS setup hasn't needed a low pass filter.
Verizon FIOS has done a really good job of migrating to customer self installs of CableCards.

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  • Gavin E.
  • 8/28/2011 10:46:13 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWell worth the cost and (long) wait

Pros: Two cable inputs for six tuners (compared to 1 input per tuner on previous models). Helpful web interface for cablecard setup.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: I've been using Silicondust HDHomerun units since 2008. For a MythTV setup, there's really nothing more reliable. I replaced 2 original HDHomerun units (4 tuners) and 2 firewire cable boxes with a single 6CC Prime unit. A six-way cable split was reduced to a two-way split. Four power cords were replaced with one. Absolutely worth the high cost and long wait.

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  • Eric M.
  • 8/25/2011 10:25:40 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot quite baked yet

Pros: 6 tuners, one box. Network connected so any computer can use it. Great when it works. iPad app to watch TV

Cons: New problems pop up every day and they are not always Microsoft's fault. Tuners don't always release. Sometimes WMC can't find a tuner when it can find a regular clearQAM tuner on my other SD box. Now today, a week after ownership, HDhomerun says that it can't get a channel line up on any computer so this is not a Microsoft issue.

Other Thoughts: Given the delays in this product, I would assume the reliability to be perfect instead it still seems half-baked and buggy. SD is still rolling out software and firmware patches. According to the forum, there are a couple of issues on the SD bench to be resolved in software updates.

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  • Clifford B.
  • 8/22/2011 12:29:14 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs6 Tuners! I record too much TV!

Pros: I like this company - setup was a breeze - plug in co-ax cable (x2), plug in ethernet cable (x2), plug in the cable cards which you have to get from your cable provider (x2 - my cable provider calls them M-Cards which means multi-stream and is different from a standard cable card) then download software from silicondust's website, install and follow the instructions also downloaded from their website and voila! cards are recognized channels scanned and they have a neat program to instantly view any of the available channels called Quick TV. I use windows media center in windows 7 on a dedicated pc on my network for viewing on 3 TV's - 2 with Xbox's connected to them and 1 with a D-Link media center extender. In addition, I have other pc's on my network that can access the tuners as well.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: All your trouble will come from your cable provider and in my case microsoft! Cable Co. problems: 1) It took multiple attempts for them to send signals to the cards to get them to work (even though they said they were activated when I picked them up) 2) If you have premium channels like I do such as HBO, Showtime, etc. it took the cable Co multiple attempts at checking those signals to get it straight as well. The worst part is that I had to direct them and not let them get away with trying to blame someone else! And now to microsoft - for media center you have to deal with 1) digital cable advisor (DCA) and 2) a digital product key, both of these issues were a pain to do the research online and figure out for myself. There are not enough characters for me to plainly explain what needs to be done as much as I would like to just walk someone through the process and avoid my trial and errors!

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  • Michael G.
  • 8/20/2011 6:34:37 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNot for the fant of heart

Pros: None of the LEDs are labeled, but you can go to the Silicondust's website and in the forums you can find the meaning of each LED. Also the device requires two cable inputs. This thing is really 2 Prime 3CC in a single box.

Cons: None of the LEDs are labeled, but you can goto the Silicondust's website and in the forums you can find the meaning of each LED. Also the Device require two cable inputs. this thing is really 2 Prime 3CC in a single box.

Other Thoughts: Getting cable card to work correctly can be a frustrating task especially dealing with your local cable company. The cable cards that I got were not the correct firmware but if you go to conditional access screen you will see that the box is updating the firmware on the cable card so be patient. I would have like to seen an internal splitter of some sort that way this box would only have one cable input. Tuners seem to resolve channels pretty fast I would say in about a second or less. I personally only use Media Center and this seems to work pretty good on my laptop which is wireless and only has Intel HD Graphics. I can resolve HD channels without any stuttering or skipping. I would like to see marking on the box telling you the orientation of the cable card but if you face the cable card up you should be okay. I would also like to see an eject button to take the cable card out. I like the web interface to the box. I'm would definitely recommend as a must have to your system.

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  • Greg C.
  • 8/19/2011 4:52:15 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDOA

Pros: Six Tunners

Cons: Item arrived DOA with 4001 ERROR Means has to be shipped back to be reprogrammed so no tv for me for at least a week as I already took back my Cable box

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