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SiliconDust HDRACK 8US - TECH3-8US-2X4, 8 Digital Enterprise Broadcasting Tuner box

  • Multicast Streaming
  • F Connector/ Ethernet Interface
  • Customized Commercial App
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Equipped with eight TV tuners (2x4), the SiliconDust HDRACK 8US TECH3-8US-2X4 allows you to watch TV from any computer on your network just by connecting this tuner to your router. No need to open a case to install a PCI card or tie to a USB dongle. Enterprise site-wide Multicast Digital RTP Streaming allows multiple computers to access digital TV simultaneously. The digital broadcast diagnostics/troubleshooting tool helps you easily analyze the stream and breeze through problems. Static Channel Mapping allows enhanced convenience. This tuner is also supports Windows, OSX, Linux, BSD, Solaris, making it an ideal choice for cross-platform users.

Application
• IPTV unicasting, multicasting, steaming
• Streaming to designated video clients. VLC, QuickTV, or Windows Media Player

Multicast Digital RTP Streaming
• Cross Platform Support
• Static Channel Mapping
• Broadcast Signal Diagnostics and Monitoring

  • newegg Site-Wide Multicast Streaming Allow unlimited simultaneous computers to access digital TV by streaming multicast RTP digital video from antenna or unencrypted cable. Windows viewing using Windows Media Player or HDHomeRun QuickTV, multi-platform viewing using VLC.
  • newegg Digital broadcast diagnostics/troubleshooting The HDHomeRun TECH provides RF diagnostics including signal strength, SNR, and constellation plots. For stream diagnostics use the HDHomeRun TECH with TSReader for breakdown of bitrates, programs, and tables.
  • newegg Head-end monitoring The HDHomeRun TECH can be command-line scripted for use with always-on monitoring applications. Command line utility compatible with Windows, Mac, Linux, and Solaris.
  • newegg Customized commercial applications The HDHomeRun TECH can be controlled by C library code for a wide range of customized applications.

Learn more about the SiliconDust TECH3-8US-2X4

Model

Brand
SiliconDust
Model
TECH3-8US-2X4

General

Type
External TV Tuner Box
TV Tuner
8 tuners
TV Standards
ATSC / ClearQAM
Interface
F Connector / Ethernet

Features

Features
Multicast streaming

Constellation plot display

Compatible with TS Reader for stream analysis

dBmV signal level display

dB signal quality (MER) display

Configurable TTL

Static channel / target / IP configuration

Scriptable from Windows, OSX, Linux, *BSD, Solaris

8VSB to IP

QAM to IP

Multicast Service Announcement (SAP)

Hardware PID filtering

Specifications

Specifications
General Specifications
- Tuner Interface: (4) 75 Ohm F Connector
- Tuner Count: 8 Tuners
- Network Interface: (4) IEEE802.3u 100Base-TX Ethernet (RJ-45)
- Dimensions: Rack Mount - 19" x 10" x 1.75"
- Power: 100-240V

Environmental
- Operating Temperature: 0 to 45 degree
- Operating Humidity: 20% to 80% (non-Condensing)

Tuner / Demodulator
- Modulation:
ATSC: 8VSB
Cable: QAM64 / QAM256 Annex B
- Frequency Range: 44 to 1002 MHz
- Input Level: -12 to +15 dBmV
- Hardware PID Filter: Program Number / Arbitrary PID Ranges
- Signal Diagnostics: dBmV / MER measurements Constellation Plot

Network / Management
- Address: IPv4 (RFC791) AutoIP / DHCP / Static
- Control: TCP
- Data: UDP / RTP encapsulated MPEG2-TS
- Time To Live (TTL):
User configurable
Multicast support
Non-volatile configuration storage
Upgradable firmware
Multi-unit expandable

- Operation Systems (32/64bit): WIndows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP
Linux
MAC OS X
BSD
Solaris
- Requirement:4 CAT5 and 4 RG6 cables
- Size: IU Network Rack

System Requirements

Operating Systems Supported
Operation Systems (32/64bit):
Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP
Linux
MAC OS X
BSD
Solaris

Packaging

Package Contents
TECH3-8US-2X4
Power cable
(4) CAT5 cables
Rack mounting hardware

Quick Info

Warranty

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


Customer Reviews of the SiliconDust TECH3-8US-2X4

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  • James M.
  • 11/7/2012 12:47:57 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsCool box but....

Pros: I didn't have any problems managing this box from a different subnet after setting a static IP. The picture quality is good and the box has been running for 3 weeks with no resets.

Cons: The one problem I see is with no encoding the stream can peak at around 25mbs playing sports on ESPN or similar. I should have known this but didn't cross my mind. That is way too much bandwidth to multicast 15 or 20 channels on our network so I will be looking for another solution.

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  • THOMAS C.
  • 8/6/2012 7:15:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsGlued Together Product without Support

Pros: Accepts a static IP address, which is questionably a pro due to subnet restrictions (see cons). Exact same core functionality and command syntax as consumer units.

Cons: One of the biggest flaws in this product is the fact their technical support is terrible. Response times are very slow and often unprofessional. Be prepared to argue for hours with their support in order to have a bug acknowledged, but don't expect a fix for it.

The other massive failure is the management software. The software to manage tech device still requires you to be on the exact same subnet in order to discover the devices to be managed, despite the fact you assign static IP addresses to the four tuners. You'll also have to reduce your display resolution in order to see the entire interface, as many of the management interface buttons do not render at all on the page unless your Windows font size is set to "small" system wide.

To add salt to the wound, the management software crashes quite often and discards your changes unless you "save" them every few minutes. Some configuration is stored locally on the desktop PC that has the managment software.

Other Thoughts: Upon opening the unit up, you'll find four individual dual tuner consumer units mounted on a metal board with a single power supply. Each unit is managed individually with their own IP address and requires four network cables.

The management software crashes a lot and many functions still require you to use the command line configuration. So, you're basically paying a thousand dollar premium for a rack mounted box. Don't expect the LEDs on the plastic front of your shiny new box to tell you anything either, as they don't even render any visualization worth noting.

I wouldn't recommend this "enterprise" product to anyone.

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