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SiliconDust HDHR4-2US HDHomeRun CONNECT 2-Tuner ATSC DLNA/UPnP Compatible Streaming Media Player for Cord Cutters

  • Two Digital Tuners, Anywhere on Your Network
  • Works with popular DVR software
  • Seamless operation with multiple computers

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HDHR4-2US
Free Broadcast HDTV

The simple way to watch live HDTV on media devices throughout your home.

  • Cut the cable and cut the subscription costs
  • Watch live HDTV on up to 2 devices simultaneously on your wired network
  • Watch with all popular PC DVR software so you can watch, pause and record
  • Watch many great primetime broadcast channels from your favorite networks
  • HDHomeRun is DLNA compatible and streams over UPnP
Forget about Cable TV. Cut the Cord and Make "HDHomeRun Connect" Part of Your Home Network.

Your devices can then receive Free broadcast TV channels via an antenna allowing you to send glorious HD 1080i definition content to anywhere in your home via an Ethernet connection and to multiple devices. No more expensive subscriptions or cable boxes. SD (Standard Digital) also works over Wi-Fi to extend your viewing capability.

You can also record, pause, rewind and schedule your favorite shows using popular compatible DVR software like Windows Media Center, Elgato EyeTV and Myth TV.

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What You Need:

  • Antenna suitable for reception in your area
  • Coax cable
  • Internet connection (for PVR software guide data downloads)
  • Home network router
  • Computer, DLNA compatible smart TV, media player or game console

Specifications:

  • 2 Tuners
  • 8-VSB (ATSC over-the air digital TV)
  • QAM64/256 (unencrypted digital cable TV)
  • 100base TX high-speed network
  • 1 Year warranty

Computer Hardware Requirements:

  • Dual core CPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 6 - 8GB disk space per hour of HDTV recording (when using third party compatible software)
  • Non-PC devices must support TS format and MPEG2 video
  • Will stream SD content to compatible wireless devices via Wi-Fi

Compatible with the Following Software:

  • Elgato Eye TV - DVR for Mac
  • MythTV - DVR for Linux
  • NextPVR - DVR for Windows
  • MeidaPortal - DVR for Windows
  • VLC - Multi-platform media viewer
  • TSReader - MPEG-2 transport stream analysis
  • XBMC - Multi platform home theater software

Seamless Operation

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Easy to Set Up - Follow our quick setup guide inside.

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Expand Your System - Multiple HDHomeRun units can be used together to expand the number of devices you can watch simultaneously.

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Multiple Computer Access - Run Windows Media Center on multiple computers sharing the pool of HDHomeRun tuners.

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Automatic Allocation - Tuners are automatically allocated between computers as needed.

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Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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Customer Reviews of the SiliconDust HDHR4-2US

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  • Tomme S.
  • 2/4/2016 11:51:13 AM

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Product for those who understand what they are getting

Pros: One of the best tuners on the market and I have tested several of them.
The software tools are extremely helpful
External so I can get to it from more than one devise

Cons: No real complaints. The tuner works as advertised.
The software, like all software, is environment dependent. I use it with W8.1 Media Center and my Android TV box. But it is problematic with my tablet.

Other Thoughts: The key to loving this product is to have a great OTA signal. The tuner is more sensitive than most, but it still needs something to work with. I use a DB4e antenna indoors mounted like a lamp. Here in north Atlanta I get over 40 channel with all green bars (signal quality, signal strength and symbol quality). There are another 10 -15 channels that I don't care about. If you get a strong consistent signal you will love this product. If not, you may be disappointed. I cut the cord a couple of years ago and will never miss it.

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  • jae j.
  • 1/20/2016 4:16:43 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggssimple enough, instructions not clear

Pros: -when set up, works flawlessly and without interruption
-comes with ethernet cable
-small, can be placed anywhere
-power adaptor small and compact which is nice when its connected to a crowded surge protector

Cons: -instructions are not clear as there really arent any
-software not intuitive and has potentially 4 places to go for what you want to do

Other Thoughts: with cables running all over i placed a mohu leaf antenna across the room next to a window
plugged in all the cables and didnt know what to do. no instructions meant i had to figure out how to get this up and running:
download the HDHomeRun software here: silicondust.com/support/downloads
there are potentially three applications: the HDHomeRun Config & HDHomeRun View & DVR applications. view is just a channel viewer for your computer, config is a very rough rudamentary interface for detecting channels (although i didnt get it to do much of anything at all), i did not install the DVR program

after you have the apps installed i could not get any channels, it turns out there is a web interface or local website for the HDHomeRun. it will vary by network but with an Airport Extreme i typed 10.0.1.12 and a simple interface with four options appeared (PC ip address will be something like: 192.168.1.xx).

Channel lineup: this is where it scans for channels. i found 25 channels and all seem to work without issue with maybe some distortion lag every once in a while, probably not due to the HDHomeRun Connect.
Tuner Status: not much use to me with the exception of telling me if the antenna is detected (this will be more important in a moment)
System Status: tells the MAC address, ip address and other system information
Installation instructions: links and reference for software and things for all OS's supported
during the hardware setup, everything was working except after fiddling it turns out the powered part of the mohu antenna was not working (it was originally) so i removed it and plugged in the antenna directly to the HDHomeRun. removing the powered usb connection immediately allowed it to find 25 channels

some people say instal the software first, i did not. if you connect the hardware and then install the software it will automatically update the HDHomeRun firmware automatically. I have not found any other way to install new firmware besides this so....

1. hook up hardware
2. download software from silicondust.com/support/downloads
3. find the local ip address of your HDHomeRun (i used OS X's built in network utility to find the ip address)
4. scan for channels (my setup is with an over the air OTA antenna mohu leaf, select broadcast before scanning)
5. enjoy, i use the AppleTV app called "channels" which was $15 :/ but perfectly interfaces with the HDHomeRun hassle free

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  • Thomas K.
  • 1/12/2016 12:24:05 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest thing since sliced bread

Pros: Let's you put the tuner on the network, away from your main Media Center server to the best location for the antenna (or to stream to multiple devices). Tuner pulls in channels as good or better than anything else. I run two of them to be able to watch or record 4 channels at once.

Cons: Better case? Cooler lights? No real cons, it does what it is supposed to at a reasonable price.

Other Thoughts: I've run Windows Media Center since Vista (and MythTV before that) and I've been through a bunch of Turner cards, USB Tuner dongles, etc. Until a few years ago, I would never spend the extra money for an HDHR. That's probably my biggest regret.

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5 out of 5 eggsIf you follow the instructions, it works like a charm

Pros: The flexibility of being able to put this pretty much anywhere in the house is a huge Pro...I have even teamed this up with a set of power line adapters so that I did not have to run network cable to where the HD antenna feed comes in the house. I highly recommend this product (and the rest of the homerun tunners) to anyone and everyone trying to get rid of their cable bill. When purchasing this device, make sure you do read up on what this is capable of and purchase any necessary equipment needed. Trying to purchase the equipment in pieces will lead to frustrations. I have seen lots of complaints with DVRing...this is not a DVR, but will work with DVR software that is install on a PC (see the specifications tab) ...the PC is where the files will be saved, not to this little box. I have seen complaints about windows 10...I upgraded as soon as I could to Win10 and have not had any problems using the tuner on a Win10 machine. I primarily use this for viewing on an AppleTV Gen4, HTPC with Win7, my PS3, my macbook or my Win10 machine depending on what room I am in. This device seems to get a better signal than when the HD antenna was plugged directly into the TV. My HTPC does all the DVRing. Shows, movies, or sports that get DVR'ed are in great quality whether I watch it on the HTPC or anyone of the other devices I listed above. WiFi is where I have noticed problems, especially if I am not in the room with the WiFi router or the Access Point. My MacBook is the only WiFi device, but I know where my "sweet spots" are in the house and if I need to use WiFi, thats where I go and usually have no problems. So it will be trial in error on the users part, each house is built differently. I have not tried to install any apps on my iPads or smart phones to view TV on them, so I can not comment from that end.

Cons: I think the instructions that come in the box are only ok...I think of myself as an above average techy personal (lol), but think that the average personal can figure out this device pretty quick. Dont be afraid to google this product and watch the videos. Many people have figured out the tricks and tips for these devices. I actually recommend watching them before you even purchase this device to help you get a better understanding of what this device can do.

Other Thoughts: Take your time researching this device or any of the other homerun devices. These are a very powerful tool when installed correctly. I will say there is more leg work than it seems to set this device up, especially if you do not have a whole house wired network. If you have a house that is already wired for cat5e or cat6...you are golden and setup time will not be as long. If your house is not, take the time to plan out...it will save you tons of frustrations. Like I talked about above, you most likely will need to purchase additional equipment long with this device to make sure you are getting the full benefit of this device.

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1 out of 5 eggsHD View will not work with Windows 10

Pros: Someone needs to highlight the fact that HDHomeRun View WILL NOT WORK with Windows 10. You get sound but no video. It is not totally SD's fault. Microsoft has removed the Codec needed to convert the video (you cannot watch DVDs with a new Win10 install, or .mpg or others, either). The problem I have with SD is that they acknowledge the problem, but expressly refuse to tell you how to work around the problem. Only, apparently, if people boycotted the product until SD remedied the situation, would it get fixed. So, as well as it works with my older Windows installs, do not buy this until it fixes the Windows 10 issue. I think SiliconDust is monitoring these reviews. Show me how I am wrong or fix the issue and I will gladly change my review. It is a good product, but you can't leave Win10 users hanging like this with no solution other that, "go see how others have fixed it, we can't tell you."

Cons: Need 3rd party codec to work with Windows 10

Other Thoughts: Rather than leave this up to the user to figure out on her or his own, make the solution clear and understandable, if not automatic. As more users migrate to Windows 10, this will become an increasing problem for you SD.

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  • Joseph G.
  • 11/12/2015 12:16:21 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsStay away if Linux user, maybe just stay away

Pros: Until it works as intended, how does one know?

Cons: If you have a problem, you'll receive no help from Silicondust.
Recording may be a problem if a linux user.
Common problem "Mythtv could not connect to database" has many people in forums confused to point not sure anyone has solved.

Other Thoughts: Tried with both Mythtv as part of Ubuntu 14.04 and with Mythbuntu, as well as the more complicated TVheadend, which manufacturer also claims it works. You will likely not like mythbuntu as an operating system, with mythtv there is an independent channel scan. With TVheadend, the tuner can be made operational and run channel scan, but it's complicated, you will however receive internet stations on top of OTA broadcasts.
There is a common problem "Mythtv could not connect to database" when running set up for mythtv. This will prevent any progression to mythtv interface, so you won't be able to set up any recording capability. Whatever is causing is also preventing recording with tvheadend. EVEN THOUGH IT MAY BE A LINUX ISSUE, knowledgeable help is not available in forums and Silicondust offers no assistance. 2 tickets were filled out with them and I did not get a response, let alone any indication where to look for info to correct the problem. They claim their products work with Linux, if that the case, they should be willing to address common issues about the interface of their products with an operating system. STAY AWAY

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  • Peter L.
  • 10/24/2015 5:28:25 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks well, easy setup

Pros: Used this to replace a Hauppauge PVR-350 when switching my MythTV system over from DirecTV to broadcast-only. Compared to the PVR-350 setup, this couldn't have been simpler. Used with an outdoor HDTV antenna. The fact that it's a standalone network appliance is very nice. It need not be installed near a computer. MythTV's setup wizard was able to detect it, perform a channel scan, and start recording in HD with no hassle at all. Highly recommended for any MythTV users looking to move away from cable / satellite.

Cons: The android app from HD Homerun that lets you watch live TV on your tablet / phone costs an additional $0.99 in the play store. I only used it for testing, so that was ever-so-slightly annoying.

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  • Kristofer M.
  • 10/1/2015 6:32:33 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSimple and easy to use

Pros: Plug and play basically. Small, stays out of way

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I bought this because, at the time, the new Hauppauge capture cards were incompatible with my MythTV application. Bought this and worked seamlessly for it.

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  • Jason C.
  • 9/23/2015 9:50:09 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDVR WITHOUT CABLE!!!

Pros: I LOVE THIS DEVICE!!!!

FREE TV (GOODBYE CABLE!)
You can stream to ANY device (Tablets, phones and computers)
NO COST DVR service (with applicable hw and software)

Cons: Only two tuners. Because broadcast stations decide to air all the "popular" shows at the same time, sometimes two isn't enough.

You need a good outdoor antenna. Multiple computers are needed throughout the house and you must have good hardware that can provide enough bandwidth to support it (GBit WIRED connections.) But then again, the investment cost pays for itself usually within a few months after ditching cable.

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  • Christian S.
  • 7/20/2015 4:39:34 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat little box

Pros: Works.
2 tuners with a single input
Can have multiple devices at the same time

Cons: Box advertises SD over wifi, but nothing on the instructions or on the net could clarify how to get this. I only could see HD reaching my HTPC.

Other Thoughts: Be sure to install the drivers first.

Wanted to use 802.11N wifi connection from HDHR to HTPC. Had to make some changes to the router wifi config in order to get this to work properly.
Used speedtest.net to verify that the HTPC could receive as much bandwidth over wifi as possible.
Once all set up, the HDHR could feed the HTPC without any issues.

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