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SiliconDust HDHR4-2US HDHomeRun Connect 2-Tuner ATSC DLNA/UPnP Compatible Streaming Media Player

  • Two Digital Tuners, Anywhere on Your Network
  • Works with popular DVR software
  • Seamless operation with multiple computers
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Learn more about the SiliconDust HDHR4-2US

Model

Brand
SiliconDust
Model
HDHR4-2US

General

TV Tuner
Two Digital Tuners
TV Standards
ATSC digital TV (antenna)
Unencrypted digital cable TV (Clear QAM)

Features

Features
Two Digital Tuners,Anywhere on Your Network:
-Watch live TV on DLNA-compatible devices, including smart TVs, game consoles, and media players.
-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 number of tuners with multiple HDHomeRun devices

Works with popular DVR software:
-Watch, Pause, Record, & Rewind Live TV
-Schedule future or season recordings
-Record all your favorite TV shows by name
-Integrated TV guide (provided by the DVR software)
-Never miss your favorite show

Seamless operation with multiple computers:
-Run Windows 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, and NextPVR

Specifications

Specifications
8-VSB (ATSC over-the-air digital TV)
QAM64/256 (unencrypted digital cable TV)
100baseTX high speed network

Compatible With:
-Windows Media Center
-Elgato EyeTV - DVR for Mac
-MythTV - DVR for Linux
-NextPVR - DVR for Windows
-MediaPortal - DVR for Windows
-VLC - Multi-platform media viewer
-TSReader - MPEG-2 transport stream analysis
-XBMC - Multi-platform home theatre software

System Requirements

System Requirements
Dual-core CPU
2GB RAM
6-8GB disk space per hour of HDTV recording

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Shabuboy S.
  • 12/18/2014 3:35:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice unit but not for my current location.

This review is from: SiliconDust HDHR4-2US HDHomeRun Connect 2-Tuner ATSC DLNA/UPnP Compatible Streaming Media Player

Pros: - Works as specified
- Nice resolution/picture

Cons: - Tuner is a bit week (cannot detect channels which TV gets with same antenna/cable)

Other Thoughts: Little nice device. Could watch OTA TV on my wired PCs just fine. Image was awesome for those channels which was able to detect.
However, the tuners are a bit weak. I do live on a canyon, so the signal is not the strongest. However, using the same antenna and cable, my TV gets 3 more channels.
The main reason to get this device was to be able to watch sports on my office so the wife would watch something else on the TV. No luck. CBS is one of the missing channels and in my region, CBS has NFL and NCAA.

Also, this unit will be useless via wifi/wireless, if you need that, buy the other unit which support H.264. I knew that before purchasing this though, just wanted to share. that.

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  • norm w.
  • 12/17/2014 8:49:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsover

This review is from: SiliconDust HDHR4-2US HDHomeRun Connect 2-Tuner ATSC DLNA/UPnP Compatible Streaming Media Player

Pros: Easy to set up pc dvr but setting up a media server with the rest of your network is a different story.

Can stream to android phone or tablet.

Cons: Unless you want to watch OTA on your pc, or want a pc dvr, or don't own a digital tv, or tuner, then this has little usefulness. Must of what they state on their website and product box is nonsense.

No documentation whatsoever.

Other Thoughts: I bought this because I have a spare b-player with wireless and I wanted to use it in another room to watch tv without having to run another antenna line or micky mouse with another indoor antenna. Also, I wanted to record OTA broadcasts which I usually miss.

For the first purpose, this is a dud. My LG b-player can't see the dlna server on the tuner. If I use their app (cost separately) to stream from the tuner to my tablet and then to the LG (and tv) it works but only for a couple of minutes and then it's dead. If I use my Sony b-player, I can stream from the tuner to the b-player but that's completely worthless to me.

Setting up a pc dvr was very simple but not entirely because of this tuner. I mean most of the simplicity is in windows media center. Once I had the antenna placed and got good reception (this is very important) using windows media center to set up recording is great. Very slick. Much like using a cable dvr. However (and this is not an issue with the tuner), I have not found a way to stream these to my tv with either of my b-player boxes but I don't know if it's the pc server, or the b-players, or both.

There's literally no documentation with this box and no explanation of the setup app or the config app. This is ridiculous and inexcusable. Not happy that I had to spend so much time figuring out what works, and doesn't work, and work thru the hype.

And this box is really overhyped, literally. I have the product box in front of me and it shows a tv or monitor connected to a router. Huh? If you have a smart tv, or even a digital tv, I can't see why you would use this tuner. All you can do with this box is stream and change channels which is more useful directly from your tv. Similarly, I can't see why you want to stream to a b-player (also in the box diagram). It's just another way of streaming to your tv. If you don't have a tv, or a digital tuner, that's different.

Note, the digital signal is very important. You need an excellent antenna and you need excellent signal strength for each channnel.

You can stream to android if you buy their app. This may be the only reason I don't return this. I find it sometimes useful to watch e.g. the, news at the same time as something else but a picture-in-picture would also work, if you have it on your tv. You can also stream from android to a b-player and thus to your tv but again why would you want to? Note too, how well this works depends on your antenna reception. I mean, the app messes up in strange ways if you're not getting excellent reception.

Setting up your own pc dvr is the only reason I can see to buy this box (or if you just like to watch tv on your pc or laptop). I'm not sure what other options are available. I bought this on a whim. The last time I bought a tv tuner was about 15 years ago. It cost a bit more but had many more features like video input and capture which this doesn't do, so in my opinion this is overpriced and o

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  • Peter S.
  • 12/16/2014 6:40:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove this device

This review is from: SiliconDust HDHR4-2US HDHomeRun Connect 2-Tuner ATSC DLNA/UPnP Compatible Streaming Media Player

Pros: Easy instal. Flexible placement on network

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I have been happy with this device since day #1

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  • Lloyd H.
  • 12/13/2014 5:38:51 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: SiliconDust HDHR4-2US HDHomeRun Connect 2-Tuner ATSC DLNA/UPnP Compatible Streaming Media Player

Pros: Somewhat east to install. Firmware was updated automatically when I followed the step on the HDHomerun web site.

Cons: Had trouble getting sound to work in WMC because I'm use digital audio. Searched product website and found solution.

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  • Sheldon C.
  • 12/9/2014 7:28:12 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThese little boxes rock!

This review is from: SiliconDust HDHR4-2US HDHomeRun Connect 2-Tuner ATSC DLNA/UPnP Compatible Streaming Media Player

Pros: They just work, exactly like they are supposed to, and you can use it like a DVR and record over the air shows, then, if desired, have your processing program automatically change the format from .WTV to more usable one like MPG2 or .MKV as soon as the recording is completed, and, yowsa, you have your shows all set to watch, COMMERCIAL FREE, in FULL HD and surround sound from any device on your network including pads, phones, computers, and, of course, TV's! I have had this model and the model HDHR3 working together for a few months now using a fantastic free software called MC-TV Converter to do the automatic processing and commercial removal, and I use good ol' Windows Media Center that comes with Windows 7 to pick my shows, movies, and series that I want to auto record every day. With this setup, I can record up to 4 shows at once.

Cons: The only con I got is that once the program is recorded and processed, all automatically as described above, there is no longer and program description available for it/them. All you get is a list with the name and date and time and channel it was recorded on but no description.

Other Thoughts: Overall, this setup using this unit and one more on my network is very good, especially for the price for the source being over the air digital TV channels-FREE. Beats the pants out of paying for Cable TV.

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  • Isaac N.
  • 12/6/2014 8:39:08 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEasy

This review is from: SiliconDust HDHR4-2US HDHomeRun Connect 2-Tuner ATSC DLNA/UPnP Compatible Streaming Media Player

Pros: Works well and easy to setup

Cons: doenst come with a free trip to Hawaii

Other Thoughts: would definitly recommend this to people

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  • William D.
  • 12/1/2014 6:45:51 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: SiliconDust HDHR4-2US HDHomeRun Connect 2-Tuner ATSC DLNA/UPnP Compatible Streaming Media Player

Pros: See previous review from 11/19/2014.

Cons: See previous review from 11/19/2014.

Other Thoughts: Some reviewers complained of problems like pixelation and frame drops when watching TV from the HDHR4 on a tablet or smart phone via Wi-Fi. One reviewer also thought that the HDHR4 compressed the TV signal and that was the cause of the pixelation. He thought connecting an antenna directly to a TV used an uncompressed TV signal.

The HDHR4 and previous models of the HD Homerun do not compress the TV signal. They only tune the over-the-air ATSC digital TV signal. These TV signals have already been compressed at the TV station using the old MPEG-2 format that is also used on DVD's. The problems experienced when using the HDHR4 with a tablet or smart phone are caused by two things. Neither of them is due to the HRHR4.

The first cause is the large amount of bandwidth required to transmit a 1080 TV signal using the old MPEG-2 compression. MPEG-2 uses twice the bandwidth of the modern MPEG-4 compression that is used by Blu-Ray and to stream videos over the Internet. The HDHR4 and previous models are designed for use on a wired Ethernet LAN. If you have to stream from one using Wi-Fi, the SiliconDust forum mentions that you have to use at least 802.11n Wi-Fi to stream HDTV. The HDHomerun Plus HDTC-2US is the model you should use if you plan to stream over Wi-Fi. The HDTC-2US does compress the TV signal using MPEG-4 and was actually designed for use over Wi-Fi.

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The second cause of problems when using tablets and smartphones is the need to down convert a 1920x1080 pixel picture to the size screen used on the tablet or smart phone. The videos you stream from the internet are normally stored in multiple common aspect ratios. Your tablet or phone will download and play the size that is closest to its screen resolution. When using one of the HD Homerun tuners you are streaming the full resolution TV picture that the TV station transmitted. It could be 480x640, 480x704, 720x1280, or 1080x1920. If the signal is 1080 your tablet or phone may have to down size the picture to fit the screen and this could overwhelm the processor on some older devices.

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  • William D.
  • 11/20/2014 10:13:09 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: SiliconDust HDHR4-2US HDHomeRun Connect 2-Tuner ATSC DLNA/UPnP Compatible Streaming Media Player

Pros: See previous review from 11/19/2014.

Cons: See previous review from 11/19/2014.

Other Thoughts: One reviewer mentioned needing a way to move the antenna automatically. If you were using a single outdoor antenna on a mast and only watching live TV or using a single tuner DVR you could use a rotator. When using a DVR with multiple tuners like the HDHR4 has you should allow recording from multiple directions at the same time. It's better to use separate antennas that are permanently aimed at each group of TV stations. You then connect one or more tuners to each. Because the antennas don't need to rotate, you can mount them in your attic where they are out of the weather and out of sight. Don't couple the antennas because you will end up with multipath and interference problems. I tried that and it doesn't work even if you tune the length of the coax to the coupler/splitter to make sure the signals are in synch. You also want to use a UHF only antenna if you only have UHF stations in the direction it will be pointed. VHF antennas will pick up interference from FM radio and illegally modified amateur radio. You should only use a VHF/UHF antenna if you need to tune a VHF station. Using separate antennas will require more tuners, but that is where an external tuner like the HDHR4 comes in handy. I have TV stations in three directions so I have three antennas in my attic but I ran out of expansion slots for internal tuners in my living room DVR. The HDHR4 allows me to tune the channels from all three directions without any scheduling conflicts.

I use the tvfool website to find out what TV stations are available in an area, what direction they are in, and what type of antenna is needed. I found it's much better than using AntennaWeb.

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  • Steve P.
  • 11/20/2014 5:27:59 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCut Cord

This review is from: SiliconDust HDHR4-2US HDHomeRun Connect 2-Tuner ATSC DLNA/UPnP Compatible Streaming Media Player

Pros: My current $80 dollar a month bill from direct Tv provides 3 tv and home link and dvr service and just mainly local channels. I now am moving to over the air tv with 30 stations within 20 miles of my home. I use my window 7 Windows media center as my DVR. I will be getting a pvr for my main tv with its own antenna. HDHomerun is a big deal. It allows WMC to record two shows at the same time. It provides clear pictures and 5.1 dolby. If your not into 125 channels of worthless mind numbing tv this is your setup.

Cons: You still need a few pieces of equipment. Computer , network, Internet, and know how to get on the internet and download mce buddy converter software.

Other Thoughts: MCEBuddy, Plex , Chromecast and you have controll of your world of tv.

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  • William D.
  • 11/19/2014 2:22:05 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: SiliconDust HDHR4-2US HDHomeRun Connect 2-Tuner ATSC DLNA/UPnP Compatible Streaming Media Player

Pros: As some other reviews have mentioned this does tune stations better than previous models. Compared to my HDHR3 this HDHR4 has a higher signal strength and it is much steadier.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Aman W. obviously didn't do any research. The point of buying a tuner like this is to get the signal directly from the TV station. The picture of your local TV stations will be clearer, won't go out during rain or contract disputes, and you will often receive more local channels than what the cable and satellite companies offer. I get 33 stations from 27 networks (some duplicates from different towns). The satellite companies only offer 12 of those while the cable company is missing 7 of them.

If you build your own DVR you can use a much larger hard drive for storage than what the cable and satellite companies offer and you will also be able to archive recordings to another hard drive or a server. This tuner does work with Linux systems running MythTV and for Windows systems Windows Media Center is a good choice. I have one DVR running Windows 7 Pro with Windows Media Center and another running Windows 7 Pro and SageTV. They are both older desktop systems that I installed in nice looking HTPC cases, connected to TV's using HDMI cables, and also to surround sound systems. Analog TV has not been used in the U.S. since 2009 and new TV's use HDMI cables to connect to a DVR not an RF out coax connector. Most computers have HDMI ports or at least a DVI-D port that can use a HDMI adapter. If your computer is so old it only has a VGA port, it's probably not worth upgrading the video card so it can be used as an HD DVR.

This tuner costs less than what I was paying for one month of cable TV so it quickly pays for itself. If you stay with cable TV for non-local channels you will need to get a CableCard ready tuner, like the HDHomerun PRIME, to use with your home built DVR because the signal from cable companies is encrypted.

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