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AVerMedia HomeFree AVplus F210 Watch Live TV on iPad
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Great for hacking, like HomeRun. 01/03/2014

This review is from: AVerMedia HomeFree AVplus F210 Watch Live TV on iPad

Pros: Great on iPad 2 (need N WiFi, see other thoughts)
Cheap.
Great reception.
Hardware encoder for SD analog. (I have not use it yet).
Very Hackable (TCP calls to stream direct to VLC, use WireShark to get API).
WMC works great with it.
Built like a tank, unlike other hardware nowadays. Mostly metal. It is heavy and feels good.

Cons: Contrary to many I do not like PC suite. While it works flawlessly with WMC, driver is heavy and for some reason uses WinPCap, same packet capture driver used by Wireshark and other snooping software.

Included DVR software is ugly. Still need it if you need to setup IR blaster for analog input.

While iPad software great and light, I was initially confused by some bugs in it: Initial scan reveals no channels, progress bar never moved. Then, like 5 minutes later, on another app restart, all channels just appeared!?! Whatever, it does not affect use.

It does not have re-encoder, like SlingBox or some newer HomeRuns. For the price none expected, really.

Apparently it is discontinued, no further support expected?

Other Thoughts: For most it will be great network tuner, especially for WMC, cheaper alternative to HomeRun. I do like it for great option to stream to iPad, app is free and works great.
I do have HomeRun and SlingBox Pro HD, but all apps to stream to iPad from them are not free or severely crippled.

Now, common complaint about no HD channels to iPad: FALSE. Box will pump raw demuxed program stream to whatever device you have, there is no software limit on that. Most home WiFis will choke on that. I have iPad 2 and multiple access points through the house. It is impossible to stream any HD through G. Two other access points are N. Results are different. One breaking stream badly and the other is very watchable, with only occasional stutter on HD channels (probably decoding, not network). I think, because iPad does not have MPEG2 decoder in hardware, it must be soft decoded and processing resources are important, for iPad2 it is at the edge. I'm pretty sure that newer iPads with faster processors will have absolutely no problems to run full HD (with appropriate WiFi).

I just got second one to stream to VLC, (directly, not through the driver).

It is a great hardware. One egg off for bulky Windows software, bug(s) in iPad app and limited support form the manufacturer.

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Zmodo PKD-DK40107 4 Ch DVR & 4 CMOS 480 TVL Cam Kit
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Works fine in Windows 7 05/01/2012

This review is from: Zmodo PKD-DK40107 4 Ch DVR & 4 CMOS 480 TVL Cam Kit

Pros: Works fine in Windows 7

Cons: Works only in Internet Explorer, just like most others CCTV DVRs.

Other Thoughts: To use it in Win7 you must add URL (or local IP) of the DVR to trusted sites in Internet Explorer. It is untrusted by default. Once added - it works just like included application. Otherwise plugin will not be allowed to start.

Firefox does not support this plugin.

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Zmodo PKD-DK40107 4 Ch DVR & 4 CMOS 480 TVL Cam Kit
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Good dvr, but be aware... 04/14/2012

This review is from: Zmodo PKD-DK40107 4 Ch DVR & 4 CMOS 480 TVL Cam Kit

Pros: Got few of these elsewhere.

This DVR itself is fine machine. Tiny board inside but does everything well. Recorded video very good quality, full motion full frame on all 4 channels.

Cameras pretty sensitive, at least in the lot I got.

Even with all Cons below, if I need more CCTV DVR, I would buy these in a snap.

Cons: Now bad parts:

You have to have some electronic skills to be happy with it.

First problem came up second time I plug it into power outlet: sad short beep and dead unit. I found out that 12V from power-in connected directly to 12V on drive. Power supply has inrush surge over 12V and blow zenner on hard drive. Drive was out f warranty, I had to troubleshoot myself. I remove shorted zenner from drive (close to power terminal on drive) and put new bigger 13V zenner right on DVR board.
Second problem appeared 5-6 days after use, ALL cameras one by one lost IR illumination. There is 47 Ohm 1/4 watt resistor on LED ring that dissipate over 1/2 watt. Replace it right away before board burnt.

Other Thoughts: Two I dealt with have different camera boards, tho camera enclosure and illumination rings are identical.

All night vision cameras will distort colors heavily. Grass looks white and asphalt green. One might have better color than the other, but it will never be true color. If you want to get real color - get regular, not night vision cameras. Another option would be to use IR blocking filter, it will fix color distortion even with these cameras but loose night vision.

Hard drive blowup: I use 3 year old Chinese Seagate. As much as I can see most of new drives built in China (even other brands) have identical zenner on power input. If you don't want to take chance you may get different, better 12V power supply or modify/add zener, or use 2.5" drive that uses only 5V.

Even with all these troubles I give it 4 stars.
Still, fantastic value for this price...

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Display Name: Viatcheslav P.

Date Joined: 06/08/01

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  • First Review: 08/11/11
  • Last Review: 01/03/14
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