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SiliconDust HDHomeRun PRIME - Three Digital Tuners, Anywhere on Your Network HDHR3-CC Ethernet Interface $139@Newegg

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#46
Quote from bonkman View Post :
This product is really tuned to people who have a computer network in their house and have multiple TVs that they want to view from. The easiest device to use to view TV is a computer, though they're adding support/have added support for some other devices like tablets and even PS3 iirc. An extender is a device (the only common one today is an xbox 360) that essentially "extends" your computer to a different monitor/TV.

So one possible setup is to hook this into your router along with a computer on one TV and a 360 on another. You would record shows on your computer. You could watch shows on the TV that comp is hooked up to AND you can use the 360 to access those shows on the TV it's hooked up to.

If you don't already have a network of computers, you can get local CableCard products that hook up directly to the computer. Such products are made by Ceton and Hauppauge.
Thank you guys for your response. I currently have an old low-power Atom PC w/onboard video hoooked up to my TV that I use for web browsing, watching movies, etc. Would that be powerful enough to hook up to the HDHomeRun and use it as a DVR/cable box? And can it work over wireless, or does it need an ethernet connection? And I just need to use the WIndows Media Center software, which is included in Windows 8?

Can I then also watch TV on other computers on the network, like laptops, as long as they have Windows Media Center? I couldn't use a Roku as an extender, right?
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#47
Quote from SlickJedi View Post :
Fantastic! I'll probably rent their HD tuner box for awhile and then when the on-demand is available I'll get her a Roku! Nice!

Is it a requirement with TWC to have at least one rented tuner box on your account? Can I have no tuners and use HDHomerun Prime and Roku's only?
I think you have to subscribe to both cable service and internet. I don't think there is a requirement for having a cable box, but you definitely have to access it thru Time Warner's internet service. I will PM you a list of the channels I get in my area (Los Angeles) so you can get an idea of what's available.
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#48
Quote from SlickJedi View Post :
This is my setup now except I'll be adding the HDHomerun Prime. Works great. I have the earlier MCE remote for Xbox which has a green MCE button that the newer one lacks. I turn off all power for my entertainment console with a power strip to avoid vampiritic power drain. I prefer extenders as I don't like the idea of having multiple computers sucking electricity all over the house all the time. With the Xbox I can just power it up when I want to watch TV which is why the older Xbox MCE remote is handy to have that button to launch MCE.
I should note that you don't need this product if you only have 1 comp and 1 360. You can get a local CableCard tuner since you only have 1 device -- this may be cheaper. (ie the dual-tuner Hauppauge CableCard tuner is sometimes on SD for 50-70 bucks). The extender isn't directly connecting to the tuner, it's merely connecting to the computer (which in turn enables the tuner).

I use this product because I have 2 HTPCs plus I occasionally watch via my laptop.

Quote from satnav4 View Post :
A sale on the Ceton Echo ended yesterday at Newegg for $130. Hopefully, it will return. The Echo is another, lesser known WMC extender.
oh right, I forgot they recently released it. For some reason, I decided they killed it off along with the Q.
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#49
Quote from bonkman View Post :
I should note that you don't need this product if you only have 1 comp and 1 360. You can get a local CableCard tuner since you only have 1 device -- this may be cheaper. (ie the dual-tuner Hauppauge CableCard tuner is sometimes on SD for 50-70 bucks). The extender isn't using the tuner, it's merely connecting to the computer.

I use this product because I have 2 HTPCs plus I occasionally watch via my laptop.


oh right, I forgot they recently released it. For some reason, I decided they killed it off along with the Q.
I've got a second Xbox as well in another room. Paid about $80 around Black Friday for another Xbox360 from the Walmart deal and selling the Skylander's figures and games that came bundled with it. My wife complained I used the Xbox all the time (for watching TV in the other room) and she couldn't use her exercise games, so getting a second Xbox solved that. Smilie
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Quote from bonkman View Post :
I should note that you don't need this product if you only have 1 comp and 1 360. You can get a local CableCard tuner since you only have 1 device -- this may be cheaper. (ie the dual-tuner Hauppauge CableCard tuner is sometimes on SD for 50-70 bucks). The extender isn't using the tuner, it's merely connecting to the computer.

I use this product because I have 2 HTPCs plus I occasionally watch via my laptop.


oh right, I forgot they recently released it. For some reason, I decided they killed it off along with the Q.
I believe you're incorrect about the extender not using the tuner. The extender will be using the tuner if you watching TV on a different channel than the htpc. It's better to have a spare tuner in case both tv are in use and another show needs to be recorded on a third different channel.
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Thank you guys for your response. I currently have an old low-power Atom PC w/onboard video hoooked up to my TV that I use for web browsing, watching movies, etc. Would that be powerful enough to hook up to the HDHomeRun and use it as a DVR/cable box? And can it work over wireless, or does it need an ethernet connection? And I just need to use the WIndows Media Center software, which is included in Windows 8?

Can I then also watch TV on other computers on the network, like laptops, as long as they have Windows Media Center? I couldn't use a Roku as an extender, right?
Which Atom? It's possible that it will work, but it isn't 100% ideal. If you have a decent video chip, it may be ok. ION, ION2, AMD equivalents are all good news.

People who bought W8 early could get a free download of WMC. If you haven't done that, it's too late. It's included in W7, though.

This product CAN work over a wifi network but it's not recommended unless you've got a really strong network with little interference (and few clients using it). Ethernet and MoCA are superior.
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Thank you guys for your response. I currently have an old low-power Atom PC w/onboard video hoooked up to my TV that I use for web browsing, watching movies, etc. Would that be powerful enough to hook up to the HDHomeRun and use it as a DVR/cable box? And can it work over wireless, or does it need an ethernet connection? And I just need to use the WIndows Media Center software, which is included in Windows 8?

Can I then also watch TV on other computers on the network, like laptops, as long as they have Windows Media Center? I couldn't use a Roku as an extender, right?
I can't answer about the Atom CPU but it's preferred to have a wired connection. Limited ppl have success with wireless. WMC is NOT included in Windows 8 unless you signed up for the free download back then. If you have Win 8 Pro it's a $5 or $10 app. If you just have regular Win 8 it's $100. Yes you can watch TV on any computer as long as it has WMC. Right now only the Xbox 360 and Ceton Echo (which is currently not supported by Win 8) as extenders
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#53
Is there a good website that explains how I can get more out of home tv with this and save money. This seems like a good deal, but I have Verizon FiOS with two tvs. Would love to get a 3rd/4th tv if I don't have to pay $20 a month for each receiver.
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I believe you're incorrect about the extender not using the tuner. The extender will be using the tuner if you watching TV on a different channel than the htpc. It's better to have a spare tuner in case both tv are in use and another show needs to be recorded on a third different channel.
The xbox is telling the PC to use the tuner. Which means that you don't need the HDHRP, a network based tuner. You could get the same results by using the hauppauge or Ceton local tuner.

With a local tuner, the xbox tells the PC to use a tuner and the PC does it via local connection (PCI, USB). With the HDHRP, the xbox tells the PC to use a tuner and the PC sends out the command over the network to the HDHRP.

That's what I meant. Nothing to do with the number of tuners, just their location. More tuners = better nod But with HDHRP, you're paying for network access. Not everyone needs that.

In short, if you don't have multiple COMPUTERS (not extenders) using the tuner, you don't need an HDHRP. HDHRP replaces putting local tuners at each computer.
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Quote from dmasjz45 View Post :
You are incorrect sir. Pick up two Ubiquiti NanoStation M or PicoStation M's. Nano's are more powerful. I've used them at 100mbps over 500 feet. No FCC license needed. Operates on 2.4ghz 802.11n
I was just going to post this... Ubiquiti makes some great stuff... reasonably priced as well.
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#56
Quote from jmuskibum View Post :
Is there a good website that explains how I can get more out of home tv with this and save money. This seems like a good deal, but I have Verizon FiOS with two tvs. Would love to get a 3rd/4th tv if I don't have to pay $20 a month for each receiver.
http://www.dummies.com/how-to/con...-htpc.html

In short, you'll pay money up front for computers (though you may have some currently that you could use) but you won't have to pay a rental fee for the box. I have FiOS and pay $4 a month for a cablecard which, through HDHRP, gives me TV access in 2 different rooms (each with an HTPC) + my laptop.
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Which Atom? It's possible that it will work, but it isn't 100% ideal. If you have a decent video chip, it may be ok. ION, ION2, AMD equivalents are all good news.

People who bought W8 early could get a free download of WMC. If you haven't done that, it's too late. It's included in W7, though.

This product CAN work over a wifi network but it's not recommended unless you've got a really strong network with little interference (and few clients using it). Ethernet and MoCA are superior.
Wow you guys are awesome.

This is my current Acer "HTPC":
1.6 GHz Intel Atom 230
1.5 GB DDR2 RAM
160 GB SATA 5400rpm Hard Drive
128MB (shared) Nvidia Ion LE integrated graphics chip

Think it's good enough? I'm thinking of upgrading from cable to FiOS, but their DVR rental is expensive! If I can make this work, it'll be sweet.

Can I also watch TV using laptops, etc.?
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#58
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Wow you guys are awesome.

This is my current Acer "HTPC":
1.6 GHz Intel Atom 230
1.5 GB DDR2 RAM
160 GB SATA 5400rpm Hard Drive
128MB (shared) Nvidia Ion LE integrated graphics chip

Think it's good enough? I'm thinking of upgrading from cable to FiOS, but their DVR rental is expensive! If I can make this work, it'll be sweet.

Can I also watch TV using laptops, etc.?
If I am not mistaken I believe Xbox360 has a FiOS app. I think it tightly integrates the Xbox with your FiOS package so the Xbox360 is like a tuner. If you can get an Xbox360 for $80 it's not a bad option and you know the Xbox has the horsepower to do all this stuff.

http://forums.verizon.com/t5/Veri...a-p/514163

EDIT: Looks like you need an Xbox Live subscription. That's like $35/year with the card deals you see on this forum from time to time.
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#59
So aside from Xbox/PS3, what's the best device to use to deliver HD content that isn't an HTPC?
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#60
Will this work with Comcast?

edit: http://customer.comcast.com/help-...cablecard/
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