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It streams mpeg2 video to devices via wifi, so I would say yes, considering the size of mpeg2 is quite large. There is a slightly more expensive device by silicondust called the hdhomerun 'extend' which does hardware transcoding to h264, which makes the files much smaller (about 25% the original).

There are a few factors that determines if this matters to you or not. For one, only Wireless-AC routers can really push mpeg2 around with decent consistency. If you're still using a Wireless-N router and you're not hardwiring the devices you're going to use this one, then I would recommend either getting the 'extend' version or upgrading the router.

Another consideration is that it takes a few seconds for the hardware trancoding to start working, so in essence, if you intend to channel surf through your channels, you may be better off buying the hdhomerun duo or quattro and just harrdwiring the tv to your router/switch, or making sure you have a nice router.
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This device allows you to pull in over the air tv signals and watch them on a computer, tablet, or mobile device. It's basically a stand alone tuner that doesn't require a PC. You hook this up to a TV antenna and then your network. It's really handy for cord cutters to setup a TV solution to pull in the free broadcast channels like ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, PBS, etc... and create your own DVR solution. I have an extend that I have paired with Windows Media center. I then front end it with Plex to my Rokus. I mainly use it to DVR shows to watch later, rather than live TV. There are a ton of other solutions out there to use instead of WMC for the DVR so you aren't tied to any particular platform. To be honest the hardware has been rock solid. It just works. I occasionally have issues with my network, but as far as the silicon dust tuner it just plugs in and works. I've had mine for about 4 years. I prefer the extend because of the transcoding to h.264 (smaller file sizes)
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Sorry for the noob question, I know this requires an internet connection for it to work but does it eat up data when you're watching live tv in the house? TIA
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Sorry for the noob question, I know this requires an internet connection for it to work but does it eat up data when you're watching live tv in the house? TIA
it doesn't require internet at all (excluding maybe firmware and program updates)
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It streams mpeg2 video to devices via wifi, so I would say yes, considering the size of mpeg2 is quite large. There is a slightly more expensive device by silicondust called the hdhomerun 'extend' which does hardware transcoding to h264, which makes the files much smaller (about 25% the original).

There are a few factors that determines if this matters to you or not. For one, only Wireless-AC routers can really push mpeg2 around with decent consistency. If you're still using a Wireless-N router and you're not hardwiring the devices you're going to use this one, then I would recommend either getting the 'extend' version or upgrading the router.

Another consideration is that it takes a few seconds for the hardware trancoding to start working, so in essence, if you intend to channel surf through your channels, you may be better off buying the hdhomerun duo or quattro and just harrdwiring the tv to your router/switch, or making sure you have a nice router.
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It streams mpeg2 video to devices via wifi, so I would say yes, considering the size of mpeg2 is quite large. There is a slightly more expensive device by silicondust called the hdhomerun 'extend' which does hardware transcoding to h264, which makes the files much smaller (about 25% the original).

There are a few factors that determines if this matters to you or not. For one, only Wireless-AC routers can really push mpeg2 around with decent consistency. If you're still using a Wireless-N router and you're not hardwiring the devices you're going to use this one, then I would recommend either getting the 'extend' version or upgrading the router.

Another consideration is that it takes a few seconds for the hardware trancoding to start working, so in essence, if you intend to channel surf through your channels, you may be better off buying the hdhomerun duo or quattro and just harrdwiring the tv to your router/switch, or making sure you have a nice router.
Definitely upgrade your router before choosing the extend over the connect.
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I have the previous version of this device (HD HomeRun Connect) and have been very happy with it. To compare the different features, see this link [silicondust.com] I use mine with an indoor antenna [channelmaster.com] from ChannelMaster that costs $10. I'm about 20 miles from the nearest TV station and I can pick up all the local channels just fine (Pittsburgh, PA area). I also subscribe to the Silicon Dust DVR service [silicondust.com] and it has generally worked out fine. I've tried a number of things and have settled on this device and a subscription to Sling [sling.com] which fills just about all of my viewing needs. The only downside is the inability to record from Sling. If anyone knows an easy way to accomplish this, it would be a perfect low cost alternative to cable.
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I noticed prior comments that the Connect doesn't pick up as many channels as most TVs. It seems to require fairly high signal quality to work well. Does the Duo resolve this issue? Can anybody tell me the difference between the Connect (HDHR4-2US) and Duo (HDHR5-2US) - other than the enclosure?
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can someone explain in lay terms what exactly does this device do and what is it used for? Sorry for noob questions
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Curious how long the delay is when viewing on LAN. I hate when my phone spits out notifications for sports before I can view it "live".
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This device allows you to pull in over the air tv signals and watch them on a computer, tablet, or mobile device. It's basically a stand alone tuner that doesn't require a PC. You hook this up to a TV antenna and then your network. It's really handy for cord cutters to setup a TV solution to pull in the free broadcast channels like ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, PBS, etc... and create your own DVR solution. I have an extend that I have paired with Windows Media center. I then front end it with Plex to my Rokus. I mainly use it to DVR shows to watch later, rather than live TV. There are a ton of other solutions out there to use instead of WMC for the DVR so you aren't tied to any particular platform. To be honest the hardware has been rock solid. It just works. I occasionally have issues with my network, but as far as the silicon dust tuner it just plugs in and works. I've had mine for about 4 years. I prefer the extend because of the transcoding to h.264 (smaller file sizes)
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can someone explain in lay terms what exactly does this device do and what is it used for? Sorry for noob questions
Simply stated, it takes in an antenna feed and then broadcasts the OTA channels wirelessly through your house.

The reason I had purchased it was to source broadcast channels to a wall mounted TV that did not have access to an antenna (one in my garage and one in the kitchen). You could get over this using a direct rabbit-ear type of antenna, but I didn't want to do that (the rest of my TVs are sourced through wall jacks that all feed from a central roof mounted antenna. I mounted my antenna on the DirectTV pole and then just plugged in that cable to feed all of the existing wall jacks when I cut the cable).

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- I use Chromecasts all over the place for Netflix, etc. I didn't read close enough and thought I could Chromecast the HDHomeRun through that, but it isn't supported. So I got an Amazon Fire TV stick for the TVs I wanted to use this on and it works really great. In fact, I just push the Home button on the FireTV remote and it turns on the TV and I'm watching in about 20 seconds.
- You can also connect this into your Plex server and use that to DVR shows. I haven't had a great experience with this, but didn't fuss with it too much because I have Hulu too and not much need to DVR.
- You can also stream TV to all of your handheld devices... I don't find a need to do this very often because I don't enjoy watching things on a tiny screen. But I have used it occasionally for things like: Morning news in the bathroom while getting ready, putting a tablet down on the bar while hosting sporting events for another screen so nobody misses any action.

Overall been very pleased with the performance of using it through the FireTV sticks, which was my primary objective.
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so if i get the duo i can only utilize the tuner on 2 tv at one time. still a little new to this. i have 5 bedroom house but chance of all 5 room watching ota tv at same time is very rare but would like to know if 2-3 can watch ota at same time.
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can someone explain in lay terms what exactly does this device do and what is it used for? Sorry for noob questions
Streams Live HD ota channels to your mobile devices and media player like shield/Apple TV, etc.
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Curious how long the delay is when viewing on LAN. I hate when my phone spits out notifications for sports before I can view it "live".
The delay is maybe 2-3 seconds for the extend, with transcoding off its maybe 1 second, if that. There is really not much of a delay.
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