[mythtv-users] HDHomeRun

Rich West Rich.West at wesmo.com
Thu Apr 5 21:45:04 UTC 2007

ryan patterson wrote:
> On 4/5/07, *Willy Boyd* <willyboyd at gmail.com 
> <mailto:willyboyd at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     On 4/5/07, Rich West <Rich.West at wesmo.com
>     <mailto:Rich.West at wesmo.com>> wrote:
>     > After reading past posts on the list and looking at the device
>     itself
>     > (on the web page), is it as easy as it claims to be?  That old
>     phrase of
>     > "If it's too good to be true, it probably isn't" rings through
>     my head
>     > every time I come back to it.  But, from what I have read, a
>     number of
>     > people are using it.  What are people's experiences with the
>     HDHomeRun
>     > and does the antenna you choose have an impact (I'm sure it
>     does, but by
>     > how much)?  Is the HDHomeRun better/worse than getting an
>     internal HD
>     > tuner card?
>     >
>     FWIW, I got mine Monday and set it up that night.  After plugging
>     things up and following the instructions (can be found on the wiki or
>     silicondust's forums, sounds like you've found them), it really was
>     THAT easy.
>     You'll have to go through your channels and put in xmltvid's, and
>     lots
>     of your scanned channels might not actually tune, but as far as I'm
>     aware these actions are independent of which HD tuner you end up going
>     with and would be done regardless.  The real boon for me, was that
>     this was my first foray into having more than one tuner.  I put in a
>     two-way splitter on my cable line and instantly had 2 identical
>     sources to record from.
> The HDhomerun is very easy to set up and use.  I don't know why Willy 
> Boyd says you have to put in xmltvid's.  I never had to do that.  I 
> can't compare the HDhomerun's tuner against any other HD tuners.  I 
> hooked it up and it gets all my local HD channels.  That is all I know.
> I am a harsh critic and I rate the HDhomerun as a 9 out of 10.  It 
> loses one point because: no static ip address option, no wall mounting 
> holes, and a wall wart AC adapter.

It is funny you mention the AC adapter.  That was one of those things I 
was thinking "Aww, crud.  Not another power cube".

I am pretty much sold on the idea of the HDHomeRun.  I think my other 
concerns are more HD related, like planning for the larger file sizes 
(not sure what the ratio is per hour of video), adjusting MythTV to use 
the HD tuners at a higher priority than the PVR-150's already in the 
system (when appropriate), etc.

How hot do these things run, anyhow?

I just I should just go and buy one already. :)


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