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Get it by Sat, Jun 10 - Thu, Jun 15 from Phoenix, Arizona
I got one of these when they came out back in 2012 - it was nice to have a tuner that could use a cable card to view encrypted video on other devices other than a TV. Combined with programs like Plex, it can create a DVR type of environment.
Awesome product. I'm not sure about other providers but Comcast seems bad about cablecard support. The first 4 cable cards I got did not work and it was not the hdhomerun. The Cablecards came from a Comcast office. After 2 bad cards I bought a second hdhomerun just to be sure. But the two new cards and the 2 hdhomeruns would not work. I got cards 5 and 6. When I put the 5th card in, it worked. The 6th did not. So I exchanged that one and the 7th worked. Good thing too because they had no more in stock they were going to have to order one.Thank goodness that one worked.
I would think Comcast should be checking their cards, but they have no cablecard devices to check them in. I'm sure Comcast has to support cablecards by law or something, because they sure don't like supporting them.
If you have X1 equipment with a "point of entry" filter on your house then the box will not be able to validate.
If you plug in your cablecard and you get OOB frequency and an OOB Lock and your signal strength and quality are at 100% but you get no Card Validation or Channel List. That is what happened to me on every card that was bad.
If you go to the Conditional Access menu then look at the "CON" setting it should say Yes. Even before activating the good cards with Comcast that setting said "CON:Yes" The bad cards would never say yes there even when you tried to activate them.
Goodluck excellent device once you get it connected. I use it with Plex to DVR shows. I like it so far. Took me about 2 weeks to setup as most of Comcast tier 1 agents are clueless as how to troubleshoot. I had to keep calling back till they escalated my ticket so that an actual cablecard tech would call me back. The first thing the tech asked me about was the POE filter. I didn't know so I had to wait for a ground tech to come check it out. We had an amplifier but no filter. After trying to activate the tech tried to look at the information on the cards and said she could not see all the info on the cards. One card showed more info than the other card but neither was showing everything they were supposed to. The tech said she should be able to see the info programmed into the card even when it is taken out of the system. Then she had me check that Conditional Access screen and it said "CON:NO"
So in recap if everything but card Validation and Channel list are good, then check that Conditional Access screen to see if you might have a bad card. Only for Comcast not sure about other providers.
Comcast tier 2 Cablecard techs were super friendly and helpful. Thank you Comcast for having that department.Read full review
I owned the Prime 6-channel which is 2 of these tied together for several years. The Homerun tuners are high quality, well build and durable. There was an occasional need for a reboot because a couple times a month it would freeze, never affected the recording functions, but my system was always on and running multiple applications, so it was likely my system's issue. Good quality tuners and high resolution pictures, smooth transitions between channels and good audio capabilities. The Ethernet (network) tuners like this one work better (faster, smoother) than the USB tuners seem to. The versatility a good 3- channel HD network tuner adds is substantial to a good multi-media center.
An HD Homerun Fan
The product just works! Initially, I had issues. However, those issues had nothing to do with the product itself. I had issues getting my M-CARD activated successfully through Verizon Fios. Once the M-CARD was properly manually activated, I no longer had any issues.
This product allowed me to eliminate having a STB at my house. I have two of these devices racked in my basement. Between the two, I have the equivalent of six set-top boxes. I am able to watch all of my Verizon Fios channels (400+) on my phones, tablets, televisions, and computers. You will need either a Amazon FireStick or Roku to watch your channels on your television, as the HDHomerun App is not in the app store.
These devices can be used with a variety of software - Plex Live TV & DVR, Channels DVR, and the HDHomeRun DVR.
None of these are free (beyond a free trial); you can use Channels itself to watch stuff but may need to pay for the app.
I'm using these with Plex and Channels to record, since I've found the Bolt hardware too flaky (I've had a bunch of them die - fried hard drive - taking all my recorded shows with them.)
Using these, with DVR from Plex or Channels, lets me save my shows to a RAID drive. Much safer!