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HD HomeRun DualThe HD HomeRun Dual is a decent way to get over-the-air TV, but its high bandwidth requirements mean you're better off opting for wired rather than Wi-Fi streaming.
Hi. I'm (Tippin O'Brien?) and this is a review of the HDHomeRun Dual. If you are sick of paying $100 or more for cable access every month, there are a few options available to you. If you are one of the growing number of people who watch television on your Mac of PC, then you may be interested in the HDHomeRun Dual. Unlike most USB TV tuners, this is a network tuner. Many can be used by one or more different computers in the house at the same time. One cable connects to a TV antenna and the other to your router and set up is super easy. There are two versions starting at $99. One comes without software and is designed for Windows and there's a version for Mac which includes Elgato ITV at $179. The device has two tuners which means you can record one show while watching another. Or if two computers are using it at once, they each use a tuner each. Windows may have said they found the tuner on network straight away and were able to record from the guide and watch TV with decent quality if we use a wired connection that is. Wireless performance was pretty bad whether we watched FD or HD channels. Mac on the other hand involved a bit more set up but wireless performance was excellent on standard definition channels. If you plan to watch and record at the same time or watch HD channels, we'd still recommend a wired connection. You can also use the Elgato iPhone app to (stream?) TV and the quality is adjustable. As a result of the wireless problems, the HDHomeRun Dual is recommended to desktop, PCs and not laptops. This has been (Tippin O'Brien?) with HDHomeRun Dual