SiliconDust Networked TV
So I was looking for an easy way to watch TV on my home computer systems. There are a couple usual ways to do it. One is to use a TV as your monitor and flip back and forth between the television mode and the computer as you need too. The other way is to add a TV tuner card to each of your computers and watch the television through the computer. This is my preferred approach, but it can be a little costly since you need to install a card in each computer and run a cable TV connection run in each room you have a computer where you want to watch TV. While looking into the various cards that was out there I stumbled across the SiliconDust HDHomeRun.
It's a small little box a lttle bit smaller than a DVD case about as thick as a deck of playing cards that allows you to hook up either a couple of antenna feeds, or two digital cable feeds, or one antenna feed and one digital cable feed, and a connection to your home computer network.
Each of the connections hook up to a hardware digital HD tuner instead of just a software emulator; and all of the cables and hardware, and software you need to get the system up and running are included in the box.
And if you happen to have a network closet in your house where you run all of your connections like some of us do then hooking it up is a breeze. Best of all, with the small size of the box it is not a major space hog no matter where you place it.
After it is connected all it takes is a quick software setup on all the computers you want to access the system and you are pretty close to to up and running. The only slow part of the process was having to run a Channel Scan for each tuner on each computer.
But once it's up and running it delivers exactly what it promises. True HD TV to all your computers without having to crack the case or run any more cable runs throughout the house. The limitation to this model is that you can only have two computers connected to it at the same time, but for me that is not a big deal.
My next test will be over my wireless connection to my laptop.