2015
03.19

I preorderd the HDTC-2EU for 2 years ago. Sadly the delivery-time got delayed and delayed. 2 weeks ago I got a mail from Proshop, which was telling me that they had given in receiving the unit. I told I didn’t expect them to deliver it. Because I was aware Silicondust didn’t release the unit yet. Anyway the cancel’ed my order.

I started googleing for alternatives and found out that Elgato had a solution really close to the HDTC-2EU named Elgato 4Sat – only difference was that the Elgato tuner was DVB-S/DVB-S2. Built into Elgato 4Sat was the h264-encoder. I therefore decided to write them a mail in hope to releas a 4Sat DVB-C version for the european market. I got a positive response, so hopefully they will do some magic. 🙂

EDIT 16/04/2015:

Fantastic news ! Elgato have just released a dvb-c tuner of the 4Sat-model as I wrote they should do. Now I’m just awaiting that they arrive in the danish shops – and it looks like being fairly soon: https://www.fcomputer.dk/hardware/grafikkort/elgato/eyetv-netstream-4c.html . The model is named Elgato EyeTV Netstream 4C – read all about it here: https://www.elgato.com/en/eyetv-netstream-4c – It’s amazing, that they actually did what Silicondust couldn’t do for years in just 1 month. I’m so happy I contacted their support-team.

 

I have been going deep into the transcoding progress – and have figured out that Fujitsu actual have been creating some nice transcoding LSI chips. Where the MB86M02-chip would be the most interresting chip. It seems that Fujitsu started a new joint venture with Panasonic named Socionext – which has the purpose of selling the invented hardware. You can read about the chips here: http://www.socionext.com/en/products/imaging/h264/ . So it seems that theirs no reason not to hope for a dvb-c network tuner with transcoding and dlna-support in the comming months/years.

But…. something has actually already happend. It seems that the newest sat-reciever (which supports dvb-c extension hards) from VU+ actually support hardware-transcoding. The modelnumber is named VU+ Duo2 and is quite pricey – and sadly the transcoding streaming functionality is not that well described.

Eventhough it seems possible that the device would fit my needs.. I would like to know some details before buying it. First I would like to know if it can transcode 2 streams at the same time. Second I would like to know how to tell the tuner which tuner to choose, if 2 tuners are installed (maybe a url-parameter can be specified?). I have been looking everywhere on google to find this – and it seems noone actually have been writing anything about this. It seems the URL is just an identifier-json-string for internal VU+ Duo2 usage.

So if you know something about how streams are handled through the VU+ Duo2 then please let me know 🙂

/AmigAsger

2014
09.24

Eventhough I havn’t been able to get an officially deliverydate from Silicondust it seems that their design Company by mistake reveals the secret of when the HDTC-2EU will be comming here: http://henderson-design.com/project/hdhomerun-plus-hdtc-2eu/

I preordered my unit at Proshop may 2014 with a deliverydate stated to be 5th of september 2014. When I reached  1st of september I got a call from Proshop saying that the delivery wouldn’t be in time – and the new deliverydate would be in march. I contacted Silicondust-support, which told me, that Proshop shouldn’t have made the unit available for preorder – and they didn’t have any estimated delivery date yet. In hope to get a deliverydate for European stores I decided to ask in the HDHomeRun-Facebook-group – sadly noone have ever replied, eventhough we were 3 guys asking. Hopefully henderson-design’s delivery date is be trusted, which Means it will be an real awesome Christmas Present.

2014
07.31

I was asked to investigate a weird issue with an Apple Mac Book-laptop, which was loosing connectivity to the dd-wrt network. After some investigation I found that iPhone 4 (and 5) had a known issue with loosing connectivty with dd-wrt routers. The fix however was to tweak 3 settings. Under advanced settings:

Beacon Interval should be lowered to 50 ms from 100 ms.

Fragmentation Threshold should be lowered to 2304 from 2346.

RTS/CTS Threshold should be lowered to 2305 from 2347.

These tweaks solved the issue – and now the apple products are all happy on the WDS-wifi-network.

2014
07.23

I have during the last few years been deploying quite a few Ubiquiti antennas – which has been performing really great over 1 km and has been really satisfiering. The two radios I have been deploying are Ubiquiti Pico-station M2 (with external antennas) and Ubiquiti Nano-station M5. The radios are performing okey – which means that the M2-chain is performing with around 40 mbit duplex (1×1 chain – which means a max of 150 mbit half duplex). And the Nano-Station are performing with 90 mbit full duplex (could run 150/150 – but I decided to decrease bandwidth to 90/90 mbit in order to achive less jitter and more stability). Anyway the jitter part has been the biggest problem – especially with video-streaming. I therefore went to ubiquiti’s webpage http://ubnt.com – where I noticed some new AC-products which sounds really promising.

The one of the upgrades was the new Rocket AC. The old rocket was a 2×2 radio with 2 external-antenna terminals. The radio has never been in my interrest – mostly because the only external antenna setup I have been running is 2.4 ghz. The primary upgrade going from the Rocket to the Rocket AC is the fact that the AC standard now makes the radios capable of 450 mbit half duplex.

The second of the upgrades was the new Nanobeam AC – which is more interresting to me. Mostly because I have noticed way better performance with radios with integrated directoral antennas. And these antennas would therefore upgrade my existing setups. But as written above my biggest concern isn’t bandwith – more stability and quality. Therefor its really interresting that Ubiquiti now have released new chip-technology named AirPrism. Ubiquity claim that AirPrism improves latency and noise-immunity. The only reason I’m a bit sceptical about AirPrism is that I faced some troubles with AirMax some other Ubitquiti-technology, which actually just added latency to my point2point setup. Later on I figured out that AirMax made most sense if you deployed more radios on same frequency in the same tower, which wasn’t my scenario. Anyway – the new AC technology sounds compealing – and I might in future deploy some of these new nanobeam “motherfuckers” 🙂

The AirFibre-products also have been upgraded, but sadly these units are too expensive for my budget – and too big to deploy on a regular house. They are however nice indeed (1.4 gbit) – and if I never go’ to buy a Ferrari – then the money might be well spend. 😉 Read more about the new awesome products on Ubiquiti’s webpage: http://www.ubnt.com/airmax/airmax-ac/

2014
07.22

A new awesome networktuner is soon shipping from Silicondust. The tuner is a part of a new series of tuners, which have tc instead of hr in the modelnumber. Where HR was stranding for high resolution, the TC stands for transcode. The new modelnumber of the HdHomerun Plus is therefore HDTC-2EU for the European market and HDTC-2US for the US market. The awesome thing about this tuner compared to earlyer models is the transcoding. Where older models only had the mpeg2 stream to send to recievers the new tc- models are able to transcode the mpeg2 stream into mpeg4 h264. The high compression on h264 makes the tuner much better in wireless environments, since the design of h264 – which is less prone to packet jitter etc. This should make it possible to stream tv through dlna in wireless point2point setups, which is known to cause problems with the mpeg2 streams. I have already preordered mine.. – And can’t await the pick-up. Maybe you also should preorder yours 🙂

/Amigasger