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20-06-2020, 12:47   #1
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Alternative to HDHomerun Connect maybe?

I have been looking for a Dual Tuner DVB-T/2 device that either provides access to its tuners via ethernet or else can be hacked to do so, to replace a Quattro HDHR that failed (and a Dual HDHR that did not work correctly).

Essentially I want a dual tuner DVBT-T/2 device that can run minisatip or tvheadend server or similar, so that the tuners are available on the LAN.
I have no requirement for HDMI out or any of the other niceties. They will just be ignored if present.

Has anyone come across a device like described?
Single tuner boxes can be bought for about €20 but are not usable in the manner I want.
HDHR boxes have gone hugely up in price and are now ridiculous for what they provide ..... unless maybe you buy into their own service.

Ideally, I guess, a Dual Tuner DVB-T/2 box running some form of Linux would be ideal.

Anyone got ideas?

Failing a reasonably priced box I am coming to the conclusion I will have to build my own. Won't be pretty, but will be functional.
My present self build estimate is about €60, and whatever time and effort it takes. I would prefer to buy a box if available at a reasonable cost (up to 2 x self build cost).

Suggestions welcome.

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21-06-2020, 21:47   #2
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Zgemma H7C
http://zgemma.org/zgemma-h7c.html

World of Satellite had it but it's not listed on their site now, only the twin sat version is available from them (H7S).

Another possible option is a combo box and add a USB terrestrial tuner (assuming the box supports it).
https://www.world-of-satellite.co.uk...rs/zgemma-h92h

https://www.world-of-satellite.co.uk...ue-uhd-trio-4k
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old laptop with 2 rtlsdr usb sticks and libreelec if building your own? if you have an old laptop knocking around the house
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21-06-2020, 22:08   #4
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old laptop with 2 rtlsdr usb sticks and libreelec if building your own? if you have an old laptop knocking around the house
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Yes there are a number of options when doing own build.
A discarded laptop would be a bit of overkill but cheap.
I hope to end up with something considerably smaller.

I take it you have not come across anything suitable and cheap for sale either.
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I guess I best plan on building my own.
Oh well at least I asked before I went down this road
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I've had a good experience running a tvheadend server on a raspberry pi 4 using a usb DVB-T2 tuner. I'd imagine the pi 4 could easily handle 2 tuners (and probably more).

There is also a DVB-T2 tuner "hat" for the raspberry pi. It seems to be considerably cheaper than many of the available usb tuners. However, I'm not sure if you can stack more than one of these on top of the pi.

Just another option to consider...
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I've had a good experience running a tvheadend server on a raspberry pi 4 using a usb DVB-T2 tuner. I'd imagine the pi 4 could easily handle 2 tuners (and probably more).

There is also a DVB-T2 tuner "hat" for the raspberry pi. It seems to be considerably cheaper than many of the available usb tuners. However, I'm not sure if you can stack more than one of these on top of the pi.

Just another option to consider...
I've a pi hat running at home, it's ok but I'm not sure if it's hd quality check the speck. All it's doing is unpacking a Transport stream so a pi 2 could easily do it. You don't need a 4 for it.
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