Reviews and Problems with Hauppauge WinTV-DCR-2650
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Jorge Ordonez III, Amazon
3 weeks ago
Summary: I purchased this for setting up a home theater PC using Windows Media Center running on Windows 8.1. I followed the instructions provided for setting up the tuner and everything worked flawlessly. The only thing I changed was that I downloaded the most recent drivers from the Hauppauge website since I was running Windows 8.1. The computer recognized the device without any problems.
Summary: The Dual-Tuner works great. The only issue was the cable company. I spent a better part of 2-3 hours on the phone as they attempted to "activate" the tuner (over and over again) so I could watch my digital channels. The ability to record shows while watching another is a huge convenience and I don't have to pay DVR charges. The other benefit is my home network can now watch the shows I recorded on any other PC with Windows Media Center installed.
Summary: When you buy your own cable box, your cable bill goes down ever so slightly (you still have to rent a cable card). I like saving money, and I also like to record two channels at the same time. Also, there is no real limitation on how many recordings you can have as it is directly related to the storage capability of your computer. Setup is fairly easy (although I think they should include instructions for a tuning adapter just in case).
Summary: I own both the Hauppauge and the HDHomerun Prime. I will say that I had a slightly easier time setting up the Hauppauge than the HDHomerun. I simply plugged in the Hauppague, downloaded the latest firmware and installed, setup Windows Media Center to the point where it needed cable card activation, which I did (Comcast), and then started watching TV. The HDHomerun prime had several extra steps of getting Windows 8 to recognize the tuners through a command prompt window.
Summary: I was concerned that my "local" cable company (Nulink Digital) would not be able to cope with the cable card piece of the installation. We had to work through one issue; they only allowed cable cards to be installed by their people. After some serious discussion about the actual process of installation and how useless their installer would be, they agreed to give me the cable card to install.
Summary: I was forced into a cablecard tuner when Comcast decided to encrypt my cable signal. Prior to this I used the Hauppauge 2250 Dual TV tuner which worked great. The setup went smoothly. Unfortunately it is not able to turn the HTPC on like the 2250 could do. I found this to be a major shortcoming however I found a way around this.
Summary: I used this to hook up to my PC and use Windows Media Player as a DVR. The cable card has a habit of going to sleep and has to reload the channels (but that's the cable company's fault not the device). Was a little complicated to set up but the service dept goes out of their way to help, even if it's a Windows Media setup issue.
Pros: Very easy setup with Comcast. As Isilvest stated in the review before me "FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS! Included Windows Media Center Remote in the box, which wasn't shown in the product image gallery or listed as an item in the package contents!
Cons: People that rate themselves as "High" Tech Knowledge when they haven't a clue what they are buying (in re "Worst product ever". If people would do a little investigation prior to purchase (Click on Manufacturer Product Page under Details) they would save themselves a lot of grief as well as denigrating a very good product.
Summary: 1) Set up with Windows Media Center. 2) Arrange to have WMC wake from sleep to do recordings. 3) Found that it will sometime miss recordings because the tuner won't wake. 4) Emailed customer service.