HDHomeRun Connect Duo Review 2019: Best for Tech Enthusiasts

Our Rating Good
HDHomeRun Connect Duo PROS
  • Low-cost way to get live TV on a home network
  • Easy setup
  • Consistent app interface across devices
  • DVR subscription service is competitively priced
  • Unlimited recording capacity — with enough hard drives
HDHomeRun Connect Duo CONS
  • No WiFi so must be placed near wireless router
  • Weak support for Roku and Apple TV
  • Mac app locked up after changing the channels 3-4 times
  • Best DVR experience requires NAS device
  • No support for remote access
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Fine for Tech Enthusiasts, but Maybe Not Everyone
Final Verdict

SiliconDust’s HDHomeRun Connect Duo offers solid channel reception and good streaming quality. Despite its consumer-friendly appearance, however, this is an enthusiast’s device. Getting the most out of it requires a level of technical skills and patience that other family members may not have.

Without apps for TV-connected devices, you are left using work-arounds like AirPlay to stream to your TV. Making the most of the HDHomeRun DVR requires network-attached storage since the Connect Duo lacks internal storage.

If you’re a tech enthusiast who doesn’t care about the minor inconveniences, the Connect Duo is an affordable way to get live TV streaming on your home network. If you’re looking for a set-it-and-forget it experience, however, you should consider other options.

Our Rating Good