HDHomeRun Extend Review 2019: Ideal for Weak WiFi Networks

Our Rating Good
HDHomeRun Extend PROS
  • High-quality, low-bandwidth video streams
  • Smaller file size for DVR recordings
  • Dual-tuners let you watch and record simultaneously
  • DVR service is competitively priced
  • Fairly simple setup process
HDHomeRun Extend CONS
  • Solves problem many don’t have
  • Ethernet-only design limits antenna placement
  • No app for Roku
  • No app for Apple TV
  • DVR requires always-on PC or NAS device
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High-quality TV streams on low-quality wireless networks
Final Verdict

SiliconDust’s HDHomeRun line of networked TV tuners promises to send local TV broadcasts streaming to devices on your home network. For the most part, these products deliver. The lack of Roku and Apple TV apps will limit its appeal as will some of the more technical aspects of setup and DVR recording.

The HDHomeRun Extend is best positioned as a solution for people with weak home wireless networks or concerns about DVR storage capacity. Better-performing hardware lets the Extend send transcoded H.264 streams across the network and produces smaller file sizes for the DVR.

If neither scenario applies to you, however, then the HDHomeRun Connect Duo will be a cheaper option.

Our Rating Good