Kodi, using HDhomerun to record to NAS
#1
Hi, 
Long time KODI / nPVR user, but I'm looking to switch to an HDhomerun Quatro, IF it can do what I need. 

I have KODI on my laptop. I have a Synology DS216J NAS on the network. Assume I have a HDhomerun.

I want to be able to scheduled recordings, which will save to the NAS. There should be no need for the laptop to be on.
Am I right in thinking that there is HDhomerun server software that needs to be running on a device, or does this run within the HDhomerun box? 
I don't want to have any form of ongoing subscription. It needs to be completely free once I've purchased the HDhomerun, otherwise I will stick with my nPVR server setup. 

Thanks for any help you can give an HDhomerun starter!
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#2
With just the HDHomerun you can't do it for free. To do that you need their DVR service, which is a subscription-based option.

What you can do though is set up a TVHeadend server somewhere on your network, and go via that. That way the HDHr feeds the TVH server, and you can record via that onto your NAS and use the TVH addon to view it under Kodi.

Personally I have just that set-up (using a HDHomerun Connect) with the TVH server running on a Pi3b+ and saving onto my NAS box. All works fine, but isn't quite as simple as you are looking for unfortunately.
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(2019-05-31, 16:19)DarrenHill Wrote: With just the HDHomerun you can't do it for free. To do that you need their DVR service, which is a subscription-based option.

What you can do though is set up a TVHeadend server somewhere on your network, and go via that. That way the HDHr feeds the TVH server, and you can record via that onto your NAS and use the TVH addon to view it under Kodi.

Personally I have just that set-up (using a HDHomerun Connect) with the TVH server running on a Pi3b+ and saving onto my NAS box. All works fine, but isn't quite as simple as you are looking for unfortunately.

Thanks that's great. Do you know whether you can also do the same with npvr? Using that as a server.... I already have that set up so if the hdhomerun can feed npvr that would work for me.
Thanks again
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#4
No idea sorry, never used or tried it.

My only experiences of this kind of thing are HDHr/TVH and Plex.
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(2019-05-31, 16:48)DarrenHill Wrote: No idea sorry, never used or tried it.

My only experiences of this kind of thing are HDHr/TVH and Plex.

Perhaps I'd be better off with that on a pi then as npvr only works on Windows.... Takes more power to leave on. Perhaps TVH also works on Synology NAS... That's always on anyway
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Looks like it does...

https://synocommunity.com/package/tvheadend

The wiki page on Tvheadend (wiki) may also be worth a read.
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(2019-05-31, 17:12)DarrenHill Wrote: Looks like it does...

https://synocommunity.com/package/tvheadend

The wiki page on Tvheadend (wiki) may also be worth a read.
Great stuff. Thank you
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I went with the silicondust PVR service and record to my Synology if that's worth anything to you.
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(2019-05-31, 16:57)haverer2 Wrote: Perhaps I'd be better off with that on a pi then as npvr only works on Windows.... Takes more power to leave on. Perhaps TVH also works on Synology NAS... That's always on anyway 

NextPVR v5 server will currently run on Ubuntu 18.04, MACOS, RPi and some Docker platforms (amd_64 and arm32).  It is not open source so it won't have the community support for all the platforms that TVH has but the list may grow.  I'm running amd64 on my OMV NAS with no problem.

Martin
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Thanks Martin
Coincidentally I found this out yesterday evening and PMed sub to see if he wants me to join the trial.
My nas is the ds216j which I've found out doesn't support docker. Perhaps I could run npvr on my pi. Powerful enough do you think?
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(2019-06-01, 05:19)haverer2 Wrote: Thanks Martin
Coincidentally I found this out yesterday evening and PMed sub to see if he wants me to join the trial.
My nas is the ds216j which I've found out doesn't support docker. Perhaps I could run npvr on my pi. Powerful enough do you think?

Yes it can run on an RPi but this is the wrong area to discuss NextPVR so I won't answer anymore on this thread.

Martin
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#12
Tv headend runs natively on the nas. Homerun recognised perfectly and grabs epg.
Kodi connects to nas(local or external) and can schedule recordings view etc. Needs min of 2mb if out and about.
Hope that helps.
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(2019-06-08, 01:18)Tephlondon Wrote: Tv headend runs natively on the nas. Homerun recognised perfectly and grabs epg.
Kodi connects to nas(local or external) and can schedule recordings view etc. Needs min of 2mb if out and about.
Hope that helps.

Ahhh, so it's there as a package and no need for docker? That would indeed be helpful, thanks
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#14
If you do decide to purchase a SiliconDust PVR subscription, you can use the HDHomeRunDVR PVR Kodi addon located here:

https://github.com/djp952/pvr.hdhomerundvr

You will probably need to download the SiliconDust Windows software from their forum (Not the HDHomeRun VIEW Software, rather the tools and configuration software) and set up the DVR part of the configuration tool to add DVR fuctionality / recording share on your synology. I've had it set up like this before on my QNAP TS453-Pro to do exactly what you desire with my HDHomeRun Connect Duo. I'm currently using a 3rd Party record engine, but it still uses the SiliconDust API / functionality and works in much the same way as the official record engine. For anyone else reading this (with a QNAP NAS), information on that engine / QPKG is located here:

https://forum.silicondust.com/forum/view...hp?t=31745

EDIT: It looks like the guy responsible for the QNAP QPKG (demonrik) has also made a HDHomeRun addon for Synology users. The details can be found here:

https://forum.silicondust.com/forum/view...26&t=67044

The Windows (and MacOS) setup / configuration tools for HDHomeRun devices can be found here:

https://forum.silicondust.com/forum/view...26&t=20613

The Windows software contains firmware updates for the HDHomeRun hardware which will be applied automatically on 1st run, so is highly recommended, even if you plan on using demonrik's 3rd party RECORD engine rather than SiliconDust's built-in functionality.

Dan / Gib.
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(2019-06-08, 04:22)gibxxi Wrote: If you do decide to purchase a SiliconDust PVR subscription, you can use the HDHomeRunDVR PVR Kodi addon located here:

https://github.com/djp952/pvr.hdhomerundvr

You will probably need to download the SiliconDust Windows software from their forum (Not the HDHomeRun VIEW Software, rather the tools and configuration software) and set up the DVR part of the configuration tool to add DVR fuctionality / recording share on your synology. I've had it set up like this before on my QNAP TS453-Pro to do exactly what you desire with my HDHomeRun Connect Duo. I'm currently using a 3rd Party record engine, but it still uses the SiliconDust API / functionality and works in much the same way as the official record engine. For anyone else reading this (with a QNAP NAS), information on that engine / QPKG is located here:

https://forum.silicondust.com/forum/view...hp?t=31745

EDIT: It looks like the guy responsible for the QNAP QPKG (demonrik) has also made a HDHomeRun addon for Synology users. The details can be found here:

https://forum.silicondust.com/forum/view...26&t=67044

The Windows (and MacOS) setup / configuration tools for HDHomeRun devices can be found here:

https://forum.silicondust.com/forum/view...26&t=20613

The Windows software contains firmware updates for the HDHomeRun hardware which will be applied automatically on 1st run, so is highly recommended, even if you plan on using demonrik's 3rd party RECORD engine rather than SiliconDust's built-in functionality.

Dan / Gib.

Can I ask what benefit the paid subscription would give me? I don't use any paid subscription with my current usb tuner and nPVR setup... So I'm trying to get my head around why I would need to with hdhomerun? I could just keep using nPVR and use hdhomerun as the tuner as far as I'm aware? nPVR records directly to my nas no problems.
If the benefit is guide listings, these are available through my country's TV signal anyway and get downloaded by nPVR on schedule.
Thanks
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