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Not a bad little unit
Interface is quite good, as intuitive as any that one may expect in the genre.
Too early to evaluate storage space or recording quality.
At the initial installation the Apps key on the remote would not navigate to the Apps screen, but instead brought up a pop-up displaying network properties. The issue was solved by downloading the latest firmware update. The most reliable way was found to be to use a pc or laptop to navigate to the aerial box website and choose the option to download the update to a usb drive. The usb stick will need to be i...
Good little unit.
Had a TEAC HD850, took three of them back, they kept loosing channels, ended up buying this, works extremely well, easy to use, has everything you will need on it.
Only little thing is remote is very directional, need to point it at unit.
If you are after a good reliable unit, for a great price, this unit is the one, they are now $90 in jbhifi
A capable STB/PVR with a few wrinkles
I purchased this STB/PVR after having one of my Telefunckens (which I've had for a number of years) finally break down. I decided to look for something a bit more sophisticated. The T2100 appealed to me because it had an internet access to Catchup sites, and Freeview EPG. I bought mine from Dick Smith and proceeded to test it. I was pleasantly suprised in general with its performance for the price (just under $150). Here's the details:
It has the usual autoscan for channels, and you can connect it to a network via a wired or wifi connect (i...t got its own IP address on my LAN home network). You can delete, skip and move channels (though it only allows you to move one channel at a time), and you can manually retune channels if you need to. Initially you get to have favourites as well, but this disappears after the first software update. You book recordings via the EPG and you can scroll through this without affecting the channel you're currently watching. Pressing the RED button will book the program selected. If it's a one-off program (like a film) that's it - but if it's a series you get a choice of booking a single episode or the series. This works only as well as the information added by the the broadcasters. Doing a series booking on Doctor Who on ABC2 for example will select all programs of Doctor Who, including the early morning repeats, but it won't select the Doctor Who Specials, which are stand alone episodes. This worked reasonably well except on the NBN streams, where none of the programs are listed as series. There are some variations on this. When I attempted to record an episode of The Middle which overlapped an episode of Dr Who I had booked, it asked me if I wanted to record the repeat of that episode next morning! Otherwise you get an error message shown the conflicts where you can either cancel the booking or delete one of the existing bookings. It's possible to record programs on two channels at once provided that they are in the same stream, and you can watch either a third channel on the same stream, or watch a previous recording as well. The default setting is to record 1 minute before and after a booked program, but both can be changed. You can also record adjacent programs. When replayed the player seems to find the start of the actual program regardless of padding. All recording is done to an external drive and you can plug that into either a front or back USB plug. You have to format that drive first and the format used is EXTFS, which can be read using a Linux PC, or from a Win PC using an open source driver (which I did). In general though, this means that the average watcher is unlikely to access the recordings directly. You can delete, rename and even edit a recording. Renaming brings up keyboard screen that mimics a mobile phone pad. I'm guessing that you can hook up to one as a remote control maybe.
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