PVR with wi-fi

We've had a Humax PVR for years, and it's generally been fine; however, over the last couple of years it's taken to occasionally, and for no apparent reason, forgetting to record programmes it's supposed to record. Efforts to convince it to behave have proved fruitless.


Therefore we were contemplating buying a new PVR. The most recent models seem to have wi-fi capability. I haven't been able to fathom what you can actually do with this - does it mean that you can use your TV to mirror what's on your computer screen? Or are you rstricted to youtube, iplayer etc that the PVR manufacturers have got a deal with?


Other than that, we only watch freeview channels (and not much of that tbh), so need a Freeview box with a SCART output as that's what our TV has. So we are thinking of another Humax, for example the 2000T, which seems to fir the bill. I'm just not sure what the wi-fi actually gives you. Any advice gratefully received!

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  • The WiFi will be used for catch-up (BBC iPlayer etc) and any installed smart apps on the box plus updates.
  • Terry98
    Terry98 Posts: 1,155 Forumite
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    edited 20 October 2018 at 10:38AM
    If the OP's TV only has a Scart ('so need a Freeview box with a SCART output as that's what our TV has') I doubt if it will have a USB socket for the WiFI dongle if he buys the 2000T. I am unsure if the 2000T has a Scart connection.

    'The HDR-2000T offers exciting multimedia and home networking capabilities when connected to the internet via the Ethernet, making it the hub of any home. Play media content including photos, videos and MP3s directly onto your TV using a memory device in the USB port, or connect it to PCs or laptops around the home through your home router, using the Ethernet port. Your friends and family will be able to see your holiday moments on the big screen without having to crowd around your digital camera. Share your recorded programmes from the HDR-2000T with other compatible devices around the home via your home network. If you don’t like wires or your router is in another room you can connect your HDR-2000T wirelessly with the optional USB Wi-Fi dongle (WLAN Stick)'

    https://uk.humaxdigital.com/product/hdr-2000t/
  • getmore4less
    getmore4less Posts: 46,882 Forumite
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    I think I would be looking at a TV upgrade.

    Which one do you have now.
  • Neil49
    Neil49 Posts: 3,081 Forumite
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    The wifi connection, which is via a USB dongle, simply allows you to connect to the Internet should the Humax be too far away from your router to allow an ethernet cable connection.

    All the Internet connection does is give you access to on demand features such as BBC iplayer, Utube etc.

    Otherwise the 2000t seems ideal for your requirements as it has a scart output.
  • alun4
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    Have a look at Humax Direct .... refurbished. We have had our last 3 boxes from there and the saving is true MoneySAVING!
  • Neil49
    Neil49 Posts: 3,081 Forumite
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    alun4 wrote: »
    Have a look at Humax Direct .... refurbished. We have had our last 3 boxes from there and the saving is true MoneySAVING!

    I agree

    https://www.humaxdirect.co.uk/home-decor/freeview-hd-recorder-hdr-2000t-500gb-refurbished.html
  • ElefantEd
    ElefantEd Posts: 1,189 Forumite
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    Thanks all. The 2000T has a SCART, and we would probably just use an ethernet cable to plug the PVR into the router. I don't think the TV matters from that perspective.
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