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Channel Master CM-7500TB1 DVR+

Dual-tuner DVR with 1TB hard drive, records over-the-air TV broadcasts

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Hey, cord-cutters!

More and more people are looking for an alternative to writing that big monthly check to their satellite or cable TV provider. It's understandable — why pay for a zillion channels that you never watch? Channel Master's latest solution is the CM-7500TB1 over-the-air DVR. It makes it easy to record your local high-def TV broadcasts without paying for a subscription. Simply connect the CM-7500TB1 to an indoor or outdoor antenna and start recording your favorite network shows in crystal-clear HD — to watch whenever you want.

Over-the-air HD — amazing picture quality, free for the taking

Channel Master CM-7500TB1 on-screen guide

The on-screen guide makes it easy to select and record programs. Over-the-air channels and streamed web content are accessible from one screen.

The CM-7500TB1 is the skinniest DVR we've ever seen, yet it can record up to 160 hours of high-def programs, and provides great DVR conveniences like pause and forward/reverse skip using the remote control. And as we've told people for years, regular over-the-air high-def picture quality is as good or better than cable or satellite HD.

This is a dual-tuner DVR, so you can watch one over-the-air channel while simultaneously recording another, or set it to record shows on two different channels at the same time. Setting up timer recordings is a snap. The free on-screen program guide lets you schedule recordings up to 14 days in advance.

The CM-7500TB1 is surprisingly easy to hook up and set up. First, connect an indoor or outdoor antenna suited to your distance from local station transmitters. Next, make a single-cable HDMI connection to your HDTV, then follow the step-by-step instructions of the on-screen setup wizard.

This DVR works great with virtually any HDMI-equipped TV, and it's a terrific solution for projector-based home theaters, since projectors never include a built-in tuner. Note: This DVR cannot record satellite or cable TV signals.

Stream movies from Vudu, music from Pandora, and everything else from YouTube

Supplementing over-the-air channels with streamed Internet content makes cutting the cord a whole lot more appealing. The CM-7500TB1 makes it easy to access great Internet entertainment — simply connect a network cable to the DVR's Ethernet port. You like movies? Vudu's on-demand service has thousands of HD titles available for instant streaming. And their highest-quality "HDX" option combines a stunning 1080p picture with Dolby® Digital 5.1 surround sound.

You can also enjoy Pandora's endless jukebox of streamed music, and watch music videos and concert clips from around the world on YouTube.

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Product Highlights:

  • built-in ATSC tuners receive free over-the-air digital TV broadcasts (antenna required)
  • dual-tuner design lets you to watch one channel while simultaneously recording another, or record two programs at the same time
  • records up to 160 hours of HD content to the built-in 1TB hard drive
  • versatile playback modes, including pause, fast-forward/fast reverse, and forward/reverse skip
  • supports standard- and high-definition video resolutions up to 1080p
  • setup wizard with auto channel scanning
  • easy timer recording with the on-screen program guide
  • access streamed Internet content with built-in apps for Vudu®, Pandora®, and YouTube®
  • HDMI output to connect to the TV (cable not included)
  • RF input for antenna signal
  • Ethernet port for a wired connection to a home network
  • 2 USB ports for connecting the hard drive and an optional Wi-Fi dongle
  • mini optical digital audio output
  • remote control
  • AC power adapter
  • 10"W x 1/2"H x 8"D
  • weight: 1.1 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year parts, 90 days labor
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Channel Master CM-7500TB1 DVR+

Written By Anonymous, Michigan on Friday, July 03, 2015

The unit does all that it promises but the remote could be better laid out and more robust in design

Pros: Twin tuners a great feature although 4 would be even better

Cons: The dvr is too compact to allow good cooling of the electronic circuits a larger outer case with vent holes would cure this

Sluggish, does not respond to remote commands

Written By DvrFanInLA, Hollywood, California on Saturday, June 20, 2015

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DVR+ sluggish does not respond to remote commands: Unfortunately, we have seen this problem a lot with our previous Channel Master CM-7400 (before it died). The new Channel Master DVR plus CM7500TB1 is doing the same: DVR+ does not respond to remote commands - we mean no response at all. The only way to make it respond is to remove the power from the back and plug back in. If we do that while it's recording a show, that recording is toast. This needs to be fixed. Especially since it's an ongoing problem inherited from much older models. Tech support usually tells us to reset to factory settings. Not only are they unable to tell us why this will fix things, it does nothing to fix the problem that returns in a while.

Pros: Much better in managing programing and channel browsing compared to previous products. YouTube access is good.

Cons: 1. Sluggish does not respond to remote commands: seen this problem a lot with our previous Channel Master CM-7400! 2. Unable to view video and photos on external drive, so we need to buy another unit 3. Low quality product, plus unit seems to be ON all the time, heats up, even when turned off and not recording.

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Written By SteveR, Montana on Thursday, June 04, 2015

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When are you coming out with a solid state DVR. Your DVR is pretty impressive but it has its quirks. I can't find any way to adjust the amount of time the skip button will skip. Your tuner is kind of wimpy. I have a big old clunker of a DVR and it gets more channels than yours with no help. I had to add a signal amp to get yours up to speed. Your remote control could be a little bigger. I have to keep looking at it to avoid hitting the wrong button. If I come across any other quirks I'll let you know.

Steve

Channel Master CM-7500TB1 DVR

Written By Patti, Arizona on Wednesday, May 27, 2015

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Channel Master DVR works as it should and is a wonderful substitute for people who want to cut the cord to their cable or satellite company. It's sleek and small design is so much nicer than the traditional bulky dvr. We love the product!

Pros: We decided to cut the cord with our satellite company as their rates kept going up, but we still wanted the convenience of a dvr. The Channel Master was a great option and it works great, very simple to set up, simple to use, and we love the on screen guide.

Cons: The remote seems a little cheesy when you're used to more bulky remotes.

exceeds expectations

Written By uncle Bill, Arkansas on Monday, May 18, 2015

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unit was easy to set up and use the picture is better than what we got from our cable company for$60.00 a month If you can live without ESPN and all of the other specialty channels it is really the way to go.

Finally Free

Written By JMBeale, Arizona on Friday, May 15, 2015

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Freedom from cable is no small thing, no sir. We ended up with the basic cable because we wanted the VDR, however, it turns into a bundle of course and pulling it out of the system seemed near impossible without TV chaos of some sort. Then I located the CM-7500TB1. It's small (concerned my wife) and it's twice the machine I had from Cox, performs flawlessly, and it won't take very long before it pays for itself. I couldn't be more pleased with the operation and wow, does it ever FF and REW. I'll not give pros or cons, I haven't owned it long enough to find fault with it. This is TV the way it was intended, for everything else there is steaming. Congrats to Channel Master for supplying this marvelous device and we like the blue light that morphs depending on the task.

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Written By GG, Illinois on Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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So far it is excatly what I was looking for . So glad to say goodbye to cable ! Stop live T.V. is great, Recoded playback is excellent picture. Would recommend this to anyone who need's all the feature's of cable DVR box without monthly fee's. Pandora radio, utube, 2 week's of future T.V. guide is perfect. Very happy..

Pros: No more cable bill's !! Slim design, Love recording in HD while watching another show, Easy setup,

Cons: Remote needs better layout of replay button's, Would be nice if I could record only new show's when setting up future recording's. Wifi should be built in, Pricey !

Channel Master CM-7500 TB1 DVR+

Written By WO, California on Monday, May 11, 2015

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This unit does everything I need to do, i.e. record, playback etc. The channel line up guide is what I really wanted for my recording . I like it......... its a keeper!

Pros: As stated above

Cons: My needs are relatively simple and it beats all my expectations.

Great product

Written By walela, Texas on Friday, April 24, 2015

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Just what I needed. Easy to use.

Pros: No more cable. I keep thinking that I am recording too many shows and then see that I've used only 11%. Hard to find time to watch all the shows I'm recording. Once I had the wireless dongle the Guide worked great. Easy to set and no monthly fees.

Cons: I had trouble setting up the wireless part. The first one did not work. However this company is great. They worked with me until all was perfect. They are extremely positive and helpful. So not really a con at all. I'm not much for technical.

Channel Master CM-7500TB1 DVR+

Written By Ron W., Concord, NC on Sunday, April 12, 2015

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Works great so far. Lives up to all expectations. Cut the cable bill by $100 the first month. It's very thin size makes it almost invisable.

Pros: 1 TB hard drive. There IS a 40 page users manual online without which you will be lost. After reading it's easy to use.

Cons: Unless you are going to hard wire to a router ORDER THE WYFI PLUG THE FIRST TIME! No where else keeps them in stock and you MUST have the one from Channel master. It should be built in to the unit. Maybe next generation.

free at last

Written By rolandh, New Hampshire on Tuesday, April 07, 2015

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severed satellite tv cord saving over a cnote a month now i can watch jimmy fallon without staying up late this is the best thing since sliced bread i get a better picture i love it i love Crutchfield because i broke the remote 2 wks after i got it and they sent me a new one no charge also they have helped me so so much when i had connection problems you have my loyalty forever

Pros: marvelous piece of machinery

Cons: not a thing

Channel Master CM-7500TB1 DVR+

Written By John C, Miramar Beach, FL on Monday, April 06, 2015

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I bought the Channel Master CM-7500TB1 DVR+ with the built in hard drive. I didn't want to have another piece of equipment with cables and power supplies to worry about. This system works great, just like my Directv Tivo unit I have used for years. Pulls in all of the local stations for about 50 miles away. I needed to access ABC, NBC & CBS. Does a great job. Easy to setup, very intuitive. Hard wired into the internet and got the software update. Some people have complained about the size, feel of the remote. Its not a problem, just a little different. It's great to be able to set the system up to record shows anytime and play back when you want.

Pros: Great system. Works extremely well, fast access to recorded programs with the internal drive.

Cons: None

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Written By Dan, Kansas on Sunday, March 29, 2015

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Very nice piece of equipment. Wish I would have bought one sooner. Very easy to set up and use. The TV guide is a very nice to have.

Pros: It all seems very good!

Cons: Remote seems a little Chessey.....

Free At Last

Written By FrankM, Willowick, Ohio on Sunday, March 29, 2015

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Only had unit for 2 weeks. The thing I missed after cutting cable was ability to record and glad I found this DVR. Very user friendly, easy to set-up. Channel guide was a big selling point, although it could use some improvement. One review writer didn't like that they could record two programs at once but couldn't watch a third program. I put a splitter on the antenna cable and connected one to recorder and one to TV. I can record two programs, switch input back to TV and watch a third program while recording two others. The April issue of The Family Handyman had an article about coaxial TV cable. It recommended using RG-6 quad shield over the RG-59. It made a big difference in reception and can be found easily on internet at comparable price. To CAL in Indiana. There is a small hole above the battery door and you'll need to use a small screwdriver and push in and down towards the bottom end of remote to open battery compartment. Not a very good design.

Pros: Easy to set up and user friendly. Good picture quality. Channel guide nice to have.

Cons: A little steep in price. Could use printed full user manual book. Remote could be better designed or allow purchaser to program another remote to operate DVR.

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Written By Tony P, Monkton, VT on Wednesday, March 25, 2015

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The unit is small and a breeze to setup. We are located in the north country with mountains but received all the networks and available PBS stations from Vermont and New York. It is great to receive HD over the air, 14 channels in all. The antenna is a CM 4228 with amp and splitters that feeds four TV locations in the house with good to great signals depending on the channels. I am replacing a Dish Network 722 DVR which works very well but we are tired of the expense. We mostly watch network TV but will miss HGTV, DIY, Food and the Cooking channels. The thing I like best about the 722 is when I did not hear something I can quickly back it up to replay. The CM DVR can do that but it is more cumbersome to execute. I am still getting familiar with the unit and hope it has the flexibility of the 722. It certainly passes a good signal to the TV from the antenna and from the internet. The unit is relatively expensive and I hope that Channel Master supports and maintains the interface and adds other internet services when made available.

Pros: Easy to setup. Really small footprint. Intuitive interface.

Cons: Relatively expensive. Remote design a little challenging. Not as flexible as the Dish DVR remote control.

Too early to give a definitive review yet

Written By JoEllenK, Minnesota on Sunday, March 22, 2015

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So far it is fine. We haven't yet figured out how to find what we have programmed before it has completed saving it, so that part is frustrating. We are just learning what it can do so maybe more time will help us give a more thoughtful review.

Pros: Finally can pause live non-cable over the air tv!

Cons: Can't see what is already programmed. Guide is somewhat limited.

So close to GREAT

Written By Free TV-aholic, Spartanburg SC on Friday, March 20, 2015

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It does everything a DVR is supposed to do, and it's very easy to operate. The setup didn't take too long, and was uncomplicated. We were up and recording things in no time. I'd strongly recommend the wireless dongle with this unit. It works flawlessly after you find the screen to tell the DVR its there, and it keeps things simple down the road. My only complaint is the tuner seems kind of weak....not bad...just not as strong as the TV itself. (It's frustrating to be able to watch a show on the TV, but then find it mildly pixelated on the DVR when you're recording it. And YES we're using a channel master amp CM7777 & channel master antenna CM2020.) Maybe the next generation one will be able to improve on the tuner strength...?

Pros: Ease of use Records in 1080 Comes with a user friendly remote Ultra slim design

Cons: Tuner strength could be better

Channel Master CM-7500TB1 DVR+

Written By BB, Oklahoma on Saturday, March 14, 2015

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This DVR works as advertised & was easy to setup. We switched to over the air system in January & have not looked back, not only does this unit serve as DVR it also provires a channel guide which is icing on the cake. Would be nice if it would access netflix but maybe channel master will include later. Overall very pleased.

Pros: Easy setup, Channel Guide & works great.

Cons: cannot acces Netflix

works well, few flaws

Written By SylviaS, Fayetteville, NC on Thursday, March 12, 2015

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set up channel master antenna with rotor, amp, preamp & dvr...get 40 channels on chimney mount, 1 story house...old neighborhood with many large trees obstructing signal. Pixelation during bad weather & hard to zero in northern stations due to curvature of the earth, southern stations are more clear. Can zero in stations with the remote that goes with the rotor box. DVR has all the features of a cable/satellite dvr, could have an extra tuner that only watches channels but does not record. If you record 2 shows at the same time you can't watch a third, 1tb storage & can connect external drives only if not recording. Channel guide shows a lot of unavailable, you have to look at the channel listing for that station online.

Pros: channel guide, simple setting up recording, additional external hard drive ports, small & slim about the size of a tablet

Cons: had to hard wire wifi, needs more storage, many stations have no info available in guide & have to look up the schedule online

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Written By CAL, Indiana on Sunday, March 08, 2015

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The unit has worked excellent right out of the box. Simply hooked up everything and removed the plastic tab on the remote control to enable power to it. Has been going strong ever since. I purchased this unit a secondary to my Satellite DVR, from which i can only record 1 HD Over-The-Air program at a time. My rear projection HD television has also just recently gone out, for which i replaced it with a new LED one. Standard Definition recordings just are not nearly as good on these as they were on the rear projection. So now i can record all of my shows in HD.

Pros: The ease to install and operate. This is a very thin unit, only about as thick as a typical school spiral notebook, from back in my school days.

Cons: Remotes battery compartment cover, i haven't tinkered with this a whole lot because i haven't need to. But the manual isn't very clear as to how to get this open nor i have i been able to get it open. Hopefully online instructions are clear when the time comes that i actually need to replace the batteries.

Channel Master CM-7500TB1 DVR+

Written By BrianM, Lena IL on Thursday, March 05, 2015

We purchased this unit to replace a standard definition DVR. We gained high definition, a program guide, ability to record 2 channels simultaneously, and extremely compact size. The dongle allowed the guide to go out 2 weeks. Three months have passed with no issues what so ever. This unit is used a lot, as we only receive OTA broadcasts and Netflix. Highly recommended!

Pros: High definition,ability to record 2 programs at once,compact size But most of all, no cable bill!

Cons: None that we've encountered,this unit works great, and appears to be quite rugged.

CM-7500TB1 DVR+

Written By ArtB, Minnesota on Wednesday, March 04, 2015

This DVR has a significant problem. The remote intermittently loses the ability to communicate with the DVR. When this happens, there is no way to record, playback, or otherwise use the DVR. I have had the unit for three months (Christmas gift), and the unit has failed as often as every other day. The only fix is to reboot the DVR.

This failure is well known to Channel Master. They have had enough complaints that they have a "fix it" paper on their website. They attribute all complaints to the consumer's failure to install the batteries properly (even though failures started with CM installed batteries). The batteries are simply two button batteries exactly like the ones we all use every day in a wide range of devices.

Channel Master's tech support responded immediately to my complaint, but quickly ran out of steam as soon as the playbook was done. Bottom line ---- The failure is my fault because I am unable to correctly install two batteries properly. They also claim, by the way, that they have Never found a remote that is defective.

As a retired Electrical Engineer, having worked in electronics and failure analysis, I am insulted at their claim that I am too stupid to put two batteries in the back of a remote. Unless you are techy enough to reboot this DVR every couple of days, better not buy it. I'm sure that something better will come along.

Pros: Excellent tuners and picture. Fast response from customer service.

Cons: Too expensive, apparently bad design of remote. Customer service, while quick, has not settled the failure issue.

Crutchfield is great - Channel Master, not so much

Written By Paul F, Illinois on Saturday, February 28, 2015

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The tuners are excellent. It records ota as advertised. Set up was very easy. However, the enclosed owners manual is not very good. I went online and printed the extended manual which should come with the unit from the factory. Even that manual leaves a lot of unanswered questions. This unit is way too expensive. But, Channel Master has the only game in town, so you pay for it. The worst part of the whole set up is the remote control unit. It is too small and thin to be held and used comfortably in the hand. Unless you look at it, you can't tell if it's upside down or right side up.and the really important buttons, fast-forward and pause and play are too small and hard to find. Worse yet, some of the control functions are idiotic. Scrolling forward through the TV Guide is just dumb.

Pros: Records very nicely.

Cons: Way too expensive. Remote is ridiculous, some remote functions are more ridiculous. Wifi is extra money. No HDMI cable included. User manual is a joke. Pandora won't connect. Did I mention that the remote control is bad news?

Channel Master CM-7500TB1 DVR+

Written By Vic, Plant City, FL on Friday, February 27, 2015

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Was looking to get away from satellite and cable and be able to record shows that I like. My old Samsung DLP large screen TV still has a beautiful picture but it's tuner doesn't seem to get the digital channels here even with a nice indoor antenna. Once I set up the CM, wow! All the channels came in! Love the ability to stop or pause show just like the satellite service did. Also like the on screen menu. Love Pandora and You tube, have even paired it with my iPad, nice feature. Looking forward to maybe getting other streaming services...

Pros: Small, simple set up

Cons: Remote is only one that can be used with this. Most universal remotes do not work with Channel Master DVR+

Channel Master CM-7500TB1 DVR+ GREAT Product

Written By TJ, Newington,CT on Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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For cut-the-cable and get-antenna folks, this is the product you want. Pause live, record, guide, etc.. Tons of memory. Great product

Channel Master DVR+ CM-7500TB1

Written By Charles, New Carlisle, Ohio on Saturday, February 21, 2015

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Great Product!

Channel Master CM-7500TB1 DVR+

Written By Anonymous, California on Tuesday, February 17, 2015

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Good overall.

Pros: Easy setup. Clear picture. Function is easy to use.

Cons: Would like to be able to record sirius and not have to go to each day sirius is played to push record button.

CM-7500TB1 DVR+ - Good overall

Written By Chuck, KC MO on Tuesday, February 03, 2015

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I've been using this new DVR for about two weeks, and so far it's been pretty impressive. The functionality is very good - easy to set up, record and play back. Picture quality is also good, but not quite as crystal clear as the HD OTA picture I receive directly through the TV. DVR tuner is good, picking up all the OTA channels available in my area. The DVR is quiet, but does have a constant little hum -- it never really turns off, but rather just goes on standby when you shut it down. Only had one glitch with the unit so far -- the red LED recording indicator light failed to function during one recording. I unplugged the DVR and let it "reset", and that has seemed to fix the problem. Hopefully that won't be a recurring issue. As other reviewers have pointed out, the remote control design leaves a little to be desired. Button layout isn't great, with the playback controls (fast forward, etc.) at the bottom of the unit. More significant to me is the size of the control. It is very slim, narrow and buttons fairly small. It's difficult to tactilely maneuver your way around the buttons - you really have to be looking at it to select the desired button, and (for those like me with sausage fingers) be careful you don't hit more than one at a time. Virtually no written operators manual is provided - just a quick set-up list. On-line instructions are available, but really aren't very comprehensive. Other than basic functions, you have to figure it out for yourself.

Pros: Good functionality; OTA channel reception; and picture.

Cons: Remote control is too small, and operators manual is deficient.

Love this DVR!!

Written By David & Marilyn, Wetumka, Oklahoma on Sunday, February 01, 2015

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My wife & I really like this DVR. It has performed even better than we hoped. Had to send the little Wi-Fi dongle back though. Since we are to far from our router for It to work. Would like to have been able to get the 2 week guide with the internet hook-up. Very satisfied with the DVR however.

Pros: Great DVR!!

Cons: Wish we had the 2 week guide.

Good Product

Written By Nick, Indiana on Sunday, January 18, 2015

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This is a very good product. It is easier to use than Window Media Center, and a LOT less cables running behind the TV. The documentation was sketchy, but on line support was excellent. It seems pretty chintzy to require the buyer to purchase the proprietary Wi-Fi. Once up and running, it is easy to use and has good quality. I would buy again, but I really wish the instructions were more comprehensive.

Pros: Excellent quality, excellent support. Better than computer based system.

Cons: You must purchase proprietary Wi-Fi on top of original cost.. Thin documentation

Channel Master CM-7500TB1

Written By Sue K, Palmyra, PA on Monday, January 12, 2015

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Great receiver/DVR. No problems at all. My only regret is that I didn't know before I bought it that my USB WiFi devices wouldn't work with it. Had to buy a Channel Master USB device separately and pay shipping on it.

Channel Master CM-7500TB1 DVR+

Written By PaulO, Minnesota on Saturday, January 10, 2015

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Relatively easy setup. Tuners work excellent, better quality picture than TV tuner. Sound output is VG. Wi-fi should not cost extra and should be integrated with DVR. Also, more on-line access should be provided. The program guide is only two weeks, should be more to provide better repeat recording capability. It is great not to be required to purchase a subscription though, and this was one of my main reasons for purchasing as well as the OTA availability.

Pros: Great tuners. No subscription required.

Cons: Too Expensive. Should at least include wi-fi for the price.

Channel Master's-7500TB1 DVR+

Written By The_Inspector_069, Illinois on Tuesday, December 30, 2014

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I feel that considering the technological standards of todays DVR, the CM-7500TB1 DVR+ has some catching up to do. My LG Flat Panel has a setting "Set By Program" which means it adjusts the screen ratio based on the signal. I noticed with this DVR, it does not send the ratio signal (4:3) for Standard Digital Channels. All standard digital channels are stretched. So I am constantly changing the ratio to match the current programming.

Pros: Easy to connect and configure. Picture quality is excellent, and so is the audio. Tuner sensitivity is outstanding. The current update has included "YouTube" as an extra viewing source, and now you can configure the recording to record "New" shows only. Overall, I am happy with my purchase.

Cons: Ratio Detection, and Expandability for starters.

Channel Master CM-7500TB1 DVR

Written By EdfromDarwin, Darwin, MN on Wednesday, December 24, 2014

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I like it -it's easy to use, records excellently, and it works as advertised; good picture and sound quality; highly recommend this DVR.

Channel Master CM-7500TB1 DVR+

Written By Neal, Missouri on Monday, December 15, 2014

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Good design. The manual could be a little more detailed in explaining the manual scanning process. I had two channels that would Not come up during the scanning process. I had to change the resolution to get them to scan.

Channel Master CM-7500TB1 DVR+

Written By ksmith, Virginia on Saturday, December 13, 2014

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The Channel Master CM-7500TB1 DVR+ works as advertised and the tuner pulls in channels that my TV tuner sometimes freezes. The play back picture quality in most cases is just as good as the original signal on TV. All recordings played back are very good and as good as DVD or better. You can fast forward through commercials at 64X. When you pause, rewind or fast forward a bar pops up on the screen showing a graphic and digital indication of where you are in the recorded program. This bar covers most of the lower part of the screen and does not go away. So if you want to pause a program to get a better view the screen is blocked by the program progress bar. One item I miss from a VCR is on the Channel Master CM-7500TB1 DVR+ you can only chose programs to record from the guide which only goes 2 weeks. I miss picking a time, day of week and channel and having the DVR record the program until told to stop. I am out of the country for months at a time so two weeks does not work too well for me. An other issue is sometimes the remote will not control the DVR. The remote will control the TV but not the DVR. My DVR is connected to my TV through a receiver. It seems if I switch to the DVR input on the receiver and select external input on the TV the remote will then operate properly. Maybe if the DVR was connected directly to the TV this would not be an issue.

Pros: DVR playback provides an excellent picture and sound

Cons: large section of screen is blocked during pause, rewind or fast forward. As the owner's manual says you can only record up two weeks.

CM-7500TB1 Channel Master

Written By Out-of-town Ted, Minnesota on Friday, December 12, 2014

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I have never cut the cable as I have never had cable TV. I grew up with free over-the-air (OTA) TV and could never get used to paying to watch what I used to watch for free. I have had several different types of recording devices over the years, the last one being a Philips DVDR357H/37 which recorded in 480 and upgraded to a simulated1080, a good machine except no HD. I like the Channel Master CM-7500TB1 DVR. The unit is very compact and does not stand out under the TV. The installation and operation went just a predicted. It was pretty easy except for that I used a cheap HDMI cable that had a short. As others have mentioned, the tuner seems to be of a higher quality than is in my Sony TV. The TV program menu works well with or without an internet connection.The unit does not over heat and is quiet. It would be nice if you could burn a disc from the unit as I was able to do with my old Philips but it works just as advertised. I get about 40 over-the-air channels which supply most everything I want to watch. There are a few videos on YouTube that can help you if you have installation questions.

Pros: Superior tuner. Ease of use.

Cons: No serious negatives for this machine so far.

Channel Master CM-7500TB1 DVR+

Written By PK, New Jersey on Tuesday, December 02, 2014

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Easy to use.

Nice DVR

Written By TJS in VA, Virginia on Saturday, November 22, 2014

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Basic installation is easy to setup and configure. Response time to access recordings is very good and the ability to maneuver within recordings is very good. Overall, the DVR works great for an antenna based product, is highly recommended and yes, I would purchase this product again. This DVR has never missed a recording.

I purchased and setup this DVR for my father who is 80 years old and he has not had a problem using it, working with recordings, or managing recordings or scheduled recordings.

Proprietary Wi-Fi software with limited capability to access common on-line providers (e.g., No access to Netflix or a number of other popular web based movie providers). For the price of this DVR Wi-Fi should be integrated within the unit.

Pros: Easy to install and configure. The unit as a very small foot print, and one TB provides plenty of storage capability. Software interface is intuitive for the basics.

Cons: The User Manual is fine for the basics, but should provide greater detail for manual recordings. Software interface is intuitive for the basics, but the setup of manual recordings requires a number of dry runs (i.e., practice recordings, trial and errors). The interface for the on-line key board is a poor at best, but it works. The jump-forward and jump-back functions should provide longer time increments to simplify skipping over sections of recordings or commercials.

Bye Bye Cable TV

Written By RobinM, Texas on Thursday, November 20, 2014

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This is exactly what I needed to finally give up cable television. The installation was a breeze! I love the fact that I can record shows and pause live television. I read the reviews and purchased the WiFi adapter. This is the best investment ever.

Pros: Pause live television and record OTA programming.

working great for me

Written By C.Russell, mi on Thursday, November 20, 2014

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This Dvr is just what i wanted coming from a directv dvr i wanted to still be able to record shows off the anntena . This dvr works great for me i have only had it 2 weeks but everything i have recorded has turned out very good. The duel tuners in this dvr seem to be strong to me i am getting 100 percent signal strength on all the local channels and i am only using a wineguard amplified indoor antenna with this dvr so i wasnt sure how good of a signal i would get we are out in the country about 20 miles from the tv towers. This dvr also works with my Harmony Touch remote no trouble.

Pros: easy to use and tuners are good the channel guide is better then i expected it to be.

Cons: The price is a bit high but the channel guide is free so it will pay for itself in time.

Impressed but also dispappointed

Written By Mick, San Antonio, Texas on Saturday, November 01, 2014

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Overall, I'm amazed and impressed. And yes, a bit disappointed too. I didn't initially comprehend how tiny this 1 TB powerhouse was, so when I saw the size of the shipping carton, I was worried Crutchfield sent the wrong item. Opening the box I happily discovered this diminutive unit had everything I expected. Well, almost everything. I understood it didn't have built-in WiFi, but I recently purchased a dual-band Kinivo USB dual-band WiFi stick compliant with 11 n/g/b/a up to 300 Mbps. The Channel Master features two USB ports, so surely this hot little stick, capable of Infrastructure, Ad-Hoc and Soft AP modes, would work without a problem. Nope. A little research on the Channel Master web site uncovered the poorly documented factoid that only the $40 Channel Master 7500XWF wireless USB stick works. Disappointing. Also, the power brick takes up two AC outlets, but a simple 6 inch power extension cable solved that problem. Overall, the quality of the recordings is superb and I can easily manage the quirky interface. Yes, I really like this device, but I resent being blind-sided by the proprietary WiFi solution. It leaves me feeling less like a satisfied customer and more like part of a revenue stream for Channel Master. Too bad, because I really want to love this otherwise great device.

Pros: 1 TB storage Tiny High quality recordings

Cons: Proprietary WiFi solution No indication that WiFi solution is proprietary until after purchase Power brick hogs two outlets

CM-7500TB1 DVR+

Written By NormW, Richmond, VA on Saturday, October 25, 2014

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Have used this product for one month. Installation was very simple. All nearby channels scanned in automatically. In the first week I noticed some local channels breaking up and was concerned. My antenna is in my attic so I tried pointing it in different directions. Then I discovered the website 'AntennaWeb.com' which takes your home address and zip to analyze your reception. The results showed that my old antenna position was ~ 30 degrees off (used compass on my cell phone to correct the direction). Reception is crystal clear on all stations I receive. Guide menu is very intuitive as it displays all times and programs for the date. Push one button and program is set to be recorded. Have recorded 6-8 one hour programs to date and still have 95% capacity on the 1TB drive.

Pros: It's compact size and weight made it very easy to place on top of my DVD Player and not require dedicated space.

Cons: None

Works well!

Written By RobA, Alpharetta, GA on Sunday, October 12, 2014

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Easy to set up and provides reasonable response time. After a full scan removing unwanted channels is cumbersome. Setting up a manual recording for a program not in the Guide is not intuitive. The user manual appears to be out of date & you'll have to experiment a bit to figure out how to do some things. The pause live TV feature works very well. The audio level over the HDMI is very low as compared to the direct antenna feed. The picture quality on live and recorded programs is as good as the direct feed. I have not had good luck with named events. They work the first time but since the over the air Guide in my area only contains data for the next 24 hours, once the program is no longer in the Guide, the recording info for that event shows up as "-----". I have had these fail so I set up manual recordings for recurring programs. The Recordings screen has a nice feature which puts the same program into a single folder and means more programs fit on a single screen. The "History" menu shows you what you recorded and what "future" programs are scheduled. When you set up a manual recording you need to pick the program from the guide. If it is not in the guide you need to pick a random program and then set up the channel & times & program name through a clunky on screen keyboard. You can set start early / stop late times for "named events". I recommend it to anyone who is looking to cut the cord. I hope most of the issues can & will be fixed in future software releases.

Pros: 2 tuners 160 hours of recording with expansion relatively intuitive user interface

Cons: Clunky on screen keyboard for naming manually recorded programs Some programming quirks A bit pricey

Much better than previous models!

Written By LindaD, Virginia on Sunday, October 05, 2014

I also owned two previous models of the ChannelMaster DVR and so far, this one seems superior. It is easier to set up and program. I'm hopeful the new design will take care of the issues we had with previous models (they got very hot and their lifespan was shorter than anticipated - about 2 years). Since it's still new, I'm reserving the 5th star until this new model proves itself long term.

Pros: Easy set up, easy programming. Does not get as hot as its predecessors.

Cons: The wider design may be a problem for some folks (hasn't been for me). No visible clock, which isn't a big deal - I'm just still getting used to it.

CM-7500TB1 DVR

Written By GregC, Indiana on Sunday, September 28, 2014

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This unit provides a better picture the then the tuner in the TV. The response time is slow but that might be due to the remote not getting to the IR input. The system was easy to set up. The program information is not always available in the guide due to the network. Easy to record and playback. The unit is small but I have it flat against the wall due to no shelf near the TV. As a result of that the remote does not have a clear shot to the IR input on the unit.

Channel Master CM-7500TB1 DVR+

Written By Jack, Parker, Colorado on Saturday, September 27, 2014

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In a nutshell ... this gizmo far-exceeds my expectations.

Pros: I don't think that there is any competition out there for this product. "This isn't your father's DVR"!

Cons: This product could use an "old-fashioned" set of printed operating instructions, or at the the very least, a directly accessible and comprehensive set of operating instructions. An acceptable set of online instructions are referred to in the printed set-up instructions, but clicking on the URL gets one to a place that requires additional searching. More user-friendly would be a more obvious path to the existing instructions.

Free HDTV

Written By JohnE, Surprise, AZ on Wednesday, September 24, 2014

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This HDTV Receiver and DVR works really well and is really not too expensive.

Pros: It seems to be very easy to use even without reading the User's Manual. Also, the picture quality is really great.

Cons: I haven't found any yet.

Channel Master CM 7500TB1 DVR+

Written By D. Smith, Florham Park, NJ on Monday, September 22, 2014

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This is a superb product. Installation and setup are quick and simple. The product is incredibly thin and compact. The program guide lists all channels received and requires just a couple of clicks to schedule a program to be recorded. You can even click to record all programs of a series. Although the 1TB built in memory is generous, I added a 3TB Seagate external backup hard drive to one of the USB ports, this was immediately recognized by the Channel Master and programmed to supplement it. It does all it is advertised to do exceptionally well.

Pros: Compact size, ease of set up, simple to schedule recording, playback of same quality as the source, can record two programs simultaneously or record while watching a different program.

Cons: Nothing that I can think of.

Good system for free t.v.

Written By Kristof, Southern Oregon Coast, OR on Tuesday, September 09, 2014

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The remote is a little on the small side. The guide, info, exit & back buttons are a nice size, as are the channel and volume buttons (I haven't configured the volume buttons yet, for my tv. The remote is 8" X 1 3/4".

The buttons that annoy me are the arrangement of the fast forward, reverse, pause and play buttons. It is a small thing, but I am accustomed to the play button being in alignment with the ff & fr...but the pause button is between them, and the play is below.

The Player is incredibly small compared to the ones rented from the cable company. I am using this system upstairs in my bedroom where the t.v. is mounted over my sliding doors. I was able to put a VERY small shelf up/by the t.v to link everything together.

The first wifi dongle I got didn't work, but Crutchfield was good about replacing it. It is vudu ready. I am in "Ozark" OR, on the southern coast. I receive 16 channels in HD, crystal clear. (Some are duplicates...and of course there is the religious channel. Local movie channel. (shows older movies). Station transmitters are 10 or so miles away. I have the CM antenna4228HD & the CM 3414 booster.

Overall...very happy with storage capacity...great! and overall quality of reception, recording, and playback.

Pros: easy install, LOTS of storage capacity, quality HD playback. Vudu available with dongle.

Cons: minor...button arrangement and size on ff, fr, play and pause.

Channel Master CM-7500TB1

Written By Anonymous, Golden, CO on Tuesday, September 09, 2014

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Very small unit so it fits anywhere.Easy to set up and easy to use

Pros: Easy to set up and east to use

Cons: No details provided in the included manual - you need to download the complete manual.

Channel Master CM-7500TB1 DVR+

Written By JerryM, Sadieville, Kentucky on Saturday, September 06, 2014

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Wow! Absolutely satisfied. Wished I had purchased sooner, this dvr is awesome. I love that it records two shows in the same time slot. Playback is phenomenal. I previously had satellite service with a dvr and I have missed out on so many shows without it until now. I can't say enough about it, a little pricey yes, but well worth it, especially when you consider those monthly satellite bills. Kudos to Crutchfield, I got mine in two days!

Pros: on screen guide one button record

Cons: info on guide is unavailable for extended hours on some channels

free dvr!

Written By Tony, schaumburg, il on Thursday, September 04, 2014

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I have been waiting to buy a dvd for over the air. We cut the cord 2 months now and thats the one area I been missing to record. But now it is here. I was considering Tivo but this has no fees!

Pros: A bit pricey but worth it in the long run!

Cons: Not working with the harmony remote yet. One reason why I haven't bought the all in one remote.

CM-7500TB1 DVR+ Review

Written By jk, McLean, VA on Sunday, August 31, 2014

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I've owned the CM7000 and the CM7400. The CM7500TB1 DVR+ is the best yet. The expanded recording time (with the built-in 1TB disc) is a great improvement. The on-screen set-up and guide are intuitive. The tuner is strong and has no difficulty finding and holding the channels. The unit does not get hot (like the previous generations). I have not used it long enough to know if it will "freeze-up" as did the previous generations - I believe this was heat-related and it caused the unit to stop keeping time and to miss recordings. One change (not for the better) is that "deleted" recordings are really deleted. In previous generations, deleted programs were recoverable until they were recorded over. Now, one needs to be certain that a program will not be watched again before deleting.

Excellent DVR/HD-tuner

Written By Christopher, South Carolina on Saturday, August 16, 2014

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Like most people considering this unit, I bought this to "cut the cord" of my satellite provider. I already have a Roku with Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu (not sure if I'll keep all those), but the missing piece of the puzzle was local TV as my venerable HDTV doesn't even have an ATSC tuner. Installation was very simple, and with an amplified rabbit-ear antenna up in the attic I am now able to pull in all the major networks: PBS, CBS, NBC, ABC, and Fox, plus several extra stations. Coming from Dish Network the user interface is very intuitive, and I love that the guide data is free with an Internet connection (I'm using Ethernet). It is VERY small and compact. In fact I wish it could have been built into a larger case to help with cooling and to allow it to stack with other components (like my DVD player and AV receiver). My old Harmony remote set up with it easily though I had to teach some missing commands. Some people may find the lack of different outputs to be limiting, but since I'm using HDMI I'm fine. But be aware there are no Component or other outputs available. My only (minor) complaint is that when I'm in the guide or info screen showing program information the very edges of the sides of the screen are slightly cut off. I am not sure if that is a configuration issue with my older television or if it is a common issue. Picture and sound are excellent when there is a good signal, but some stations seem to be compressing signal to squeeze in SD subchannels.

Pros: Compact. Easy set-up. Good picture quality for those stations that are not overly compressed. Appears to have a good-quality tuner that receives stations easily.

Cons: Doesn't stack easily with other A/V components. Slight overscan on my older CRT 1080i TV which is most visible in the guide and program information screens.

Channel Master CM-7500TB1 DVR+

Written By Anonymous, Fenton, MI on Saturday, August 16, 2014

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Nice features and very user friendly.

Channel Master DVR+;

Written By Kevin, Waterford Mi on Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I bought mine from Channel Master but wanted to comment on it here. I have used my DVR+ every day now for 6 months. At first a few lockups then after firmwear update I have had zero problems for the last 4 months. Firm wear update is painless and automatic. I would suggest a hardwire connection to internet. Wireless works good but direct hardwire best for movie streaming.

Pros: No subscription fee.

Cons: Only one is no old time 4.3 native video on old time shows.

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What's in the box?

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  • HDTV over-the-air receiver/DVR
  • AC power adapter with attached 58" DC output cord (DC output: 12V 1.46A)
  • IR remote control
  • Two CR2032 Lithium batteries (installed in remote)
  • Quick Start Guide
  • "Read This First!" note

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Features

Overview: The Channel Master DVR+ (Model CM-7500TB1) is a High Definition OTA (over-the-air) digital video receiver and recorder. You can receive and record over-the-air broadcasts in HD and SD for later playback. You can also connect to a high-speed broadband Internet service to enjoy online streaming services, such as VUDU and Pandora. DVR+ comes with a full-function IR remote, which can control multiple brands of TVs.

Dual HDTV Tuners: The DVR+ is equipped with two ATSC tuners, which allow you to record two programs at once, or watch one program while recording another. Just connect an antenna to enjoy subscription-free broadcast programming from your local stations at resolutions of up to 1080i and 1080p via HDMI. The DVR+ is not compatible with existing cable and satellite connections.

Internet Ready: The DVR+ has an RJ45 Ethernet port for connecting the unit to your router via a LAN cable to receive broadband Internet service. In addition to the online streaming services, an Internet connection provides the unit with automatic software updates, and extends the program guide to 14 days. The optional Channel Master Wi-Fi adapter will allow you to connect the DVR+ to the Internet wirelessly.

Note: To enjoy high-quality video streaming, a 2 Mbps minimum connection speed is recommended.

Built-in Streaming Services: The DVR+ features integrated streaming services and apps, including VUDU, a premium streaming service for your favorite TV shows, movies, and new-release DVD titles, YouTube, and Pandora, a music streaming service. Access to rent or buy VUDU movies on-demand using the DVR+ requires an account with the VUDU service. You can sign up directly on the DVR+ receiver, or use a web browser to sign up. If you already have a VUDU account, you can sign in from the DVR+ receiver.

Electronic Program Guide: A built-in electronic program guide allows you to see what programs are on each broadcast channel at any given time. From the guide, you can change channels, set the DVR+ to record a program, or set a reminder for a program you want to watch in the future. The program guide also directly integrates the available streaming services and apps, so you can find the programs or movies you're looking for. The program guide provides up to 14 days of guide data with an Internet connection, but only 2 days without.

1 TB Hard Disk Drive: The DVR+ has a 1 terabyte (TB) internal hard disk drive for storing your recorded programs. The memory allows you to pause or rewind live TV for about 15 minutes (up to 2 hours with an optional external USB hard disk drive). You can also store up to 160 hours of HD programs or 640 hours of SD programs. Rear-mounted USB 2.0 ports let you connect an optional external hard drive for additional storage, if desired.

Note: If an external hard drive is connected then you can only view the recordings that are saved on the external hard drive. To view the recordings on the internal hard drive simply unplug the external hard drive and the ones saved to the internal drive will show up.

Remote Control: The DVR+ has a front-panel power button, but no other controls. The supplied remote control contains all of the remaining controls you'll need. The remote is equipped with a numeric keypad for direct channel tuning, as well as + and - buttons for channel scanning. Transport controls are included (play, pause, stop, fast forward, rewind, skip forward and skip backward) for watching recorded programs. Special color-coded buttons let you rapidly move through the program guide (-2.5 hours, -1 day, +1day), or search for the desired program by title. The remote is pre-programmed with remote codes for hundreds of TV manufacturers. The remote is powered by two CR2032 batteries (installed).

Connections: The DVR+ features the following rear-panel connections:

  • RF In: Female F-type connector for your over-the-air antenna
  • Optical: 3.5mm mini-optical jack to connect to a high-quality digital audio decoding system (outputs Dolby Digital Plus)
  • HDMI: Provides high-definition digital audio and video to the TV. (HDMI 1.3a with HDCP 1.3)
  • Ethernet: RJ-45 Ethernet port for connecting to your modem (10/100 Base-T)
  • USB: Two USB 2.0 host ports (Type A) for connecting optional USB Wi-Fi adapter and optional external hard drive
  • IR: 3.5mm jack for optional IR extension cable
  • Power: DC connector for supplied external power supply

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