LunchCast – Vulkano – Hava replacement?

I just received my Vulkano with great hopes of it replacing my HAVA box.

I was looking forward to recording my favorite TV shows and watching them at a later time on my iPad or the TV.

Here are the current feature limitations:

Record one show at a time

Can’t watch another show while it is recording

To watch a saved show, It must be fully downloaded to the iPad before you can watch it.

I have just finished installing the device, and turned it on.  Color bars appeared and then a setup wizard began after i hit the ok button on the supplied remote.  It scanned for wireless networks and found my access point.  I gave it my credentials to log in, and it continued on to the next section of the install.  I am using the Verizon Fios DVR with the componet video cables hooked up between the two devices.  I am using the HDMI out to my TV.  The setup wizard detected that a new firmware release was available and it began to download.  It said it could take a half hour to complete.  I was tired and just shut off the tv and let it run overnight.  I woke up to find that it was frozen after about 15% completion.  I had to power off the unit, and when it turned back on, it completed the setup wizard.  A simple menu came up and Live tv was the first option. I selected it and it began to show what was live on TV.  After about 3 seconds i noticed a pause, and that the video quality was less than desireable.  It looked like 320i or less on the HD TV. Then I noticed that it began to fast forward and then it slowed down.  I made watching live TV next to impossible.

I then went to my iPad and download the free Vulkano app, and launched it.  I loaded and found my Vulkano.  It started to buffer, and after about 30 seconds, I had a video showing on the screen.  After about 5 seconds it started to get pixialized and then paused.

I called tech support and they said they will work on it and get back with me, since it is a new product, they think the next firmware revision will solve my problems.

My first impressions, they took 10 steps backwards from the Hava, and 1 step forward with being able to record to the supplied esata 2.5″ 1tb hard drive.

I do not recommend this device at this point in time.  Wait till they get all the bugs worked out.

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