Installation is a three step process.
- Install your HDHomerun EXTEND or CONNECT onto your local network and attach an antenna.
- Run the jflicks for cord cutters installation program on a computer where you want to store recordings.
- Install the tvOS and/or iOS jflicks for cord cutters app from the app store.
That is it really, you are done except for scheduling recordings and then watching them.
Let’s talk about each step in a bit more detail.
Installing the HDHomerun hardware.
Most likely you already have an installed and working HDHomerun and are just trying out jflicks for cord cutters to see how things work. But let’s assume you just got a new EXTEND (preferred) or CONNECT model. Plug it in to a power source, attach the ethernet wire to your network router and attach an antenna. The physical connections are very simple to do but what can be complicated is where is the best place in your home to put it. Logistics sometimes dictate where it is located. Maybe near your router is the easiest place to put it. Or depending on what antenna you are going to use, there could be a convenient place so it’s easy to hook up an antenna. One thing is for sure, it doesn’t have to be near the computer that you are going to use to create recordings because as long as both the HDHomerun and your computer are on your home network then they can communicate.
The most likely scenario is you will put it in the same room as the computer because most likely you will also have the router nearby for the network connection and you will be using a simple indoor antenna.
I can tell you how I have mine hooked up. I have a room with a computer and my router but I have the HDHomerun devices (two of them so I can record four shows at once) in the basement. I have an outdoor antenna setup where I receive my local channels and channels from a TV market 50 miles away. I receive 36 channels in total but for me I really only care about and record from 22.
At this point you need to scan for channels and see what signals you are actually receiving. What you receive is highly dependent on where you live and what antenna you are using. If your HDHomerun is a CONNECT model you have to install a program from Silicon Dust to do the scan. If you have an HDHomerun EXTEND you do not need to install anything extra as you can use your browser. It’s one of the reasons the EXTEND model is preferred.
Installing the jflicks for cord cutters software.
The next step is to run the jflicks for cord cutters install program on the computer you wish to use to make recordings.
On the first screen you can select an installation location. The default is fine but you can install it anywhere you want.
On the next screen you can select what components you want to install on the computer. The two components are the Server and the Scheduler. The Server software communicates with the HDHomerun devices and creates recordings. The Scheduler is a desktop application. You can schedule recordings, delete recordings, check what’s upcoming, and see status of the Server. This application is included as a convenience as you can do all of that with the tvOS and iOS apps too. I always install both because sometimes I am at my computer and think of something to schedule and it’s nice to be able to just do it from that application and not get out of my chair.
The next screen the installer will find your HDHomerun(s) on your home network. If you do have the EXTEND model you can scan for channels by clicking a link on this screen which will load a page into your browser. Also you can interact with the EXTEND and check its status. There will be a link to a CONNECT model also but it doesn’t allow you to scan for channels. Feel free to click on it to explore. You can decide at this point what tuners you are going to use with jflicks for cord cutters. You do not need to use them all. Again we want to accommodate people who are just trying out jflicks for cord cutters. Of course I use jflicks for cord cutters for all my recordings so I use every tuner on every HDHomerun.
The next screen you need to setup your Schedule’s Direct account and over the air lineup. A Schedule’s Direct account is required for jflicks for cord cutters. As of this writing it costs $25 a year to receive TV guide data. If you are just trying out jflicks for cord cutters, Schedule’s Direct has a 7 day free trial. If you don’t have an account yet, there is a link on this screen that will load a page in your browser where you can create an account. If you already have an account just put in your user/password/zip code and hit the Add Antenna Lineup and Build Station Configuration button. When that is complete (a few seconds) hit the next button. Please look at the log window before proceeding to see that you have successfully logged into Schedule’s Direct.
On the next screen you can customize your list of wanted channels. Schedule’s Direct will include all the channels you could possibly receive at your location (based on zip code). If you are like me you probably don’t care about all of them. I figure why have a channel in there if I don’t think I’ll ever record anything on it. But it’s just your personal choice. Also if you see a station that you know you cannot receive when you setup your HDHomerun then there is no sense to include it into your wanted list of stations. Later on if you improve your reception, you just simply re-run the install program and add it back in.
The next screen allows you to customize some server port usage. Most likely just use the default values. They are on this screen so you could change them if you have other servers that might conflict. This however is not very likely. The defaults should be fine. The most important item here is to create a list of folders or directories where recordings will be written. By default a folder in the install directory is included so if you are just trying out jflicks for cord cutters that is probably good enough. Use the Browse button to find a folder and the Add Path and/or Remove Path buttons to define your list. If you plan on doing several recordings you have to make sure you have enough disk space. If this is an install where you plan on doing many recordings the more disk space you have the better. Roughly each hour of HD video takes 5 gigabyte of space. In my installation I have four drives each 2 terabytes. Yeah I have a lot of space but I tend to record full seasons of shows and am able to binge watch when I want.
The next screen allows you to create application launchers for the Server and Scheduler (if you chose to install either or both). On a Mac this is an entry to your dock, on Ubuntu Linux this is a desktop link and on Windows incorporated to the menu. These are optional but I recommend you do as it makes starting up the programs simple. If you uninstall jflicks for cord cutters these all would be cleaned up.
That is it for installing jflicks for cord cutters. In the future if you want to change any configuration, just shutdown the Server and re-run the installer. Perhaps you add another disk and want to use it, get another HDHomerun and want to use it, or change the stations you want. After the re-install just restart the Server. All of your old data will not be effected at all.
At this point I suggest starting the Server. It will start up and begin by getting TV guide data using your Schedule’s Direct account. After the Server status UI window shows up and the status shows guide data has arrived, feel free to start the Scheduler to setup some recordings.
Installing the tvOS and/or iOS apps.
Of course that is as simple as using the app store on your device. When you start either app it will find the jflicks for cord cutters Server and connect to it. So be sure you have the Server running. If you didn’t then start the Server and restart the app then you will be set.