Hands On Review with the Mohu Leaf 50 Indoor HDTV Antenna

I purchased the Mohu Leaf 50 on the recommendation of a friend on Facebook as a replacement for the two roof-top antennas I was using that I had installed inside my attic.  They were not giving me very good reception and the wife acceptance factor was dropping by the day!  Here is what I run inside the house.

Windows 7 Media Center PC

1 – SiliconDust HDHomeRun HDHR-US Dual Networked High Def Digital Tuner http://amzn.to/1dUxpXA

  • 8-VSB (ATSC over-the-air digital TV)
  • QAM64/256 (unencrypted digital cable TV)
  • IR Receiver (signal PC with a standard remote control)
  • 100baseTX high speed network

1 – SiliconDust HDHomeRun Dual High Definition Digital TV Turner HDHR3-US http://amzn.to/1dUxTwS

  • Two Digital Tuners, Anywhere on Your Network
  • TV sources: ATSC digital TV (antenna), Unencrypted digital cable TV (Clear QAM)
  • Works with popular DVR software
  • Seamless operation with multiple computers
  • Requirements: Dual core recommended for HD playback, 1 GB RAM recommended, 1-4 GB per 1/2 hour of DTV recording

I live in the Omaha, Nebraska TV viewing area

When I installed the roof-top antennas a couple years ago, I ran cable up to the attic from the basement where the tuners are.  About a half a day of install to get them up there and on short poles that I installed myself.

The Leaf was a entirely different set up.  It comes in two units.  The flat antenna part, that at first glance is not confidence inspiring.  I kept thinking, this flat piece of plastic is going to get better reception that those two big metal antennas?  I was a doubter.  I installed the antenna up in the attic next to the old ones.  I just hung it loosely from the rafters.  A 5 minute install.

The second part is the power booster that was installed in the basement where I have the two HomeRuns installed.  Very easy set up.



Once the unit was set up, it was just a matter of scanning the tuners in Media Center and watching TV again.

The signal was greatly improved over the roof-top antennas I was using and all channels in my view area were coming in with 4 or 5 bars.  I the past I was only getting 3/4 of the channels and weather had become a factor.  Those days are gone.

We have now been using the Mohu Leaf for over 6 months with great results.  Contact me jim@theaverageguy.tv with questions