[mythtv-users] Adding a second IR controlled Dish Receiver

pete stagman tyrstag at earthlink.net
Tue Dec 21 18:02:43 UTC 2004

D'oh!!!  stupid of me. That's the site I followed to setup the 2
instances of lirc in the first place.

Thanks for the reminder.

On Tue, 2004-12-21 at 11:14, Joel Anderson wrote:
> > Hi Everyone,
> > 
> > How would I add a second Dishnetwork receiver?
> > 
> > I currently have a mythtv 0.16, FC1, pvr-250, homebrew IR blaster. A friend
> > of mine is giving me his old dish receiver and I'd like to add it to my system.
> > I have the current receiver setup with 2 instances of lirc, one controlling
> > Myth and the other controlling the receiver. I'm assuming I need another
> > instance of lirc to control the second receiver. I plan on buying another
> > pvr-250, building another IR blaster and adding the second receiver to my
> > account.
> > 
> > 1.) How do I set that up?
> > 2.) How does mythtv know which instance to use for which receiver?
> > 3.) Is this even possible or is it more work than it's worth? I'd REALLY
> > like the ability to watch/record 2 things at the same time.
> > 
> > On another note, is it possible to also add the ability to record "off-air"
> > programs that aren't the same as what's in the program guide? There are a
> > lot of local channels that I can get off-air around here that dish doesn't
> > carry.  I know I can add another tuner/guide to the PVR, but do the
> > channels have to be the same or is mythTV smart enough to know which tuner
> > carries which channels?
> > 
> > Any help/advice would be much appreciated.
> > 
> > Thanks,
> > --Pete
> There is a big howto for setting up another instance as you mention,
> sorry I don't have the link handy but it has been posted many times if
> you check the archives.
> IIRC, you can change the remote codes for the dish receivers, so you
> can use one blaster to control more than one.  The basics seemed to be
> programming the second remote and receiver for the alternate codes,
> learning them for your lirc config, mod or add a new channel change
> script that uses the new remote.
> I haven't tried it myself, but I will help my friend with a simliar
> setup in the new year that will include 2-3 StarChoice receivers which
> apparently can be done similarly.
> Sorry I don't know where I read all this, it was a while ago.  Someone
> please correct me if my memory is mistaken.  :)

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