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

jds jds-myth at losdos.dyndns.org
Wed Dec 22 12:53:02 UTC 2004

hi pete,
i'm the author of the howto at
(or mirror)

what you are trying to do with a 2nd DISH receiver is not
in fact complicated.  contact me off list and we'll work up
a solution for you; i'll subsequently add it to my writeup.


> BAH!  forget it.. I just thought about the raw codes idea and realized
> that it's stupid.  The script wouldn't know which code to send, so it
> would probably send both or error out.
> heh, it would help more if i thought about stuff before I type.... sorry
> Dave Hofstra
> On Wed, 22 Dec 2004 04:45:02 -0500, Dave Hofstra <dhofstra at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> I am going to be adding a 2nd Sat box this weekend.  I hadn't thought
>> about needing to alter my channel changing script, so thanks for
>> posting that info.
>> I actually had planned to do it this way (and I kinda suspect it would
>> work better than the channel changing script).  I was going to capture
>> the keypresses using raw mode.  That way, my single remote name
>> 'hughes' would contain all the codes for both recievers.  At least in
>> my head this seems like it would work, so I though I would share the
>> idea (although I havent actually tried it).
>> I have tried (and have been VERY sucessfully using) raw codes to
>> control my 1st Sat box for years.  I originally had to capture the raw
>> code because my reciever wouldnt find the gap length of the hughes
>> remote if its life depended on it.  I have never had a problem with
>> the transmitted IR signal not being recieved.
>> comments welcome
>> Dave Hofstra
>> dhofstra at gmail dot com
>> On Tue, 21 Dec 2004 08:36:21 -0500, Pete Stagman <tyrstag at earthlink.net>
>> 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
>> > 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

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