[mythtv-users] Re: myth with digital cable tuner
John D. Salch
jsalch at yahoo.com
Wed Oct 27 01:37:30 UTC 2004
I just hit reply. And if you have had a bad day, keep it to yourself, don't
take it out on me. I was trying to help...
----- Original Message -----
From: "jds" <jds-myth at losdos.dyndns.org>
To: <mythtv-users at mythtv.org>
Sent: Tuesday, October 26, 2004 6:47 PM
Subject: [mythtv-users] Re: myth with digital cable tuner
> did you pause and consider that set top boxes employed by other mythtv
> users may in fact not have a serial port? it appears not.
> to quote directly from my writeup:
> "While most DirecTV receivers have rear panel RS232 ports which make
> interfacing to MythTV trivial, the majority of DISH receivers and cable
> boxes either lack a documented hardwired control port or the control port
> has been administratively disabled. For these cases, a simple IR LED
> transmitter driven by LIRC can be used to emulate the remote and change
> channels prior to recording. This HOWTO describes the implementation of
> this technique, and has specifics for interfacing with DISH receivers. As
> will be noted, it is very straightforward to use this implementation to
> control alternate (i.e., non-DISH) IR-enabled devices."
> summary: with $5 in discrete parts and fifteen minutes of configuration
> your mythtv box can control most any IR-enabled set top box.
> thank you for including my unaltered email address in your reply.
> i've returned the favor so the spambots have equal opportunity.
>> From: "John D. Salch" <jsalch at yahoo.com>
>> I think the direct serial cable works better and is easier to set up.
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "jds" <jds-myth-dontspamme at dontspamme-losdos.dyndns.org>
>> Sent: Tuesday, October 26, 2004 7:17 AM
>>> see my IR BLASTER HOWTO at
>>> or the mirror at
>>> although written for DISH set top boxes, as you will see you can
>>> use the exact same configuration for ANY IR-enabled set top box by
>>> changing a single file. details inside.
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