[mythtv-users] Satellite, RF or IR

David Barkman david at azbarkmans.com
Thu Oct 27 21:52:29 EDT 2005

Actually Hauppauge is now putting an IR Blaster on the same wire with the IR
Receiver, albeit the IR Blaster wire is only about 2 feet long while the IR
Receiver wire is like 6 feet long, doesn't make much sense to me, I would've
made them the same length.  I think I'll have to setup a shelf for the
computer behind the entertainment center so it's high enough for the IR
Blaster to reach the front of the receiver.


-----Original Message-----
From: Dan Wilga [mailto:dwilga at MtHolyoke.edu] 
Sent: Thursday, October 27, 2005 8:52 AM
To: Discussion about mythtv
Cc: david at azbarkmans.com
Subject: Re: [mythtv-users] Satellite, RF or IR

At 11:12 PM +0200 10/26/05, <david at azbarkmans.com> wrote:
>Controlling this
>signal with Myth shouldn't be hard since I have the IR blaster that 
>comes with the hauppauge card; why did they make that cord so short?!?!

Think again. Unless they've changed things recently, what comes with the
Hauppauge cards is an IR *receiver* not a transmitter. It can't control
external devices.

>Also is it possible to build a device that would allow the computer to 
>communicate with the dish box over RF, something like an RF 

I know it's been done, but it's not easy. I can't think of what one would
Google to find it.

Your best bet might be to use IR but put the box in a place where it can't
be accessed at all by the youngins. Once the video connections are set up,
using the remote to change channels on it wont do anything useful, anyway,
since the video will be routed to your PVR box, not the TV.
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