[mythtv-users] Please recommend hardware for caller id via MythTV

Rich West Rich.West at wesmo.com
Wed Apr 25 23:13:49 UTC 2007

Skip Patterson wrote:
> On 4/24/07, *Michael Rice* <mikerice1969 at hotmail.com 
> <mailto:mikerice1969 at hotmail.com>> wrote:
>     I'd really like to display caller id info on my Myth boxes but I
>     lack the
>     necessary hardware.  I don't think I've had a machine with a modem
>     for 7
>     years or so.
>     I've searched the web to try to find some recent info on this but
>     haven't
>     had much luck.  Info on modems seems very old and I have no idea
>     what modem
>     I'd need to buy today that would work on Linux for this purpose.
>     Since I really don't need the modem for anything other than caller
>     id info
>     maybe there is another solution besides a modem?
>     In any case I have just the standard US phone system (no VoIP or
>     anything
>     special).
>     Can someone who has accomplished this recently give me the details
>     on your
>     hardware (and a link to where I can buy it).  I am pretty
>     confident I can
>     figure out the software side if I can get the right
>     hardware.  I'll update
>     the wiki if I am successful.
>     Thanks.
> Personally I'd check this out : 
> http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/index.php/Setting_up_MythNotify
> Thats more or less the easiest way to go,  and from past experience I 
> would recommend an external hardware modem (internal can work and even 
> some software ones will work but the external serial ones work best).  
> I picked up an older USR 33.6 data/fax and have it working great. 
> Personally i'm using elseed + yac to broadcast to my xbox and windows 
> machines and send me an email when a call comes in though I did have 
> to modify the source to get that working....Reason I did that is I 
> don't have a mythfrontend per say, my backend runs headless and I use 
> an xbox for the frontend with xbmcmythtv. 
> Anyway check that link out and it should give you what you need and is 
> fairly easy to do, some of the other links from other posters will 
> work but seem to be more expensive/complicated. 

Check out http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/index.php/Network_Caller_ID_(NCID)

It is, hands down, the easiest solution.  I've had it running since I 
installed MythTV in November '06.


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