[mythtv-users] using an IR Blaster

Dave mythtvuser at optonline.net
Wed Feb 7 13:31:58 UTC 2007

I used the guide from here:

with an ir blaster from here:

worked great.
But now the latest KnoppMyth supports the irblaster.info or the homemade 
blasters directly.  You just answer a few questions during setup.  No 
need for a complex setup guide.

Michael Lynch wrote:
>> I have an external satellite TV Set Top Box:
>> Coolsat Digital Satellite 5000 platinum
>> http://www.coolsatusa.com/5000plat.htm
>> The svideo out from Coolsat goes to the svideo
>> on the PVR-350 and the audio to the Line-In.
> I have a similar setup using a Pansat 2700a with S-Video going into a
> Compro VideoMate TV Gold Plus.  I built my own IR Blaster (loosely
> following http://losdos.dyndns.org:8080/public/mythtv-info/MythTV_DISH_IR_LED_TX_via_Modified_LIRC.html)
> and I created my own lircd.conf using irrecord and my laptops IR port.
> After building my IR Blaster, I 'modded' my STB by taking off the
> shell, drilling a hole in the back and running the blaster through the
> hole to the front of the STB, where the 'eye' is, so that I could be
> sure (for the most part) that my channel changes would go (so far I
> haven't missed a channel change).
>> My concern about LIRC is that I am not a coder.  So I can easily
>> get myself in trouble.  Compiling, etc.  Plus, I don't have a spare
>> machine to experiment with.  Without MythTV under our roof, I'll
>> become very unpopular very quickly.
> Following the directions at the above link were a bit fuzzy as I had
> to edit the script to deal with symlinks and a few other things.  If
> there is an easier doc on getting the blaster working that would
> probably help a great bit.  I was going to create a new script to do
> so, but from what I've read, you may be able to use the blaster with a
> normal lircd install.
> All of that aside, it is great having an FTA satellite source to
> record shows from, so I would say that it is worth pursuing.
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