[mythtv-users] Controlling a satellite box from MythTV

Mark Gilmore markgilmore1322 at gmail.com
Tue Feb 13 14:44:19 UTC 2007

On 2/12/07, Dewey Smolka <dsmolka at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > You can use an IR Blaster driven by LIRC, or you can use the
> > "MyBlaster" device which is controlled by a Perl script that does not
> > require LIRC.
> >
> <snip>
> > Both methods work. The former is a little cheaper but more trouble to
> > get set up, the latter approach costs a little more ($50US) but is
> > extremely simply to set up.
> >
> I'm going to agree with Brian here. Last year I spent about a week
> wrestling with lirc to get a PVR-250 IR reciever and a serial IR
> blaster working together at the same time. I was never able to get
> both to work reliably and stay working.
> Maybe there are people more clever and more experienced than me who
> can do this easily, but it had me stumped and frustrated.
> So I bought the MyBlaster device, had it up and running within 15
> minutes of it arriving at my door, and haven't had to touch it or
> think about it since. It's been up and running for nearly a year, and
> I've had maybe five cases where it failed to properly change the
> channel (out of thousands of channel changes). Even when I managed to
> coax some output from my serial lirc blaster, the failure rate was
> significant enough to be worrying -- I estimated at the time that it
> failed 10 to 20 percent of the time, and that was when it was working.
> As always YMMV, but the MyBlaster is $50 well spent.

Put me in the same boat as Dewey.  I also use a MyBlaster to control my 2
DirecTV receivers.  Very easy to set up and very reliable.  I also tried
wrestling with LIRC and gave up.
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