[mythtv-users] IR Blaster and Dish Network: How close does it have to be?

Paul Mathews pma5201 at yahoo.com
Thu Sep 6 20:06:20 UTC 2007

On 9/6/07, Bearcat M. Sandor <HomeTheater at feline-soul.com> wrote:
> Folks,
> I now have my lircd set up at least sending out a signal and making my ir
> blaster turn red.  Nothing happens to my Dishnetwork VIP211 though.
> I have noted that in pictures that the ir blaster end is taped to the
> front of the receiver itself. How close does it have to be to the diode?
> I'd rather not tape it there, but having hanging near by so i can control
> other things too. Do i have to have it pointed "just-so"? I'd think not.
> Since i'm getting nothing, it may also be my config set ups. I have a file
> that i downloaded from here:
> http://lirc.sourceforge.net/remotes/dishnet/Dish_Network
> Since this is so recent 2/2007 i'm assuming it's probably the most
> reliable one. Anyone have one that works with the dish vip211?  There's a
> thread around here with one that works with the 311
> (http://lirc.sourceforge.net/remotes/expressvu/SAT_3100), but i don't know
> if that's a similar model or not.
> I'll mess with it some more when i get home, but now it amounts to "Honey,
> hold that next to the receiver while i try this code"..."Alright let's try
> this one."  This may end in divorce :) I suppose i could just tape it
> temporarily.
> Bearcat M. Sandor

I have a Dish 322 with a receiver/blaster from saturnpc.net. The blaster is physically located behind the receiver, so the IR is transmitted across the room, hits the wall, and comes back (about 35' round trip) and I can't remember the last time I missed a channel change. Granted the saturnpc blaster has a capacitor to store energy for when it's sending IR, so depending on your setup YMMV.


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