[mythtv-users] Options for connecting a HD-PVR
joehenley at kc.rr.com
Mon Sep 5 16:36:39 UTC 2011
I have just about finished setting up a MythTV FE for HD. Next I need
the ability to record HD for time shifting. I'm going to use a
Hauppauge HD-PVR connected to the second set of outputs (component)on my
cable box (since my cable provider, TW, codes everything as no copy).
The problem I have is that the TV, MythTV FE, and cable box are in one
room, the MythTV BE is in another. If I put the HD-PVR with the BE, I
have a problem getting the video component signal (from the cable box)
to the HD-PVR. If I put the HD-PVR with the FE (cable box et al), I
have a problem getting the usb data/control signals (from the HD-PVR) to
the BE. There is a network switch with open slots at both the FE and
the BE locations.
One solution would be to put the HD-PVR with the FE, make the FE also a
slave BE, then connect the HD-PVR to it -- data could then passed from
the combined FE/slaveBE to the master BE via the e-net connection. That
looks to be very complex and likely loaded with hidden problems.
Another solution would be to put the HD-PVR with the FE, (no slave BE),
use a "usb over e-net" converter to get the data/control signals to and
from the HD-PVR to the master BE. My biggest concern with this option
is how well the usb/e-net converters work.
Another solution would be to put the HD-PVR with the BE and rent another
cable box to put there as well. But I don't really like TW enough to
want to pay them for screwing with the copy flags.
I'd appreciate any experience, tips, comments, suggestions on this. Thanks!
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