[mythtv-users] UK Sky satellite box control

Gordon McCrae gordon.mccrae at gmail.com
Fri Jul 13 21:20:37 UTC 2012


On 13/07/12 11:24, Neil Bird wrote:
>
>   What are people using to control Sky satellite boxes in the UK 
> nowadays?
>
>   I currently have an old (pre-Sky+) box with a 2004 RedEye serial 
> controller (prior the to the revision that can control Sky+ boxes). 
> However, I'm building up a replacement backend now and of course you 
> don't get serial ports by default on modern mobos.
>
>   So, I can get a USB-serial converter and hope it works under Linux 
> (I'm aiming for Scientific Linux 6), or (ideally) get a modern USB 
> jobby that would be able to cope with Sky+HD boxes should I ever upgrade.
>
>
>   Any recommendations (either for USB IR blasters or safe USB-serial 
> widgets)?
>
>   I did come across RedRat, but that seems a little overkill for my 
> purposes (I'd probably still be able/want to use a Hauppauge IR input).
>
I use the Dusky Control unit that connects via USB and plug directly 
into the RF2 port, so no issues with IR, it's been working perfectly for 
four years now and comes with a small control script to change channels 
/ power on+off etc.

The website is " http://www.dusky-control.com/"

Cheers
Gordon
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