[mythtv-users] IR Frustration -- Is there an easier way?
kevin.kuphal at myrealbox.com
Fri Apr 16 14:47:30 EDT 2004
I bought a StreamZap remote. It comes with a USB IR receiver. There is an
LIRC patch for an older version of the CVS code that's not too hard to adapt
to the latest CVS. Works great with any remote (you get a remote with it)
and it's relatively cheap.
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> Subject: [mythtv-users] IR Frustration -- Is there an easier way?
> Okay. I don't think I'm cut out for this homebrew stuff...
> I've got my Myth backend working, I think, except for lirc.
> Which means it's not working at all because if I can't change
> channels on my satellite boxes, it's worthless.
> I've got three devices that I want to connect (through two
> PVR-250s). Two of them are Dish Network receivers (probably
> soon to be replaced by Comcast digital cable boxes) and one
> is a USDTV receiver.
> As far as the Dish ones go, I don't imagine there will be
> much problem finding remote codes or lirc config files for
> them, so all I should need for those is an IR transmitter.
> But I've searched high and low for any information on the
> USDTV remote and come up with bupkis.
> (USDTV is a HDTV receiver and subscription service that
> provides several channels like Food Network, Disney, HGTV,
> ESPN, Discovery in addition to the standard networks via
> standard broadcast frequencies -- no dish or cable required,
> just an antenna)
> This means that I'll have to create my own lirc config, which
> means I'll need an IR receiver in addition to the transmitter.
> So I figured I could build one using the diagrams at
> lirc.org. I got everything soldered together, carefully
> checked and re-checked it, then plugged it in. After some
> initial lirc confusion (I forgot to modprobe
> lirc_serial) I had lirc running without crashing and
> attempted to test the receiver via irw and/or irrecord. I get
> absolutely nothing.
> At this point, I'm at a complete loss as to how to determine
> if it's a hardware or a software issue, and I'm almost ready
> to throw in the towel on this whole Myth thing and get a TiVo
> instead (except my wife would not be happy about the several
> hundred I've spent on hardware for the Myth system).
> Is there a (fairly inexpensive, extensively tested, easy to
> configure, and readily available) pre-built IR transceiver
> that I can use instead? Can anyone provide any pointers,
> suggestions, and/or moral support?
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