[mythtv-users] Digital Cable
ray at comarre.com
Thu Feb 26 16:12:36 EST 2004
At 12:38 PM 2/26/2004 -0800, jonasb at alum.rpi.edu wrote:
>I haven't had a chance to check if mine has a serial port, but I'm pretty
>sure it has a USB.... any chance that this C program you mention would
>work over USB?
>How did you confirm that yours was active?
First, I got the information I mentioned, that a neighbor was using it on
his cable box with his TiVo.
Second, I cat'd the prespecified string provided via a TiVo forum to the
serial port, to determine that I could turn the box off and on using a
Third, I got the Python program in ./contrib to work, sort of.
Fourth, I was then able to write a Perl program that worked.
Fifth, I finally got around to getting the newest version of the C program
and found it worked.
The details are (mostly) in the other thread I mentioned, if you want them.
The C program expects to deal with /dev/ttyS* and to be able to use
standard setting library calls, so I doubt it would work with USB in native
form (I'm not very familiar with USB on Linux, though). Perhaps more to the
point ... the C program (and the Python program, and my Perl program, and
the test string I mention in "Second") are all specific to the codes used
by the DCT2xxx series of cable boxes.
If you have a different sort of box ... since all the DCT2xxx boxes I know
have serial but NOT USB interfaces, I'm assuming it is different ... you
will need to learn its code set somehow, including any response codes it
sends back to the PC.
A good start might be telling this list what sort of cable box you do have.
After that, Google is your friend.
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