[mythtv-users] Shutdown directtv box when idle
myth at dermanouelian.com
Wed Oct 4 04:57:14 UTC 2006
On Oct 3, 2006, at 9:40 PM, Michael T. Dean wrote:
> On 10/03/06 23:22, John Sutherland wrote:
>> Hi guys.. I have my myth backend setup on a machine that needs to be
>> up 24/7.. Its connected to a directv tuner via PVR350..
>> What i would like to do is to turn off the tuner (in an effort to
>> save elect costs) when Myth is idle.. But not shut myth down..
> I doubt turning it off will save any electricity. Now, if you can rig
> up a system to unplug it when not in use... A large percentage of
> consumer household appliances consume as much (or at least nearly as
> much) power when off as they do when on.
> (direct link doesn't seem to work for the FAQ entry, but search/scroll
> down to "Should I power off the receiver when it's not in use?")
> Note that it's pretty much the same for all STB's--DirecTV, TiVo,
> and likely all your cable-company "in house" designs.
> And much more...
> Find a friend with a Kill-A-Watt if you want to prove it to yourself.
> Or, spend $30 of the money you hoped to save on electricity costs
> to get
> yourself one. (Been meaning to get myself one, anyway--thanks for the
> reminder--so I'll let you know what I find with my DISH receivers once
> it shows up. :)
> You only need to power your receiver off once a month or so so it
> can do
> (or, in my case, try to do) the phone-home thing... (I actually
> have to
> reboot my DISH receiver more often than my Myth box.)
There is an on and off command if you have the box connected via
serial port. Writing a perl script to query the database as to when
it's needed next and turning it on a couple of minutes before and
shutting it down a couple of minutes after shouldn't be a huge
undertaking. Not something I would take the time to do since my
DirecTV box is recording rather often but someone proficient in perl
should be able to churn it out pretty quickly.
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