[mythtv-users] FiOS with Cisco set-top box and Firewire
aaron at rb303.net
Sat May 12 15:45:18 UTC 2012
On Sat, Mar 10, 2012 at 10:29 PM, Aaron Russell <aaron at therussells.me>wrote:
> I can tell you my experience with FIOS Motorola cable boxes lately and
> recording from fire wire is not good. The commands all worked with the
> 6200ch script but i would have to unplug the box every 24 hours or so just
> to get it fire wire working.
> I recently changed to a dcr-2650 and a cable card and couldn't be happier.
> On Sat, Mar 10, 2012 at 4:54 PM, Preston Crow <pc-mythtv08a at crowcastle.net
> > wrote:
>> I just upgraded to FiOS, and they provide a Cisco (Scientific Atlanta)
>> CHS-335 cable box. The Firewire port is active, and Myth gets a great
>> signal from it. (I have it set at 400Mbps in point-to-point mode.)
>> Unfortunately, it doesn't handle most of the commands. I found a PDF
>> file that describes a sequence of tests to verify compliance with the
>> FCC requirements, and it does respond correctly to the commands.
>> There's just one little problem. While the box tells the computer over
>> Firewire that it accepted the command, it doesn't actually do anything.
>> The only commands that actually work are:
>> Power status
>> Channel up
>> Channel down
>> The FCC requirements specifically state that it must support power on,
>> power off, and tune (as well as mute and volume restore), so I suppose I
>> should complain to Verizon and get them to escalate it to Cisco, then
>> update the firmware once it's fixed. Has anyone else pursued this?
>> For the test specifications, see
>> and download 2008003 "USA Set Top Box Test Specification."
>> I intend to try to get Verizon to get the firmware fixed, even though
>> I'll probably find another solution, as not recording until it's fixed
>> isn't really an option.
>> I suppose my remaining alternatives are:
>> *) Get Verizon to give me a Motorolla box instead (but my Comcast
>> Motorolla box didn't work well over Firewire, so who knows?)
>> *) Get a HDHomerun Prime or other Cable Card tuner
>> *) Get an IR Blaster.
>> My initial search didn't find many options for IR blasters--I would have
>> thought I could find a USB IR Blaster for $5-10, but they seem to be
>> quite a bit more expensive. I would appreceiate any thoughts on buying
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I'll confirm mine started doing this as well. It was on firewire for about
2 years of problem free recording. Then it started not recording program,
or recording just 10 minutes and other oddities. I had the Motorola
So I switched to a HDHR Prime, and wow; love it!! Ordered the CC from
Verizon's web site, and followed the online instructions to get it self
activated. It took me less than 10 minutes and I had all of my subbed
channels in MythTV. Next is building ultra low power front-ends to replace
all of our cable boxes.
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