Archive for the ‘lirc’ Tag

At the end of the day – It’s all about service

In case you’ve been wondering, and I know you are all very concerned about this; CommandIR shipped me a replacement module which has solved my issues. It was simple to plug it in and have it work with Jaunty. They have great install instructions on their site as well. Thanks CommandIR!

Lirc Round Two

Do you collect miscellaneous computer parts? Sometimes they actually come in handy! I found a HP eHome transceiver in my bin and hooked it up to the server and I now have 2 set top boxes firing again. It relieves some of the familial pressure, but I need to get all four set top boxes in rotation. Fortunately most of the recorded programming is OTA high definition, though.

I did receive a response back from CommandIR this morning, and I responded with an invitation to work together over the phone, irc, instant messaging, chat and any other form of real time communication I could think of. Let’s see if they respond favorably.

Hello there, it’s been a while..

Hi there blogosphere, I am sorry I haven’t posted in a while. Things have, as of late, been running really well with SageTV but there’s been quite a few changes.

SageTV is in RC stages of its 6.5 version of the product. The biggest change for this version is the addition of their new HD-200 product support. This device is capable of playing back internet, local network, and SageTV fed content at resolutions of up to 1080p via component or HDMI. The internet and local aspects do not require the use of SageTV’s server component. I’ll go into more detail in a separate post. My home setup now has 6 HD extenders for watching TV. I recently removed my last PC being used for playback.

Aside from firmware issues which plague Windows users as well, my HDPVR has been running well in Linux. This device allows you to capture TV from component outputs up to 1080i on your cable or sat provider set top box. There are a few minor things to tweak when building the drivers. I will go into more detail, you guessed it, in a separate post.

HVR-1600 drivers have never been better! I use 3 of these PCI cards to capture OTA HD signals and standard definition cable box channels. I’ll cover recent changes in a separate post shortly. If you have this card, you’ll want to do a pull from v4l-dvb’s mercurial!

Lastly, in the next few days I will be setting up a method to automatically convert my favorite TV shows to iPod Touch format and mark chapters at commercial break points. The TV shows will be downloaded into iTunes via an RSS feed from a server on my local network. I’ll document the process and provide the scripts make this work.

Thanks for reading!

B

CommandIR II takes the cake

And changes channels flawlessly! As I have mentioned earlier I originally had an IguanaIR device which was billed as 4 IR blasting capable ports. I could never get it to work with more than 2 devices and their support was terrible.

I purchased the CommandIR II, and installed it in an available USB header port on the motherboard. A pull from lirc cvs, a quick compile of the driver (make sure to choose CommandIR under USB devices) had me up and running in no time. I am still using a tuning plugin written by a fellow SageTVer, with a script I wrote to perform the channel changes. All is working great. –b

Goodbye iguanaIR, hello CommandIR II

After becoming very frustrated with the lack of support from IguanaWorks, I have decided to replace their device with the internal unit from CommandIR.

The Iguana device had been working great when I was running 2 tuners. After adding the 3rd tuner/DCT700 cable box to the mix, I could not get it to work. I opened a ticket with Iguana and I get the impression my issue is not high enough on their priority list to address. As a result I would NOT recommend this company to anyone to do business with.

Stay tuned for CommandIR feedback. I selected their new internal version and am looking forward to the install. I need to have all my tuners operational before the kickoff of the new TV season!

B