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direct tv usb port from the hd dvr

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by etiennea2001, Jan 4, 2010.

  1. Jan 4, 2010 #1 of 18
    etiennea2001

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    Anyone knows how to use the direct tv usb port from the hd dvr (located in the front left panel) :sure:
     
  2. Jan 4, 2010 #2 of 18
    Mike Bertelson

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    Welcome to DBSTalk. :welcome_s

    As for how to use the USB port, you can't. It's not currently enabled for anything.

    AFAIK, the only use for a USB port on an HR2x is for the AM21(add-on off the air module) and that's the rear port at that.

    Sorry. :grin:

    Mike
     
  3. Jan 4, 2010 #3 of 18
    mobandit

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    It will also work to recharge USB powered devices...and if you really want to use it to control the HRsx-series box, and you know how to program commands through an RS-232 interface...other than that...nothing.
     
  4. Jan 4, 2010 #4 of 18
    Jeremy W

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    There is no difference between the front and rear ports. You could hook the AM21 up to the front if you wanted, but that would be rather unsightly.
     
  5. Jan 4, 2010 #5 of 18
    Stuart Sweet

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    I'm moving this to the HD DVR forum.
     
  6. Jan 4, 2010 #6 of 18
    mdavej

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    +1 for charging stuff. Mine gets full time Wii-mote charging duty. Unlike the Wii, the USB ports on the DVR are always active, even when it's off.
     
  7. Jan 4, 2010 #7 of 18
    mikek

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    The Merg

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    Wow! Nice to lie to a new user here... Now what kind of impression are they gonna have of us now? :lol:

    - Merg
     
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    CJTE

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    Heyyy. He said AFAIK (As far as I know).
    Cmon now.
     
  10. Stuart Sweet

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    Let's get back to topic, please.
     
  11. ThomasM

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    The USB port on DirecTV DVR's is a fully-functional two way control port which can be used to control the DVR or monitor it's status/functions.

    Instructions (and compatible USB --> serial port hardware) on how to use the port for this function can be found in the "DirecTV Set Top Box Information for the Installer" publication available on the web. (do a search for it)
     
  12. dennisj00

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    I use the USB port for serial control from a PC with some PC scripts that turns on the HR / switches to a channel, turns on DP and sets that channel and goes back to the foreground tuner. There's a complete description thread somewhere, just search 'serial control'.

    USB > Serial ports from Monoprice work great.

    It also powers a USB fan.
     
  13. Mike Bertelson

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    True but why would you want to?
     
  14. Mike Bertelson

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    Sorry, I forgot about the RS-232. :rolleyes:

    It's not a usual use for the the USB port but it does do it.

    :grin:

    Mike
     
  15. Jeremy W

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    I can't imagine why you would, just pointing out that you could.
     
  16. mobandit

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    Yeah, but a fellow former submariner had your back...I pointed out the RS-232 control in my post which immediately followed yours...
     
  17. RoyGBiv

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    I use the USB port on my HR20 to power a fan, which has lowered the inside temp (as reported in system info) by 20 degrees.

    SMK
     
  18. harsh

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    What are you interested in using it for?
     

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