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Suggestion: Computer control 311

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by BudShark, Sep 22, 2008.

  1. BudShark

    BudShark New Member

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    I have a need @ work to control a Dishnetwork 311 remotely. Obviously the only way to do this (since there is no serial connections) is via an IR blaster connected to the PC. Anyone doing this? Any suggestions on a stable/quality setup? Windows XP based software only please...

    Thanks in advance,

    Chris
     
  2. Ken Green

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    Slingbox?
     
  3. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    A computer isn't the only solution. You may be able to effectively use an IR extender.
     
  4. brant

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    if you've got a good internet connection a slingbox is the way to go.
     
  5. Allen Noland

    Allen Noland New Member

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    With the slingbox hardware and Windows XP software, you can watch and control you receiver via the internet. Go to www.slingmedia.com.
     
  6. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    A Slingbox Solo goes for about $135. A remote extender setup goes for about $100-110 less and you don't have to give up your first born to the network weenies for an IP address.
     
  7. BudShark

    BudShark New Member

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    I didn't think about slingbox... I'll have to look into it.

    Its a corporate environment so I am pretty limited. I have remote control capability of the PC near the system. The entire system is run by an embedded XP box that pushes informational slides out normally, and TV when scheduled.

    So a normal thing would be to schedule TV and I schedule the 311 for the channel desired. The problem I'm trying to solve is last minute schedule changes when no one is onsite AND the limitations of the 311 (10 scheduler limit and 48 hour guide).

    By the way... I am the network weenie manager for the site - but I still have to abide by the corporate restrictions.

    Chris
     
  8. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    The Slingbox can't help you with the guide limitations at this point.

    Do the viewing choices change that frequently or could you set up some weekly timers?

    You're almost into WMC territory.
     
  9. BudShark

    BudShark New Member

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    Viewing choices do change frequently... ran into the 10 scheduled event limitation during the hurricane. And now with football season.. sigh.

    Typically we can manage, but twice in the last month something came up that required a weekend change or frequent changes. The whole TV thing is a ridiculous item (in my opinion they need to be working not worrying about whether or not they had to watch Nancy Grace because of a scheduling change)...

    And I have to keep Dishnetwork because of a corporate channel thats broadcast by Dish...
     

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