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USB ports on R15-500

Discussion in 'DIRECTV SD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Belinrahs, Aug 24, 2008.

  1. Belinrahs

    Belinrahs New Member

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    This may be a noobish question, but here goes:

    On the front (behind a cover) and in the back among the other cables, there's USB ports. According to the manual for my receiver, they are for undetermined future use, but does anyone have ANY idea what they're for?

    I have a USB fan and a USB coffee warmer. They work with it =D

    Any ideas?
     
  2. Tom Robertson

    Tom Robertson Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

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    It's for the USB backlight option that hasn't been released yet. :)

    Cheers,
    Tom
     
  3. Belinrahs

    Belinrahs New Member

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    USB backlight option? Care to explain exactly what that is, please? Thanks :)
     
  4. Tom Robertson

    Tom Robertson Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

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    A bad joke. :)
     
  5. Belinrahs

    Belinrahs New Member

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    So um...what actually is it for? I mean, jokes are nice but I actually wondered :(
     
  6. Tom Robertson

    Tom Robertson Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

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    Potential future expansion or features. At this point, your guesses are better than my joke(s). :)

    I think they are there in case they think of a use and because it wasn't too expensive to have them. (The base chips support USB, so all they didn't have to add much to create the ports.)

    People have hoped external disk drives, network ports, keyboards, memory sticks, etc. might all find some usability.

    There is one feature that is supported today, sorry I forgot about this. A USB serial device can be connected so the R15s can be controlled by an RS-232 control system, like Crestron.

    Cheers,
    Tom
     
  7. ThomasM

    ThomasM RF Engineer

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    The USB port can be used to do some amazing things if you are really nosy. Complete specs and details are contained in the publication:

    DIRECTV Set-Top Box Information for the Installer

    It's supposedly proprietary but *I* found it out there on the web (and I'm not an installer except for my own DirecTV installation). :D

    If you want a PDF copy of it, send me a PM with your email address.
     
  8. Tom Robertson

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    The links have been posted before at DBStalk.com. :)
     

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