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Adding Hard Drive to Wally Receiver

Discussion in 'ViP211(411)/211K/222 Support Forum' started by Victor C, Jan 24, 2017.

  1. Victor C

    Victor C New Member

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    Hope folks have done this? I have read that the HD must have it own power supply?
    Does it have too? Has anyone tried a standard USB powered drive?
    I have one connected and seems to work. Anyone? Hate to buy a drive if I don't have too.
     
  2. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    it could while is not recommended
    just check if the enclosure with HDD doesn't drain more then 500 mA
     
  3. RBA

    RBA Well-Known Member

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    How long before you burn out the receivers power supply? Unknown, but you can buy a separate power supply for your hard drive and increase the chances of no problems.
     
  4. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    You could very well also be fine until you aren't and even if you don't damage the Dish equipment... you might one day find your recordings gone. Dish doesn't support USB-powered drives for a reason, though they haven't fully shared what that reason is with customers.
     
  5. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    There is no space to guess - it's a power , eg max current what the STB could provide to USB device [drive].
    How to find - easy, use eLoad and plot a graph: V/A.
     
  6. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    That's why it doesn't work... but it isn't why Dish chose not to support it. Had they chosen to support it, they would have built hardware designed to provide the consistent power necessary via USB. We don't know why Dish decided it was a feature they didn't want to support. That has not been shared with anyone publicly.
     
  7. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    By my past experience in the industry, it's a cost.
    It's driven out the power of ext USB devices support, as it would require to pay for more powerful power supply's parts - more expensive transformer, nC, VR, etc.
    Literally each cent accounting...
     
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  8. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    In any case, it is a guess. A guess that I agree with, but still a guess. DISH has not stated the reason.
     
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  9. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    they will not - are they must or should ?

    I don't see any plausible other reason...
     

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