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Replay Tv With Directv D12 BOX Serial port

Discussion in 'DIRECTV SD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by duckland23, Aug 20, 2013.

  1. duckland23

    duckland23 New Member

    Aug 20, 2013
    Hi .

    I just bought a Replay tv DVR recorder from ebay . I wanted to know if the d12 box will able to change the channels the proper way . Im tols you need a low speed data port for this or the IRBlast hooked up to change the channels . I was wondering if anyone had them change the channels without messing with it . Some people on the replay site said it wont do it . The reason I got this box Im not going to pay directv 20.00 a month for there box . So to save some money for now . Im going to use replay tv . I also hear that it has commercial skip that way better than TiVo too . I had a direct tv TiVo in the early 2000's and it was costly to pay for service , it had a montly fee for TiVo and to directv as well . I didn't get the replay box as we speak in in process of being shipped tomy house . If for some reason I need a new box from directv that's compatible to change the channels on the replay tv dvr . What boxes from Direct tv are being discounted by them . I would like some one to list all the directv boxes that still a serial and low speed data port if you can . But first Im going to see if the replay dvr willchange channels with the new D12 box from directv .
  2. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    You can use a USB to RS232 serial adapter and control the D12 using serial data control. I think there are some adapters that work and some that don't, you may need to do a little research / searching to find specific models. You can also control it with an IR blaster. So whichever method you prefer, and is easier to set up should work for you.

    None of the DirecTV branded boxes have an actual RS232 serial port any more.
  3. duckland23

    duckland23 New Member

    Aug 20, 2013
    Ok thanks I just have to wait to see how it go's . Nut until now im ok .
  4. ThomasM

    ThomasM RF Engineer

    Jul 20, 2007
    Milwaukee, WI
    If that doesn't work, you can actually SCHEDULE the D12 to change channels automatically and turn itself on and off! This is a carryover from the VCR days but it should work fine with your setup.

    Press MENU on the D12 and then select MANAGE AUTOTUNES. You can schedule shows right from the DirecTV program guide on your D12. It even has a "TO DO" list like DirecTV DVRs so you can see if your autotunes are all set up correctly.

    Just schedule the shows on the D12 to match the recording times your Replay will be recording and you'll be all set.
  5. duckland23

    duckland23 New Member

    Aug 20, 2013
    I cant get it to work I ordered the serial port to usb converter and it didn't work . Ill try again sometime soon .
  6. texasbrit

    texasbrit Well-Known Member

    Aug 9, 2006
    Did you search the forums for the info on which converters work and which don't??
  7. Edmund

    Edmund Remote Master

    Apr 17, 2003
    Southern Ca

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