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USB Port on H24

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by gator1234, Jul 2, 2011.

  1. gator1234

    gator1234 AllStar

    Jul 21, 2007
    What is the USB port used for on the H24 HD DVR?
  2. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    Assume you are referring to the HR24 (HD DVR), as opposed to the H24 HD receiver....

    There is no firm, defined purpose (at this time), but it is a live USB port that has been used by a few folks for things like powering USB cooling fans, AM21 OTA tuner, and so forth.
  3. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2006
    For the AM21 add on OTA tuner.

    You can use it to power some usb devices also, like a cooling pad, but that's it.
  4. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

    Jul 25, 2002
    W.Mdtrn Sea
    What about control the device from PC with USB-RS232 dongle ?
  5. grover517

    grover517 AllStar DBSTalk Club

    Sep 29, 2007
    I use a Paterson Technology TV Translator on an H24 to control a HTPC. So yes, it "can" be used to control a PC tuner card, but whether your dongle works or not, I cannot say.
  6. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

    Jul 25, 2002
    W.Mdtrn Sea
    So far those with Prolific chip PL2303 works fine.
  7. 996911

    996911 Go Pack!

    Aug 24, 2006
    Yes on the RS232. I currently have my entire home connected via a RTI control system. The D* boxes are all connected to the system via USB to RS232 adapters. The channel changing (and anything else sent via code) is so much better than hard keys on a remote since the RS232 is a direct line of code for each command. For example, I have several pages of channel logos on my RTI remote touchscreen and the single touch of a logo tunes instantly to that channel with no channel numbers entered or shown on screen. Totally removes the time lag of entering a channel number plus enter as well as those spurious channel commands (i.e., double number when only pressed once) Absolutely love it!

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