One could easily get the mistaken impression that the death of Zap2it Labs data put an end to WiRNS. Not true! WiRNS 2.0 is now available, and can get the proper tv listings data elsewhere. Hooray!
Most discussion relevant to WiRNS has moved to Planet Replay's WiRNS Forum
, and I would recommend heading straight there rather than posting specific issues in a duplicate thread here at AVS. I just wanted to make an obvious pointer from here so that folks exploring wouldn't be lost. I'm not an expert, just a grateful user, and corrections to any info I put in here are most welcome. (I'll try to incorporate corrections into this top posting if this thread ends up staying active.)
Getting WiRNS installed and working is not trivial, but it has lots of rewards if you are up to doing some tinkering. This new version is still having some birth pangs (original pre-release was July 2007, forced by the impending death of Zap2it). So expect to devote some time to it if you are new to WiRNS (and possibly even if you've had the old version up and running for years.) Once it's all in place, though, it doesn't demand upkeep very often and provides all sorts of functionality you'll wonder how you ever lived without! Online scheduling, to-do lists of upcoming recording and conflicts, configurable channel lineups that work with satellite and multiple input sources (like if you get some channels on cable and others on satellite or even OTA/antenna, PPV, DISH), improved show searching. And it's DVArchive and IVSMagic compatable. There are even plugins that add yet more functionality.
WiRNS works with 4xxx and 5xxx series, and can be used to send and receive shows through Poopli
WiRNS runs on Windows PCs that have .NET Framework v2.0 or higher installed. Sorry, no version for Mac. (After all, WiRNS stands for WIndows
Replay Network Server).
So far the installation instructions at wirns.com still list the old method of getting a zap2it account. Disregard that - I'm sure the wirns.com website will be updated when the much more important work of smoothing out the wrinkles in WiRNS 2.0 is further along!
The New WiRNS can get its data from (at least) 2 different sources. DNNA provides data that is reportedly much simpler to get working, and probably will be sufficient for many people. However, there's an additional solution for users from Canada or other locations that DNNA does not provide data for, which involves using an XMLTV scraper.Useful Tidbits
To download WiRNS, go to www.wirns.com
General WiRNS discussion at Planet Replay Forum
, including help with installation and configuration, and bug reports. (Same as linked above).
Discussion of getting the XMLTV Scraper to work with WiRNS 2.0
, which is necessary if you need to remap channel due to receiving non-US broadcasts. This is especially helpful to our many Canadian ReplayTV users.
WiRNS is the Windows Replay Network Server. It acts as a network and internet proxy for your ReplayTV, giving you such features as blocking ReplayTV software updates, customized channel lineup info served to your ReplayTVs, remote show record scheduling, and remote IVS sending, just to name a few.