Originally Posted by blueiedgod
Originally Posted by Clint S.
Well that sounds better, but I'd prefer a much simpler/cheaper/easier method of a remote control with a timer, or better yet if such a thing I was originally asking about exists. But I'll keep that in mind as another option, thanks.
Don't know about your method being simpler.
Sure it would; a single remote control, or a type of switching device like I mentioned in post #11. Those would be far simpler than having to keep a PC on all the time.
If you already have a PC, presumably the one you typed this all up, and it is running Windows 7 or Vista, then you are 90% there already, as it is already pre-loaded with the software needed to make whole house DVR work, and will natively support encrypted cable in HD, not just analog.
I use XP and I have no WH DVR.
Would a splitter work?
Well I have to use a splitter anyway. The original coax from the wall has to be split so "A" (let's say basic cable) and "B" (STB output) can go to A&B on the A/B switch's inputs.
Connect incoming signal to input, and split the output between the cable box, VCRs (one connected directly to coax, and one connected to the cable box) TV... whatever else. If the signal coming in is weak, then you will need a drop amp.
If you want to remain coax everything, a better approach would be to use the splitter to split the incoming signal to the Cable box and the VCR, but place a combiner between the cable box and the VCR. One leg would connect to the cable box output, and another to the direct feed from the splitter.
Set your cable box to output to ch3 or 4, whichever is not used for boradcasts, and program vcr to record off ch 3 or 4 for cable programs, and direct tune non-cable.
Each recording/viewing device will have a dedicated feed from the coax. You'll just have to select inputs to feed the playback from the VCR, DVR, Cablebox at the TV.
I don't know, would it?
I guess I'm getting old, I can't visualize that. I'm going to have to draw this and see it graphically.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but that setup would not be able to record premium channels from the STB, right? My DVR (it's a Mag 2160A/513/515, etc*.), needs to be able to record both basic cable, and premium from the STB.
If the coax is split so that only one coax feed goes to the DVR then of course that's the only feed it will be able to record
Would this fix that issue ^ ? : "...a better approach would be to use the splitter to split the incoming signal to the Cable box and the VCR, but place a combiner between the cable box and the VCR. One leg would connect to the cable box output, and another to the direct feed from the splitter.
To clarify things: The STB has no ch 3/4 option, it doesn't need it. The (old CRT) TV receives STB output on its ch 3. My 2160A* is essentially a "digital replacement" for my VCR. It works in 'basically' the same manner as far as connections used. The only difference is the 2160A's RF output doesn't work like a VCR's so its composite outputs have to go to the VCR's composite inputs and the VCR essentially only becomes and is used as an RF modulator since its RF out goes to the TV's RF-in (no inputs on the TV). The 2160A's RF out is only an RF bypass
, therefore its A/V outputs must be used to connect to the VCR's A/V inputs to see what is actually going on and taking place, and in order to get the OSD from the 2160A. Confused?
Don't be, because it works great like this. I just need to find a way to do what I described in post #1.
With an RF bypass does, or did, (what the A/B switch now has to do) is the DVR (or previous VCR) records its A/V inputs for premium channels from the STB
, but uses its own internal tuner channel #'s to record basic (QAM) cable.
But since I no longer have any RF bypass on the STB, I have to currently record everything on the A/V inputs
(from the STB) which poses the dilemma described in my first post. Also with this setup you can't watch one basic channel while recording another because the STB has to always be in use because it has no RF bypass. That's why an A/B switch is needed so I can switch inputs to the DVR between basic QAM and premium, but that switching needs to be done automatically instead of manually, when the STB turns off.
Problem I forcee with a remote control is that it has to be placed strategically to work, as there will be no one to notice that someon threw it into the couch, and placed newspaper or magazine over it, or otherwise hindered its ability to send the signal.
Valid things, but in my case that would not be a problem. But I still need to know if such a remote can be found.