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Paterson USB TV Translator to use the serial port on Replay TV to the USB port on the DirecTV...

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
I use my Replay TV with DirecTV ...


DirecTV told me my 1996 model RCA DirecTV receiver was going to become obsolete and they would swap me a new one for no charge & no contract


I received the new receiver and ... none of the Replay TV IR blaster codes work with the DirecTV D-12 -100 receiver ...


I tried to google a solution and ran across a Paterson USB TV Translator to use the serial port on Replay TV to the USB port on the DirecTV receiver


http://www.patersontech.com/products/


When I tried to order it - it's been discontinued: http://www.patersontech.com/ ...


Has anyone run into this previously? ... Anyone know where I might find a used Paterson USB TV Translator? ... or, alternate TV translator?
post #2 of 17
I moved on to SageTV, but faced the same problem with DirecTV. The solution is to get a standard USB to serial connector cable available for about $15 most places, AND THEN get a "null modem" serial adapter to connect between the replay and serial cable. The null modem just reverses the in/out orientation of the serial connection.
post #3 of 17
Thread Starter 
Hey!

thank you very much for your expertise and the quick response ... I searched for your

solution and came up with this ... do you think it will work?

http://www.walmart.com/ip/StarTech-ICUSB232FTN-Startech-1-Port-USB-to-Null-Modem-RS232-DB9-Serial-DCE-Adapter-Cable-with-FTDI/21097418

are the operating systemn requirements of the cable compatible with the Directv D-12 receiver / Replay TV HS 2000 connection scenario?
post #4 of 17
The USB port on the ReplayTV is inactive.

I beleive all ReplayTV units *do* have a db-9 serial port that can control a set top box. Not sure if it can talk to the DirectTV box though.

Robert
post #5 of 17
Thread Starter 
thanks for the response ...

the Replay TV has a 9 pin serial port ... the DirecTV receiver has a USB port ...

they must be able to commubicate because Paterson sold 5,000 of the USB TV Translators ...
post #6 of 17
I would suspect that the Walmart adapter may work, but have never used that item.

I got my info here:
http://forums.sagetv.com/forums/showthread.php?p=355536&highlight=serial+control#post355536

the link includes tested adapters from monoprice.com

I'm controlling a DirecTV D12 from my computer's serial port (like replay) with this setup, and note, no drivers required.
post #7 of 17
Thread Starter 
Hi New Yankee -

just received the parts from monoprice ...

USB-to-serial adapter (1 @ $6.34 ea)
db9 F/F Null Modem (1 @ $1.19 ea)

http://forums.sagetv.com/forums/showthread.php?p=355536&highlight=serial+control#post355536


hooked my Replay TV DVR and DirecTV D-12 receiver together ...

nothing ...

do you think something evil is going on at DirecTV?



thank you again for sharing your knowledge and responding ...
post #8 of 17
Did you check your settings to make sure you are communicating with the serial port and not IR? Just a guess!
post #9 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by replaytv fan View Post

hooked my Replay TV DVR and DirecTV D-12 receiver together ...

nothing ...

Did you upgrade your RTV IR Blaster codes to add the D-12 capability? There were replies to you on PlanetReplay from srfrdan and hdonzis detailing getting the RTV to work with the serial to USB cable, did you read them?
post #10 of 17
without the translater u have to install the codes and they work for the d-12. im using a translater on the d-12 cause i could get one. i also just hooked up a r-15 using the replay updated to the ir codes because its old tuner broke and u cant get the translate nowr. i also have an h20-3h21s and the d12 all have the same remote. want to buy a remote ----biggrin.gif--d
post #11 of 17
Thread Starter 
yes ... I changed the Repaly TV setup to serial before I installed the null moden and adapter
post #12 of 17
Thread Starter 
no I did not ... thank you for the direction
post #13 of 17
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by ReplayLurker View Post

Did you upgrade your RTV IR Blaster codes to add the D-12 capability? There were replies to you on PlanetReplay from srfrdan and hdonzis detailing getting the RTV to work with the serial to USB cable, did you read them?

no I did not ... thank you for the direction
post #14 of 17
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Quote:
Originally Posted by cajon View Post

Did you check your settings to make sure you are communicating with the serial port and not IR? Just a guess!

yes ... I changed the Repaly TV setup to serial before I installed the null moden and adapter
post #15 of 17
I too am interested in purchasing more of these. I ordered one some time back, and should have ordered more... mad.gif
post #16 of 17
If anyone finds a source for the serial-to-USB translator, please advise. I would also like to purchase at least one of them.
post #17 of 17
A null modem cable will not work.

You will have to make a custom serial cable as replay does not use standard serial pinouts http://www.wirns.com/twiki/PtvioShell
I have made this cable before and it works with terminal (although I was not able to send commands to the replaytv but I was able to receive.)
I am unable to test this at the moment.
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