Originally posted by jdp_atl
Has anyone tried to see if the USB or ethernet ports are active? I recall that someone has already posted that DVI-D is not passing a signal.
I tried the DVI-D port and it's not active. The USB and ethernet ports are input ports and the only way to see if they are doing anything would require firmware and software support in the 5100 itself so one can configure and use the ports. IOW, if you connect a USB cable to it, nothing would happen because there's no interface to see what's connected to it. If it were a device connector, e.g., like a printer, then one could connect the box to a computer and then see the box as some kind of device. Same thing with the ethernet port. You connect that port to a switch but that's it, there's no way to tell the box to configure it or use it.
This may have already been covered elsewhere, but does anyone know if the video and audio in inputs on the back or front of the DCT5100 (used with a VCR or game system, for example) will upcovert the signal to 1080i or 720p?
It already down converts from 1080i to 480i in the S-video and composite output ports. Therefore, it would not be far fetched to expect it to upconvert the composite input. However, there's no way to tell because the audio/video inputs are not enabled.
From the FAQ
The ports you see are for future use. As of now, the IR Blaster port, DVI-D video output, Smart Card, Composite Video & Audio inputs, USB ports, & Ethernet (Cable Modem) are all NOT active. These can be activated by firmware updates if your Local Cable Provider wishes to do so. For now, all of the other ports that are blanked over, Firewire IEEE-1394, Printer port, & HPNA ports, will not be provided or supported.