|Originally posted by fender4645
The firmware inside the box is only designed to accept and process downstream data on the FireWire port. You would need an upstream connection in order to watch the content that's stored on the external hard drive.
Just to clarify (since I don't have one, and have only looked at the Motorola PDF specs)...
(1) The 1394 port on the 6200 is only OUTBOUND, which can send data TO a D-VHS or (presumably) firewire harddrive like one in the Maxtor family.
However playback of this outboard-recorded data cannot be played back through the 6200? You must use some other type of external playback mechanism, such as the component video output of a JVC40K to the HDTV. Correct?
In other words, if you had used the JVC40K as the recording device from the 1394 output of the 6200, then the JVC40K would also be the playback device direct to the TV. Yes?
It seems this would require a component video switch to support at least the component video output of the 6200 as well as the component video output of the JVC40K in order to watch either HD source.
(2) Also, does the 6200 actually control the recording functions of the connected D-VHS VCR such as the JVC40K? And is it user-friendly one-button timer-event setting using an onscreen guide?
Or must the whole timer-event thing be set up manually, by setting both the 6200 and JVC40K timers? In other words, is the 6200 aware of the attached D-VHS machine and can it control it, or is it simply a dumb 1394 data-dump port?
(3) Finally, how many timer-event cells are available with the 6200? I'm really spoiled by the Hughes E45 (connected 1394 bi-directionally and with full recording/playback/functional control to my SD D-VHS machines) with its 32 timer-event cells.