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post #121 of 12461
ya i would love to order the myhd130 now but i dont know what the siginificance is between having an Serial IR vs a USB remote. i dont have any remotes as of now but maybe 6 months when i want one will it be impossible to find a serial one.
post #122 of 12461
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Originally posted by Kei Clark
The initial shipment of the MDP-130 will have the serial receiver/remote instead of the USB model which will not be ready until March. For those that have to have the USB remote model, we recommend that you purchase the card after March when the hardware is changed.

Still don't know for certain when the order will be ready to ship but final round of software testing is in progress.

Does this mean that the MDP-130 itself is in stock or will be soon, but just waiting on final software testing??? Or is there no idea when the MDP-130 itself will be ready?
post #123 of 12461
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Originally posted by kindest
ya i would love to order the myhd130 now but i dont know what the siginificance is between having an Serial IR vs a USB remote. i dont have any remotes as of now but maybe 6 months when i want one will it be impossible to find a serial one.

It really shouldn't make that much difference, but I'd probably wait for the USB version. You only have a limited number of serial ports, and adding more is a PITA (mainly because it would probably take up a PCI slot). You can add a lot of different USB devices just by adding hubs.

If I had to guess (hint--Cliff please confirm) the remote itself is probably the same--the only difference is how it connects to your computer.
post #124 of 12461
"If I had to guess (hint--Cliff please confirm) the remote itself is probably the same--the only difference is how it connects to your computer."

That would also be my guess.
post #125 of 12461
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Originally posted by Karyk
You can add a lot of different USB devices just by adding hubs.

Same is true of serial ports if you use USB-to-serial adapters.
post #126 of 12461
Except that they don't always work. FOr intance, I tried 3 serial-usb adapters for the current MyHD remote with ZERO success.
post #127 of 12461
Madpoet--

I'm almost 100% certain that I read here of successful USB-serial use with MyHD remote...but I have no direct experience to cite. Perhaps the lucky person with the "magic adapter" can enlighten us???
post #128 of 12461
hmmmm, I'm starting to wonder if the 2nd batch of MDP-130's that comes out in March(or so) would also be a 2nd production(generation) run of the MDP-130 card itself? Not to start anyone worrying here, but it's quite a bit of an investment for me.

I would think only the reciever itself would be change, meaning no improvements to the circuitry on the MDP130 card itself? right?
post #129 of 12461
I asked in the mega thread, and there were some vague rumors that someone got it to work . The problem is there is a ton of variety out there for these things, and a ton of cost differences. But I gave up after having to eat the cost of 3 of them (including a $40 job).
post #130 of 12461
"But I gave up after having to eat the cost of 3 of them (including a $40 job)."

Too bad you don't have Fry's in your neighborhood. "It didn't work for me," is enough reason for a refund there.

{edit: P.S.: IIRC, RGAthright was one of the successful folks on this....}
post #131 of 12461
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Originally posted by pochoboy
hmmmm, I'm starting to wonder if the 2nd batch of MDP-130's that comes out in March(or so) would also be a 2nd production(generation) run of the MDP-130 card itself? Not to start anyone worrying here, but it's quite a bit of an investment for me.

I would think only the reciever itself would be change, meaning no improvements to the circuitry on the MDP130 card itself? right?

The 2nd batch in March is actually the MDP-130-DVI Dau card and not a different MDP-130 card.
post #132 of 12461
Cliff, your take on this, wouldn't it be safe to say that only the remote reciever would be changed(USB)?

And wouldn't it be a great way to raise the price of the MDP130 in March, promoting the upgrade from serial to a USB remote??? hahahaha
post #133 of 12461
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Originally posted by snipeman
Cliff or whomever,

I own the Airboard IR keyboard that I bought from Digital Connection. I actually just use the IR receiver from it, with a MX-500 remote. It works great for Sage and everything else I use now.

Is there any reason to even hookup the IR receiver from the MYHD-130 (either serial or USB)?

Would I be able to map all functions in the 130 software to keys that the Airboard IR receiver can pickup?

Andy

I do this now with my MX-700 remote and the Airboard IR receiver. Works fine, as you're just sending keyboard commands. I do not use the IR receiver that came with the MDP-120, but I did load the software. It's needed for scheduled recordings.

-Robert
post #134 of 12461
I use the iMON remote on one computer without the MyIRC receiver.

On the other computer I use MX-500 remote with the MyIRC serial receiver because by keyboard and mouse are RF.
post #135 of 12461
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Originally posted by pochoboy
Cliff, your take on this, wouldn't it be safe to say that only the remote reciever would be changed(USB)?

And wouldn't it be a great way to raise the price of the MDP130 in March, promoting the upgrade from serial to a USB remote??? hahahaha

I think you need to take your meds.
post #136 of 12461
Thanks Valnar and Cliff. I'll just go and preorder the current 130 right now. Since I'll never need to hookup the 130's IR receiver it doesn't matter to me if it is serial or USB.

Andy
post #137 of 12461
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And wouldn't it be a great way to raise the price of the MDP130 in March, promoting the upgrade from serial to a USB remote??? hahahaha

Hmmmmm....

post #138 of 12461
Now Kei be nice. Those of us who could really use an USB remote will appreciate it. Even with a serial add in card I'm running out of ports.
post #139 of 12461
Kei, any chance of buying the 130 now (when stock comes in.) and then swapping the serial receiver for a USB receiver later? HB is local, so I can just drive over there like I did when I bought my 120 from you.
post #140 of 12461
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Originally posted by Markz2k
Kei, any chance of buying the 130 now (when stock comes in.) and then swapping the serial receiver for a USB receiver later? HB is local, so I can just drive over there like I did when I bought my 120 from you.

I think Kei gave a big hint when she said to wait for the USB version in March.
post #141 of 12461
My guess is that, if the only change in hardware between the serial and USB versions is the IR receiver and its cable, DC will carry the USB part at some (low) cost for those who want to switch later rather than waiting for the USB parts. But DC has no more use for your old serial-connected receiver than you do, so explain to me why should they take the hit of providing the impatient with "two for the price of one"?
post #142 of 12461
The current Fusion USB IR receiver looks like the MyHD serial IR receiver. I wonder if they are the same. I have a couple Fusion USB IR receivers that I am not using, and if they are the same I would be tempted to get a 130 now.
post #143 of 12461
Dave,

The Fusion USB receiver will not work with the MDP-130.
post #144 of 12461
Cliff,

Are you still getting a good variety of unencrypted Adelphia HD channels?

Any date yet on the 130?
post #145 of 12461
Well, I have already placed an pre-order for a 130. But it sounds like I need to cancel it and wait for the USB IR version. I do not currently have any IR system for my computer, but I would think the USB version would be more flexible in the future. Thanks for everyone's heads up on this. I don't want to spend $300 to find out I needed to wait an extra two weeks to get the better product.
post #146 of 12461
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Originally posted by madpoet
I asked in the mega thread, and there were some vague rumors that someone got it to work . The problem is there is a ton of variety out there for these things, and a ton of cost differences. But I gave up after having to eat the cost of 3 of them (including a $40 job).

I've successfully used two different serial-to-usb converters. One was a Belkin that I purchased from Dell, the one I use now I bought at BestBuy:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....2&type=product

Both worked fine. I like the IOGear version better because everything is built into the cable. The Belkin version had a break-out box which I didn't care for.
post #147 of 12461
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Originally posted by Mntneer
Cliff,

Are you still getting a good variety of unencrypted Adelphia HD channels?

Any date yet on the 130?

Yes, but I'm using Comcast Cable.
post #148 of 12461
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Originally posted by taz291819
I've successfully used two different serial-to-usb converters. One was a Belkin that I purchased from Dell, the one I use now I bought at BestBuy:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....2&type=product

Both worked fine. I like the IOGear version better because everything is built into the cable. The Belkin version had a break-out box which I didn't care for.

Thanks for the confirmation, taz! Gents, it seems that impatience will cost you only $30 (this time).
post #149 of 12461
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Originally posted by Cliff Watson
Yes, but I'm using Comcast Cable.

My bad. I thought I had read somewhere where Adelphia users were finding more than just the broadcasts being sent un-encrypted.

Thanks.
post #150 of 12461
Thanks Taz. Good to know you found a working one!
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