Originally Posted by CheckJV
A big thanks to DSperber for posting the Wiki and other info on the use of the 1056B01 remote with the DCX 3501M. My old MOXI died and I traded it for a 3501M. The Charter remote was not programable so I purchased the subject universal remote from da bay for less than 13 clams. It was easy to use the Wiki to program 30-second forward and 15-second backward skips to my buttons of preference. No need to use the AUX programming steps, just follow the standard instructions for this remote and the Charter 3501M.
Excellent solution! Glad to have helped.
PS -- Q:So no way to add an external HD on the Charter 3501M?
Nope... the external SATA port on the boxes is non-functional, or so it seems for the US cable systems who give out this equipment.
In contrast, Shaw cable in Canada (which also uses Motorola equipment) has implemented their firmware options to activate the SATA port and support connecting an external drive. In fact, seeing a financial opportunity Shaw even offers a 1TB external expansion drive accessory to their customers. But for some reason here in the US none of the Comcast/TWC/Charter/Cox systems have done that.
So it's sitting there, potentially possible... but not activated and working for us. Yet another reason I decided one year ago to give back all my STB/DVR equipment to TWC (except for my DCH3416, which I still keep just in case I want to archive something to DVHS via firewire, no matter copy-once or copy-freely). Instead I converted my house to my own version of "whole home, record once watch anywhere" Windows Media Center, cablecard-enabled Ceton 4-tuner card in Win7 HTPC, Linksys extenders for 100% silent and low-power "extenders" connected via LAN/HDMI to each HDTV around the house (up to 5 all active at one time is supported by WMC), and a 1TB internal drive in the HTPC for recordings. I could have installed a 2TB drive, of course, if I'd wanted to, but 1TB is sufficient for my needs.
I even retained my previous ATI TV Wonder 650 PCI 1-tuner OTA/ATSC TV tuner card (fed from my roof antenna) which is also supported simultaneously by WMC. It allows me to record OTA versions of local networks, thus avoiding TWC/LA's unfortunate re-compression of these channels which it distributes. This facilitates best-possible quality for any "clips" or programs I may wish to make BluRay recordings of from copy-freely programs, instead of starting from the lesser quality re-compressed stuff distributed by TWC/LA.
Forgetting holding onto the DCH3416 which is my own personal decision, the Ceton whole-house huge-harddrive solution (for $3.50/month cost of the cable card, plus one-time cost of the Ceton card and HTPC/Linksys/Ethernet setup) instead of almost $20/month for the 1st DVR with its internal hard drive limitations, and additional monthly charges for additional DVRs/STBs, well it made both logical and economical sense to me. The startup costs of "my solution" was fully paid-for six months ago (not to mention that I was also able to discontinue DirectTV for SD service around the house, saving me another $85/month) and it now costs me $3.50/month.
Here in TWC/LA they still have not provided one single update to the A28 software running on the Motorola boxes, since the very original one (dated August 2009) that we got in February 2010 when A28 was first pushed out. So we still have the 6-7 day Guide "bug" (as well as others), while the rest of the Comcast country is back to 14-day Guide with numerous software updates over the past 2 years. No amount of customer complaining to TWC seems to motivate them to update what they first gave out, and I finally decided to solve the problem for myself... in my own way.