I can confirm that PiGS has been running on my Pi 4 for the past 11 days, automatically keeping the EPG on the DVR+ up to date with 14 days of data.Introducing PiGS - an enhanced replacement Guide Server for the Channel Master DVR+ that uses Guide data from Schedules Direct....
Would it be feasible for someone to host a server that is on all the time that would always be running and collect all the PSIP data for people who are using PiGS? Even if it was technically feasible, I know it could become unwieldy for a large number of Zip Codes, but that would be dependent on how many people are using it, and it would work for multiple people who share the same or similar (same broadcast market) Zip Codes.I'm also looking at some DNS Server freeware for windows, and if those two things work, then no hardware would be needed at all - but you would have to keep the server running on your windows machine.
I can confirm that PiGS has been running on my Pi 4 for the past 11 days, automatically keeping the EPG on the DVR+ up to date with 14 days of data.
I’m using a Pi 4 computer with 4 GB RAM, and running the standard Raspbian OS, but a smaller, less expensive, Pi should work. ... WiFi instead of Ethernet on the Pi should work, but hasn’t been tried yet.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you timothee!!!Please give a big Thank You to timothee! I can clearly see a lot of work went into developing this GREAT project.
This is most excellent (In the Bill and Ted sense.)Introducing PiGS - an enhanced replacement Guide Server for the Channel Master DVR+ that uses Guide data from Schedules Direct.
Today SD approved PiGS for use with SD. GraceNote granted the 'Exception' we needed to use their guide data with the discontinued CM-7500 DVR+, so PiGS is legal!
BIND is the DNS server that runs the Internet. There is a Windows version available for Windows users. Mac users will have to install the Xcode command line tools to compile BIND, or a Homebrew or Fink package. Docs for setup are everywhere.I'm also looking at some DNS Server freeware for windows
My DVR+ failed, so I didn't have a choice but to look into alternatives. The only thing close to the DVR+ in terms of a single box for a TV is to use one of the Tivo OTA units like the Roamio or Bolt OTA. They may have a newer one. You pay for the guide, either for "lifetime" access or a monthly payment. They may have other options as I didn't want to go that route when I had to replace my DVR+.So for those of us that don't have the patience and expertise in setting up PIGS, is there another recommended DVR to replace the DVR+ ?
After yesterday's successes with the Pi 3's, this is what I would recommend for low cost entry for a dedicated PiGS server.
The Raspberry Pi 3 B+
And on the Raspberry Pi website
It uses a MicroUSB power connector, which you probably have lying around (the Pi4 uses the new USB-C power connector)
It has a full-size HDMI port, so you dont need a special micro hdmi cable
You probably have a 32G microSD card lying around your house somewhere (expanded memory in an old phone?)
Has 1G of RAM, which others have shown is enough for PiGS to run
Has Wired Ethernet if you want that - l leave it plugged in near your home router
Has 2.4 and 5G WiFi which has been demonstrated to work
You dont need a case or anything else, but they are available for $10
For setup, you will temporarily need, a USB kbd and mouse, and a monitor with an hdmi input (your tv)
The board lists for $35. The best shipped price I can find is Amazon at about $42 shipped.
Currently it requires a Raspberry Pi computer, but timothee and ej_eddie are looking into an alternative using your computer instead of a Pi. So keep watching! Either way, a paid Schedules Direct account will be needed, although the first 7 days are free if you just want to try PiGS.Is there something you have put together that would walk someone through all of the steps that are needed to set this up as an alternate guide source? Including the hardware and software? I might be interested if the internet guide goes away.
For now it seems from all of the scattered posts on this forum that there is a lot of work and considerations to get this working. Like paying for a service and buying more equipment that needs to be up and running. If that is the reality when the guide goes away then I would give it a go. However right now I would need a tutorial to set this up and I consider myself relatively computer literate.
Yeah, I understand! A "PiGS for Dummies" booklet would even be good for me. But I did it, and I knew (an still know) little about Python, Linux, Routers, and the Pi. Of course, I had help from timothee, but the guide has changed based upon my dumb issues, so maybe it will be a little easier for other Dummies.Pachinko,
Thanks for the info. I downloaded and tool a quick look at the information. OMG is all I can say. It looks daunting at first blush. I can see a lot of time, and expertise was put into not only implementing but documenting the process.
Not sure this is a solution for most DVR+ owners because of the complexity. I would like to see how others attempt this journey comment on it before I would try it.
Maybe we need a PiGS for dummies tutorial?
I've heard of that flashing light thing. I looked at this table https://socialcompare.com/en/comparison/raspberrypi-models-comparisonTo power the newer Pi models, you'll need a 5V power source capable of 2.5A output (many USB power supplies fall far short of this)... with a respectable power-only (no data) cable (terminated in micro-usb for the 3 and usb-c for the 4) - many data type USB cables simply have thin power wires in the cable that will deliver too low a voltage to the Pi. Otherwise, the red LED on the Pi is going to be blinking indicating insufficient voltage, and it may not work reliably.
I ordered one. Even though I hope we can run PiGS on Windows, I figured it's probably best to put PiGS on a dedicated CPU and not overtake the plumbing on my Windows box any more than I have already.I've heard of that flashing light thing. I looked at this table https://socialcompare.com/en/comparison/raspberrypi-models-comparison
and it said that the B+ was 1.13A, lower than the Model B, and I figured many phone chargers do 2A, so it would work.
The Raspberry Pi website of course says use their 2.5A charger, but it seemed like overkill for the actual use current. No?
To be safe, one could always be safe and go for the OEM charger - I was just trying to offer and lowest entry cost possible.
Awesome. It's basically an SSD hard drive. storage for the OS, program files, swap files, etc.I ordered one. Even though I hope we can run PiGS on Windows, I figured it's probably best to put PiGS on a dedicated CPU and not overtake the plumbing on my Windows box any more than I have already.
I already have the SD subscription, and I'm pretty sure I can find a micro USB charger that will do 1.13A around here.
The only thing I'm scratching my head over is the 32GB SD card. That's a lot of storage - what's it for?