Extending Media Center and Set Top Cable Box w/ Digital TV

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by Sean, Sep 28, 2005.

  1. Sean

    Sean Guest

    One of the reasons I purchased XP MCE was so I could store all my CD's on my
    PC and record TV. My computer is upstairs and I can wire or wireless a
    connection to a Lynksis Media Extender. But what happens with my Digital
    Cable Set Top Box? How do I control it from upstairs? Do I need to extend the
    IR as well? Will my Tuner Card allow me to change channels from the MCE
    interface? Any enlightenment will help.

    Thank you,
     
    Sean, Sep 28, 2005
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  2. Sean

    Bob [MVP] Guest

    You would locate your STB near your PC, so you can
    feed the STB's A/V outputs to your PC, and your PC
    can control the STB via IR (change the channel).

    You would locate your extender near your TV. When
    you use the extender remote, the signals will be
    sent over your LAN to the PC, which will in turn
    control the STB.

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    -Bob
    _______________________________
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows XP Media Center Edition
    http://www.microsoft.com/ehome
     
    Bob [MVP], Sep 28, 2005
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  3. Sean

    Sean Guest

    Thank you Bob. I was hoping that was the case. The other question I was
    trying to ask was how does media center change the channel unattended (or can
    it) to record a tv program if it set it to record channel 74 when its
    currently set on channel 2? (I only have a single tuner card) Or in the case
    I have many programs to record on different channels. Does the pc send the IR
    signal to the STB on its own?
     
    Sean, Sep 28, 2005
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  4. Sean

    Bob [MVP] Guest

    An IR emitter connected to the PC will send the
    signals to your STB to change the channel. It
    does this when you're watching Live TV, and when
    it is recording shows unattended. You just need
    to leave your STB always powered on, because MCE's
    ability to control the STB is limited to changing
    the channel only.

    --
    -Bob
    _______________________________
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows XP Media Center Edition
    http://www.microsoft.com/ehome


     
    Bob [MVP], Sep 28, 2005
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  5. Sean

    Sean Guest

    Thank you, again!
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    Sean


     
    Sean, Sep 28, 2005
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