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IR input on Motorola Cable Boxes?
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Post 1 made on Thursday August 25, 2005 at 14:51
AndyM
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Anybody have any luck getting the IR jack on the back to work? I'm on a mission to be able to not use emitters on anything! Its one of the few remaining products that I deal with, that I still have to use an emitter on.

Models: DCT 6200/2005 (HD BOX)
DCT 6412/2005 (HD DVR)
Post 2 made on Thursday August 25, 2005 at 21:20
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It's an output used to control a VCR for recording but these boxes are easy to crack open and put the emmiter inside.
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OP | Post 3 made on Thursday August 25, 2005 at 22:22
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Ahh, that makes sense. You would have thought that the Tech people over at Motorola could have told me that... or the Tech people at Comcast...

Once you crack it open, can it be put back together with the emitter inside?

Any tips on getting it apart?

Muhhahahaha, Frankensteining a cable box...
Post 4 made on Friday August 26, 2005 at 09:01
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Watch out about opening the boxes. All our local companies have security stickers on the seams. Might make you (client) pay for the box upon return/exchange? or claim you were in there hacking at their security or something.
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OP | Post 5 made on Friday October 7, 2005 at 09:47
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Just tried "cracking one open" and it was easier than I thought. All I did was pop the grey bezel off of the front with a little flat head screw driver. Slide the emitter in next to the receiveing eye. Pop the cover back on and it works.

ONE MORE EMITTER OFF THE LIST... well sort of!
Post 6 made on Tuesday November 1, 2005 at 23:34
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Is the IR port on the back as great as the SA boxes? I found out the hard way when experimenting that if you put a mini plug into the port it kills the SVid output (oh, and it doesn't work for IR anyways).
Post 7 made on Friday January 5, 2007 at 02:42
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Okay, I'm stumped by this....

I have a DCT6200 and a Panasonic VCR. I ordered the stick-on IR emitter, plugged it in to the IR port on the back of the DCT6200, attached the emitter to the front of the VCR IR eye, and scheduled a record on my EPG. Nothing happened....it didn't roll the VCR.

It then occurred to me....how does the DCT6200 know what make/model of VCR it's controlling? I mean, different makes and models have different command codes, so how do you tell the DCT6200 that your VCR is a Panasonic with such-and-such a code, in the same way that you would program your remote control with a device code for a specific make and model?

Am I missing something here? Has anyone else had a problem getting these IR emitters to work with the DCT6200? Is there something I'm not doing? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
Post 8 made on Friday January 5, 2007 at 02:54
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On January 5, 2007 at 02:42, DDinTV said...
Okay, I'm stumped by this....

I have a DCT6200 and a Panasonic VCR. I ordered the stick-on
IR emitter, plugged it in to the IR port on the back of
the DCT6200, attached the emitter to the front of the
VCR IR eye, and scheduled a record on my EPG. Nothing
happened....it didn't roll the VCR.

It then occurred to me....how does the DCT6200 know what
make/model of VCR it's controlling? I mean, different
makes and models have different command codes, so how
do you tell the DCT6200 that your VCR is a Panasonic with
such-and-such a code, in the same way that you would program
your remote control with a device code for a specific
make and model?


Am I missing something here? Has anyone else had a problem
getting these IR emitters to work with the DCT6200? Is
there something I'm not doing? Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks!

In our area (we use the 6200 also) the IR port is disabled and does not do anything, they say they will enable it when they finish the software programming to enable the recording feature.....Im not holding my breath on it to be anytime soon

all the recording feature will do for naw is disable to power button while the show recording is set, will still have to manually set VCR to record for now or get a cable box with DVR
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Post 9 made on Friday January 5, 2007 at 07:34
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I had an SA 3100HD box that had the VCR controller feature. On that box, when you enabled the IR output port, you also had to enter a code in the setup menu for the particular VCR brand you were using.

Dino


On January 5, 2007 at 02:42, DDinTV said...
Okay, I'm stumped by this....

I have a DCT6200 and a Panasonic VCR. I ordered the stick-on
IR emitter, plugged it in to the IR port on the back of
the DCT6200, attached the emitter to the front of the
VCR IR eye, and scheduled a record on my EPG. Nothing
happened....it didn't roll the VCR.

It then occurred to me....how does the DCT6200 know what
make/model of VCR it's controlling? I mean, different
makes and models have different command codes, so how
do you tell the DCT6200 that your VCR is a Panasonic with
such-and-such a code, in the same way that you would program
your remote control with a device code for a specific
make and model?


Am I missing something here? Has anyone else had a problem
getting these IR emitters to work with the DCT6200? Is
there something I'm not doing? Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks!
Post 10 made on Friday January 5, 2007 at 13:41
DDinTV
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Thanks for the input. Unfortunately, I can't even find anywhere on the DCT6200's main menu where you can designate a VCR brand. Basically, the only thing I can do in that menu is change the HD screen ratio. The internal menus in the EPG don't have any settings for VCR's either.

I guess I'll have to call Charter and find out what the status of the IR port is, although I hate to have to call them again. Their tech support is overseas, and half the time they don't know what they're talking about, let alone what I'm talking about. I saw the IR feature, and thought I'd save a few bucks by not having a second DVR. I'm a silly rabbit.
Post 11 made on Friday January 5, 2007 at 18:22
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My call was to the tech guys at Motorola, Charter people here didnt even know the model numbers of the boxes when I spoke with them...clueless
The letters T and G are very close to each other on a keyboard. This recently became all too apparent to me and consequently I will never be ending a work email with the phrase "Regards" again.
Post 12 made on Friday January 5, 2007 at 20:40
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On January 5, 2007 at 18:22, Glackowitz said...
My call was to the tech guys at Motorola, Charter people
here didnt even know the model numbers of the boxes when
I spoke with them...clueless

Why does that not surprise me?

Well, if Motorola says the boxes aren't enabled for IR relay where you are, they probably aren't enabled anywhere. I wish I'd known that before I forked out the $12 for the emitter. I guess I'll just stash it away until it's useful.
Post 13 made on Friday January 5, 2007 at 21:27
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you could always "look" at the emmitter when its SUPPOSED ot be sending out ir (i.e. when the program is set to record) with a digital camera. If it is actually putting out ir (granted, not the RIGHT ir code) it will show up through the camera when it is being pulsed.
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Post 14 made on Thursday April 9, 2009 at 23:19
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if you have a motorola box with an "ir remote input" jack like the QIP 7100 or QIP 7216 used by verizion fios you can get the remote ir cable here for $13
[Link: irblaster.info]
Post 15 made on Sunday January 3, 2010 at 03:38
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On April 9, 2009 at 23:19, mythtvuser said...
if you have a motorola box with an "ir remote input" jack like the QIP 7100 or QIP 7216 used by verizion fios you can get the remote ir cable here for $13
[Link: irblaster.info]

I would like to connect my own house-wide IR repeater system to a QIP 7216. I have several QIP 7216s located remotely in an equipment rack. Do you know which connections on the rear IR Remote Input Jack are IR Signal, Voltage and Ground? (The Verizon FiOS tech didn't know what I was talking about)

TIP = ?
RING = ?
SLEEVE =?

I'm going to guess that:
The SLEEVE is Ground
The TIP is Voltage (5v? 9v? 12v?)
The RING is IR Signal

But I don't like to guess! I only need to utilize the Ground and the IR Signal connections.
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