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  03:32:22 pm, by The Dreamer   , 574 words  
Categories: Home Theatre, Networking, WiFi, Storage

Updated my ugly NetMap

Link: isn't April 2008 yet.

Well, there's one item on the map, that I haven't purchased yet. But, I intend to order it tomorrow...and I do hope it arrives before the end of the month....but decided the put a future date to indicate that it contains future stuff. &#59;D

It also contains that I'm dropping the WDS bridge for Powerline networking (HD-PLC), that has been just hasn't arrived yet. Originally, there was some question of finding an open outlet behind my home theater setup to plug it in. But, then it occurred to me that the adapter could go anywhere on my wired network...since I had made that upgrade....and there's the jack in the storage room that I haven't acquired stuff to put around yet.

There's a plan to do so, but I need to go through the stuff in there to figure out what to get rid of to make space for using it for more than storage. One is to acquire a network laser printer (ideally with color and duplex capabilities, maybe copier)....and locate it here where (rather than next to one of my computers, due to concern on whether I have enough power at those locations U-( ) I'm also wondering if I really need all the features, to maximize the number of other gadgets I also want to acquire....

Meanwhile, I'm already plotting my next addition....Been thinking of getting a TimeCapsule, but now Apple has released the patch to allow Time Machine to storage attached to an Airport I'm thinking that I'll do this, and get a Drobo to attach to it (assuming the pairing will work). Of course, it could be a while before I get around to having all the pieces.

Possibly like the 500GB SATA drive I purchased a while year before I found something to stick it in to.... :crazy: Sadly that was the mirror drive in my Linux server (Orac) that failed recently. I should maybe see about getting Seagate to replace it.... Even though I don't need it for the Linux server now (though I am considering buying an enclosure for mount 4 more drives outside of it....possibly more, since there's 4 regular eSATA ports and 2 PM-capable eSATA ports on the back. Though waiting for a version of Linux that'll hopefully support PM.)

Also looking at USB over ethernet, since I'm running out of space for USB peripherals at my main desk.... This this spot also cries out for the acquisition of a Drobo....since I pretty much to disk-to-disk backup now (since I had long ago past the point of reasonable tape backup [to DLT7000's] of my system, and it seems less and less likely that I'll be buying a new tape drive [LTO1] now). I'm sure if I think some more (oops I did), I can think of other places around here that cry out for additional Drobo's. Wonder if there's a limit to using the GeekBrief.TV discount code.... Though Drobo isn't the only think on the market that might solve my needs, but it is one of the cool looking things. Though it is only a USB storage device....there's an ethernet option for it, but it isn't a native ethernet that sounds like it would be slower than some other sort of NAS product. many little time, money, space, power, etc... :lalala:


  12:40:04 pm, by The Dreamer   , 257 words  
Categories: Time Warner/Cox Cable, Cable HD DVR, Computer, Networking, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite

TiVo HD CableCARD Update & Downloads

Well, now that things seem to be working, I was making use of the TiVo HD last the point where I didn't check any of my other recorders for content last night....

There's quite a bit of channels that I got on the Cox HD DVR, that I don't see via CableCARD....don't know if that's because Cox isn't making them all available to CableCARD subscribers or because they aren't in the lineup data from TiVo. TiVo lineup isn't very complete...there are channels it knows about, but has no program info I can't schedule anything from those channels. And, there's other channels that are just missing. I had submitted the missing channel form for Fox HD, along with a link to the local lineup hopefully TiVo will eventually get around to having things right.

Meanwhile, I started looking at the TiVoCasts....some of them are pretty interesting, I've downloaded just a few of them, and set up season passes to keep them coming. Checking my cacti monitor, I see that I've already downloaded >10GB of data in the last week. Wow. Probably the most downloading I've done....even more than when I set up my last new computer. Though that's probably because it wasn't a Windows computer.

Someday I'll get a new Windows computer.....only because my current one is starting to fail (had originally intended to replace it a couple of years ago, when it was 3....) And, want to get one before I can't get Windows XP anymore. &#59;D


  09:08:44 pm, by The Dreamer   , 422 words  
Categories: Time Warner/Cox Cable, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite

I got CableCARDs ... working

Well, I got to a point where it said it was going to take a long time to update. So, after waiting a while....I decided to go in to work.

When, I got home, it was still finishing its connection. It was the the slow count up of "Loading". It was at 40%. After about half an neared 50%....but while I was checking what channels I was getting (and ignoring the messages that it had no program info...) it rebooted on me.

It wanted guided setup again (but I ignored it)....afterwards, live TV was funny. Sometimes I would get ESPNHD, ESPN2HD, TNTHD, UHD, etc....but most of the time I didn't. So, I tried guided setup again. It kind of worked, but mostly didn't....hopping around the setting some more and few more unexpected reboots, some successful and some failed net connects. I once again was asked to do guided I did.

Finally, I poked around in the CableCARD menus....found that CableCARD 1 was working for everything, but CableCARD 2 was having issues. I contemplated calling the Cox installer to see if he could help, but opted to try another guided setup, but tried to see if instead of confirming 23 as QVC what it would ask and see if I saw it. But, it would ask if 24 was X, then 25 was Y, then 26 was Z....they all were, so I stopped there. Would take to long to see if it would tune digital channels.

The gist was CableCARD 1 was getting all my digital channels (SD and HD)...while CableCARD 2 seemed only able to get broadcast HD. So, I gave the Cox installer a call. He said he would call somebody and then call me back. While staring at a black screen of something I should be getting (what happens when CableCARD 2 is selected...) It jumped...flashed an error screen....and then seemed to work. Though I found that CableCARD 2 now reported that it had no channels, and CableCARD 1 was doing all the work.

I got the call back, he said he had them do a reset/refresh for that card and asked if it was working. I described what I was seen and that it was currently saying no channels available for CableCARD 2. Said it would take some time and that he would call back in 5 minutes.

Soon started working, and I had everything. When he called back, I told him that it was now working.

Now to start scheduling stuff to record on it.....

  01:10:19 pm, by The Dreamer   , 399 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Time Warner/Cox Cable, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite

I got CableCARDs

The process got off to a rough start...the installer put card 1 in and then put card 2 in, and called to do the pairing. During the call he was instructed to remove cards and then do them one at a time.

That seemed to go somewhat better.

He didn't want to go through guided setup, just wanted to see live TV to confirm that things were working. But, it stayed at Acquiring Channel Info, forever. A quick call, seems he would have to do it, if he wanted to see channels.

So, we did the guided setup.

Still no channels. He decided that everything was done on their end, that it must be TiVo that is preventing he left his number, and said to call if there were any problems on their end.

Full story »


  08:12:03 pm, by The Dreamer   , 277 words  
Categories: Networking, WiFi, Home

Panasonic BL-PA100KTA Adaptor Turns Electrical Wiring Into Ethernet Cable


I've been thinking of trying some form of Home P* Networking. At my previous apartment, I was considering Home Phone Line Networking. Because I had switched to Vonage (and no more home phone service), and the phone lines were conveniently located to the locations I wanted to link together.

But, it had to be better than what I was getting by WiFi, and even though the new standard was approved...I never saw any retail products for it.

Now in my new home, I don't have phone jacks near the places that I want linkup + plus its CAT5, so I'm using that for my network (in places). But, there are computers and such located away from phone jacks (and cable jack) I used WDS bridging to link things up. With a plan that someday I would get Powerline networking (AV or HD) to replace it.

One concern is whether I would have an open outlet to plug the oversized wall-wart, without losing the other jack...since just about every outlet in this place is in use. There have been numerous occasions where I was looking for an open outlet to plug something in, and couldn't find one.

Then I read about this Panasonic one...and saw the picture and the price.....I just had to pull the trigger on it to get one. So, now to wait for it to appear.

I ordered both the kit and an extra adapter....just in case I should ever want to run network into the one room that I didn't convert its phone jack to networking....or I decide to claim some other inaccessible corner with networking equipment. :P


  03:50:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 85 words  
Categories: General, Software, Quicken/TurboTax

Did my 2007 Taxes

I owe $45 to Federal and $423 to State.

TurboTax crashed once while I was starting the E-Filing process >:-( But, hopefully everything worked out right in the end.

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  06:02:06 pm, by The Dreamer   , 245 words  
Categories: Time Warner/Cox Cable, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite

Cox CableCard Installation Scheduled

Well, I pulled that trigger....

I called Cox, navigated through the phone menus...entered my old Vonage phone number (the Ohio one)...and then got to talk to someone about getting CableCards.

The only hang up was how many did I need? I asked if they did S-Cards or M-Cards...she didn't know, said the installer will bring the right card based on the work order of what they would be installing the cards into. Saying that it was for a TiVo HD didn't help answer the question, she needed the model number and then she would go find out.

The answer was, I would need two cards.

The installation is scheduled for between 10-12 on Thursday March 20th.

It never came up that I have other Cox boxes already, etc. Just the one time fee for them to come out and install the cards and the monthly fee that having the cards would add.

A much improved experience so far. B-)

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  03:44:55 pm, by The Dreamer   , 284 words  
Categories: Home Theatre, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite

I'm drowning in remotes again....

...but to be fair, I have like 15 (unique IR code) devices in my Home Theater setup.

I used to have one remote to control them all...a URC-6131 which was hacked controlled 7 ReplayTVs, and the TV + Receiver.

I had a another URC that that I had reprogrammed to control the Momitsu V880N because it worked better than the original remote. And, even though this remote could control my Cox HD DVR, I opted to keep the Cox remote around.... I have a few other remotes stashed to control less frequently used devices or the Samsung SIR-T351/SIR-T451 remote, Samsung HLN4265W1 remote, CD changer.

But, yesterday two new remotes got added to this mix. The TiVo HD's and the Zektor HDVI5's. I could reprogram the Zektor to respond to a different remote, but I don't have extra buttons around to do that....and I need to think what would make good codes. Or find a open spot somewhere else to add it.

I briefly thought about reprogramming the second URC for the TiVo or getting another universal remote of some type...but one of the problems of universal remotes is the layout doesn't match the original or keys aren't labeled as clearly as the original, etc. And, I decided against least for now.

I would like to find another URC-6131, since the buttons on that are starting to give me trouble.... Which might prompt to get JP1 software going again so I can at least clone the URC-6131 (wonder how straight forward to clone to a 6131N....of course, the layout is different so I'd have to learn another layout for something I've gotten used to).

Oh well..... :**:


  05:23:24 pm, by The Dreamer   , 242 words  
Categories: Home Theatre, Home, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite

Setting up my TiVo HD DVR

Quarterly Pest Control was to make an appearance around noon today, and I had those cables coming by Amazon Prime upgraded to One-Day. In the past, they would send it so that it was to arrive by 10am. But, evidently they decided to not do this despite the 3.99 per item upgrade fee applying to 7 items.

So the Pest Control visit took place and I was still waiting for the order to arrive.

But, it finally did. I couldn't I started hooking things up.

Found the PureAV optical cables suck...they don't make a positive connection with the jacks... But, nearing the end...I couldn't get my Momitsu V880N to show up over I had fiddle some more to see if there was a problem in its setup. Turned that while I had a DVI cable connected to the DVI jack on the TV and snaked for I don't remember wasn't screwed on to the back of the TV, and had worked itself sufficiently off that it wasn't working.

Final, obstacle came when I went to connect the TiVo HD DVR....I apparently do not have any more reasonable length ethernet cables. In my search, I only found a 25' cable....I know there's 100' cable somewhere, but I wasn't looking for it (and didn't find it). Guess I need to stock up on some cables.

Now I'm going through the guided setup.... :wave:


  10:31:33 pm, by The Dreamer   , 507 words  
Categories: Home Theatre, Time Warner/Cox Cable, OTA HDTV, Momitsu V880N, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite

TiVo HD DVR has arrived

Today, I came home late from work...and found sitting on my doorstep that FedEx has left the TiVo HD DVR there. Odd, when I ordered the Cox HD DVR, they wouldn't do that...and even though I waited at home all day by the front door, they claim that I wasn't there to make the delivery (ignoring that it was the first K-State football home game of the season...or perhaps the real reason?)

Anyways....I just moved the box aside, since I intend to hook it up digitally and not knowing how quickly the woot order would ship, I had put off buying DVI and/or HDMI cables. Though I had a good idea of what would be needed, since the TV is DVI and the TiVO HD is HDMI. What I hadn't worked out full is placement of it and my Zektor DVI switcher. Or what pieces of tech that have an input on my TV need to move onto the DVI switcher, because I'm out of digital audio inputs on my receiver.

The plan is that I'll likely move my Momitsu V880N to using DVI. The OTA HD tuner will probably be retired as a result of the TiVo HD DVR (and not because it only sees one station and poorly)....but that digital audio output had already been bumped. Since unlike my setup in Columbus with TimeWarner, I have both an HD tuner and an HD DVR from Cox. Not ready to retire the HD tuner from my mix...but perhaps some day it'll go.

I suppose the only outstanding issue I haven't figured out is whether I need open return path for the TiVo's cable connection. I have a 4 way and an 8 way splitter....the 8 way has no return path and is off of one of the 4 way splitter outputs. I have my cable modem, Cox HD Tuner and Cox HD DVR on the other 3 outputs of the 4 way. 7 of the 8 outputs are my ReplayTV...the 8th has floated around a bit depending on what gadget I wanted to try....on the HDTV for using its internal tuner, a DVD recorder that I had to see if TVGuide data was available, the OTA receiver to see if I could do clear QAM....

Now that I think of it, I probably should've checked for an upgrade of the 4-way splitter...I think the next up is an 6-way (want to minimize the split loss at that 'tier'). But, I once again used Amazon Prime to order a bunch of DVI/DVI and HDMI/DVI and Toslink cables....discovered that the 3.99 upgrade to 1 day service is per item, not per shipment or order. In retrospect I might have scaled down the size of the order to just what I needed to get the TiVo HD going, and leave the rest for free 2 day service. But, I guess I'm not thinking clearly right now :zz:

Initial setup will be a weekend project, not sure how it'll go on getting the Cablecards.

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