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    Using RG-6 is so 80's. (IP-LNB)

    Must admit, with a few tweaks this is awesome! First off... how do you control the motor??? Second... how about MPEG and other standards a good STB supports??? Certainly, tuning this thing from my tablet would certainly be quite the deal!
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    An Ethernet Based Receiver?

    Thanx for the link. I guess the answer to my question is "not at this time" ;) when it comes to an ethernet based solution. BTW, if your planning on using anything short of CAT6 cable on your HomeRun ( eg wireless ) I'm hearing you may not be too happy with the outcome. With HD its...
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    An Ethernet Based Receiver?

    Folks: This will probably interest sponsors here as well ;) Check out this device hdhomerun atsc device My question; Does anybody make a similar device to use as a Sat Receiver??? :confused: I'm thinking an ethernet based device ( perhaps DLNA? ) with V-Box type capability as well...
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    How Important is the STB Front Panel Display?

    :D ;) :D Seemed a natural direction after I thought about it. A few things to consider... some of those MCU chips pack multiple ARM processors and significant ( 128+MB ) RAM in there for pretty cheap. RAM is always good. :) They also pack as much as 32MB ROMs :eek: , but I'm wondering...
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    How Important is the STB Front Panel Display?

    My point is you "need" that for pre-sales AND you need it when things aren't quite working properly. That would be your "really need it" times. The "nice to have" time is for bling, showing off, and when the big screen isn't on ( recording, time, status type stuff ). You "don't need it"...
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    How Important is the STB Front Panel Display?

    I just thew that out there, because Android is going "closed source". The engineers can fork off any open source that they like. OTOH, the whole display thing reminded me of just how cheap these things are, and now a days, just how cheap cell phones are... and they use very similar tech to...
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    How Important is the STB Front Panel Display?

    :wave Depends... Are you planning on using a touch screen panel and eliminate the buttons??? :D If your going to undercut the OpenBox S9, I suppose you can eliminate a lot of things... but whats the point? That price point and feature set are pretty much covered by them. OTOH, if your...
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    How Important is the STB Front Panel Display?

    And I hope I'm not too late to prevent you ( and your collaborators ) from making a huge strategic error of the marketing variety. :popcorn I would ignore everybodies posts here ( good points as they all are :D ) and remind you, that in a fairly mature and competitive market like this one...
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    New Twist for This Hobby -- GnuRadio

    :up Truly awesome. Those prices are QUITE reasonable! :cool:
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    New Twist for This Hobby -- GnuRadio

    SDRs are truly very simple and yet very arcane. The H/W should be much cheaper, given the simplicity. Seems that those who "get it" fall into 2 categories. Most are in the hey neato group. Then theres that group that get it and say NO F(n) way... guess who's Ox is getting gored there...
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    New Twist for This Hobby -- GnuRadio

    Ok Gents: Just a follow up. While it isn't exactly a "broadband device" it seems Qualcomm has come out with a tradename "GOBI" chip that acts something like what we were discussing here. Qualcomm Products and Services - Gobi It appears intended as a mass market device. And priced...
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    grounding rod

    Maybe not. If you have a grounding block ( blue color plastic for 2.4GHz frequency ;) ) on your dish pedestal and another in your house grounded to your house ground, simply disconnect the ground in the house from that block and use a meter to see if there is any current flow between the 2...
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    ScrewJacks on Prime Focus Question

    Well 105 degrees of travel is pretty good too. Are you suggesting a longer arm ( 36" actuator ? ) would travel further or is that about the limit with your 6 footer?
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    ScrewJacks on Prime Focus Question

    Anyone know if these new 180/240cm dishes with polar mounts have a range of travel when used with a screwjack? I always thought it was around 120 degrees but I can't seem to find ( or I'm just dense ) any specs on that. Anyone know what the figures are? ThankYou.
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    grounding rod

    If your dish is of any size and distance from your house you must ground it on its own rod(s). Failure to do so will result in your coax being the ground conduit, your dish and all assemblies and your STB become toast... not too bright. Ground returns are always present at your house, the...
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