[vdr] feature request easy diseqc setup and channelscan for vdr

Ian Bates ian_and_joanna at talktalk.net
Sat Feb 6 13:26:37 CET 2010

On 6 Feb 2010, at 11:57, Klaus Schmidinger wrote:

> On 02.02.2010 07:35, Ian Bates wrote:
>> On 1 Feb 2010, at 22:24, abbe normal wrote:
>>> On 2/1/10, VDR User <user.vdr at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> On Mon, Feb 1, 2010 at 7:12 AM, Halim Sahin <halim.sahin at t-online.de> wrote:
>>>>> Hi List and Klaus,
>>>>> It would be really nice if vdr could support diseqc setup directly in
>>>>> vdr.
>>>>> I don't know if this can be done by a plugin but the current solution is
>>>>> difficult for endusers.
>>>>> Setting a diseqc.conf needs some knowledge in diseqc and it's commands.
>>>>> A simple interface for creating a diseqc.conf can improove the
>>>>> usability of vdr!
>>>> Personally I think adding support for multiple diseqc switches is a
>>>> more important feature as I've noticed several users asking how to do
>>>> this in VDR -- which it unfortunately doesn't support.  I think this
>>>> is actually one of the reasons some guys fumble around trying to
>>>> cascade their diseqc switches.  However, not all switches can be
>>>> cascaded and so they're left stuck.  Can't cascade, and no support for
>>>> multiple switches.
>>> hey guys
>>> i agree multi cards should be able to use mutli diseqc configs... or
>>> at least be able to assign them to different switches that could be
>>> used... would be nice to add more dishes and lnbs to my setup... would
>>> like to do c and ku band dvb as well as have at least 2 to 3 fixed
>>> dishes with lnbs on them now im limited to 4 max or use a very costly
>>> switch...
>>> abby
>> Dear all,
>> I have a diseqc-patch I that hacked together a couple of years ago relating to multi-cards/multi-switches that has served my purpose well.  It may not be the best way, it may even be the wrong way.  I will drag it out of the VDR box for all to see but that will not be for a couple of days.
>> I have three LNBs (28.2/5, 19.2, 13.0) and two cards, each card attached to a 4-way diseqc switch.  Despite the switches being the same model and bought at the same time each one responds to a different set of diseqc commands to change LNB.  IIRC one seemed to behave as a cascade of 2-way switches, the other responded to the more usual commands for a 4-way switch.
>> Enter my hack.  It allows diseqc commands to be defined on a per-card basis (numbered 1, 2, ...).  How you determine which number corresponds to which card is left as an exercise for the reader (hint: the margin may not be big enough).  These defines are placed in 'diseqc-multi.conf' and start with the card number but are otherwise the same format as those found in 'diseqc.conf'.
>> Configuration options within VDR are:
>> - use only the diseqc.conf defines, 
>> - use only the diseqc-multi.conf, 
>> - use the disqc-multi.conf if a card definition appears otherwise use the diseqc.conf defines.
> I don't like the introduction of a separate diseqc-multi.conf file,
> and also those additional setup options in VDR.
> What about simply extending the existing diseqc.conf file to
> accept device numbers, as in:
> 1 2 4:
> S19.2E  11700 V  9750  t v W15 [E0 10 38 F0] W15 A W15 t
> S19.2E  99999 V 10600  t v W15 [E0 10 38 F1] W15 A W15 T
> S19.2E  11700 H  9750  t V W15 [E0 10 38 F2] W15 A W15 t
> S19.2E  99999 H 10600  t V W15 [E0 10 38 F3] W15 A W15 T
> 3 5:
> S13.0E  11700 V  9750  t v W15 [E0 10 38 F4] W15 B W15 t
> S13.0E  99999 V 10600  t v W15 [E0 10 38 F5] W15 B W15 T
> S13.0E  11700 H  9750  t V W15 [E0 10 38 F6] W15 B W15 t
> S13.0E  99999 H 10600  t V W15 [E0 10 38 F7] W15 B W15 T
> This could mean that devices 1, 2 and 4 can receive S19.2E,
> while devices 3 and 5 can receive S13.0E.
> If no device numbers (followed by a ':') are given, a setup
> where every device can receive every satellite is assumed.
> Once a line with device numbers (followed by a ':') appears,
> these apply to all following diseqc lines, until the next
> line with device numbers is seen.
> If a diseqc line is parsed without a previous device line,
> that diseqc line applies to all devices.
> Klaus

Dear Klaus, all,

That sounds good.  Using this proposal I would configure my system with the following diseqc.conf:

# diseqc.conf

S28.2E a1...
S28.2E a2...
S28.2E a3...
S28.2E a4...

S19.2E b1...
S19.2E b2...
S19.2E b3...
S19.2E b4...

S13.0E c1...
S13.0E c2...
S13.0E c3...
S13.0E c4...


S28.2E A1...
S28.2E A2...
S28.2E A3...
S28.2E A4...

S19.2E B1...
S19.2E B2...
S19.2E B3...
S19.2E B4...

S13.0E B1...
S13.0E B2...
S13.0E B3...
S13.0E B4...


where [a-cA-C][1-4]... are diseqc command sequences.

If I understand correctly, with Klaus' proposal my 'normal' switch (card 1) would use the [a-c][1-4]... commands, and my problem switch (attached to card 2) would use the [A-C][1-4]... commands.  Any additional cards would also use the [a-c][1-4]... commands.

Unless I have understood incorrectly this gets my vote, if someone implements!


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