External Hard Drive

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External Hard Drive

I have done some searching and I know that you can not add a external hard drive to the DVR.  I have seen post as far back as 2008 wishing for this.  Anyone know if this is in the works?

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Re: External Hard Drive

Not true. DISH and Direct-TV have a USB out port for connecting an external HDD. The idea is to provide more space for DVR recording since the STB's have a 60g capacity (typically). The port to the HDD only allows for extra storage of recorded shows, including movies, etc. the same as the DVR. You cannot disconnect the HDD and re-connect to another device to "burn" content or view. You can only up-load back to the DVR for viewing via that STB.

 

The AT&T contractor who instlled my system said the USB port only provided power for charging devices like cell, MP3, etc. Usually, these ports are only for dedicated firmware upgrades via a flash drive. I suspect that the Cisco STB uses the USB port for that capability, so adding a downloading HDD will not work.

 

Incidently, I asked the Tech about adding a NAS HDD to the RG via USB or RJ45 port. (That is a standalone hard disk that can back-up or store files on all connected PCs in the local WiFi network.) He said that it would not allow this, odd, since the RG is a router for both WLAN and LAN networks. (NAS = network attached storage)

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I hope AT&T is reading these. You need to get in line with other providers and allow external hard drive use on your DVR's. Don't give us the excuse about Pay Per View, all the other providers do it and they have PPV. They are encrypted so it can only be watched on their equipment, can't be copied or burned to DVD. It is a place for us the consumer to save favorite programs for future use. I have show series that I record and would like to save. Now if I run out of space I could loose them. Yes I could secure them but then that limits total space even more. Get on the bandwagon AT&T and try and be the best.

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bongobob4 wrote:

I hope AT&T is reading these. You need to get in line with other providers and allow external hard drive use on your DVR's. Don't give us the excuse about Pay Per View, all the other providers do it and they have PPV. They are encrypted so it can only be watched on their equipment, can't be copied or burned to DVD. It is a place for us the consumer to save favorite programs for future use. I have show series that I record and would like to save. Now if I run out of space I could loose them. Yes I could secure them but then that limits total space even more. Get on the bandwagon AT&T and try and be the best.


Thats a good idea, thanks for posting that.

 

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So far I have tried charging:

 

My PS3 controler - No joy

My Cell Phone - Motorola Backflip - Works!

My Bluetooth ear piece - Motorola H500 - Works!

My Bluetooth stereo headphones - jWIN JB-TH710 - Works!

My Electronic Cigarette - Joy 510 - Works!

 

But really, the only thing I WANTED to be able to charge was the PS3 controller. Too bad it was the ONLY thing so far that won't charge! Ah well, that's life!

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ACE - Master

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If preventing recording copyrighted material for permanent retention is what is keeping AT&T from providing the capability for an external hard drive.....they've already lost the battle.  There are already numerous devices on the market which can be used to transfer SD and HD video w/stereo audio to a PC and then burned to a DVD.  We already have one of those devices (SD) which I've used to transfer old home videos and a few of our old video taped movies to DVD.  Good thing I did too because our VCR shot craps not too long ago.

Anyway....my point is....if AT&T isn't going to allow an external hard drive to be used with an STB or DVR....they're trying to kill an already dead animal.

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Teacher

Re: External Hard Drive

Late to the party, but I have my usb extranl hard drive connected to my dvr stb, the 1225 is it ?

 

And I can read and play movies off it just like I can from my networked pc...

 

but, I DO have a $100 wired Samung 5500 blu-ray n the mix that probably allows the reading from the hdd!

 

(or maybe I'm off base and youse guys are talking about recording TO it? if so, apologies for the misinformtion)

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Re: External Hard Drive

No, you cannot use an external hard drive with the U-verse DVR.

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[ Edited ]

You are correct... I wasn't fully awake when I posted that Smiley Happy

 

After using a few more brain cells this morning.

 

I have the external hdd connected to the internet ready bluray via usb and

the stb connected to the bluray via Ethernet cable...

that's how I view the hdd (as well as my home networked pc's) on the tv....

 

 

thanks for the clarification - still new to the new devices...

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At least you were adult enough to state your mistake.   But it is nice how you have your system wired.  Thanks.

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Has AT&T enable adding an External HDD yet?

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Nope.

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Re: External Hard Drive

Any Idea on when this might start working.

Not sure why it is not working now,

since it does on so many other companies recivers.

 

 

 

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ACE - Expert

Re: External Hard Drive

We'll know if/when it starts working here first as someone will report it. Smiley Wink

 

Chris


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Smiley Very Happy  No truer words were ever spoken!


mibrnsurg wrote:

We'll know if/when it starts working here first as someone will report it. Smiley Wink

 

Chris


Please NO SD stretch-o-vision or 480 SD HD Channels
1-800-288-2020, After he gets acct info, press # a bunch of times, get a menu from Mr. Voice recognition
Your Results May Vary, In My Humble Opinion
I Call It Like I See It, Simply a U-verse user, nothing more


 

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Re: External Hard Drive

Can anyone tell me who I can write a leter to regarding this issue.  Not being abole to attach an external HDD to my receiver is a major point, and if the competition is allowing it, then I would say ATT needs to get with the program or folks like me are going to consider moving along.  I Sorry if I didn't find it in a search, but I tried.

 

 

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