Roamio OTA cable card slot?

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by RonH, May 11, 2015.

  1. themaxx69

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    I have 5 brackets left. $25 each, USPS 2-3 day shipping included.
     
  2. jppffff

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    Samtec sells the brackets. $25 shipped, they sent me 4 of them ($9 for the parts, $15 to ship)

    Connectors, Cables, Signal Integrity, Customs, Free 24 Hour Samples | Samtec
    ^^ click the above link then search for "PCMT-134-02-L-D-RA-02-SL"
    and then click "add to cart"

    as gsu13 said on page15 of this thread, you have to bend the pins a bit and tear the feet off to make it fit. no glue or soldering required. i broke my first one trying to jam the cable card in, but got the 2nd one to work. the hardest part is getting the cable card in without damaging the pins. i used a large set of channel locks to squeeze it in. i have 2 left if anyone wants them
     
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  3. Mikeguy

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    Thanks for the source info.! Very considerate of you. :)
     
  4. themaxx69

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    Just saying. If someone needs one and doesn't want to wait. I had to wait 3 or 4 weeks to get them.
     
  5. ph7

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    sold my brackets- thanks
     
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  6. anddroid

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    I've also got an extra bracket, PM me if interested. $25
     
  7. Nelson2009

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    hi all ,
    I just want to ask some of you for experience installed bracket on Roamio OTA I have asked question other thread.
    is worth install bracket OTA lifetime ? how well does it work so far ? Also i saw Amazon having deal on 1TB OTA roamio for $314. seem a nice deal I'm going to pick up new Roamio basic that never been activate before I did called Tivo Sale if there any discount for lifetime doesn't look it. they said there might be way if i subscription either 1 or 2 year then could get discount on lifetime but I doubt it it is guaranteed.
    anyway i hope to heard some of you experience and knowledge.
    thank you
     
  8. Nelson2009

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    anyone experience ? how well it work so far ?
     
  9. Mikeguy

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    I think that you can read the generally positive comments in the above.
     
  10. Nelson2009

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    Thanks Mikeguy I apprentice it. One person just remind me pins are really hard to see. I saw thread talk about it how difficult pins can be. I already picked up brand Tivo Roamio Basic never been activated before. no discount.
     
  11. Mikeguy

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    It sometimes just can be easier, and safer, spending a little more and not having to handle the extra stuff yourself. Congratulations!
     
  12. etiger13

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    I have two extra if anyone wants them, $18 shipped. I can precut the feet if you want.

    Wasn't too hard to install it. I didn't have to cut the pins. It gets to use a credit card or something similar to push the to row in with tweezers for fine tuning. I can see how using a magnifying glass would help but I need both hands to align the pins and push them in. Oh, I did have to shave the inside guard rail down so the card would fit. Used a small screwdriver and it shaved pretty easily

    Programming went smoothly. I think there may be a problem with my premium channels but I programmed it late at night so I need to check with a fresh brain.

    I wonder how hard it would be to fabricate a bracket to fit it perfectly. Thinking 3d printed with screws/plugs to go in the holes already there.

    Thanks for showing me this was possible! Saved so much money
     
  13. Nelson2009

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    thanks i have picked up New Roamio basic on CL and keep it for spare parts as backup. Will move card over to OTA I ordered from Amazon and give it try.
     
  14. TheChad

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    Does anyone have any extra brackets for sale for quick shipment or for pickup in the DC area? Thanks!

    Edit: One popped up on ebay after I posted this and I bought it. Thanks!
     
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    JBinSD

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    Just sent a message to eTiger, I'd like to convert my OTA to cable as well. . .
     
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    ph7

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    First, for those looking to buy a bracket, I'll give you a tip I learned after the fact. The Samtec bracket is sold by Avnet.com, and they seem to get stock in steadily. The bracket is $11, and shipping is $8. BUT, if you open an account with Avnet, they will send you a free shipping code within the first 24 hours. So, open account, then order the bracket the next day, and you've got it for $11 shipped to your door. Good deal!

    Second, thanks to the advice here, my bracket install went fast and easy. There are three steps: (1) shave the feet off the bracket, (2) remove the slot edge described in gsu13's post, and (3) bend the rows of pins towards each other so they line up with the pin holes on the Roamio.

    A dremel tool makes steps 1 and 2 super easy. I used a cutting wheel to cut off the four plastic feet. Took 10 seconds each foot. For step 2, I removed the thicker raised slot that touches the edge of the track, unlike the slot on the other side, which is narrower and centered in the middle of the track, not touching the track edge. See gsu13's image for the correct one to remove (http://www.tivocommunity.com/community/index.php?attachments/20161207_073549-jpg.27385/) .

    This raised slot came right off using the dremel engraving cutter (https://www.dremel.com/productimages/107lg.jpg) , which comes with most dremel kits. Took down the edge in a few seconds, and, importantly, did not travel into the pins.

    With the bracket ready, the next step was to line the pins up properly to the Roamio pin receiver. This wasn't hard, but I recommend going slowly and patiently. I did it by using a hard table edge. I bent each one row of pins inward towards each other by placing the pins evenly on the table while pushing down on the bracket, then flipped it over and bent the other row towards the one I just slightly bent. I bent each row a little bit at a time, probably 5-6 times, checking the alignment with the receiver holes on the Tivo each time. If you do it this way, and check alignment after each round you will see eventually see all the pins line up, and it will basically fall right in the holes when applying slight pressure. For the final push of the pins into the receiver, I recommend using a tool to apply pressure to the pins evenly - I used a bamboo skewer laid across this pins, but any long, thin edge should work. Once the pins are decidedly seated (I didn't have a magnifying glass, but it would have helped!) I then again used the bamboo skewer lengthwise across all pins simultaneously, this time pushing harder to make sure the pins were pushed down deep into their receiver sockets. The bracket held tight into the receiver - no tape needed. I then took the cablecard and slipped it into the bracket using almost no pressure. It booted up and recognized the card.

    I read here someone used a channel lock to press the pins together - I did not attempt this, as I was concerned that approach ran the risk of bending individual pins out of row alignment. By applying pressure to all pins evenly on a table edge, the pins all bent in more or less perfect alignment.


    good luck, hope my words makes sense.
     
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    JBinSD

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    Wow, thanks, thats a lot of useful info, I will give it a try.:)
     
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    JBinSD

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    Just FYI, AVnet only had one left, and I bought it. Not sure how fast they ship, but the code they sent only took 10% ($1) off the price, and the shipping was still $8. Now I see why people bought extras. . .
     
  19. Jan 4, 2017 #319 of 602
    JBinSD

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    Interesting, both Samtech and Avnet charge a bundle for shipping, but the unit price for a single connector is either $9.xx(Samtech) or $11.xx(Avnet), each, plus shipping. Is there a secret to getting multiple cards cheaper? Quantities over 500 drop down to $6.xx apiece, but I don't need that many. Was hoping to pay it forward if I had extras, but it looks like each one will not be cheap. . .
     
  20. Jan 5, 2017 #320 of 602
    Manish Kale

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    I am interested in knowing if any one tried using IDE 68 Pin Male to Female connector?
     

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