Thursday, July 28, 2011

LUS Fiber Offers Web-Based DVR App

LUS Fiber has announced web-based access to its Digital Video Recorders. You can locate it in the "extras" section of the MediaRoom DVR interface. You'll have to give yourself a name and password the first time you visit the app on the DVR. Thereafter you'll be using a computer or your smartphone to view channel info and access your DVR's records and recording capability. (This sort of nifty melding of the internet and your set top box is relatively easy to set up on LUS's all IP network; the use of industry standards makes innovation on our small system a lot more practical.)

Once you get set up you can access you DVR over the internet, review your saved show list and create new recordings. There are at least two advantages: 1) You can do this from anywhere and 2) you can use a real keyboard. I'm finding I love having access to that keyboard—while it's neat to be able to be able setup a new series recording when your lunchmate makes a great recommendation it is really nice to be able to use a real keyboard to do searches.

A page on its website offers basic instructions and a downloadable PDF user guide. Pretty neat stuff. There are two versions of the browser-based apps: a standard computer-oriented one with keyboard support and one optimized for the small touchscreen of smart phones.

Caveats: Don't be discouraged by some confusions thrown in the way of first time users. You have to go from an LUS web page to the TV's DVR interface and then back to the Web. Trouble is the LUS web page doesn't have complete instructions. It doesn't tell you where the link to the remote DVR can be found after you've created your new user on the DVR. (Look in the upper left hand corner of the page banner...its an orange on orange button (?) that blends into the banner all too well. That info should be both on that page and on the DVR's interface when you complete registration as well. Persist, you will be rewarded.

Another glitch: on my DVR the first app to come up under "extras" is a "Caller ID." I was happy to see it and immediately clicked on it. Sadly, it just throws up an error screen. (Caller ID was the other app that was discussed way back when we were talking about all the things that an integrated network could do. This one was supposed to put up the ID of phone callers on the TV screen if you were using LUS' IP-based phone system. Hopefully the icon's presence is a sign that it is coming soon.)

Lagniappe: LUS recently announced on its Facebook account an upcoming promotion that gives every internet subscriber a big speed bump for August and September. Each tier gets a bump to the next level up. So a 10 meg user gets 3o megs, a 30 meg user, 50 and a 50 meg user 100. So if you wanna see what it'd be like to have a 100 meg symmetrical connection now's the time to get on board. Refs: On Facebook, On the LUS Fiber website

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

If you subscibe to caller id service and IPTV service the caller id application should be working. If your caller id app is not working i would advise calling 99Fiber

John said...

Anon, RE Caller ID — You are probably right...I don't subscribe to that service but it has shown up on my phone's screen. I've gotten in the habit of thinking that I "get" it. But I guess not.

Anybody out there can review this service for me? Does it work for you? How? Is it worth it?

Raymond Camden said...

Please tell me this was announced on their Facebook page at least? If not - that's sad. Unfortunately, my user name won't work. I used "cfjedimaster" and it said... oh... I get it. I thought it said _minimum_ 6 to 8 char, but no, they want 6-8 period. Weird. :)

John said...

Raymond, the remote DVR was announced in their facebook stream. But, as far as I know, that is the only place. No emails, no insertions on the cable service...it really is worth bragging on.

Dale said...

There was some trouble provisioning the 100 Mbps speeds but yesterday it was exceptionally fast, However this evening it seems to be back to my regular 50 Mbps service. Not sure what up. I'll call them tomorrow if it persists because there is a very obvious improvement with the 100 Mbps speed.

Dale said...

I should report this morning that I feel like Cassius:
"The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings."

The LUS Fiber speeds are working fine at the 100 Mbps service rate. My wireless 802.11 router is the problem.

John said...

Hi Dale,

Interesting stuff, I've not yet done any real testing on my system yet. But I downloaded the approximately 3.7 gigs of the Apple OSX Lion release in about 6.5 minutes. That sort of boggles...half a gig a second? 500 mbps? Is my math right? I didn't think the unit on my house wall would handle that.

John said...

Ok, seriously dumb units problem in my last post...a GB/s (of disk storage) is usually translated as 8 Gb (of bandwidth).

Sooo. 3.7 GB/8 = .4625 Gb
& .4625 Gb is the same as 462.5 Mb divide THAT by 6.5 minutes and it leaves you with a MUCH more sensible 71 mbps

Cool...I like those numbers.