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2020-01-26 09:27 PM
pioneer PVR
Arris 5662W PVR

This site has been pretty quiet on this topic for awhile, so this is not a really new update.
When my condo got the PureFibre ONTs installed in every suite back in July, I decided to update last month from Internet 25 (back in 2011 the fastest you could get with Optik) to Fibre 75. They needed to replace my old Actiontec Router with the Actiontec T3200M so I decided to ask for new rental 1TB PVR and Wireless Boxes. (Even though I don't yet have 4K TVs right now). I've had the 500GB Cisco since Sept 2015 and while it was a big improvement at the time over the CIS430 it was starting to get increasingly glitchy.

I did a lot of research on the Telus forums and saw that the current options are Arris 5662W PVR and 5602W Box or the newer Technicolor ones. I found that there are more complaints about Technicolor for "overheating" and inexplicably restarting on it's own. The installer tech had Arris hardware in his vehicle so I was happy. One thing you need to ask for is the Component-Composite breakout cable adapter (it's in a bag outside of the PVR carton) if you plan to connect to non-HDMI equipment. I found one issue on the Telus forum that the adapter (with cable connected) is heavy and can pull down, resulting in a loss of audio throughput. That actually did happen to me (I still use my old Pioneer PVR to back up sports programming that I can later watch at 2x speed with audio--something Telus PVRs still can't do) so I put tape around it to prevent it pulling away.

Other than that, after one month, so far so good--the Arris PVR 1TB HDD is rated at 103 4K, 404 HD or 1000 SD hours of recording capacity so it's cavernous and very quick responding. I use the 5602W receiver with it's wired option (no need for wifi with my setup).
2018-04-04 07:56 PM
QueBall
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Originally Posted by TechGuy8 View Post
Thanks for the info.
It is easy to take the HDD out.
Will it work if I replace it with a 1TB drive?
Will it format the drive and initialize the new drive automatically on the next power up?
It was pretty easy to take out. Those pictures took me like 30 seconds.

No idea if it works with larger drives. I do not record many things or care if they get overwritten once watched. The stock drive still has stuff over a year old for me so it's not a problem. I used to record more but streaming services usually take care of my needs now.
2018-04-04 07:32 PM
TechGuy8 Thanks for the info.
It is easy to take the HDD out.
Will it work if I replace it with a 1TB drive?
Will it format the drive and initialize the new drive automatically on the next power up?
2018-04-04 12:52 AM
QueBall
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The following sentence is from the IPV6015 sales brochure,
"Flexible Digital Video Recorder service with a removable 2.5” Hard Disk Drive of 500 GB capacity"

Anyone know how to remote the 2.5" hard disk?
Just take the tape covering the screw hole off
Use a handy security torx bit with the hole in the middle to remove the security screw inside and then the eject mechanism is free and you will be able to eject the disk out of the slot in the side.

Sticker over screw:

Security screw and bit:

Ejecting:

Drive is free:
2018-04-04 12:19 AM
TechGuy8 The following sentence is from the IPV6015 sales brochure,
"Flexible Digital Video Recorder service with a removable 2.5” Hard Disk Drive of 500 GB capacity"

Anyone know how to remote the 2.5" hard disk?
2016-12-04 04:25 PM
QueBall If you want a cheap IR extension for the IPV6015 I found a compatible model on amazon. Shipping from China takes at least 1 month though. (Sometimes a bit less, sometimes a bit more)

http://amzn.to/2gVSUgo
Right now shows as $9.99 free shipping.

I believe it only works on this ipv6015 model. There does not appear to be an IR input on the 4k PVR or the older models either. Generic IR receivers did not work, this has 4 rings on the headphone jack vs typically only 3. I had a generic one laying around and it did nothing but disable the internal IR. Plugging in the IR extension seems to disable in built in IR receiver in the box so it's one or the other but not both. (In case you have an IR blaster type repeater in your cabinet)
2016-11-29 12:44 AM
TechGuy8 For the last 2 weeks, my old CIS430 had signal lost very frequently. Technician came this morning and change it with a IPV-6015. As everyone said, it is a better and faster PVR. This box can handle up to 5 HD streams.

The tech told me that the recent firmware upgrade broke the CIS430. He said I was lucky that I still have video after the upgrade. Some of the CIS430 upgrade made it a door stops. If you have a CIS430, you may get a new box soon.
2016-06-15 04:57 PM
Vishwa Likely, but too new to try. The slide out hard drive tray is a feature, may be meant for that?
2016-06-14 06:29 PM
viperdiablo So does this new model allow you to upgrade the internal hard drive to a bigger size?
2016-06-14 01:20 PM
Vishwa Just a note to anyone who is thinking about upgrading to IPV 6015. Its response to remote commands is vastly superior to the earlier two models. It slimmer and also consumes less energy as evidenced by the smaller power rating on the power brick. Among other things, it is the 2.5" drive vs the 3.5" drive. Overall, I am really happy I upgraded. There is a side tray with an eject and lock icon that holds the 2.5" 500 GB drive. The old ones required security bits to remove the cover and I think they made it modular.
If you are on the fence and have an opportunity to get one for a reasonable price, I say go ahead. You will be happy you did. As usual with Telus PVRs, there is no way of saving the existing recordings. I lost a bunch but in the excitement of upgrading, I didn't think twice.
2016-06-11 09:13 PM
Kent If CEC worked with the old cable box, why wouldn't it work with the new box?
2016-06-06 06:10 AM
Bpl521 May want to purchase a better HDMI cable, quite often the cheap cables do not even have the CEC wire connected. Test with a ohmmeter.
2016-05-19 06:54 PM
GhostM Is it the slimline 2? I have it controlling the volume on my avr.

Also i dont think any telus optik hardware support hdmi cec?
2016-05-17 04:37 PM
macdzich The old remote will still work with the new hardware. The new slimline2 remote will no longer have the input button but.
2016-05-14 10:48 PM
s40 Can't you keep the old remote when you get the new box? When I changed to the 7150 box I kept the old remote and it still controls three things (PVR, TV, and AVR). You do have to change the mode to turn off the AVR though.
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