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10/100 switch enough for MRV?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by clay_w, Apr 17, 2010.

  1. clay_w

    clay_w Godfather

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    I need to add an Ethernet line in my bedroom to connect my new blu-ray player to as I only have 1 hardwired line ran to that room and it is used for MRV.

    MRV has been working fine between my bedroom and my family room up to this point, will adding a 10/100 switch in my bedroom interfere or slow down my MRV?

    Would a gigabit switch be better?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Throckmorton

    Throckmorton Godfather

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    I had a bedroom HR-20 and a Media Center PC hooked to an old 100mb hub and MRV worked fine.
     
  3. wallybarthman

    wallybarthman Godfather

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    You'll be fine. I would suggest the Gigabit swtich though - they're not that much more expensive and then you have it for future use.
     
  4. clay_w

    clay_w Godfather

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    I am just being cheap I guess, lol. :lol:

    I can pick a a 10/100 switch locally for $15 where as the gigabit ones are more in the $50 range.

    So, the consensus is that MRV should work fine with the 10/100 but gigabit would be more future proof?
     
  5. wallybarthman

    wallybarthman Godfather

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    I bought two D-Link switches from Amazon new for $29 each w/ free shipping.

    The HR-2x boxes only have 100 Mb ethernet. What's more important is that they be plugged into the same switch, or the two switches they're plugged into directly connected to one another. Originally I didn't have things this way and had some problems, but now it's pretty smooth.
     
  6. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    A switch with only two devices and an uplink probably doesn't need to be gigabit.

    I doubt that most dedicated Blu-ray players have gigabit Ethernet.
     
  7. clay_w

    clay_w Godfather

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    Right, I am sure the Blu-ray player isn't gigabit.
     
  8. vaio3441

    vaio3441 New Member

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    Do the DirectTV units have gigabit ethernet?
     
  9. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    No. 10/100 ports.
     
  10. Grentz

    Grentz New Member

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  11. BudShark

    BudShark New Member

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    In your scenario either would be fine. A 10/100 hub would work perfectly fine as well assuming you never use both simultaneously.

    The only question I would have is if you plan on doing the MRV upgrade when its widely released. In that case you won't need the switch and could go DECA. Depending on your situation, the $149 for the Dish or SWiM upgrade and DECA upgrade (including any non-MRV capable receivers) might be a better way to go.
     
  12. clay_w

    clay_w Godfather

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    I won't "need" to go DECA as I have the only 2 MRV capable receivers wired but maybe I could look into that option a little more to see what advantages it would have...

    Thanks for the suggestion.
     
  13. VandyCWG

    VandyCWG Godfather

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    I have multiple switches in my house, and they are connected to a router, not together, and they work perfectly fine.
     
  14. wildbill129

    wildbill129 Godfather

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    I have two 10/100 switches on my network, plus a router. I have multiple devices connected to both of them. MRV works great.
     
  15. shobi

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    If you have a SWiM dish or external SWiM, you won't need to connect your HD-DVRs to your router if they are HR24 because they have a built-in DECA (in fact, you should not use the ethernet connection because it disables the ability of the receivers to communicate over the coax).

    You can order an "internet connection kit", which is a DECA that connects your coax network with your router, and allows all your HD-DVRs to connect to the Internet through DirecTV's coax. This is primarily a benefit to people who aren't able to connect all their receivers to their Internet router.

    If you don't have a SWiM installation, then you can try connecting your receivers together via your Internet router to achieve MRV. This will work but is not "officially" supported by DirecTV. This doesn't mean they forbid it, and it saves you from the need to have a SWiM installation or to have DECAs and filters installed, as long as you are using your router to connect H24 and HR24 receivers together.

    At some point, even though you may have given yourself a temporary MRV setup, you will need to call DirecTV to enable MRV service (officially known as Whole Home DVR service). This will set you back a big $3/month for the service, no matter how many receivers you have.

    If you are an existing customer and need to have an installer come to your house, the MRV upgrade will set you back $99 (and possibly $49 for installation charge depending on whatever else you are upgrading). The installer will swap any non-compatible receivers, install any needed DECAs and filters, and upgrade your dish or install an external SWiM, if needed.
     

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