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Adding a DECA to integrate XBOX

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by keelay, Dec 2, 2012.

  1. Dec 2, 2012 #1 of 32
    keelay

    keelay Cool Member

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    Ive searched high and low for some more details regarding this application.

    I am trying to use a DECA setup to get a wired connection for the XBOX in the living room. I currently have an HR24 in the living room as well as a wireless CCK in the office next to the broadband router. My plan is to purchase a SWM 2-way splitter
    and DECA II (some DECAs seem to have power cables the othesr do not.. still not sure which is best for what I need) Questions I have before making any rash decisions:

    1. Can I use the ethernet port on my wireless CCK to hardwire it directly to my router?

    2. What device do I connect to the power pass side of the 2-way splitter? HR24 or XBOX? This is where I really need guidance..

    3. Would I need the power adapter for the DECA to work? I also have another SWM (2 ports) in the bedroom connected to my H25, when i followed the cable it seems to feed the wCCK that sits in my office as well.

    Any thoughts or suggestions would help and be much appreciated!! I can also attach pictures if needed.
     
  2. Dec 2, 2012 #2 of 32
    dennisj00

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    If you have wireless, I'd get an xBox bridge or a Linksys WGA-600N or WET-610N (both are bridges) and keep the xBox off of the DECA network.

    You will need a PI for the DECA so the hardware costs would be roughly the same.

    You could even use another WCCK (~$30 from D) with the coax inline (no splitter required) or just use it wirelessly.
     
  3. Dec 2, 2012 #3 of 32
    keelay

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    thanks for the response. the goal here is to eliminate wireless. thats why id like to hardwire the wCCK and the xbox. I think that would actually improve the perfomance of my mrv setup and xbox. Also, I almost never ever use the HR24 and H25 at the same time, so trading off some of the bandwith isnt going to kill me... I just want it all working in harmony. Is there any reason why I SHOULDNT do this?
     
  4. Dec 2, 2012 #4 of 32
    dennisj00

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    Other than a Directv installer may walk away because 'it's unsupported' but you could remove it before he gets there. . .
     
  5. Dec 2, 2012 #5 of 32
    keelay

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    any thoughts on connecting the hr25 and deca to the new swm? which do i connect to the power pass side?
     
  6. Dec 3, 2012 #6 of 32
    dennisj00

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    There is no HR25 so I assume you mean H25 receiver. The power passing port isn't relevant unless you're installing a Power Inserter (PI) or putting the splitter in a powered coax to the SWiM at the dish. In that case, keep the Power Passing port in that coax branch.

    Just hook the H25 to an unused port. Be sure any unused port is terminated.
     
  7. Dec 3, 2012 #7 of 32
    keelay

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    Thanks for your input! I did mean to write hr24, but i understand your post. I've ordered the components and will update the thread once everything is installed- with pictures!
     
  8. Dec 3, 2012 #8 of 32
    dennisj00

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    Good Luck! And I forgot, Welcome to DBSTalk!
     
  9. Dec 3, 2012 #9 of 32
    keelay

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    quick update:

    while waiting for the new DECA and splitter i decided to get to work on hard-wiring the wireless CCK i have. Very simple to do:
    1. unplugged power from wCCK.
    2. Connected ethernet from the wCCK to open port on my router.
    3. reconnected power to wCCK.
    4. Opened up web setup page for wCCK (you might want to find out the IP address for this through your router setup page. Once on the wCCK setup page it may ask for login info, i just tried admin:admin and it let me in, not sure if the login info is even needed as it worked on the first attempt). Went to the 'wireless' tab and clicked disable wireless button.
    5. Reboot all DTV receivers and ran the test connection utility under the network page on my HR24.

    So far so good, the WLAN and COAX network lights are no longer illuminated. I can connect to DTV cinema and download on demand content, and then I tested the movie i download over MRV from my H25. It all is working together and the on demand menus seem to be loading quicker than before too.

    Forgive me if any of this is unclear. This is my first foray into my DTV settings and equipment! If any of this is unclear I can elaborate more.


    other concerns: at first I did all steps listed with the exception of disabling the wirless and rerunning the network setup on the HR24, and i couldnt access the playlist from my H25. I didnt even know the wCCK had a web portal page as all instructions direct you to configure it using the receivers.

    also, Im curious to see if the new deca will be able to connect to the internet seeing as though the coax light is no longer lit up on the wCCK. The HR24 has no problems getting an internet connection, so i think the wcck may auto disable to coax light if ethernet is connected for any reason. not affecting my performance thus far.
     
  10. grecorj

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    I can't answer the wCCK part (my cck isn't wireless) but I installed a 2nd DECA in my family room --->connected to 8 port switch ---> xbox 360, blu-ray, apple tv 2 and also apple airport express (for wi-fi network). Works like a charm. No problems with streaming, internet speeds, etc. I have a 20mb cable connection.
     
  11. dennisj00

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    The WCCK is a very versatile box. Since you've disabled the wireless, you are using the ethernet port and the WCCK to connect your DECA cloud (coax) to the internet through your router.

    However, you don't mention connecting the coax to anything. It should be connected to a run from a splitter, or you can use the pass through and connect a coax to it and the pass-thru to a H/ HR. Somewhere, it needs a coax connection to your SWiM.
     
  12. keelay

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    the wcck is connected to the swm, #3 in my first post.
     
  13. DrummerBoy523

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    I have a coax going directly to a CCK at my router. I also have a 1x2 green splitter at our HR24 in the family room, with one coax going directly to the HR24 and the other coax going to another CCK and then into a 5 port switch running our Blu-Ray, XBOX, Wii and internet TV.


    Swim #1--->CCK--->Router
    Swim #2--->Splitter------->HR24
    Swim #2--->Splitter------->CCK---->switch---->XBOX, Wii, etc.
     
  14. coho

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    Hi all,

    Can the DECA Connected Home Adapter be used independently of the DirecTV receiver to bring internet to an XBox? Cabling comes in from the LNB to the adapter and then into the receiver, with Ethernet as an option out of the adapter. I want to know if I can leave the receiver out of the mix?

    Also, if I were to disconnect my DTV service, would this setup still work if I left the LNB connection cable into the adapter and the Ethernet cable to the XBox?

    I don't have a direct Ethernet connection in the room now. A Powerline adapter I set up sometimes chokes on the HD data flow and wireless doesn't work well that far from the router.

    Thanks for any advice. I am trying to use what is already there to avoid having to string a CAT5 cable all the way up to my master bedroom.
     
  15. keelay

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    You don't need a receiver there, you will need to have a cinema connection kit somewhere else pumping internet into your coax. I can't answer whether or not the setup will work without dtv service..
     
  16. HoTat2

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    Yes it will work without DIRECTV service as long as you have an adapter to power the DECA module where the receiver is removed.

    In fact DECA was even marketed by SolidSignal last year as an alternative networking solution.

    [​IMG]

    See the entire discussion thread on the subject at the time here;

    http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=190624
     
  17. coho

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    Interesting. The DECA module I have doesn't have an power brick/cord. DO yo know if it is possible to buy just the power connector somewhere?

    Thanks,

    Coho

     
  18. HoTat2

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    Sure, for the original DECA (white colored brick) google for the (blue colored) "PS18DER0-03" (called the "PS-18" for short) such as here;

    http://www.amazon.com/POWER-SUPPLY-PS18DER0-03-NETWORKING-DIRECTV/dp/B003ZMH6DO

    If you have the newer (black) DECA II module the "official" way of powering it is with two separate parts that may be harder to come by outside the entire kit. The AC adapter itself "EPS10R0-xx" the same as used on the H25 HD receiver, and the DC to RF adapter "DCFR0-xx."

    Or you can google for the entire kit "DCA2PR0" such as here;

    http://www.wiredathome.com/directv-dca2pr0-cinema-connection-kit-ii-with-power-supply/

    But personally I don't see why the PS-18 won't work to power both modules .
     
  19. Legazy

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    Hi everyone, stumbling into this thread I seem to be in the same boat. Moving into a bigger two story home and I need a way to run ethernet over coax to all of the rooms (will save money). If I am understanding this correctly, I would buy the unit mentioned above and replace the adapter that sits behind my router from DirecTv. What does my XBOX/PS3 get on the other side of the house? An adapter or ?
     
  20. DrummerBoy523

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    Are you going to use the coax for directv boxes also, or just ethernet?
     

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