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Basic networking questions

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Tips and Resources' started by cigar95, Sep 19, 2011.

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  1. cigar95

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    Reading as much as I have across the forum, the terminology relating to networking a DVR gets a bit confusing - in part it's because DTV has themselves changed their terminology over the years, and also it may be because there are networking issues that may or may not be "related but different". So bear with me if my questions are dumb.

    I have a single DVR (HR-23) that I would like to connect to the internet to access what at least used to be called "Video On Demand". I don't have multiple DVRs. I do have an existing wireless network in our home that links our computers together.

    That being the case, are discussions of "Whole Home Viewing" irrelevant to me, or do *all* the networking issues fall under that umbrella, including those for a single DVR?

    From what I *think* I understand, all I need is to connect a wireless adapter to my DVR, and go through connecting it to my existing wireless network. Correct? And if so, are "wireless adapter" and "wireless router" the same thing? There seem to be lots of USB adapters, but NewEgg has only a few Ethernet adapters, that are all in the $50-$60 range. (Our router is upstairs, so the "obvious" solution of running an Ethernet cable from router to DVR won't work in this case.)

    Are there recommended adapters that folks use successfully with DTV boxes? I'm guessing that the kit supplied by DTV itself for $80 probably doesn't provide anything I could get cheaper elsewhere.

    Many thanks for any clarification here. I promise - my confusion isn't because I didn't look for answers elsewhere on the forum.
     
  2. hilmar2k

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    If you can't get an ethernet cable from your router to the receiver, a wireless adapter will [should] work. I would recommend either the Linksys WGA600N or the Linksys WET610N, as both of those can be set up by the DIRECTV receiver.
     
  3. dennisj00

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    IF you have SWiM - single coax to the coax - press the dash on your remote to see if it says SWiM - order the wireless Cinema Connection Kit (self-install) from Directv. $32.00
     
  4. cigar95

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    DTV lists this on the web site for $79.99. But if the adapters turn out to be $80-$100, maybe that isn't such a bad deal.
     
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  7. dennisj00

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    I just added it to the shopping cart on the directv site for $31.99.

    Your results may vary??
     
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  9. cigar95

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    This is me getting lost in terminology again. What's DECA?
     
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  11. dennisj00

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    DECA is Directv Ethernet over Coax Adapter . . . the wireless CCK would connect in-line with your coax to the 23 and have a ethernet pigtail to the 23 with wireless back to your router.

    Other DECA combinations would work but require more adapters and splitters. And DECA only works on SWiM (single coax) -- otherwise, get the WGA600N or WET600N adapter for wireless to your 23.
     
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    If WHDVR is on your account, then it's $31.99 shipped. I'm not sure what the price is otherwise.
     
  14. cigar95

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    That would explain the difference. The "otherwise" looks to be $79.99.

    (Heck, I'm just happy enough that I figured out what "WHDVR" was.)
     
  15. harsh

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    A wireless adapter WILL help. The OP already has a wireless network and adding to it should be relatively trivial.
     
  16. poppagene

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    Actually it is a "gaming" adaptor which is a fancy term for a wireless bridge. The original poster had asked about the suitability of a usb adaptor -- I'm sure you agree that a wireless usb adaptor would not be suitable.
     
  17. hilmar2k

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    I would agree. However, the OP mentioned that while there were "lots of USB adapters, but NewEgg has only a few Ethernet adapters". It's not the term "adapter" that is an issue, just whether it's USB or ethernet.

    It certainly seems that the OP knows fully well that the wireless adapter needs to be of the ethernet kind.
     
  18. cigar95

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    I did at least know that much. The HRs have a USB port on them, but at present I don't believe they're used for anything.
     
  19. dennisj00

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    Currently I know of two uses . . .a serial adapter for serial control and power - I run a fan and charge some bluetooth adapters.
     
  20. Go Beavs

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    Don't forget the AM21(N) OTA tuner module! :)
     

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