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Best Wireless Option For My HR21

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by nicemann, Jan 4, 2009.

  1. Jan 4, 2009 #1 of 61
    nicemann

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    I want to use OnDemand service and I have two HR21s stacked in the same room. I am looking for the best wireless option to get internet to the boxes. I got great reception in the room but the modem is on the other side of the house. Not looking to run ethernet cables all over the house.

    Any suggestions would be great. Thank you!
     
  2. Jan 4, 2009 #2 of 61
    mikeny

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    DirecTV sells the Linksys WGA600N (Wireless Gaming Adaptor) and it's worked for a lot of people. On the next page of the forum you can see the "First Look" thread for it.
     
  3. Jan 4, 2009 #3 of 61
    nicemann

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    Not sure how I missed that. $99 is a good bit of money, but reading it seems I can use the same unit to run both of my HR21s if I plug it into one and then use the other jack in the first HR21 to run it to the second unit.

    Hummm....late Christmas gift?
     
  4. Jan 4, 2009 #4 of 61
    mikeny

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    Someone else can address the last part of your post. I'm not sure if that would work. It might. I don't know. It may have been $99 when it came it out but it's $79 plus ship and tax now. It came to about $91 when I ordered it a week and a half ago. It's a bit of a savings over retail. Just remember, you can't return it DirecTV.
     
  5. Jan 4, 2009 #5 of 61
    chris1207

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    You can probably find the adapter cheaper online somewhere. Also, looks like you could connect the adpater to a hub or swtich and the DVRs to the same hub or switch to save some money as the adapater looks like it creates a wireless connection point and the device(s) connected to it will get their ip address(es) from the routers dhcp server.
     
  6. Jan 4, 2009 #6 of 61
    jb1

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    got it for 75.00 at amazon,free super saving shipping in cluded,took 3-5 days
     
  7. Jan 4, 2009 #7 of 61
    jb1

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    once you plug it in to reciver it installs itself,all you do is press select button on remote when when asked,a 12 year old can do it.
     
  8. Jan 4, 2009 #8 of 61
    bobnielsen

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    Bainbridge...
    If the two DVRs are the only devices to connect, the second connector on a HR21/22/23 will do the job without requiring a switch.
     
  9. Jan 4, 2009 #9 of 61
    harsh

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    Are you sure about that? Don't confuse a wireless gaming adapter with a WAP.
     
  10. gammann

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    Why not just buy an AP for around $40 that does bridging (WDS). I current have a motorola that bridges to my linksys. This allows you to connect multiple devices to your network. I currently have the dvr and an xbox connected to mine.
     
  11. MRM

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    With the one from DirecTV, don't you still need a router where your internet connection is if they are in separate rooms? In reading the limited info on that unit, it sounds as if you still need a router.
     
  12. harsh

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    A router is required where two or more devices need to use the same Internet connection; regardless of how they are connected.
     
  13. nicemann

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    So I wouldn't be able to just use the second port on the HR21 to run to the other one?
     
  14. mobandit

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    Do you have a router/wireless AP connected to your Internet modem (DSL, cable, FIOS, whatever it is)? If you do then you do not need another router.

    Connecting like you want should work just fine if you already have a router in your installation.
     
  15. nicemann

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    Yeah I have the Motorola Wireless Gateway so I should be find, I know I can run my desktop wired and several wireless laptops at the same thing.

    Thanks again!
     
  16. Spanky_Partain

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    Yes the WGA600n will work if you plug the two DVR's together and then put the game adapter into port 1 of the other DVR. The reason why this will work is because the network chip used in these units is a switch fabric and it is made to do this.

    Here is something that will work perfectly for what you are looking to do and you will still have two ports in case you add something more to your entertainment system.

    I have a 4 port SMC wireless Ethernet bridge that will work for sale.
    Click here to see.
     
  17. turey22

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    Like everyone that posted before me i recommend Linksys WGA600N, dont use powerline adapters like DIRECTV suggests. To slow, with Linksys WGA600N you can get upto 300mbps.
     
  18. MartyS

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    That's how I have mine set up with the WGA600n, Harsh and it works just fine. I have my HR20-700 connected to my HR21-100 and the WGA600N is connected to the HR21-100. Both of them work with DoD and Network services just fine daisy chained.

    Another option, if you have more than two devices is to connect the WGA600N to a ethernet switch (4,5 port etc.) and let the switch do the work that the piggy back on the HR currently does.
     
  19. durl

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    I use a wireless print server. I picked up a Netgear WGPS606 for under $70. It can be configured as an access point. I like that it allows me to connect 4 devices.
     
  20. MIAMI1683

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    The HR21/22/23 has a pass through on it. Connected box one. Then use the pass through for box 2. Yes it does work. I have done it.
     

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