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Can't believe how easy that was...networking that is

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by bonscott87, Aug 17, 2007.

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  1. Ken S

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    My old company used to have all the training for CNA, CNE and most of the MSCE stuff. I even tried to get Microsoft to do a MSCE Gaming.

    It took me a few years, but I actually got the entire back of my business card covered with goofy "certification" logos.

    Although, don't get me wrong...some certifications are not easy to attain and do require a great deal of knowledge.
     
  2. SteveEJ

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    I can connect to the local network but not to the internet so the network setup fails. Since it fails I cannot access anything on my other computers..

    I have my HR20-100 connected to a switch (along with 2 other computers) and the switch is connected to a Linksys WRT54GS with DD-WRT flash. The Linksys is connected to a Hughesnet 7000S satellite modem (TX/RX).

    I am not sure if Hughesnet is blocking access or if the router is..

    Any ideas? Any help would be appreciated..

    Thanks,

    Steve Jacobs
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  3. CCarncross

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    Yup. A 3rd option is to buy another wireless router with bridging capabilities, or even a wireless access point, which works the same or similar to a wireless gaming adapter, but usually a few bucks less. Halfway decent WGA's cost close to $90 or so......a Linksys WRT54G can be had for about 45.....add the DD-WRT firmware to it, and Bob's your uncle.....
     
  4. bonscott87

    bonscott87 Cutting Edge: ECHELON '07

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    Here is a possible Game Adapter by Linksys: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16873999102

    Even the most expensive should be under $100. You may find more info in the HR20 Resources subforum. I personally cannot as I don't have one. As far as reliability, I'd say they are pretty reliable since many hard core gamers swear by them and if they kept getting dropped during deathmatches they wouldn't buy these things. However, nothing beats a wired solution vs. wireless if you have interference issues (like from a cordless phone).

    As for music, you need MP3 files. There are 3 ways you can get these:
    1) "Rip" your CD collection. I ripped about 400 CDs and have well over 20gigs of music stored
    2) Buy music from a music store like iTunes or Rhapsody. But they will have DRM on them. But after purchase you can burn them to a CD and then rip them back out as MP3s
    3) Buy/get free non-DRMd MP3s. Many bands make available on their web sites for free MP3s or for purchase. There are also "creative commons" music available that is legally free and not DRMd

    Sounds like the music you are talking about is streamed online radio stations. You won't be able to put those on your TV thru the HR20. But there are home media devices you can buy that will do this from certain sources and they can be pretty pricey.

    Good luck!
     
  5. Italfra1

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    Thanks. I've got a pretty good handle on what steps I need to take. It would be nice to have my entire c.d. collection on my computer and not have to load c.d.'s anymore. I'm not trying to listen to streaming audio through my home stereo but I'm trying to figure if there's a way to put concerts from an archive website onto an mp3 or burn them to disc and them transfer it back to my computer and play it through my home stereo. I'll just keep working on it. Thx.
     
  6. kitchj

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    Can you give an example website that you're trying to get things from?
     
  7. bonscott87

    bonscott87 Cutting Edge: ECHELON '07

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    kitchj has good advice, can you point us to an example or two of what you are listening to and want to send to your HR20?
     
  8. Spanky_Partain

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    Most likely it is a DNS, gateway, or firewall issue, probably not the Hughesnet or the router. The internet connection would be something needed for the future VOD but is not needed for sharing music/photos in your local home network.
     
  9. Spanky_Partain

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  10. kibblz

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    Is there any way to connect your HR20 to a external network drive. I hate having to keep my computer on all the time, besides that's where I store all my music and photos.
     
  11. bonscott87

    bonscott87 Cutting Edge: ECHELON '07

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    Hmmm, don't know. I don't think so as you have to have software like ViiV, WMP11, Tversity, etc. running to share out the files.

    Why don't you want your computer on all the time? We've got 2 of them in the office and they are never shut down unless we're going out of town. It's harder on the equipment to keep turning it off and on vs. just leaving it up and running all the time. Just curious, no big deal either way.
     
  12. Spanky_Partain

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    Read the link in this reply I have posted. If the HR20 was DLNA compliant, network storage boxes would be an option.
     
  13. Italfra1

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    The website address is www.archive.org/details/gratefuldead. It looks to me like the music is downloadable. I havn't hooked up my network yet but I'm wondering if anyone who has hooked up a network can download this music and then play it back through there home stereo.

    I'm also thinking of passing on the wireless game adapter and running a ethernet cable from my office down the hall. I'm thinking about running the cable through the wall and up through the attic space and dropping it down behind my stereo and connecting it to the HR20. Seems like this connection will give me the best connectivity and speed.

    Is that all I need to do to set up my network. Run the cable from the computer to the HR20, and follow the steps in the earlier posts.

    Thanks for all your help and if you could let me know if the downloaded concerts are playable, that would be great. Thx.
     
  14. Spanky_Partain

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    Yes, running the cable from the router/gateway to the HR20 will be the best connetion and avaliable speed.
     
  15. Canis Lupus

    Canis Lupus You make it, We break it

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    Italfra,
    That was a bad link you posted, but as long as you're grabbing the right file (a zipped up mp3), i don't see why it wouldn't work. I'm grabbing one right now from here:

    http://www.archive.org/details/gd94-10-10.schoeps.wiley.8042.sbefail.shnf

    Ill let you know.

     
  16. bonscott87

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    All you gotta do is download the MP3 zipped file. Then you unzip it to your My Music folder and then you have an MP3 to listen to. That simple and in the future you don't need to be on the Internet to listen to it. Just listen to the MP3 locally in your favorite media player. And you'd also be able to transfer it to your MP3 player/iPod and listen to it on the go.
     
  17. Italfra1

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    Thanks guys. Sorry about the bad link. I'll be interested to see how the file plays back on your home stereo.

    Do ethernet cables come in long lengths? If I'm gonna run a cable from my office to my HR20 in another room I'll need like a 50ft cable or longer. Thx.
     
  18. Canis Lupus

    Canis Lupus You make it, We break it

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    No prob.
    Downloaded an entire show and it's playing right now through my HR-20, so non-issue. You just have to choose the right file download to select.

    As far as cabling, yes you can get long runs, and you can also build your own custom cabling if you have the tools. HDTVsportsfan is an expert in this area, among others.

     
  19. bonscott87

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    Here ya go, 50 feet from NewEgg for $7. Gotta love NewEgg. :)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812189035
     
  20. Italfra1

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    Thanks for all your help. Now I need to purchase a few things and get my network hookep up.

    Just a quick recap.

    #1 Run ethernet cable from router to HR20

    #2 Perform Network Setup

    #3 Download MP3 zipped files and unzip to my music folder

    #4 Store MP3's in Media Folder so I can access directly from my HR20.

    Thx. Frank
     
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