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Connection HR20 to network (from VOD thread)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Tips and Resources' started by Jeremy W, Apr 12, 2007.

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  1. Jeremy W

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    Edit: This thread was created from a VOD is coming thread and really needed to be separated out into its own thread. Tom Robertson

    You have never needed a wireless Ethernet bridge, and you still won't. The only reason you'd need one is if you can't string an Ethernet cable to your HR20's location.
     
  2. bonscott87

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    Which is exactly what I'm going to do. I want the best connection for this so I'm going to buy a $20 hub and drill a hole in my foor to string the cable to my basement. I don't want a flaky wireless connection messing up my enjoyment of this.
     
  3. Rambler

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    Don't forget that Powerline ethernet adapters are another option. My XE104 has 4 ethernet ports and I'm using 2 of them now - 1 for the HR20, and another for my Toshiba XA2 HD DVD player. Works great! :)
     
  4. mnbulldog

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    If you can't get Ethernet behind your entertainment center get one of these powerline ethernet adapters. Way better than wifi and you can hook up to 4 devices in one unit. I have one with Slingbox, Roku, HR20 and 360 on it - one box instead of 4 wifi eth bridges.

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  5. leww37334

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    Should have been clearer, I use an Athlon based computer as a wireless bridge to my router (the computer was already at the HR-20 location, fishing cat 5 is not an option.). I have the problem with songs stopping after about ten minutes. I am wondering if I will still get the same dropout when I run VOD through the bridge.
     
  6. BillyBob_jcv

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    I ran one 5 port Netgear wireless bridge to 2 hacked DTivo units connected via USB wired ethernet connectors - worked perfect for over a year. The bedroom and living room share a wall, so it was easy to run a short cable between the units to the bridge. I used it for MRV, streaming video to a PC, and the web interface. I still have the bridge connected to my one remaining DTivo. I have never considered the bridge "flaky".
     
  7. DCSholtis

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    Better not no way in hell am I dumping my Macs. Guess I better get in gear and buy that Airport Express for the HR20. :D
     
  8. Herdfan

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    I know the terms are interchanged, but you want a switch, not a hub.;)
     
  9. bonscott87

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    I believe you are correct. My bad. :(
     
  10. MNT

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    Just wanted to mention -- I had an extra AirPort Express laying around when I got my HR20, and I had the same idea. Turns out, it does a great job of connecting the HR20 to a wireless network. Just plug it in, tell it the wireless network to join, and as they say, "there's no step 3." :)
     
  11. DCSholtis

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    Aint it great to have a Mac? :D
     
  12. FenixTX

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    Will using a wireless USB adapter to plug into the HR20 work so I don't have to run a cat-5 line to the back of my receiver? If so, can anybody give me some suggestions and/or links so I can buy one?
     
  13. Michael D'Angelo

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    No. You can use a wireless game adapter that connects with a ethernet cable. The USB ports will not work for wireless.
     
  14. FenixTX

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    Any recommendations on which one to get?
     
  15. Michael D'Angelo

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    I would go with whatever brand your wireless router is. I have a Linksys router and game adapter.
     
  16. FenixTX

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    Ok, I have a linksys router so I will go with a linksys adapter
     
  17. JVM

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    I have a Westell VersaLink 327W wireless modem/router (Verizon) but I can't find any Westell game adapter. I do have the the USB wireless adapter but that won't work, so how would I connect for this VOD?
     
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  19. Tom Robertson

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    While matching brands is marginally helpful (especially if you have to call in for support), any wireless bridge or game adapter will work fine.

    Cheers,
    Tom
     
  20. JVM

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    Any difference between a wireless bridge and game adapter? I am completely in the dark here. How is the wireless bridge or game adapter setup with connection for HR20?
     
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