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DECA unit with HR-34?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by loonysup, Jul 30, 2012.

  1. loonysup

    loonysup New Member

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    Greetings,

    I had a complete Directv system installed a couple weeks ago (love it so far). The install included an HR-34 media center dvr and 3 hd receivers. The tech installed a small DECA box that connects to my router to provide internet connectivity to all the boxes. My question is do I need this extra box or can I just plug my HR-34 in to my home network and achieve the same functionality?

    Thank you in advance for any assistance,
    David
     
  2. Northicex

    Northicex New Member

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    Yes you can remove the Broad band deca and just run an ethernet cable to the HR34 and expect the same functionality.
     
  3. RAD

    RAD DIRECTV A-Team

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    Just remember if your HR34 is down then network access from the other boxes will also be down if you use the HR34 vs the DECA.
     
  4. smitbret

    smitbret Legend

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    If you go straight from the router to the HR34, you'll disable yoir whole-home DVR.
     
  5. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

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    Not the case. Using the Ethernet jack does not disable the internal DECA on the 34.
     
  6. hasan

    hasan New Member

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    I don't think that's correct. The HR34 is the only D* box that retains full DECA functionality if you plug an ethernet cable into it. For all other boxes, your statement is correct, but for the 34 it is wrong. (as I recall)
     
  7. RAD

    RAD DIRECTV A-Team

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    That is not correct when using a HR34, using the Ethernet port does not disable the internal DECA connection like the HR24 does.
     
  8. dpeters11

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    You do recall correctly, though I don't think I'd say "all" the other boxes, it only really matters for 24s and the 34 since those are the only ones with both integrated DECA and an Ethernet jack.
     

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