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  1. May 30, 2010 #1 of 406
    jkirk

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    very sorry if this has been covered. I'm a happy ethernet mrv user at present. Does the deca set-up offer better performance?

    Thanks in advance..

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  2. May 30, 2010 #2 of 406
    barryb

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    DECAs pump data an easy 2.5 times faster than the ethernet jack, so a big yes.
     
  3. May 30, 2010 #3 of 406
    Mike Greer

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    So if I have 3 HR22s and 1 HR24 and use DECA adapters on the 3 HR22s the network performance increases how over just using Ethernet?

    I didn't realize that the Ethernet ports on the HR22s were different than 'normal' ethernet connections.
     
  4. May 30, 2010 #4 of 406
    ffemtreed

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    Really???? DECA has 2.5 times the bandwidth of a common full duplex Ethernet switch?
     
  5. May 30, 2010 #5 of 406
    taylorhively

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    You're still using the same actual Ethernet jack on the DVR with the DECA. You're just jacking the Ethernet in to the DECA (to SWiM) instead of in to the Ethernet switch. In both cases the performance can't exceed the Ethernet port's capability (100-T?)

    The HR24 could be a different story using the built in networking over SWiM (no Ethernet.)
    I also don't know if using the SWiM networking has better efficiency than a full duplex 100-T Ethernet switch.

    Help me understand how DECA/SWiM is better? Thanks
     
  6. May 30, 2010 #6 of 406
    barryb

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    I am getting over 240mb/s with my H and HR24's. I agree that there would be a limiting factor with the non-24 units as it's using the built-in ethernet port.

    Several things to consider here.

    1) DECA/SWiM is the new supported setup with DirecTV.
    2) DECA/SWiM eliminates dual COAX feeds.
    3) DECA/SWiM eliminates running ethernet or wireless set ups

    Bear in mind I was a hardened "you will have to take my ethernet from my cold dead hands" guy since we started testing MRV. I bit the bullet and had DirecTV come do the "whole home solution", because it was a great deal for the price.

    My HR20-700's seem to be better at MRV. Could be because of less network traffic, could be that the DECAs just perform better with the (not x24) boxes.

    I have three people here, so MRV gets a work out. We really don't watch any shows in realtime anymore, and probably 80% of what we watch is via MRV.

    I have seen a notable decrease in jitters, dropouts and the like while using MRV in my home. Things like "trickplay" make it so I get confused (its happened more than once now) as to what DVR I am watching.

    "is it live, or is it MRV?" I really can't tell the difference anymore. I most certainly did before the installers came out.
     
  7. May 30, 2010 #7 of 406
    taylorhively

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    Hey, I don't disagree with going with DECA/SWiM. I see no down side and only the upside (except to avoid a $50-$150 of upgrade fees and 2 year commitment.)

    I've done the DECA/SWiM upgrade too and except for the 4-5 second wait to start playback, once it's playing I see basically 0 difference from playing live. I'm personally thrilled with the performance and would recommend no one hesitate to do the upgrade just because.

    If anything, one benefit to DECA is that it isolates the DVR network traffic to the SWiM network which seems optimized to support it.

    I was just wondering where the 2.5x over Ethernet performance came from.
    I think that's on the HR-24. I'm not sure it's physically possible on an HR22/21/20 using the actual Ethernet port.

    With the increase of networked video devices like the Roku, XBox, etc, I'll still be including Ethernet to every TV location anyway. But at least it's not necessary for DirecTV.

    That is unless those Ethernet ports are 1000-T and the DECA/SWiM is essentially a gigabit network. In that case Ethernet would be lower performance unless you also had a Gigabit switch?
    I'm just talking out my rear-end here. Ignore me. :)
     
  8. May 30, 2010 #8 of 406
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    You are correct. Speeds over 100Mbps are not possible on the above boxes (including the HR23.) This is due to the limitation of the internal network interface card (NIC.)
     
  9. May 30, 2010 #9 of 406
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    I noted trickplay works significantly better with DECA vs ethernet.
     
  10. May 30, 2010 #10 of 406
    barryb

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    DECA is 250mb/s, but as you have stated, thats not possible with any receiver less than a x24. ;)

    Me too.... wait... I already did that for MRV a year back. Now I have all these extra ethernet ports, all Cat6, and thats a win for all this "other stuff" I have laying around (xbox, etc).

    Answered above. :)
     
  11. May 31, 2010 #11 of 406
    mikemyers

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    I'm just getting involved in these things, and need to get the DECA so my system works as it's supposed to.


    In one of my calls to DirecTV, I spoke to someone who thoroughly understood the system, what's better, how to set things up, and so on. I told him my goal was to set up the MRV with my ethernet network, but he said that this will soon be discontinued, and the only option will be to use the DECA.

    I told him I wanted to do what was being discussed here in this forum, but he told me this was only a Beta project, and it would soon come to an end, and the boxes would lose their ability to communicate with my old network. I think he meant that the system would be fully contained, with all communication between boxes going through the DirecTV coax, and one connection to my switch/router for downloading.


    I don't want to say much more - I'm just beginning to use/understand this new system.
     
  12. May 31, 2010 #12 of 406
    barryb

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    I can't speak on all of that Mike as I really don't know what DirecTV has planned.

    All I know is that DECA/SWiM is the obvious better choice (for me).
     
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    Mike Greer

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    So it sounds like that unless you have all HR24s and H24s Ethernet through a switch would have the same performance right?

    I ask because my MRV performance was pretty good but since the HR22s got the latest and greatest firmware the trick-play has major issues.

    Takes about 5 or 6 seconds for recording from an HR22 to start to play on my HR24. Once it starts to play it is ok but I can't easily FF/RWD etc. It gets all out of whack.... If I start to FF and then hit play it sometimes jumps back a full 60 seconds sometimes only jumps back 10 seconds so you never know what you're going to get.

    I'd pay the for the 'official' upgrade to DECA but I don't see how that is going to help me here unless I spend another $400 or $600 to get an all HR24 setup.
     
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    ffemtreed

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    Trick play is about the only thing that will be slightly better with DECA instead of straight Ethernet.
     
  16. May 31, 2010 #16 of 406
    wingrider01

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    and the simple fact DECA is supported by Directv, if ethernet you are on your own if there are issues
     
  17. May 31, 2010 #17 of 406
    harsh

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    MoCA says that the maximum is 270Mbps, but they make it clear that the sustained transfer rate is closer to 175Mbps.
    Note that packet aggregation has little impact on large packets as the overhead is small in comparison.

    Is the HR24 Ethernet port 10/100 or 10/100/1000?
     
  18. May 31, 2010 #18 of 406
    veryoldschool

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    and again we have another nonsense post.
    DECA currently tests out at 250+ Mb/s, which you'd actually have to have this to know.
    The H/HR24 has DECA internal which out performs the ethernet port it has.
    Currently with the 16 node max with DECA, bandwidth/transfer rates can't reach the limit of DECA.
     
  19. May 31, 2010 #19 of 406
    harsh

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    How did you test this?

    Why is the MoCA Alliance understating the capabilities?

    Do you have evidence that the HR24 doesn't use its Ethernet interface with the built-in DECA adapter?
     
  20. May 31, 2010 #20 of 406
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    I can't quote speeds and I know that there are variables external to the DECA network (such as my son and whether he's torrenting or online gaming) but I can give an anecdotal observation. I watch a lot of anime from the Anime Network On Demand. Before DECA, the downloads (about 12-16 25 minute episodes most weeks) would usually take hours, even though these are SD programs. With DECA, they were done in about half the time. I don't know if I have DECA to thank, but I was impressed!
     
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