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Genie and mini genie - wireless internet connection

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by gooze318, Sep 8, 2013.

  1. Sep 8, 2013 #1 of 28
    gooze318

    gooze318 New Member

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    I've search and found a few discussion topics, but I'm really confused and hope that someone can help. Today I ordered an upgrade to a genie and mini genie hd whole home dvrs. Neither of my current hd dvr's are connected to wireless internet. I know that you can order the Cinema Connection Kit, but I'm wondering if there are any cheaper alternatives? Is there a Linksys or Netgear something that you can use to connect the genie to a home network?

    Thanks in advance.
    Matt
     
  2. Sep 8, 2013 #2 of 28
    The Merg

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    If you are getting the Genie, you have a few options. If you get the HR34, you can connect an Ethernet cable directly to the HR34 and that will get you Internet to ALL of your receivers. If you get an HR44, you also have the option of connecting back to your router via its built-in wireless option. If you don't have Ethernet near the Genie and don't get a HR44, you can always get a Cinema Connection Kit, which is about $25 from DirecTV and sometimes even cheaper via eBay or Amazon. The CCK would be installed on a coax connected back to the dish and have an Ethernet cable connected to it going back to your router. There is a wireless-CCK, which can connect back to your router via wireless, however, it is not installed very much anymore.

    If you are having a tech come out to do the upgrade, he will make sure that you are connected to the Internet. If you don't have a coax near your router now, the upgrade includes the install of an additional coax run to that location as long as a HR44 is not being installed (as they would use the HR44's wireless then).

    Let us know what your current setup is and what you will be getting and we can probably be a little more specific in regards to how things will work for you.

    BTW, welcome to DBSTalk!

    - Merg
     
  3. jennvpi

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    Hello,
    I have a related question. I recently replaced old HD-DVRs with a Genie at the main TV and Genie Mini at the 2nd TV. They are both connected wirelessly to home network. Is there any reason that I would need to keep the Cinema Connection Kit (DCAW1R0-01)?
    Thanks so much!
     
  4. Laxguy

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    Wireless is a less solid connection than wired. I'd keep the kit, and put it back into use if you find wireless problematic.
     
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  5. The Merg

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    A hardwired connection is always more stable than a wireless one. Since you have your Genie connected via wireless, you have a HR44. While there is that ability with the HR44, I would connect via wired if you can. If you don't have an Ethernet connection near the HR44, the CCK is going to be your bridge. If there is an Ethernet connection near the HR44, just plug it right into the HR44. In the latter case or if you decide to stick with the wireless connection, the CCK is not needed anymore.


    - Merg

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  6. lparsons21

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    I wouldn't think so since the when the Genie is wirelessly connected to your network, it is doing the same function as the CCK.
     
  7. damondlt

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    I'll stick with my Wired CCK.
    After all its not like ton of wires, its only one coax.

    Plus correct me if I'm wrong but if you have Multiple DVRs I don't think just plugging in your GENIE will provide Internet throughout your whole home system.
    Only the clients?

    I thought only Swm and CCK was capable of such.
     
  8. sigma1914

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    No, it bridges all your units to the network when you just use ethernet to the Genie. HR44 here plugged to my router... The HR24 & H25 are networked from that.
     
  9. damondlt

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    Interesting, This should work on the HR24 then no?
    Meaning plug Ethernet into HR24, and that should network all my system too correct?

    So you have NO CCK?
     
  10. sigma1914

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    It only works plugging into Genies.

    Nope, CCK free.
     
  11. damondlt

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    Why is that?
     
  12. sigma1914

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    I don't technically know, maybe someone else might know.
     
  13. damondlt

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    I'm not doubting you. Just doesn't make any sense.
    HR24 has built in Deca, just the same as HR 34, its all connected to the swim the exact same way, I don't see what difference it makes.

    What if you only had Just 2 HR 24s? They would both need a ethernet connection or CCK ?
     
  14. lparsons21

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    When I was with D* previously, I had 3 HR24s and needed a CCK.

    Now with the Genie (HR44), I don't. I'm also using it wirelessly with no issues. Pretty transparent and one less wire and box.
     
  15. damondlt

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    Yes but thats because HR44 has Built in Wireless, and your only using it with Clients. That makes sense.

    What doesn't make sense , If HR34 can run your entire Whole home system , with HR24 ,23 with the simple plug in of an Ethernet into HR 34, then you should be able to accomplish the same by using HR24 instead.
    I'm fairy sure a customer with only 2 HR24's and no Genie, doesn't have both plugged into Ethernet outlet.

    And wouldn't it be cheaper to Directv, to drop one ethernet cord at the HR 34 location rather then make and install CCKs if it were that simple.
    Most time they are forced to run new wires anyway.
     
  16. HoTat2

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    Yep;

    One or the other, preferably the later which would be the officially supported one.
     
  17. lparsons21

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    With multiple HR24s you only need one connection to the internet, it is shared on the coax.
     
  18. damondlt

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    Yep;

    One or the other, preferably the later which would be the officially supported one.





    Ok that makes more sense.
    But still why not just run an ethernet, instead of running a coax, a small eithernet cable,and making and adding any CCK ?

    Why not just plug and play?

    Now yes Wireless makes sense but with issues and obstructions that plague many households, I'll never use it.
     
  19. HoTat2

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    One of the main reasons it was found best to install a CCK even with the Genie is because most customers do not understand the technology behind the system, so if they choose to do something like swap receiver locations, they usually just imitate the connections they see on the back of each receiver.

    If they do this by swapping locations of a Genie with an H/HR24 and plug an ethernet connection into them in imitation of the Genie, their internal DECA will become disabled disconnecting them from the MoCA coax network. The customer likely won't know what happened so will call in for service triggering a costly truck roll.
     
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  20. damondlt

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    Ok that makes perfect sense.

    But why not have the HR24 Deca not disable.
    Problem solved everywhere, and you can pick any room with Deca ready receivers that is close to ethernet and boom bang done!
     

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