This thread is just to inform all HR34 owners that you no longer need any external DECA or CCK modules connected to your HR34 for your Whole-Home service or internet connection for On Demand, DirecTV Cinema, DirecTV2PC, etc. All that's required with your HR34 is a direct connection to your router using an ethernet cable. This is because the HR34 already has an internal DECA built in and the HR34 also handles the bridging internally for your internet connection. I know this configuration works because I'm using it right now and have been using it since I had my HR34 installed and it's flawless. D* installers and technicians will tell you not to use this configuration as they "don't support it." And also be warned that if you call D* to troubleshoot anything they will not recognize this configuration either and will tell you that it's wrong. This of course is because they still want to sell/promote their external DECA and CCK products. Otherwise why not support something that's already built into the unit? If the HR34 wasn't specifically designed to work this way, then this configuration wouldn't even be an option. And just to be clear... this direct connection configuration ONLY WORKS WITH THE HR34. The HR2x models require an external DECA to connect to your Whole-Home service and to bridge your internet connection for On Demand, DirecTV Cinema, DirecTV2PC, etc. This includes the HR24 even though it also has an internal DECA built in like the HR34 does. Connecting an ethernet cable to an HR24 disables the built in DECA and switches to the ethernet port for network connectivity. So even though a direct connection from an HR24 to a router gives you internet access, it disables the Whole-Home functions. Connecting an ethernet cable to an HR34 does nothing to the internal DECA so the Whole-Home functions are completely unaffected. This is yet another reason on top of having 5 tuners, PIP, 1TB of built in storage, etc. that the HR34 is such an awesome machine and why it's referred to as a Home Media Center... because that's exactly what it is by replacing and streamlining your components. Here's another confirmation of how effective this configuration is... I posted this information in a thread on the D* website in one of their forums and they've already deleted the entire thread even though it wasn't mine; I merely commented about it! Power to the people - LOL! Here is where the thread used to be so you can see for yourself... http://forums.directv.com/pe/action/forums/displaypost?postID=11020720#e11020720 So if you're like me and want the fewest number of pieces of equipment in your entertainment center/equipment closet as possible and you have an HR34... say goodbye to external DECA and/or CCK boxes! Now I'm ready for all the D* techs and experts to comment on this thread about why I shouldn't be telling everyone this... fire away guys!