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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by garywitt, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. garywitt

    garywitt AllStar

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    Thanks to the guys who solved my issue with PI placement in another thread...one more question?

    I have an ongoing problem with multi-room viewing. My receivers are intermittently dropping off the network with no explanation as to why - I cannot get a single program watching from another receiver without the program pausing and then getting a message that the receiver has been disconnected from the network. Occasionally, if I wait a few minutes, the message will go away and I will be able to watch the program again (as if it were just paused).

    I have done a search and read other threads on this...but the steps I have tried haven't fixed the problem.

    I have Century Link High Speed DSL, a Zyxel Q1000Z modem/gateway provided by Qwest.

    SWM16 system.

    SWM-1 port connects to a line that goes directly into the built-in coax in my house.
    Power port not connected.
    SWM-2 connects to a 4 port splitter. 2 of these lines go into my basement, home run lines to a basement coax and office coax line. The 3rd line (on the power passing port) connects to a built-in coax line going into the house. I can't track the line inside the house as it is behind drywall - I do not know the nature of the splitters inside.

    HR34 (on the built-in coax line)
    HR22 (on the built-in coax line)
    HR21 (on a basement home run line from the 4 way splitter)
    C31 (installers split a line in the attic and ran a new line down a jack in the wall)
    The other basement home run line goes to my office - which is not currently in use and is terminated.

    The power inserter is located at the HR34 site - the coax from the wall jack goes directly into the PI and then the line goes from the PI to the HR34, no splitter involved anymore.

    I have a Cat5e line, from my DSL router to a jack in my office which connects to a 16 port switch in the basement, then from there up to a jack behind the HR34, then directly to the HR34.

    I have changed the DHCP settings on my router to range from 192.168.0.1 to 192.168.0.99, and set static IPs on the boxes as follows:
    HR34: 192.168.0.100
    HR22: 192.168.0.101
    HR21 192.168.0.102

    Despite this - still getting the problem. What should I try next (short of buying a new router?)

    Thanks!
     
  2. Supramom2000

    Supramom2000 In Loving Memory of Onyx-2/23/09

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    I have continuous problems with my router connected through a Century Link modem. I have my HR34 connected directly to the router, as you do. And my PI is also located at the HR34, like yours.

    I have to reboot by router all the time. I have a call in to Century Link now to see if they can do anything about my internet issues. However, none of my receivers use an external Deca box, and I have no drop off issues at all. I wonder if that is the difference between our problems?
     
  3. Diana C

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    Have you run a DECA phy and mesh test? You can do this from the front panel of the 34 by pressing the guide and > (the right arrow) "buttons". It may take a few tries to get it to register, since the 34 is touch sensitive (makes it tricky to hit two "buttons" at once).

    The result will be a menu, from which you want to select 'coax tests' and run both the phy and mesh test. Post the results here.
     
  4. garywitt

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    Results:

    0: N/A
    1: -35
    2: -34

    Mesh:

    0 1 2
    0 250 253 251
    1 252 249 249
    2 252 246 246

    Does that help?
     
  5. The Merg

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    As far as I can tell, those numbers appear to be good.

    One way to determine if the issue is with the router is to disconnect your HR34 from the router. Rerun the Network Setup on each receiver. They will all default to APIPA addresses (169.254.x.x). After a few minutes they will see each other and MRV would work. If you have no issues with MRV playback at that point, your issue is with how your router is communicating with your receivers.

    - Merg
     
  6. Diana C

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    Yes, the PHY and mesh numbers look okay. Next step is to, as Merg says, eliminate the router. You'll lose access to on-demand while the router connection is disabled, but let's see if that helps.
     
  7. cwtech

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    as mentioned remove the ethernet connection from the 34, rerun network settings to were it shows no connections, reset all receivers. See what results this gives you, if this solves your problem then you may need to call and get a bbdeca, they will send you a wifi deca but they way your system is you will be able to hook it up the wired way at your 34 location.
     
  8. The Merg

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    No need to reset the receivers. The rerunning of network setup once the Ethernet cable has been removed from the HR34 will do the trick.

    - Merg
     
  9. brad2388

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    Im going to subscribe to this thread as im have similer problems. We have a hr-34 and two hr-24. No matter what reciever ur at it will always disconnect.
     
  10. The Merg

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    Are you connected to your home network via a Cinema Connection Kit or using ethernet to the HR34? If so, try what I suggested above about disconnecting from your home network and rerunning network setup on each receiver.

    - Merg
     
  11. brad2388

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    Yea i have a hardwire cck. It all started when we upgraded to the genie back in december. Never had a problem until then. They changed out the lnb to a multiswitch unit and added a swm16
     
  12. acostapimps

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    I find it better to restoring defaults than repeating network setup on all receivers on MRV, But after rebooting router, I have less issues that way even though it disconnect from network for a few seconds.
     
  13. acostapimps

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    You can also try to change the channel number in your wireless router.
     
  14. The Merg

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    That's why I state to reset and rerun the network settings and just not rerunning the setup.

    - Merg
     
  15. The Merg

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    This would only have an effect if the CCK was connected wirelessly. A wired CCK or a direct connection to the HR34 would not be affected by this.

    - Merg
     
  16. Diana C

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    Our setup is all the DVRs are on coax (i.e. DECA) connections, including the HR34. I know DirecTV has said that you can use an HR34 to bridge DECA to standard Ethernet, but we had a wired CCK in place from before we installed the HR34. We have had no issues at all with playback between DVRs (we have the HR34, 2 HR24s and 2 HR21s, plus 2 H25s). Personally, I think asking the HR34 to act as the DECA to Ethernet bridge is asking for trouble. If it acts like the CCK, it is passing ALL the DECA traffic across to the Ethernet (relying on the upstream Ethernet switch to filter the traffic). IMHO, that's too much load on an Ethernet interface that is also being asked to deliver data streams to other receivers. If it is acting like a switch itself (i.e. filtering out MRV packets and only passing internet bound packets up to the switch) then it's additional and unneccesary load on the HR34's CPU. A CCK is an inexpensive way to off load the pure network tasks onto a purpose built device.
     
  17. The Merg

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    I've used the HR34 as by bridge since the day it was installed. I haven't had any issues with MRV playback and have not noticed any lag in the HR34. It responds just slower than my HR24.

    Edit: I will admit that there have been a few times that when trying to play back shows from the HR34, I have gotten the Playback failed message, but a reset of the HR34 has resolved that issue. I don't believe that is related in any way to using the HR34 as a CCK.

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  18. Diana C

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    I'm sure it works in many cases. But why do it when you don't have to? If you can plug an ethernet cable into your HR34 you obviously have ethernet and coax side by side. Why not install a CCK in that case? It certainly is cheap enough, both to acquire and operate.

    Personally, I don't see any difference at all in performance between the HR34 and our HR24s.
     
  19. Bill Broderick

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    Damn. I'm about to upgrade to a Genie (currently running unsupported MRV) and saw no need to add an additional component, requiring an electrical outlet (which are currently at a premium behind all of my TV's) if the Genie made that component redundant.

    I think that you just made a compelling reason for using a CCK, regardless of the scarcity of open outlets.
     
  20. dennisj00

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    I had a WCCk before adding my HR34 as the bridge and removed it when I was able to connect ethernet to the 34 and be the bridge to the DECA cloud. It works.

    Just a firm believer to remove devices when available.
     

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