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Multiplle DirecTV receivers and home network

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by bdgarcia, Nov 18, 2013.

  1. bdgarcia

    bdgarcia New Member

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    Hello,

    I am wanting to control my DirecTV receivers with my Crestron System (I do my own programming), but I have a question. I have the HR34 DVR and whole home DVR service. Currently only my HR34 is connected to the home network. I want to be able to control each receiver using IP so I need each receiver to be connected to my home network and to have a static IP address. I have heard there are problems when connecting each individual receiver to a network, is that true (DirecTV installer indicated this). Is this true, if it is are there work arounds available? Any thoughts, recommendations, and / or experiences are appreciated.

    Thx
    Bryan
     
  2. west99999

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    If your 34 is connected then it can bridge your other receivers depending on what type they are and it will not give you any problems with them all being connected.
     
  3. lugnutathome

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    Bryan:

    Whole Home under it's present configuration works fine under switched Ethernet (albeit unsupported) or you can leverage the supported configuration and have the coax cables transfer the IP streams between the receivers. I run a hybrid with some on DECA and some on switched Ethernet transparently. I also am responsible for my own troubleshooting and problem resolution as result however.

    The HMC machines (HR34 and HR44) are unique in that they will actively communicate on BOTH the switched Ethernet and DECA fabrics and can be used to bridge the two fabrics. This does mean though that when the HMC is down or in reboot the whole DECA side of the network (with respect to services outside the DECA fabric itself) will be down as well. I prefer to use a CCK (Cinema Connection Kit) as my bridge. I am running the wireless model with its radio switched off and it functions wonderfully as a wired bridge between the two fabrics.

    Assuming you have all the receivers already on whole home and the HR34 is connected to the Switched Ethernet you are already set to go! You would just need to grab a range of IP addresses outside your DHCP pool's boundaries and run the advanced network setups on each receiver and put in your static values.

    If you are not running whole home currently and possibly do not have the proper green label splitters it all works perfectly fine under switched Ethernet and same deal with assigning the static addressing. But in this realm you are on your own with supporting problems.

    Having your whole home encased in DECA and addressing the receivers from outside it using your switched network should work fine.

    Don "and once you've worked through it you will realize it's far less complicated than the programming you are doing" Bolton
     
  4. bdgarcia

    bdgarcia New Member

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    If I go the deca route can I assign each receiver a unique IP address?


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  5. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    Absolutely!
     
  6. Drucifer

    Drucifer New Member

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    Only if multiple receivers are using your network at the same time. Then they become road hogs and will slow down your home network.
     
  7. slice1900

    slice1900 Well-Known Member

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    That's only possible if your home network is outdated 100Mb ethernet. If that's the case, gigabit switches are like $20 these days, so it would be a simple problem to fix.
     
  8. bdgarcia

    bdgarcia New Member

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    All,

    Thank you for all of the great replies. Now it is off to experiment to see what works best in my environment. If I can reach each receiver via IP using the DECA module then I will go that route.

    Bryan
     
  9. lugnutathome

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    Bryan:

    While you are in the router you might want to carve out a larger DHCP pool range so it has room to attract more toys without encroaching on your static pool.

    Don "might save some work down the road for ya" Bolton

     

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