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Need a New Router (TV Apps "friendly")

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by sigma1914, Jun 25, 2010.

  1. sigma1914

    sigma1914 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    I'm looking to buy a new router due to a.) my old one (Linksys BEFSR41 V3) is falling apart physically & b.) it has been quirky lately. I'm posting here because it seems some routers "play better" with TVApps. So, if your router is friendly with TV Apps and you're pleased with your networking, I'd love some suggested models.

    Notes - I have the following decices:
    ~2 wired PCs.
    ~Wired BluRay player.
    ~Wired DECA box to "cloud" 2 HRs.

    I figure I might as well get a wireless router just in case I ever get a netbook/laptop/etc.
     
  2. Earl Bonovich

    Earl Bonovich Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

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    What it really comes down to, is that it supports uPnP.

    If you get a higher end one, that has an aggressive firewall in it, you may have to tweek it's settings a bit.

    I have a Linksys RVS4000, which is a little more business class size, then consumer.
    But it is great and a lot of flexibility to it.
     
  3. dave29

    dave29 DIRECTV A-Team

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    Linksys WRT610N is what I use and it has been great.
     
  4. sigma1914

    sigma1914 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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  5. dave29

    dave29 DIRECTV A-Team

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    I'm partial to Linksys products for some reason.

    Does that D-Link have simultaneous dual band?
     
  6. sigma1914

    sigma1914 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    Ummm...I have no idea. :lol: I'm not a networking guy like a lot here. ;)
     
  7. dave29

    dave29 DIRECTV A-Team

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    Neither am I. :lol:

    It is nice to have the dual band mode though to keep the wireless traffic separated for different things (streaming, moving big files, etc).
     
  8. sigma1914

    sigma1914 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    Can you "turn off" or disable wireless connectivity on most of these routers? I don't want to have our neighborhood sucking up my wirelessness. :lol:
     
  9. dsw2112

    dsw2112 Always Searching

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    Yes, it can be turned off under the router settings. Even when activated (with correct security settings) nobody should be able to get on.
     
  10. Barry in Conyers

    Barry in Conyers Godfather

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    In this thread (http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=179857), it was definitively stated that UPnP was NOT needed for DECA or MRV and no one disagreed.

    ONCE AND FOR ALL, IS UPnP NEEDED OR NOT AND IF SO, WHY?
     
  11. dave29

    dave29 DIRECTV A-Team

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    Yeah, you can turn it off or just secure it. :lol:
     
  12. Earl Bonovich

    Earl Bonovich Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

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    That woudl be correct:
    uPnP is not needed for MRV... has nothing to do with DECA either way (DECA is just the communication on YOUR side of the router).

    But this discussion was about TVApps.

    For TVApps though, with the mix of secure and open communication with the App Head end. Right now we have manual configuration options for Network Services, if you don't have uPnP... and it will eliviate some of the issues people have seen with TVApps.

    We are working on making it more robust and provide more tools and information to the end user so they can adjust their home networks, if they don't use uPnP and want to have a more aggressive firewall settings.
     
  13. Michael H..

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    Just re-iterating.

    The consumer Cisco routers and etherdaptors (WRT610 E3000 WGA610) are what's verification tested with the DTV products... but none are DLNA-compliant, which is essential for all the uPnP / USB server/streaming Sigma wants. The Netgear WNDR3700 which was supposed to be THE DLNA-compliant answer, has been lambasted (reviews by people who bought one... which I am not) as problematic. After an extensive firmware upgrade immediately upon release, Netgear replaced it within months with the WNDR37AV, supposedly due to hardware architecture limitations of its predecessor precluding it ever working right... there are a lot of PO'd 3700 owners out there... and a some 3700's for sale cheap.

    Bit of a trade here... Cisco-DTV compatibility vs DLNA-compliant capability... and potential problems...
    just reporting what I've heard... no personal experience, and no subject matter expert...
     
  14. RunnerFL

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    I had nothing but problems with my WRT610N so I dumped it and picked up a Netgear WNDR3700 and never looked back. Linksys has really gone downhill lately.
     
  15. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

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    I use a Linksys WRT310N with DDWRT. With the third-party firmware the signal propagates a lot better.
     
  16. sum_random_dork

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    I am using the D-Link with apps working, you will need to do a few tweeks. The one drawback is it's not "dual band" as far as I have read. Most of my network is "G" band though so it's not a big issue. There are a few different posts on the D-Link 655 and what various people have done to tweek it to work with apps.
     
  17. JayMatt77

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    I couldn't get TV Apps or OnDemand remote purchasing to work with an 8-yr old Linksys router, but I've been using the Linksys E1000 for a few weeks now and it seems to work great. I've had no trouble with TV Apps or OnDemand remote purchasing.
     
  18. hasan

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    D-Link Xtreme 825 Dual Band (Simultaneous), Wireless N, gigabit 4 port switch. I've been using it for MRV for over a year and it has outstanding performance. Of course it is used for TVapps, VOD, etc.

    It is also connected to my Blu-Ray, DECA broadband, wireless N desktop (with 6.39 megabit per second service that runs at max). No problem using it with an iPod Touch (wireless G) on 2.4 gig band, Roku player (Netflix) on 2.4 gig (G), and handling MRV from 80 feet away on an HR20-100.

    I use 5 gig wireless for MRV and everything else 2.4 gig wireless G. I've had it for over a year, and wouldn't trade it for anything else.

    Overall, I have 7 computers connected to it, as well as 4 DirecTV devices, 2 hi-def players and the aforementioned iPod and Roku player. I also use an 8 port D-Link gigabit switch, and an old 5 port 10/100 Linksys switch.

    For around $120 it is a steal. I tried two Linksys routers before it and they were no where near as good as the 825.

     
  19. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    Cisco has finally wrought their special brand of magic on Linksys.
     
  20. cherry919

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    I use a D-Link DGL-4500 and a couple D-Link Gigabit switches. As far as TV apps go, when I first found out about them, probably in April, they wouldn't work on my HR20-100 or my HR22-100. I called DTV, they just noted my account and didn't have any suggestions on how to get them to work. Sometime in May the HR22 started working, but not the HR20. After the 6/3 software update from DTV, the TV Apps on the HR20 started working too. At the time the HR22 was wired to my router and the HR20 was connected to a D-Link DAP 1522 wireless N bridge. I've since installed DECA to all receivers except the HR20 - I'm waiting for a BSF to arrive from DTV. So the HR20 is still connected to the bridge, but MRV, On-demand and Apps are all working fine. Once the filter arrives, I'll put the HR20 on DECA and will then be running a "supported" setup. Bottom line, I didn't have to tweak any settings, DTV updates caused Apps to start working.
     

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