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Networking my HR20 receiver

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by iowaberg, May 20, 2010.

  1. iowaberg

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    Up until a couple of months ago, I was using wireless G router on my primary HR23 receiver and wireless G ethernet converter on my upstairs HR 20 receiver and had no problems with MRV. I upgraded to a wireless N router on my primary receiver. Since then, I have been unable to connect to the Internet or network using the wireless G converter. Is it because I can't use an N router with the G converter? Because the higher bandwidth capabilities of the N router? Other than DECA, what would you suggest I get to replace my wireless G Ethernet converter? I've tried numerous resets, checked the ethernet cord connections, everything and can not get connected to anything with my HR20 with the ethernet converter.
     
  2. dwcolvin

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    I assume you mean Wireless G Bridge (or Game Adapter) when you say 'ethernet converter'. Your N router can (probably) be configured to be N only or N+G (among other options)... since you don't say what it is, I can't say for certain.

    The Linksys WET610N is a Wireless-N Bridge that would probably provide what you want for your HR20.
     
  3. iowaberg

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    It says wireless Ethernet G Converter on it. Made by Buffalo. I have a Belkin N router. I guess what I need to know...is what are others using to connect their receivers to their wireless network?
     
  4. The Merg

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    Make sure that the router is allowing mixed modes as mentioned by dwcolvin. If the router is only allowing wireless-n, your wireless-G ethernet bridge will not connect to your network.

    - Merg
     
  5. vetrev

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    I have a Linksys 310 Wireless N router and used Linksys wireless N game adapters to connect two HR20 receivers to the network. Even with wireless N, I could not get HD MRV to work. SD was no problem, but HD shows did not play smoothly at all. I know my network was all wireless N. I recommend that you just go with DECA. It works great!!!
     
  6. iowaberg

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    If I go the DECA route and all I have is an HR23 and a HR20 (not connected to an HDTV) what will that cost me in additional equipment?
     
  7. DogLover

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    Is the HR20 a -100 or -700. The -100's have addditional requirements. Do you already have a SWM setup?

    You should be to have them do DECA with everything you need for the $99+$49. Many customers have been able to get the $49 (service call fee) waived.

    If you already have SWM and can't get the $49 fee waived, you may be able to purchase the equipment for less, but would still be unsupported. Otherwise, it almost certainly cheaper for them to install DECA.
     
  8. iowaberg

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    It is an HR20-700. I have no idea if I have a SWM. How do I check? I wouldn't mind just paying the $49 service call if I don't have to upgrade any equipment. This would be a cheaper and more reliable route than trying to go wireless, correct?
     
  9. DogLover

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    Yes, more reliable. Some have gotten wireless to work reliably, but there are so many variables, I wouldn't recommend going that way. Don't know about costs, but DECA may well be cheaper.

    Best way to tell if you have SWM: Does your HR20 have 1 coax satellite line coming in, or two? If one, it's a SWM system (assuming you can access both tuners). If two, it's non-SWM.
     
  10. dwcolvin

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    Easy way to know if you have SWM.. press - (DASH) while watching live TV. If it says SWiM Connected, you are.

    Don't know what you can negotiate paying (or upgrading), but DECA is definitely more reliable than wireless (and supported).
     
  11. iowaberg

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    Ok. I do know both the HR20-700 and HR23 have two coax coming in. So what would it cost me to install SWM with these two receivers?
     
  12. DogLover

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    If you go through direcTV, that is included in the $99+$49. Definitly cheaper than doing it yourself. Since SWM is a requirement for DECA, they are including it in the installation.
     
  13. iowaberg

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