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Quick install question

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by mdavej, May 31, 2013.

  1. mdavej

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    I'd like to enable MRV and keep internet on my Dad's system and just want to run my parts list by you guys. Sorry if this has all been covered before, but after reviewing the connection diagrams I found, I'm still a little confused about the internet connection part.

    Here's what he's got:

    Room 1: HR23 directly connected to router via ethernet cable, and sat input connected via SWM with green label SWM power brick.

    Room 2: H21 also SWM of course

    Planning to buy:

    DCA2SR0 for HR23 and another for H21

    Question:

    Do I need to also buy a DCA2PR0 for the router connection plus a splitter (MSPLIT2R1-03) to connect to the SWM coax? Or is there an easier way since I already have ethernet directly connected to the HR23?

    Thanks
     
  2. Go Beavs

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    Supported: Buy the splitter and 3 DECAs or buy 2 DECAs and a WCCK. The WCCK has a coax passthrough which allows you add internet to the SWiM network without a splitter.

    Unsupported: Buy two DECAs and connect one to the H21 and the other to the H23 as shown in this post: http://www.dbstalk.com/topic/190353-connected-home-reference-images/#entry2845001

    The Hx2x series receivers won't bridge ethernet to the SWiM network.
     
  3. mdavej

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    Perfect!

    Thanks
     
  4. dennisj00

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    For the supported option above, if you can locate the WCCK near an HR2x, you can also use it as a DECA, assuming wireless back to your router. Just plug the Ethernet from the WCCK to the HR.
     
  5. peds48

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    that would fall uner the "unsupported" category and would not work if is an HR24
     
  6. mdavej

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    Thanks again to all for the advice. I'm going the supported route with 2 DCA2SR0's, 1 DCA2PR0 and a splitter, mostly because I found them all on ebay for about $30 total, shipped. I thought about the first unsupported method, but DECAs are so cheap on ebay, a third one is no big deal, so may as well do it right. I decided not to get the WCCK because it's too expensive.

    The main thing I wasn't sure about was if the HR2x would bridge ethernet to SWM, which GoBeavs cleared up.

    Last question though, is it difficult to get Whole Home turned on without DirecTV insisting on a service call? What are the magic words to get to the right department and get it enabled (besides Please of course)?
     
  7. Go Beavs

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    Email or Call and ask them to activate it. Tell them you already have SWiM and DECA installed.

    Here's an old thread that deals with activating MRV without a service call. Read toward the end to see how much luck people were having with various methods. http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=177590
     
  8. dennisj00

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    I'm not sure why it would be 'unsupported' and of course, no 24 needs a DECA. No 24 was mentioned by the OP.

    Edit: Actually, it would work on a 24, it's just not needed with the built in DECA.
     
  9. peds48

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    because according to DirecTV every receiver (non-24 or higher) needs its own DECA
     
  10. dennisj00

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    The WCCK is a DECA!!

    I used it in that mode for over 6 months on a HR20-700. Wireless to the bedroom, DECA to HR20 and the coax network.
     
  11. peds48

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    look at all of the DirecTV diagrams, each (non-24 and >) have their own DECA. is on the DirecTV SPIG
     
  12. dennisj00

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    I'm not sure what your '(non-24 and >) have their own DECA. is on the DirecTV SPIG' means

    To me 'non-24 and >' or 'non-24 and greater' would be a 34 or 44 which does have their own DECA -- and weren't mentioned in this thread.

    and SPIG -- I have no idea what that means.

    But the WCCK can easily be a DECA with its Ethernet port to a HR20, 21, 22 or 23. Whether it's supported or not. . . it's just one less piece of equipment.
     
  13. peds48

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    "non 24 and greater means all receiver after the HR24, those are the ones that have DECA built in. SPIG is Standard Professional Installation Guidelines.

    "Whether it's supported or not. . . it's just one less piece of equipment."

    It might be one less piece of equipment, but the issue was whether this configuration was supported or not, and it is not
     
  14. mdavej

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    Just wanted to follow up and say thanks to all for all the advice. I got my 3 DECAs and splitter as described in post 6, called DirecTV to update my equipment profile to show I had the DECAs, then enabled Whole-Home in just a few minutes. It was a lot less painful than I expected. So I now have a "supported" config for just a few bucks and was able to do it all without a service call.
     
  15. peds48

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    Awesome. thanks for the update
     

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