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Taking the HR34 to the Internet

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by VaJim, Jul 19, 2013.

  1. VaJim

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    [SIZE=10.5pt]Yesterday during my attempted Genie upgrade, the installer was explaining how he could get the HR34 connected to the Internet by way of my modem or router. Now I’m wondering if my Linksys RE-1000 would work instead. I’m currently using the RE1000 in the same room where I hope to set the HR34/44 and it basically extends/rebroadcasts my Internet signal from my Linksys E-3000 in another room. The RE-1000 does have an Ethernet connection. If this would get the HR34 onto the Net, would it also bring in the mini client in the bedroom?[/SIZE]

    [SIZE=10.5pt]Thanks![/SIZE]
     
  2. dettxw

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    Looks like the RE1000 is an 802.11n bridge so it could work for you to connect the HR34 Genie to the internet through your wireless router, you just have to take into consideration the usual wireless problems and limitations including range and throughput. Give it a try and if it works for you then great, if not then run some ethernet to the HR34's location.

    As for your mini client you didn't mention how it's connected. Normally the installer would connect it to the coax and the HR34 would use the ethernet-over-coax connection to talk to the client.
     
  3. VaJim

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    Thanks for the response...

    I'll try the RE1000 later today. Just looking for a work around from what the installer told me. My wifi router and modem are in a room upstairs while the Genie would be in the living room down stairs and the mini in the bedroom down the hall (down stairs). Hooking an ethernet cable directly to the Genie is not an option due to location. The mini (although not hooked up yet) would go in the bedroom and use the current one cable coming from the wall jack. I guess that is where the new dish/LNB would come into play.

    Based on what we're talking about and if all came together would I then almost have a HR44?
     
  4. VaJim

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    [SIZE=medium]Now that think more about the Genie (HR34) and the mini client, it’s becoming more obvious to me that I don’t have a clear understanding on how all this works. The one difference I focused on between the HR34 and the HR44 is the fact that the HR34 has no built in wifi. But if you are able to connect it to the Internet (wifi), either by the way the installer described or by using my RE-1000 what did I accomplish? If you do NOT hook up the wifi, will the HR34 still be able to communication back and forth with the mini as far as recording programs? So I guess my real question is what does bringing in the Internet to the HR34 do for you?[/SIZE]
     
  5. peds48

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    your Internet has no bearing on the operation of the Genie and Genie mini. they both communicate via the SWM network. What the connection to the Internet will do for you is give you access to DOD, iPad app and live streaming through the app, TV apps, Pandora YouTube and access to the GenieGo if you have one
     
  6. VaJim

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    Thank you

    Now it's being clearer. I used to have wifi to my hr21-100 by way of a Belkin Gaming Adapter before it crapped out. But when it did work I was able to do much what you describe as well as view pics from my network harddrive and music. So I'll see what I can do with the RE1000 on my current hr21-100. If it works there, it should work with the Genie...right?
     
  7. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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    Yes, it should.
     
  8. VaJim

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    Thanks

    so assuming that the RE1000 does work on the Genie (hr34) would it also support the mini in the bedroom (while being connected to the Genie) with the same wifi functions, pandora, utube, etc?
     
  9. dennisj00

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    Yes, the coax then supplies the network connection to the minis.
     
  10. VaJim

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    Then I would hope and assume that the RE1000 when connected to the Genie would continue to act as a range extender as before.
     
  11. dennisj00

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    Some range extenders have problems passing DHCP addresses . . . you may need to assign static addresses to anything beyond the extender.
     
  12. mrdobolina

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    My experience with the RE1000 makes me really wary of connecting with it. Even with static IPs set, that thing failed me over and over. Plus it mucked with my devices that were connecting wirelessly. The extra wireless hop was just too wonky and prone to disconnection. I'd try a powerline adapter before I would rely on that thing. YMMV.
     
  13. peds48

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    Do you have any receivers close to or in the same room as your router? I will try to stay away from wireless and powerline
     
  14. VaJim

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    the only receiver in the same room with the modem/router is the old standard receiver. I'm not even sure it has a ethernet connection.
     
  15. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    that is good news because you can connect an DECA BB adapter using a 2 way SWM splitter to the coax feeding the SD receiver.
     
  16. VaJim

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    Thanks...I feel like I'm making progress here. What you describe I believe is what the installer was trying to explain to me. I'm sorta confused on the difference between our normal wifi (as we discussed and know before) and what we all know as the Genie network and the way it handles the recorded programs and such. i really want to be able to record a show and watch another in the bedroom. Something I've never been able to do since the receiver only has one line in (long story there) It sounds like what all of you have been trying to explain to me, is that's where the DECA thingy comes in...?

    As far as the wifi, i was able to bring back my Belkin gaming Adapters from the dead. They're about 5 years old and I think they had a reset issues when i first plugged in my RE1000. When i tried to reconfigure them on this Vista machine, the disc said no. Thankfully I have a standyby XP machine that filled in. I've already put one of the Belkins back on the HR21-100 in the bedroom and was able to pull pics and music from the external hardrive as before. Nice. One thing that does sorta concern me is that my router (Linksys E3000) has 4 ports and they are all currently being used. If necessary I could pull free one up. Yeah...I'm a weather nut and do a lot of data feed to weather networks (another story)

    I may give Directv a call back tomorrow and ask that I put everything back on the burner, Genie/Mini and NFL ST. Maybe I'll luck out and get a installer who is Ok with my current dish othern than the LNB. What types of questions do you suggest I ask the follow-on installer? What about Ms. Utility? I heard you have to call on a workday (Monday) and it takes 2-3 days for someone to come out...?

    Thanks again!
     
  17. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    as far as all ports taken (router) you can get a cheap network switch from your local electronics store
     
  18. VaJim

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    Thanks...nice idea.
     
  19. VaJim

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    One other question. Once I get my genie (rescheduled for July 25) can I continue to use my belkin gaming adapter to connect to the Internet or should I use that directv cinema connection kit?
     
  20. peds48

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    use the CCK, wired is preferable
     

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