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Using DECA to enable ethernet to other home theater devices

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by jedorf, Jan 23, 2012.

  1. jedorf

    jedorf Cool Member

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    Hey all, I was hoping I could get some quick information here. I've been doing a lot of research, and I think I have a firm grasp for DECA, what it is INTENDED to do, and what I am INTENDING it to do. With that being said, I think I have a little bit of a different situation than others, and I'd like to get some feedback to make sure I'm on the right track here.

    First and foremost, my intentions are to get rid of the ever inconsisent wireless connections in a new home theater package that I'm putting together. This will include Panasonic plasma TV, Denon AVR, Panasonic Blu-ray, XBOX360, and my trusty HR24-200 box. It isn't overly easy to get ethernet over to this area, so I started investigating DECA to make this work.

    Here are a few threads that got me pretty close to my answer, but I would still like some clarification:

    hxxp://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=181639

    hxxp://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=186578

    *Apparently, I can't post URLs until after 5 posts, so sorry they are just dummy links.....

    One post in one of these threads is a step-by-step on what I need to do, and it is:

    Here is where my question comes in. I do NOT use MRV and don't have a desire to upgrade to MRV. But I do want my HR24 to still be able to connect for "On Demand" and "Directv Cinema".

    Will the DECA that is now in this loop work? Or, when I put a switch after the DECA Ethernet Output, do I need to connect the ethernet port on the HR24 to this switch?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    The HR2x cannot be used to bridge your other equipment. For that you need another DECA adapter and a network switch (hubs are eeeeeevillllle).

    If it were mine to deal with, I'd (in order of preference):

    1. run a CAT6 cable
    2. move the router to a better location
    3. use a second DECA adapter off a splitter on the HR2x line.

    Obviously options 1 and 2 are independent of what wiring technology you're currently using and option 3 requires that you are already delivering the DIRECTV signal via SWiM.
     
  3. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Not quite sure of your setup.
    DECA can be used for networking, even if you don't have MRV added to your account.
    The HR24 has an internal DECA, but this needs another DECA to "talk to" and create the network.
    If you use the ethernet port on the HR24, it turns the DECA off.
     
  4. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Wouldn't you first need to subscribe to DirecTV?
     
  5. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    No. You certainly don't need to subscribe to DIRECTV to face such a question.

    It is far from reasonable to assume that only DIRECTV subscribers could comprehend, compare or make use of MoCA.
     
  6. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Without going down the path of you not having any of this hardware to have a good idea of how it works, maybe it's best to leave it to those that have some experience with it.
     
  7. jedorf

    jedorf Cool Member

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    Thanks for the help so far. Admittedly, I'm still kind of confused.

    I do have a SWiM system installed, and I do understand the HR24 has an internal DECA built in. Therefore, I would certainly get another DECA adapter (along with a PI). Once I get the additional DECA adapter in the run, would I need to connect the HR24 to the switch and the "home network" to get "On Demand" and "Directv Cinema"?

    Your comment of plugging into the ethernet port would turn the DECA off - I guess maybe my question is, do I have to enable MRV to still have access to the "On Demand" features?
     
  8. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    MRV & Ondemand have nothing to do with each other. [so once you have internet OnDemand should work]
    Adding a second DECA & PI and then connecting this to your home network, is what I think you're asking, which will work.
     
  9. jedorf

    jedorf Cool Member

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    Alright, very good. I thought it would, just wanted some confirmation. Thank you very much for the help.
     

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