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What is everyone using to network their dvrs?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Tidalcloud, Nov 2, 2007.

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  1. Dec 4, 2007 #81 of 108
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    bad file when i try to open

    hmmm since wrt54g is only 45 bucks this week at BB, it may pay me to try the tomato or ddwrt depending.....
     
  2. Dec 4, 2007 #82 of 108
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    Thats wierd, there have been 63 views done on it and I can open it from my office and it was posted from the home computer...

    Anyone else have this problem opening this file?
    It should prompt you if you want to open/save the file. Maybe it is a firewall/protection setting.
    dd-wrt54gs.pdf
     
  3. Dec 4, 2007 #83 of 108
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    oh well...saved but says file damaged. Your display property file d/l and opened just fine. maybe that other file just doesnt like me
     
  4. Dec 5, 2007 #84 of 108
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    Thanks Spanky..., novice networker here, and I appreciate your comments here and elsewhere.. These are some very basic set up questions related to my system. After several searches, reads, etc, I wanted to confirm my approach and set up before my eyes were swollen shut. I currently have a wireless qwest dsl modem, and no router between the computer and modem. There are no other ports on the modem other than the one that connects the ethernet to my computer. I also have the HR20, and soon to arrive hd dvd. My onkyo receiver does not have ethernet. Sony 52xbr4 that also has an ethernet port.

    So I understand, I need to get a 4 port or so router between my computer and the wireless modem - any suggestions on which one?

    plug in the powerline adapter near the computer into the router, and run a cable from the router to my modem.

    have the other powerline adapter near my components, hr20, etc. Were there sufficient ports on that adapter to run a cable to the sony, hr20, hd dvd or do I need a separate adapter for each one?

    run the network set up via the hr20 menu as explained elsewhere (will need to find that one again).

    Do I need to set up the network via windows xp? I already have WMP 11.

    Any other set up steps/suggestions?

    Again, I apologize if this seems overly simplistic, but appreciate any assistance for a networker novice in getting my hr20 set up on a network.
     
  5. Dec 6, 2007 #85 of 108
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    So if you have a wireless setup already then it will be fairly simple. Get a 4 port wireless bridge and hook it up. You will use a computer to configure the new 4 port wireless bridge. Follow the directions that come with the device on setting it up. Does your computer have software on it to configure the wireless portion of your modem or do you use a browser to configure it? You will want to set it up with some type of security like WEP or WPA, that will be a choice you will need to make.

    I have not been following this thread so you did the right thing by sending me a PM.
     
  6. Dec 7, 2007 #86 of 108
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    Yes, through my browser, which I used to set up 64 bit WEP security. I had/have a laptop set up via wireless to that modem as well.
     
  7. Dec 7, 2007 #87 of 108
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    So it sounds like you are half way there for setting up the other half on the HR2x. Click on the link for network help in my signature and look for the title "Hardware Alternatives for hooking up the HR20 via Wireless". There are some suggested hardware pieces in blue that are multiport wireless setups that will work for you. If you have anymore question or need any help let me know.
     
  8. Dec 7, 2007 #88 of 108
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    Thanks, so if I were to do the powerline adapter method, is the router the same, and the set up the same as suggested above to run a cable to the hr20 via the powerline adapter? Also, any windows set up with a powerline adapter, or just through the hr20 one the powerline adapters and router are in? thanks.
     
  9. Dec 7, 2007 #89 of 108
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    You have no place to plug the other powerline adapter in to. You need a multiple plug device where the DSL modem is. You can buy a switch and remove the plug from the DSL modem and plug a cable from the switch into the DSL modem and then plug the computer into the swtich and then plug the powerline RX adapter into the switch. By the time you buy all that, you might as well just buy a 4 port wireless ethernet bridge. Then you would not have to mess with the powerline adapters and a switch.
     
  10. Dec 8, 2007 #90 of 108
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    Thanks Mark,looks like the WET200 will do the trick. using the WRT54GS requires the firmware to make it a bridge, correct. thanks.
     
  11. Dec 8, 2007 #91 of 108
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    I just figured out a possibly cheaper way to hook all this up and have extra ports in the room where the hr20 is. Move my modem/router into the living room and buy a wireless card for the PC! Such a simple plan i didnt think about it before.

    Just have to research how much cards are for the computer and if the signal will reach down there. I have the router on top of the desk up hi and just have a low signal in the living room now so i'm not sure what would happen if i needed a signal low behind the desk. Of course unsure i want modem and router in my living room since little space there but just tossing out the idea for everyone.

    of course the modem does make a nice nightlite in the bedroom and i dont know how practical it is to have the modem so far from the computer...but it really doesnt matter does it? the browser window to adjust settings doesnt care where the modem is does it?
     
  12. Dec 8, 2007 #92 of 108
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    No, it doesn't matter where the modem is as long as it is connected. You mentioned the concern of the distance of the computer and the wireless point of the modem and that would be the test. However, it will most likely be alright. You may even want to consider using the powerline connection for the computer. A single powerline connection is cheaper than the 4 port.
     
  13. Dec 8, 2007 #93 of 108
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    I'd be interested in hearing what the measured throughput of the powerline adapters are from those that use them. I don't use them but I've read reviews that although some are advertised at 200Mbs, the actual throughput is significantly less at <50Mbs. I wouldn't consider a powerline adapter as a substitute for a wired LAN or even a wireless LAN connection if speed is a factor.
     
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    hmm one reviewer on amazon said:

    the units WILL NOT WORK if you plug them into surge protectors or uninterruptible power supplies (UPS)

    So i guess no powerlines for me. I will not risk frying them :)
     
  15. Dec 8, 2007 #95 of 108
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    I would expect that to be the case, a UPS system SHOULD have an isolation transformer in them. With that said, "Yep". Surge protectors, it will probably work. A thermistor will not block anything.

    You can always plug the powerline in the wall and not worry about it.
     
  16. Dec 8, 2007 #96 of 108
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    You're scared of frying a powerline adapter--a device whose owner's manual specifically tells you to plug it right into the wall socket? Crazy, especially with how cheap they are...
     
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    I'm wired so nothing special - a netgear switch in the media closet for the whole house and a smaller one in the family room where there are two HR20's.
     
  18. Dec 8, 2007 #98 of 108
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    Yes, the powerline adapters are not a perfect substitute for wired LAN, but I just replaced an 802.11g wireless bridge with a Slinglink Turbo and the performance is slightly faster, but much more reliable. There's no way I'd go back.

    Wireless networking got big real quick, but I think I'm about done with it in my house. I only leave the wireless router connected for my laptop--there's just too many problems with signal strength and reception and security to make me think it's a viable alternative to a proper network or even one with a decent powerline adapter in place.
     
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    maybe i'm missing which to put together (netgears site was a bit confusing for me) but out of all the new adapters i've seen/priced, none were as cheap as the 90 dollar linksys bridge.

    And are you saying there is no chance of the adapters being hit buy a surge and affecting the modem/router etc? (i thought i should protect that gear too) I dont know how all this works but envisioned if the netgear stuff somehow got fried, it would 'back into' the modem and linksys router i have thru the network cable.

    if it 'just' fries the netgear stuff, then i can see your disposable reasoning.

    But then that still beckons the question of what am i researching incorrectly pricewise and unitwise?
     
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    is there any reason this wouldnt work....can't figure out difference between AG and G

    http://www.amazon.com/Linksys-WGA54AG-Game-Adapter-802-11A/dp/B0006OCZHG

    edit...the AG does ABG and the G just does AG. The G is listed on the main linksys site where the AG is 'archived' so i assume it is older and I dont need to worry about A even though I do have an ABG router?

    I thought i read somewhere something about interference with 2.4gig phones is possible and I should make sure i get A or did i misremember that?

    And do you think there will be any issues since i'm using my laptop 8ft from the dvr and adapter? (other than splitting the speed of course)
     
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