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Whole Home DVR not working after disconnecting Receiver

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by kneeslikeamare, Oct 19, 2010.

  1. kneeslikeamare

    kneeslikeamare Mentor

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    This is my first post so please forgive me if this answer could have been found elsewhere and if I don't have the exact specs as I'm at work right now.

    This past weekend I had DirecTV install an HD DVR and an HD Receiver with Whole Home DVR service. My building has a community dish. I know that a SWiM was installed and everything was working perfectly until I bought a new TV, and disconnected the cables and power source from the HD Receiver so that I could move it into the TV Stand. Now, I cannot see my playlist on the HD Receiver, instead it just pulls up a "To Do List" menu. It also says that there are no networked receivers. The Whole Home DVR service worked fine before I unplugged everything, but now it doesn't work. Does it have to do with the order of re-plugging things back in? Does the coax cable need to be plugged in before the power source on the HD Receiver, because I may have done that in the reverse order...? I already tried resetting both boxes using the red reset button. I had this all set up before my broadband internet service was setup, so it shouldn't have anything to do with my internet.

    Please advise if you have any suggestions. I spoke with a CSR last night, and after their tests, they want to send someone back out...

    Thanks!
     
  2. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    What you've already done should have had it come back.
    You might go back and first reset the DVR [use the menu restart over the red button as this is the preferred method].
    After it comes up completely, then restart the receiver.
    If this doesn't do it, look at your router if you're connected to the internet, as sometimes this can cause this and reboot it.
     
  3. kneeslikeamare

    kneeslikeamare Mentor

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    Thanks for the response. I will try restarting both again through the menu after work today. I do not have it connected to the internet at all. The part that frustrates me is that it was working properly, then I unplugged the coax, power cord, and hdmi cord to move it into the new tv stand, then plugged everything back in, and now it no longer can see the DVR playlist. My building uses an independent company to install DTV, and it is very frustrating dealing with them if I need someone to come out and service it. I really hope I can fix this on my own...
     
  4. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Without a router to handle the IP routing, the receivers can/will take longer to find each other.
    You may find they've found each other by the time you get home.
     
  5. kneeslikeamare

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    That would be very exciting, although the last reset I did was about 9 pm last night PST, and I checked again this morning about 9 hours later, and they still hadn't found each other...i'll cross my fingers. Any other thoughts?
     
  6. veryoldschool

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    By morning they should have found each other.
    It can take a couple of hours, depending on which model each are.
    The 24s seem to find each other faster since they use internal IPs that are close, and the other receivers find each other because they use slightly different IPs. The longest seem to be a mix of 24s and others.
    "Other thoughts" would be to check what their network status is/shows.
    Resetting the network defaults, then rebooting, then running "connect now", running the system/network test, etc.
     
  7. larryk

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    Check the network status of each receiver, and check the IP address of each to make sure that they are in the same subnet (the same except the last number)
     
  8. kneeslikeamare

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    SO frustrating. Thanks for your help, but so far, nothing has allowed the Whole Home DVR to work. I tried resetting both boxes, I tried restoring network defaults...no dice. I looked at the IP settings, and they are different after the first 6 digits, but i tried to change them to match and it wouldn't let me choose connect.

    If someone could post step by step suggestions on how to resolve this, i'd greatly appreciate this. i'm home now, so i can check any settings or information for you. i really don't want to have to deal with the technician again, i just spoke to his rep and he said he couldn't even make me an appointment...
     
  9. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Let's hear what hardware you have, since "something" is missing.
     
  10. kneeslikeamare

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    The HD Receiver is model H24-700 and the DVR is HR24-500. My building is prewired for DTV on a community satellite dish. I know they installed a SWiM at the source of the wires in our laundry room, and the wires run through my walls and connect directly to my boxes. from what i've been told by the technician, i do not require internet for this function to work. thanks!
     
  11. veryoldschool

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    So, go into the system info [more info] on each and check what you see for the network and if you see "coax".
    Post everything from the IP through network connected/internet connected, for both.
    You do not need internet connectivity.
     
  12. kneeslikeamare

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    ok on the DVR:
    IP Address: 169.254.7.138
    Subnet Mask: 255.255.0.0
    Default Gateway: -
    DNS:
    STB Services Port: !N/A(100)
    Status: -
    Audio Services Port: -
    Network: Coax not connected (9)
    Internet: ! Not connected (9)

    on the HD Receiver:
    IP Address: 169.254.11.67
    Subnet Mask: 255.255.0.0
    Default Gateway: -
    DNS:
    STB Services Port: ! N/A(100)
    Status: -
    Audio Services Port: -
    Network: Coax Not Connected (9)
    Internet: !not connected (9)

    I'm assuming that coax not connected is the issue. i wonder if the technician coincidentally disconnected a coax from the SWiM when he installed another unit yesterday while i was in the process of switching my receiver to my new tv....would that make sense? other things to check? thanks!
     
  13. veryoldschool

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    So we now know why.
    You have TV working right?
    Go into the setup menu/Satellite and re-run the setup.
    This is how to turn on the DECA/coax networking.
     
  14. kneeslikeamare

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    ok i'm in the process of doing this, there is an error on tuner 1 on the Odd 13V 103 degree, but i'm going to continue to see if the process fixes the whole home issue...i'll check back in in a second
     
  15. veryoldschool

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    Theme from Jeopardy plays in the background
     
  16. kneeslikeamare

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    Ha, ok i did it on both receivers and still it didn't fix the issue...do i need to do one before the other? do i need to reset either of them first? after? it still isn't seeing my playlist from the DVR on the receiver. it still just pulls up the to do list. tv is working fine on both receivers though. i feel like that should have worked though, i do think i need that DECA to be reset because of how it was last unplugged...what do you suggest?
     
  17. kneeslikeamare

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    it still states that the coax is not connected btw...
     
  18. RobertE

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    At this point it could be a number of things. Each box might be on a different SWiM module now, a BSF could have been added and who knows what else.
     
  19. kneeslikeamare

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    the only way i could see that they'd be on different SWiM modules is if the technician came and swapped it yesterday during the same hour i had it unplugged, because it was working fine earlier yesterday...
     
  20. veryoldschool

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    What did you move when this "broke"?
     

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