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Whole Home DVR Service Information and FAQ

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by Grentz, May 26, 2010.

  1. StangGT909

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    Duh... forgot about that. It works now. (figure it will take a few hours - 24 to download it's data).

    I went into my bedroom and this time, the MRV playlist does not appear, which means the ethernet part worked fine.

    So I guess I'm good to experiment with Cinema plus for a few days and if I decide it's really worth it, I'll order the DECA and plug it in.

    I assume to reverse, I just unplug the ethernet, reboot, and I should be fine.

    Thanks a ton for the help, I wouldn't have figured it out without the forums or at least hours of struggling.


    One last comment... I see now that it's DECA or Ethernet... not both. Makes perfect sense to use DECA to avoid having to run CAT5, but in my case since everything is wired.... I don't get why I can't have MRV over coax with no internet, but simply internet via CAT5 to the back of my HR24
     
  2. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    If/when you want to go back to DECA, you'll need to remove the ethernet cable and then re-run the SAT setup.
    If/when you get a BB DECA, it no longer is MRV or Cinema plus.
    "Also" if everything is ethernet, you also can have MRV & Cinema plus.
    What you can't do is "mix & match" with the 24s.
     
  3. SPACEMAKER

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    So now that I have these white DECA things hooked up there is no where to plug in my wireless bridges for VOD, Apps and other things for which I need my HD receivers connected to the internet.

    So how do I get these receivers back online?
     
  4. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    With one of these:
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    or the same thing but in a different package:

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    As seen here:

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  5. The Merg

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    Did DirecTV perform the upgrade for you? Was Cinema Connection Kit listed on your work order (check your order on-line)? If so, then the installer dropped the ball. If not, then you need another DECA like VOS shows. Hook up this extra DECA to a coax that is connected to your SWM splitter and an ethernet cable to this DECA. That will get you on your home network/Internet.

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  6. Jan 1, 2011 #266 of 503
    SPACEMAKER

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    I had my WET610's hooked up when the installer was here but they were off to the side when he left. Do I need the guy to come back? Are my WET610's now basically useless?

    He was doing the install the day after we moved so I wasn't as vigilant as I would have been normally. It wasn't until I tried to re-connect my WET610's that I realized I was screwed.
     
  7. Jan 1, 2011 #267 of 503
    The Merg

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    The WET610's are basically useless now. If you have the extra DECA (Cinema Connection Kit), you can hook one up to that to get all your receivers on the Internet. As asked in my previous post, is the Cinema Connection Kit/Internet Connection Kit an item on your order for the Whole Home DVR upgrade? If so and it was not set up, then you need DirecTV to come back out and install that for you.

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  8. Jan 1, 2011 #268 of 503
    SPACEMAKER

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    I guess I didn't realize I had to specify that I needed connected home along with MRV since I set up the connected home myself prior to having MRV.

    I guess I will call D* do what I need to do to get it all worked out.

    This stuff is never easy for me due to me being so technically challenged. It's a miracle I even have a functioning and secured wireless N network at all. But I shall stay the course and forge ahead.
     
  9. Jan 2, 2011 #269 of 503
    hdtvfan0001

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    Oh contrare....mine is being used for another mission, and doing quite well right now...it's been "repurposed", but it did a great job driving the Internet connection for the DECA setup here for some time. ;)
     
  10. Jan 2, 2011 #270 of 503
    The Merg

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    I just meant that for the purpose of connecting the receivers to the home network/Internet the WET610's were basically useless now... :)

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  11. Jan 2, 2011 #271 of 503
    hdtvfan0001

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    Yes indeed...I knew that sir... ;):)

    Until recently...I found the WET610N to work quite well in a DECA setup for Internet connectivity when I had that in place. It works equally well in another location and different purpose now too.

    As you pointed out...the ICK is the way to go at this time.
     
  12. Jan 2, 2011 #272 of 503
    The Merg

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    Yup. That's what I'm suggesting to SPACEMAKER to use one for once they have the CCK connected.

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  13. Jan 2, 2011 #273 of 503
    SPACEMAKER

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    What is an ICK, a CCK and where do they fit in to all this?
     
  14. Jan 2, 2011 #274 of 503
    Richierich

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    Yes, Originally it was the Broadband DECA Adapter, then they called it the Internet Connection Kit, then the Directv Cinema Connection Kit referrring more to the ability to get Directv On Demand via the Internet.
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  15. Jan 2, 2011 #275 of 503
    veryoldschool

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    While the internet connection kit has changed names to cinema connection kit, no matter what it's called, it still uses a broadband DECA.
    Either this:
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    Or this that is simply repackaged:
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    Which connects like this:
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  16. Jan 5, 2011 #276 of 503
    beerguy

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    Directv is coming out Saturday to add three DECAs to my existing receivers and set up the Whole Home DVR. This is my 7th year as a customer and I asked if they could do anything for me on the installation price. They discounted the $199 package to $99 and then added $49 for installation, so I ended up saving $50. At least they threw me a bone. The price includes the Cinema Connection Kit, although I don't have DSL in my home and instead use a broadband card. Maybe they'll give it to me in case I add DSL at a later date.
     
  17. STEVED21

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    Is one way better than the other?
     
  18. veryoldschool

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    Both devices to the same thing, so there is no "better".
     
  19. ctorg

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    Two quick questions - any help would be appreciated.

    Thinking of getting DTV specifically for the whole home dvr feature for our set-up.

    1st question - I've seen that you can only stream 1 program off of the DVR to a remote box at a time. In my set-up - I'm looking for just 1 HD DVR downstairs and 1 HD upstairs. In that scenario - the HD box upstairs would stream a program off of the other box. Can the HD DVR downstairs access a different recorded program to watch at the same time since it is local? Or - watch live TV on the HD DVR and build a buffer to skip the commercials?

    2nd question - here is my layout - have new coax easily accessable starting at the roof, with a drop available to TV upstairs. One new coax line exits there and goes downstairs to garage closet where I have wrt54g box for network access. From there, goes one new coax line to TV downstairs. Will the DECA be plugged into the network in the garage and done? Or, does there need to be another coax line back up to the TV upstairs and just bypass the TV on the trip down into the garage closet?
     
  20. RAD

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    Viewing of either live or recorded programming is totally independant of whatever the HD receiver upstairs is doing. So yes, watch one recording on the HD DVR and another (or the same) recorind upstairs.


    Sounds like it might work, put the power inserted upstairs at that TV the a splitter to go to that HD receiver and the other drop downstairs to the garage closet where the broadband DECA would need to go with anothe 2 way splitter with the final feed to downstairs. The big question is the quality of the cable and how much signal loss it would cause on top of the splitters. You tech should be able to verify if that would work, else he'll just pull a new line from upstairs to downstairs TV and have only one splitter upstairs.
     

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