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Wireless connection for HR20-700

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by iowaberg, Jan 8, 2010.

  1. Jan 8, 2010 #1 of 20
    iowaberg

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    I would like to connect my HR20-700 wirelessly from my bedroom to network. My modem and router are downstairs so a wired connection won't work. What have others found brands and models use as a bridge/adaptor?

    Also, my HR23 downstairs is connected wirelessly but when I try to view videos or pictures through MediaShare, I just get 'x' or exclamation points and I can't view them. How do I get this fixed?
     
  2. Jan 8, 2010 #2 of 20
    mdavej

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    I use a $30 refurbished linksys wrt-160n router I converted to a bridge using the dd-wrt firmware. If you don't want to buy a $100 bridge or gaming adapter (any one will work), you can use the dd-wrt firmware to convert hundreds of different model routers, perhaps even one you already own.

    Do you want cheap, or simple? The simplest is the linksys wga600n or wet610n bridge D* sells, since you can set it up using the DVR.

    The 610 is discussed in detail a couple of threads down.
     
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    iowaberg

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    I was looking for cheap and simple :D something less than $50.
     
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    mdavej

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    Sorry but those are mutually exclusive :lol:
     
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    iowaberg

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    I'd be willing to spend a little extra money if it was worth my time by being able to set it up through my receiver. I'm talking about the ones supported by D*. I assume most of you would favor those that are mentioned above?
     
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    Cheap and simple is fine for something like VOD.
    But, if you have aspirations of streaming HD video then you'll want 802.11n, preferably a router & adapter that work on either 2.4 and/or 5GHz.

    2.4GHz has better range but you may have many competing wireless networks in your area. On 5GHz you may be all by yourself.
    Many people run a WRT600N (or WRT610N) simultaneous dual-band router using 2.4GHz for legacy equipment and 5GHz for video.
    Such a setup will cost you though.
     
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    The Merg

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    People have had good success with the two that have built-in support to the DirecTV receivers. They will run you about $80 though if ordered through DirecTV.

    - Merg
     
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    Would all said suggestions work well with MRV and Mediashare? That's primarily what I would use it for.
     
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    Wireless MRV pretty much requires 802.11n as stated in the First Look.
     
  12. BattleZone

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    Well...

    All wireless is subject to RF interference that can temporarily slow throughput. "G" networks are plenty fast enough for a single HD stream (plus other light simultaneous usage) as long as signal strength is good and interference isn't bad.

    "N" networks both have higher base throughput (giving more leeway) and can have multiple bands, which should enhance reliability. If you need multiple MRV streams or MRV and heavy downloading both going over the wireless, then "N" equipment is probably going to be necessary.

    If you already have "G" equipment, I would use it. If you're buying anything new for MRV, buy "N", even if you have to use it in "G" mode today with your other equipment.
     
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    For MediaShare it should work. MRV hasnt been released yet but for best performance I dont suspect G being a good solution. Although there will be varied opinions on this.
     
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    That's a great deal and is exactly what I have. Got 2 of em for $30 each a while back. I use one as my main router and the other as a bridge for my D* receiver. They work great. But it was a little complicated getting them set up.

    However, I don't think they're actually supported by D*. You're probably thinking of the 610, not the 160. The 160 isn't a bridge unless you load the DD-WRT firmware. So it won't work as a bridge at all with the stock firmware, much less allow you to set it up through the D* box.

    Plus there's a 33% chance you'll get a version incompatible with DD-WRT. There are hardware versions 1, 2 and 3. Only versions 1 and 3 work with DD-WRT.

    Just trying to let you know it's complicated, risky and not plug-and-play. But for the money, I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
     
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    Sorry, I had bridges on the brain. As far as routers go, I can't think of any N routers that wouldn't work fine with D*.
     
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    it would be nice to be able to use a usb wireless adapter, I have 2 sitting around doing nothing, but I guess that would require enabling the usb ports

    then I guess if they did that, then dvr's with no networking could then network (I have a new hr23-700 and a r-15 (love the r15, seems faster, etc and never had a problem with it) the 23 is new as of today
     

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