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Wiring Genie with Ethernet cable question

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by Cavicchi, Dec 4, 2013.

  1. Dec 4, 2013 #1 of 82
    Cavicchi

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    I am scheduled for 12/12 installation of Genie and 2 minis. I assume the tech would automatically be inclined to go wireless off my router with main Genie. But, how would I have him do it hard-wired to main Genie? I have an Ethernet cable ready in place to go to from router to where Genie will be.

    Is there any reason why I should choose wireless over hard wired?

    I am thinking of going hard-wired to main Genie and minis picking it up via wireless. How should that be done?
     
  2. Dec 4, 2013 #2 of 82
    Stevies3

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    Always go wired. Less issues. As for clients there's no Ethernet port. Data is supplied via coax.


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  3. Dec 4, 2013 #3 of 82
    dpeters11

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    An installer won't connect the ethernet to the Genie, they would use a CCK. Of course once they leave, you can just use the Genie's port, it will work and give all boxes Internet access.
     
  4. Dec 4, 2013 #4 of 82
    Cavicchi

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    Okay, so after he leaves I would connect ethernet cable to main Genie, then what do I do? How do I get Genie to recognize ethernet?
     
  5. Dec 4, 2013 #5 of 82
    peds48

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    The Genie and minis both need a coax cable. The minis don't really need internet as they get it form the main Genie.

    As the others have said, let the tech use the CCK if he so chooses. after he leaves, you can take it off and connect directly
     
  6. Dec 4, 2013 #6 of 82
    peds48

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    it should be automatic
     
  7. Dec 4, 2013 #7 of 82
    Cavicchi

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    Usually there is something that needs to be done, such as going into network settings/connection and having unit configure automatically. After something like that, I imagine the minis need some sort of attention, like setting each one up to recognize my network name.
     
  8. Dec 4, 2013 #8 of 82
    peds48

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    Nope, is automatic, specially if the receiver has been configured properly before. worse case, a menu reset or RBR should do it. and the minis has nothing to do with your network as far as the set up is concerned.
     
  9. Dec 4, 2013 #9 of 82
    Cavicchi

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    So if the Genie is hard-wired for ethernet, how do the minis connect to On demand? Via Coax and not wireless?
     
  10. DB Stalker

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    So if the Genie is hard-wired for ethernet, how do the minis connect to On demand? Via Coax and not wireless?
    yes

    #)
     
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  11. DB Stalker

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    The minis are just an extension of the genie. Whatever the genie can do, the minis can do. (Almost)

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  12. Drucifer

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    Minis are only a dumb terminal. They can't do anything on their own. They must be part of a working Genie.
     
  13. Cavicchi

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    Can you use the older HR24 remotes for the minis or must it be the new one, RC71?
     
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    You can use the old ones but in IR only.
     
  15. kaminar

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    In the past, it was recommended (when adding HD-DVR/Genie to the home network), to do this:

    1. Disconnect all devices from network
    2. Connect the CCK to router (wireless). It should grab an IP address (avoiding future conflicts).
    3. Add Genie
    4. Once working, connect other devices to the network.

    This may still be the best course of action. Others can chime in with additional info.

    -=K=-
     
  16. peds48

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    neither. Because they don't
     
  17. HoTat2

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    II thought in a certain way the mini clients do need to connect to the internet for VOD, even though it takes place through the Genie;

    Which is why the minis actually acquire two different IP addresses. A 192.168.xxx.xxx one from the router in addition to the negotiated 169.254.xxx.xxx APIPA one for the RVU connection to the Genie server of course.
     
  18. Cavicchi

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    This is getting more complicated, more complex than I initially thought. Maybe I should stay with cable :grin:
     
  19. longrider

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    I wouldn't go that far, remember that friends don't let friends use cable... :) I admit it sounds complicated but it almost all "behind the curtain" stuff. From the user standpoint you just supply an internet connection to the Genie either wired or wireless (wired recommended) and the DirecTV network handles the rest of it.
     
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  20. Cavicchi

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    You have eased my concerns, thank you!
     

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