Am I understanding that if I can get one ethernet cable hooked up between any one of the DirecTV boxes and my AT&T wireless PC wi-fi router that is all I need for the networking connection for MRV & VOD? Then I will need one DECA device on each DirecTV box, correct? That is correct.
Do I need any additional hardware for VOD/MRV service or otherwise? Just the Broadband or Wireless Deca, as illustrated. However: the BB Deca is not white (what's shown is a receiver Deca being used as a BB Deca) The BB Decas are black and small - they look like a mini router and measure 3"x4"x1"
Will there be any conflict between my PC network and the DirecTV network after this install, such as slowing down my 3mbps internet connection? Only if you try downloading HD VOD. Bonus: you'll have Media Share capabilities, which will allow you to show certain types of media files stored on your computer's hard drive on your TV
Should I get the hardware/kits I need from DirecTV and install them myself or should I let DirecTV install the hardware? I have technician skills. You could probably do it yourself with little effort, but better to have a tech since they can trouble-shoot any potential problems faster.
Is there any cost benefit to buying the hardware eleswhere and installing it myself? As noted previously, it all depends on the CSR.
Am I overlooking anything else as part of this project? Don't forget the Whole-Home DVR cost of $3/mo and it needs to be added and active on your account.
Thanks for the detailed response, very helpful!
Couple of clarifications please:
I can easily connect a Cat 6 cable between one of my DirecTV receiver boxes and my existing wi-fi router but runnning an ethernet cable between my router and SWM location will be difficult. So if I understand you correctly, running the MRV connection Cat 6 cable between my router and one of my receivers will be fine, correct?
I would like to get HD video from the VOD service but I'm limited to a 3 mbps AT&T internet connection with no options for a faster connection because of where I live. Are you saying I will not be able to get DirecTv HD VOD because of my connection speed?
All of our tv's are large screens so we only watch HD, is there any benefit to having VOD that is limited because of our 3 mbps connection speed if we're only going to watch HD?
Edited by tenn_, 20 February 2012 - 10:29 AM.