First you went after the OP, and then Merg.
"The point" is the Genie & clients use the 169.xxx IPs and the OP might want to remove the router connection and see how the C31s work.
If the problem goes away, then it's router related.
If the problem doesn't, then it's DirecTV's problem.
There really is no point going into who mistook where the 169.xxx comes from.
So correcting misinformation or asking for clarification is "going after" someone? Or is that only if you're not one of the old timers around here?