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So I purchased a new Samsung TV today and plugged in my Ethernet connection to the TV and immediately the HR44 RVU device showed up as a video source. I was hoping that was all I had to do. Boy was I disappointed. I'm not sure if these steps are all correct, but here's the steps required to get it to work
- Tried to connect to the HR44 and received a message that said I reached maximum connections (when I had none) - appears I had to call DirecTV to enable this feature. I called DTV and gave them the MAC address of the TV NIC. It turns out DTV will charge me $6/month for each TV, even though I am not purchasing any new equipment. So I'm charged $6/month whether I have a set top box or not. Was I done? No.
- When I then tried to connect to the HR44 I entered the PIN and after a few seconds an error returned during a MOCA Test (48-269 = Home Networking issues). I have CAT6 run throughout my house connecting to a 24 port smart switch and then to an ASUS U68 WiFi router ($200). I was curious why I was getting an error during MOCA test when I am using Ethernet only. So back to the phone to talk to DTV.
- It turns out the woman said I need a DECA 2 adapter connected to the TV which she said she would send out for free. I told her I didn't want to use Coax and wanted to do everything over Ethernet. Obviously Ethernet was working since it was communicating to the HR44. Her knowledge was limited and told me I need this adapter. This also means I am required to have an RG6 cable into the room (which I do), but I really wanted to use Ethernet. As it turns out you only need the DECA adapter during setup. Once I set up the TV properly I was able to use just the Ethernet connection and no need for Coax or adapters.
- During initial setup I was forced to use the DECA adapter but still got the error above, 48-269, which indicated a network problem and showed two MAC addresses. It turns out these MAC addresses were other DECA adapters on the network. I unplugged the two adapters from the other TVs in my house and setup completed. I was then able to remove the DECA 2 adapter from my RVU TV and only used Ethernet... works great!
I am waiting on the DECA 2 adapter but my assumption is that this adapter will plug into the RG6 AND Ethernet connection on the back of the TV. I am also assuming that I will get Internet traffic routed over the RG6 from the HR44 which is connected to the switch and will actually act as another switch?
I read some confusing posts which led me to believe I might be able to remove the adapter and ONLY use Ethernet once the device has been setup the first time. Is this true, or am I stuck with using RG6 and a DECA 2 adapter for good? Do I need something connected to my HR44 as well?
It also appears that Samsung TV's in the past would work over Ethernet, but a recent firmware update to Samsung TVs may have caused this new requirement to use the DTV network over RG6. True?
I'm happy to update the item numbers above as a concise list of what to do when I get some additional answers. Thanks
Edited by tdogdfw, 26 August 2014 - 05:07 PM.