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Another MRV question... I know the guy screwed up when installing

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by Shaqdan, May 23, 2010.

  1. Shaqdan

    Shaqdan Legend

    Jan 23, 2009
    I was a beta tester for MRV and loved it, so of course, I am willing to pay for the service. I realize that I could have just kep things how they were, but I called and paid the $100 to have someone come out and 'do it right.' Well, the guy got to my door yesterday and the first words out of his mouth were "I just want to let you know up front that I have never done this before." Not the best thing to hear, I'll admit.

    The guy changed out my dish to a SWM (or whatever it is called, so I only need one line going to each box). However, when installing the DECA, he really didn't know what he was doing. In the end, I had ethernet running directly to the boxes as before, so the DECA are all but useless.

    My questions:
    • If I have 2 boxes, how many total DECA do I need?
    • I have 2 DECA and the black box that plugs into the wall. Is this all the equipment I should have or am I missing something that connects to my 2WIRE router?

    I've looked at the countless threads about connecting MRV, I've seen pictures, but for some reason, I cannot make heads or tails out of anything I see. As it is now, my MRV works, but only because I have the 2 ethernet cables running directly into my boxes like I did during the Beta. I'd like to get it connected correctly, so I could free up those extra cables. Any help would be appreciated.
  2. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Dec 9, 2006
    One more DECA and a PI for it.
    Then this DECA make the bridge to your 2Wire, but it too needs to have a coax connection to share with the other DECAs at the receivers.
  3. Blurayfan

    Blurayfan Hall Of Fame

    Nov 16, 2005
    The way you're setup you need 3 DECAs. One for each receiver and one with a power supply for your router. Connecting the short ethernet cord from the DECA adapter to the ethernet plug of each receiver will give you MRV. Adding another coax connected to your SWM and a DECA adapter with power supply hooked up to this DECA adapter pigtail at your router location then connecting a ethernet cable from the DECA to your router will give the receivers network access for MediaShare, On Demand and internet PPV ordering.
  4. dwcolvin

    dwcolvin Icon

    Oct 4, 2007
    Assuming you have no Hx24 or SD boxes, you need 3 DECAs... 1 to each of the receivers (with a short Ethernet cable to the receiver) and a third with a Power Supply attached to the pigtail that goes to both your router (or switch) and coax from the SWM splitter.
  5. The Merg

    The Merg 1*

    Jun 24, 2007
    Northern VA
    The easiest way to get you set up for Internet connectivity when going to the SWiM/MRV upgrade is to take advantage of the one of your extra coax runs.

    For example, if you have 2 HR22's, you would have 4 coax runs in order to use both tuners on each receiver. You would also have an ethernet cable running to each receiver as well. When switching to MRV, you only need one coax run to each receiver. Leave a third coax connected (basically the second cable that went to one of your receivers).

    As stated, you would need 3 DECA's in the case you do not have an HR24. Right before the coax gets from the SWiM to the receiver, a DECA unit is connected. The output from the DECA will be a coax that goes to the receiver SAT1 input and an ethernet cable from the DECA that goes to the ethernet jack on the receiver. With the extra DECA, the output of the DECA would go to a PI. The ethernet jack on the DECA would be connected to the ethernet cable you had going to your router from the receiver it is near.

    And that's it. That will have you set up with SWiM/DECA at each of your receivers along with the bridge to you local network, which will allow you to have access to DirecTV on Demand.

    - Merg

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