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Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by nicemann, Jan 4, 2009.
I use 2 WGA600n's in my setup. They both have been flawless.
This seems like a good place to jump in with my question for the networking geniuses here.
I have an HR-10 in one room and an HR21 in another room, my wife recently asked if we could set it up so that we could watch what on one DVR on the other. My initial reaction was "of course not", but then I thought about you guys and the help you have given me before and I thought i would ask.
Neither of the units are networked, which is another thing I would like to do.
Can someone help or are we SOL?
"MRV" or multi room viewing is reported to be on the way in a few months after testing is finished, maybe sooner than that but there are bugs to be worked out.
Since the HR-21 already has a network card in it, all you need is the wireless antenna to connect to it. Correct?
The network card in the HR21 is not a wireless network connection. It has 2 ports on it and it is a hard wired connection. To achieve a wireless connection with the HR21 a wireless game adapter or a wireless powerline adapter is need to make the connection to you home network.
I'm using a powerline adapter right now, and it works okay but it seems slow. Would a Linksys WGA600N handle downloads faster? Is there a way to check how fast I'm currently downloading? Last question: could I use the same Linksys to connect my PS3 or would I need another one?
Thanks for your help.
That depends on your wireless router speed and environment. If your wireless router is 802.11N then it is technically capable of speeds faster than the slower powerline networking devices if a maximum performance wireless connection can be maintained. Assuming by downloads, you mean 'On-Demand', either one of these are plenty fast enough to outpace your internet connection speed which is the limiting factor in how fast you can download content.
Not on the DVR itself, but your router may have stats in the log section you can use to ballpark the speed based on the usage data. Or a laptop on the same wireless should yield the same results as what the DVR will see.
If your DVR is an HR21/22/23, then you can plug the PS3 in to the 2nd network port of the DVR. If it is an HR20, you would need a small hub to connect both devices to the wireless adapter.
I don't want to sink big bucks into something just for OnDemand. Would something like this work instead of the one DirecTV offers?:
I think the WGA600N will give you a more stable system, faster if you connect it to an "N" type router and you can get support from Directv and Linksys if you have a problem and it connects almost automatically unless you have a WEP or WPA Authorization Problem which I believe that problem has been fixed by Directv & Linksys.
I know quite a bit about computers, but have done practically nothing with routers, etc. Guess I need to learn.
It's more expensive than the Directv one (which is $25, two are required) and slower (12 Mbps vs 85 Mbps). That would be fast enough for On Demand but marginal for Media Share or (in the future) multi-room viewing.
I use Linksys WRT54G wireless routers ($35-$50) flashed with DD-WRT firmware which has WDS capability. This gives me 4 wireless ports at each location where I place a router. So, for instance, in the entertainment center, I have a connection for the Xbox, DVD player and HR20.
I have a Linksys WRT54GX which is an "N" speed router. I bought 2 WGA600N Gaming Adapters to hook my HR21-700s wirelessly to my network. They only have one ethernet port.
What kind of Linksys Product can I buy where I can hook up 4 devices instead on just one that will talk to my router wirelessly with "N" speed?
A small 8 port hub is all that is needed. Attach the WGA to the hub and connect all the devices to the hub. Or if you want more control of the traffic to and from the devices an 8 port "switch" (slightly more expensive thatn a simple hub).
Also, you can connect the HR21s to each other and they can use the same WGA.
I'm still using a Linksys BEFW11S4 Wireless-B router with my cable modem.
The WGA600N is backward compatible with 802.11a/b/g but does anyone know how well this will actually work in this application....if at all?
I don't need control of the traffic but just want to be able to connect 2 DVRs to it along with a Slingbox. They probably never will be competing with each other so traffic should not be an issue.
Connect as such:
WGA > DVR 1 PORT 1 > DRV1 PORT 2 > DVR2 PORT 1 > DVR2 PORT 2 > SLINGBOX.
All 3 devices will share the wireless connection.
I haven't tried it yet, but the Apple AirPort Express is supposed to work well. You can find the older, 802.11g model for about $50.
So if I only have the HR20-700 DVR and Slingbox connected to it I guess I would do the following.
Connect the WGA600N into Port 1 of the HR20.
Connect the Slingbox into Port 2 of the HR20.
Then the Slingbox will use the WGA600N via the passthur Port 2 of the HR20.
Does this sound correct?
Thanks for your info.
Theoretically that connection is correct, however, if it is an HR20, no. Although there are 2 ports on the HR20, the pass-thru port is not active. It is only active on the HR21 and above. Your original post said HR-21s so the advice was based on that. With the HR20 / Slingbox combo you are back to needing a small hub.