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  1. Oct 31, 2008 #81 of 174
    bigmac94

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    I had nothing but trouble setting my new Bridge up. First I could not for the life of me get the Directv Remote to type in the necessary letters,could only get numbers.
    So I just took The Unit to the Computer and did what I needed to do from there.
    Still in all for me it was a Challenge, however I stayed with It. Works Very Well!!
     
  2. Oct 31, 2008 #82 of 174
    sore_bluto

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    I just updated my entire system to N. Installed a WRT160N router and 3 WGA600Ns. Setup was easy compared to the WGA54G units. The HR20s immediately recognized the adapter and all I had to do was input the passkey with the remote.
     
  3. Nov 1, 2008 #83 of 174
    jimcummings

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    I have connected the adapter and my PVR reports back that the network is connected but not the internet. The front panel light seem OK. I have reset both the Linksys and the HR20-100. Any thoughts on next steps?

    Jim Cummings
     
  4. Nov 1, 2008 #84 of 174
    sore_bluto

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    Have you ever had the HR20 networked before? If not, then you might start by checking the settings on your firewall and router to make sure the adapter has the proper access. If yes, then check to make sure all the settings are accurate. Your router software should be helpful in finding the problem.

    The Dod forum is here and this thread might help.
     
  5. Nov 1, 2008 #85 of 174
    Milominderbinder2

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    Plug it in to an HR20-700 and BAM! it worked. Just enter your security key.

    Put a dumb $20 Linksys switch on it and BAM! two HR20-700's worked instantly!

    Way to go DIRECTV!

    - Craig
     
  6. Nov 2, 2008 #86 of 174
    jimcummings

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    Yes, I had it networked with the Wireless G Music Bridge and it was pretty much plug and play. I wanted to use this one since it supported a switch allowing me to connect my Blu Ray and Receiver (I have tried to connect with and without the switch, btw). I will read the threads you suggest but am not too network savy.

    Jim Cummings
     
  7. Nov 2, 2008 #87 of 174
    sore_bluto

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    I am not a networking genius by any stretch. I'm just thinking back to problems I had when setting up the wireless G network. Setting up the N network was very easy by comparison.

    It is possible that you may be running into a problem with the security settings and the router. Maybe check and/or disable the MAC filter. The adapter will push a different MAC address when it is hooked up to the HR20 than when it is plugged in, but not yet connected. Also check to make sure you're not having a problem with DHCP. I seem to remember that if you use [Connect Now] in the advanced setup on the HR20, it becomes a static IP address. If I'm wrong, someone please correct me. I'm not trying to give bum advice here.
     
  8. Nov 2, 2008 #88 of 174
    Drew2k

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    Here's another first look I didn't see when it came out - shame on me! But kudos on the First Look - another great job!
     
  9. Nov 3, 2008 #89 of 174
    Justinto

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    I bought a WGN600N last week and it worked flawlessly. I would suggest when connecting to the DVR to do it directly rather than following directions on the Amazon site that says to configure it before connecting.

    My question is this. When I look at the Mediasharing on the HR20-700 it see two of my three computers but not the third one. I looked at all of the settings from the other two but cannot figure it out. I checked the firewalls (They are the same), I checked the services being run and all of them are running, I changed the name on the computer, and I disconnected the Media Sharing, reboot the computer, then reinstalled file Mediasharing on it. I can see these files from the other computers. I also discounted the operating systems. Two computers run XP Pro and are set up the same and one is Vista Ultimate. The problem is one of the XP computers.

    Any suggestions?
     
  10. Nov 3, 2008 #90 of 174
    BubblePuppy

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    I've been using on for several months now and the setup is a snap, yes just plug it in and set it up via the HD DVR. Never had a problem with it.
     
  11. Nov 3, 2008 #91 of 174
    Ryan415689

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    $79.95 plus shipping
     
  12. Nov 5, 2008 #92 of 174
    DJPellegrino

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    I have a D-Link DR615 wireless router and had the HR-21 hooked into it via wired connection. I have the router set up as DHCP, but providing a specific IP address for the Hr-21.

    I need to move the router and it won't be any where near the HR-21, so I must buy a wireless adapter for the HR-21. I am settling on the WGA600N since I have seen so many great reviews and ease of installation.

    Since I have the router providing the HR-21 it's IP address, will anything have to change when I put the WGA600N in between the HR-21 and router?
    Does the WGA600N have its own MAC address?
    Do I need to assign an IP address to the WGA600N as well as the HR-21
    Do I assign an IP addressto the WGA600N instead of the HR-21?
    Will the pass-thru still work correctly if I have an xbox (not 360) hooked to the hr-21 pass-thru port?
    EDIT: Will the WGA600N work well with the D-Link DR-615 N wireless router?

    Thank you....
     
  13. Nov 5, 2008 #93 of 174
    Tyrod

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    Not necessarily. It's default static IP address is 192.168.1.250. If this falls into the range accepatable to your home network, then no. If not then you'll need to change it to conform to the addressing in your network. That way you can access the web based interface from any computer in your network.

    See above. Let the DHCP server (usually your router) set the IP address of the HR-XX.

    I don't know

    Ought to
     
  14. Nov 5, 2008 #94 of 174
    DJPellegrino

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    ...much appreciated
     
  15. Nov 6, 2008 #95 of 174
    rahlquist

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    I see this is now available on DirecTV.com for $79.99
     
  16. Nov 6, 2008 #96 of 174
    DJPellegrino

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    I got it set up, but had some issues at 1st, until I realized what was happening. Basically, it appears the wireless adapter takes control or over the internal ethernet mac address and IP address. This makes the internal ethernet appear transparant or for all intents-and-purposes not there. I had to remove the DHCP supplied IP address to the hr and replace it with the IP assigned to the wireless and its mac address.
    I hope I am saying that correctly.

    Now, Am I supposed to be able to remote into the wireless adapter? If so, how? I tried http://192.168.0.xx, xx being the last octet of the ip address assigned by the router. That does not appear to work...
    Thanks...
     
  17. Nov 6, 2008 #97 of 174
    rahlquist

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    Basically what you said is correct (about the IP and MAC) think of a bridge in this case as a huge invisible extension cord.

    As for remoting in, you will likely only be able to do that on the ethernet side of the bridge, so you would have to be connected directly to the wired side of the bridge.
     
  18. Nov 6, 2008 #98 of 174
    DJPellegrino

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    After I got the wga600n set up on the Hr21, I have network magic running. It shows the IP address of 192.168.0.250 which is what I had set up in the router as a static DHCP address. However, when I am moving around in network magic, the ip address of the adapter changes to 192.168.0.3 for no apparent reason. Trying to log in to the adapter at the assigned address does not work, but when I try the new address it brings up the login screen.:(

    My 2nd issue, is I don't know what the id or password is. Anyone know what the default id and passwords are for these items?:confused:

    Thanks...
     
  19. Nov 11, 2008 #99 of 174
    bradgreen

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    Hello,

    I have a g netgear wireless router, not an n. Do I need to upgrade my wireless router or will this work with the g? If it does work with the g, is the g going to be slower and I am better off getting an N? Thanks - I'm new to this.
     
  20. dettxw

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    The WGA600N will slow down to G speeds.

    I personally think Netgear is crap (bad experience) so I highly recommend an upgraded N router. :lol:
    A Linksys WRT610N dual-band (operates on either/both the A 5MHz and G 2.4 MHz bands but at N speeds) is best if your budget can handle it. I run my WGA600Ns on 5MHz-only to avoid interference from the myriad of neighboring wireless G networks. I'm the only one on 5MHz. The router will still talk to G devices at the same time.

    Really though, when Multiple Room Viewing comes (soon) you'll want N to take advantage . For some people G is adequate for HD streaming, but you can never have enough bandwidth. After all, you might want to download a file on your laptop, surf, and download VOD at the same time.

    Of course wired is best.
     
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