DBSTalk Exclusive First Look: Wireless Digital Cinema Connection Kit

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Stuart Sweet, May 24, 2011.

  1. bobnielsen

    bobnielsen Éminence grise

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    That is correct, although if you only want MRV, not Media Share, On Demand or other network features, you don't need to connect to your router.
     
  2. bossfan50

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    Thank you for the reply. I am aware that I do not need to connect to the router for MRV but I do want On Demand.

    Since I know that I do not want any more D* holes drilled my original plan was to have MRV installed first and then make the Verizon installers figure out where to install the FIOS box based on the router needing to be in a D* wired room. Now that I know that I can have a wireless MRV connection it does not matter where the router ends up so I think that I am better off having FIOS installed first followed by the MRV install. D* gave me a retention offer to not go to FIOS Triple Play which included a free MRV install so if I have to go to a wireless set up I'll see if retention will throw in a free or reduced cost wireless cinema connection kit.
     
  3. eaglelynn

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    I currently have 2 very old TV's that I will be replacing with HD tv's. I also have a secure WPA2 wifi network. I'm going to have to upgrade to HD DVR's and also will need a wireless access point for my TV's so I can receive streams from various sources, NOT limited to DirectTV. (Netflix, hula etc.) I've looked at the ROKU and some other devices, of course including the D* wireless adapter talked about in this thread. Some questions:
    1) Can I look at netflix streams with the D* device?
    2) If I go ROKU, can I access D* Cinema Direct on my TV?
    (I'm getting so tired of all the redundancy that builds up.)
    3) Can I create an environment with one very smart PC that is doing recording in addition to my DVR, which is not so smart?

    I'm sure I will have more questions, but this is the beginning. I also know that right now the "wiring" I have (2 receivers, one is DVR .. two cables running up my fire escape to someone else's dish) is not to D* usual standards and will need to be tweaked by them. (They use outside contractors who are a bit out of control in San Francisco.)
     
  4. espnjason

    espnjason Armchair Referee

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    Hello,

    As far as I know, no other online streaming services would be on the D* receivers nor would D*'s proprietary offerings would be on Roku, Boxee or either of the Internet enabled HDTVs, regardless of Internet connection.

    Trust me, I know the redundancy can be frustrating and if there were an easier way, a lot of us would know by now.

    A while ago, I tried using what is called the DirecTV2PC program that you may have in mind. My computer didn't have the proper specs thus I've put that to the side.

    And with your last question, I do not think one could record straight from DirecTV and place it on a standalone hard drive, I am sure a couple of others would chime in and explain a rather complex way of doing so.

    Regards,
    Jason
     
  5. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Might depend on the use of "straight".
    Digital transfer isn't going to happen.
    Devices like [and others]: http://www.blackmagic-design.com/products/
    Can connect to analog outputs and convert to digital.
     
  6. eaglelynn

    eaglelynn New Member

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    So how can I plug in both a ROKU and the D* wireless access point to my TV? Are both HDMI and is there an HDMI splitter device or hub or will an HD TV have more than one HDMI port? Since we have this redundancy of devices if you want multiple streams, how does the connectivity to a TV work?
     
  7. bobnielsen

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    The wireless CCK attaches to the coax input of your receiver, not your TV. Most recent TVs have 2 or 3 HDMI ports. Some A/V receivers have multiple HDMI inputs and can switch them. External HDMI switches are also available.
     
  8. eaglelynn

    eaglelynn New Member

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    Thank you everyone for your replies .. I have learned a lot here. My final (?) question would be .. as I'm about to get a new TV, would I do well with a wifi enabled one for my other streaming needs, assuming I have the wireless cck attached to my D* receiver? Would that allow me NOT to have a ROKU for my other streaming?
     
  9. Laxguy

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    Sounds like a good plan. Samsung is my current favorite, and they make a wireless dongle for their sets. Mine is 18 months old, does not have Netflix but the Blu-ray player, a year old, from them, does. I imagine their new sets all have 'Flix, but of course, do check.
     
  10. marmbruster71455

    marmbruster71455 New Member

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    I am new to posting items on this forum.

    I just purchased a CCK to use with my HR-21 model 700 HD DVR. I am attempting to use the simple CCK Ethernet wireless set up method with no luck. I am attempting to connect to my wireless router (Apple Airport Extreme 802.11N router). This router does not support WPA

    The DVR doesn't seem to see the CCK even though they are connected with the supplied CAT 5 cable. Therefore, it is not detecting my home network or any of the nearby networks that my laptop, IPhone, & iPad can detect and use just fine. I get the "not connected to the Internet" 86-818 message every time I go through the Network Setup screens on the DVR.

    Any thoughts on what I am missing? I spent 2 hours on the phone with Directv this evening with no luck. Any helpful pointers would be much appreciated.
     
  11. Drucifer

    Drucifer Well-Known Member

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    The HR21-700 needs a DECA too.
     
  12. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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    First, Welcome to DBSTAlk!

    I am a bit confused over use of "wireless" CCK and mention of ethernet Cat 5 cabling. It'd seem it's one or the other!
     
  13. Go Beavs

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    I think marmbruster71455 is trying to use the WCCK to connect the HR21 to the internet. The HR21 wouldn't need a DECA in this case because it's getting (or should be getting) the internet through the WCCK.

    marmbruster71455: Try reseting your network settings to default on the HR21, and do a reset of the WCCK. Then plug the WCCK into the top ethernet port on the HR21 and see it if will configure it for you.

    The Airport Extreme does support WPS so you can use that if all else fails.
     
  14. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    No it doesn't as seen here from the installation manual:
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  15. marmbruster71455

    marmbruster71455 New Member

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    Go Beavs: you are awesome! I followed your suggestion & now the receiver sees my WCCK & my network. The bad news is that the receiver doesn't seem to recognize my network security key.
     
  16. marmbruster71455

    marmbruster71455 New Member

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    Go Beavs: Clicked send too soon. My network key is in all lower case letters. The network key screen on the DVR only seems to accept upper case input. Is there a way to input my network key from the remote all in lower case letters?
     
  17. David Ortiz

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    IIRC, you can use the number keys on the remote to enter lower case letters. The keys should cycle through upper then lower case letters.
     
  18. marmbruster71455

    marmbruster71455 New Member

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    Almost there. I messed up on which network I selected during setup & selected my neighbor's network instead of mine. I tried running Repeat Network setup but it keeps automatically going to my neighbor's network & doesn't give me the option to select another network. I also tried the reset button on both the CCKC & DVR hoping that would clear it, but that did not work either - still not giving me a choice to select a network when I run Repeat Network setup & keeps going to my neighbor's network. What am I missing?
     
  19. bobnielsen

    bobnielsen Éminence grise

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    Try Restore Defaults then do the Network Setup.
     
  20. marmbruster71455

    marmbruster71455 New Member

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    I tried Restore Defaults on the Network Setup menu. After I did that, I ran Repeat Network Setup. Same result, does not give me an option to select a network. Goes right to my neighbor's network & reports that I am successfully connected to the Internet.
     

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