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DECA or direct ethernet connection

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by antzona, Nov 11, 2012.

  1. antzona

    antzona AllStar

    Sep 23, 2007
    My house is wired with cat 5 from my office to my bedroom and living room. I only have one TV, which is in my living room.

    Yesterday I had a HR34 installed, upgrading from an HR20, and the installer also installed a SWM and a DECA. If I am only using one television and and I have a direct Ethernet connection that can be plugged into the HR 34 is there any advantage to leaving it hooked up to the DECA? I can't think of any. My HR20 was hooked up directly to my network without any problems.
    Any help would be appreciated.
  2. lugnutathome

    lugnutathome Hall Of Fame

    Apr 13, 2009
    Woodburn, OR
    While there is no direct advantage to you. What they have in place is a standardized installation which means phone CSRs and local repair techs will know how to debug (if only following a script to do so).

    Technically the HR34 doesn't need the extra DECA for home LAN conversion it's Ethernet port has all the magic goodies to act as the CCK and passes multiple streams concurrently.

    So do you need the extra pieces? Not at all, but come support time . . .

    In your case having a wired home LAN locally available is a rarity and the install is their "one size fits all" set up. Unless it isn't working, I'd think hard about changing it to technically what is optimal (from a computer/network geek perspective) in favor of having their ability to help troubleshoot problems.

    Don "I run both DECA and home LAN services with no issues but I am my own installer/support team as result" Bolton
  3. antzona

    antzona AllStar

    Sep 23, 2007
    Thanks, I appreciate the response. I think I'll end up disconnecting the DECA and just plug the Ethernet cable directly into my HR 34. In addition to the DECA there is some other box that he plugged in back behind my television. Do I need that as well? I don't even know what it is. Can I just have the coax coming from the dish plugged directly into my box, or is anything else required. Thanks
  4. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Dec 9, 2006
    There is a very good chance that "other box" is the power for the dish, so if it gets unplugged you won't get any signal.
  5. dennisj00

    dennisj00 Hall Of Fame

    Sep 27, 2007
    Lake Norman, NC
    In addition to the PI (power inserter), there is probably a black box, either a CCK or Wireless CCK that connects the DECA cloud to the internet.

    Bottom line, I'd leave them connected but there shouldn't be a DECA (white or black) module on the coax to the HR34. It's built in.
  6. otaliema

    otaliema AllStar

    Aug 9, 2012
    Mid-west USA
    Just for a clarifaction point on the eathernet connection. If you tell us you direct wired your unit on the phone we do have steps for that. The only time you will/might get a headache with support is if you have more than one HD unit on the account. We are going to tell you that direct wire eathernet will disable the MRV systems because the HR34's CCK funcationaly is not offical yet. just sayin you wont have problems with it being the only unit on the account. :)

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