Ethernet to HR44 is unsupported?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by LI-SVT, Jul 7, 2016.

  1. Jul 7, 2016 #1 of 18

    LI-SVT Icon

    May 18, 2006
    I had a tech at my house this morning to hook up some equipment. Everything was working fine between my HR44 and two HR21s before and after the visit. WHDVR never gave me any problems. The tech noticed the Ethernet was wired directly to the HR44 and all of the other receivers are on the DECA cloud. He pulled the Ethernet and added a DECA to connect to my home network. He said using Ethernet directly to the Genie has caused problems with the playlist in some installations. Just curious, is the Ethernet to Genie now unsupported?
  2. Jul 7, 2016 #2 of 18

    mgavs Legend

    Jun 17, 2007
    I don't buy it, I have been using Ethernet for years. Now on my hr54 and works fine with the 2 hr24s. Also worked fine for years with 3 hr20s. Shared playlists never had a problem. Could be he made more dough installing deca.
  3. Jul 7, 2016 #3 of 18
    Bill Broderick

    Bill Broderick Icon

    Aug 25, 2006
    Long Island
    Ethernet on an HR44 has never been supported. However, it doesn't cause a problem either (unless your Genie dies, at which time none of your receivers will be connected to the Internet). The tech was following protocol by removing Ethernet from your Genie and installing a DECA.
  4. Jul 7, 2016 #4 of 18

    longrider Well-Known Member

    Apr 21, 2007
    Elizabeth, CO
    A pure Ethernet network has always been unsupported even though it works just fine as you saw. The OP just has a confused installer as the ability to bridge Ethernet to the MOCA network was one of the features of the HR44. Prior to the HR44 connecting Ethernet to a receiver disabled the MOCA connection on the ones that had it built in. Receivers prior to the 24 series needed a DECA adapter to pull the network off the coax and put it into the Ethernet port and you also used a DECA adapter to connect your home network to the DirecTV network. Starting with the 24 series you only needed a DECA to bridge the 2 networks, the receiver just pulled it directly off the coax. Regarding the names While DECA is commonly used to describe the whole network it actually stands for DirecTV Ethernet Coaxial Adapter and the networkis actually based on a custom version of MOCA
  5. Jul 7, 2016 #5 of 18

    LI-SVT Icon

    May 18, 2006
    He seemed to know what he was talking about where there could be problems with the playlist. I never had any such problem.

    So you guys thing it's OK to go back to using the HR44 as the bridge?
  6. Jul 7, 2016 #6 of 18

    lzhj9k Legend

    Mar 14, 2009
    I had my Hr-34 connected directly and recently replaced my Hr-34 with an Hr-44 and just unplugged the Cat-5 from the 34 and plugged it into the 44

    Just what I did...
  7. Jul 7, 2016 #7 of 18
    bill buckner

    bill buckner Cool Member

    Mar 29, 2006
    Raleigh, NC
    If he's getting paid for piece work, he gets paid more to hook up a DECA.
  8. Jul 7, 2016 #8 of 18

    bmetelsky Cool Member

    Feb 28, 2009
    When I had DirecTv I always had my HR-44 connected directly via ethernet to my router. No problems at all.
  9. Jul 8, 2016 #9 of 18

    paranoia DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    Jun 12, 2014
    New England
    Same here, I have a HR44, that I hook directly to my router, via a ethernet cable also, my Roku, and my GG2, all connected directly to my router, oh I also have my printer directly wired to it as well.
  10. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Dec 9, 2006
    He may have done you a favor.

    The Genie bridging internet to the coax connected receivers "has had" some issues.
    The genie doesn't always like to play nice with things that aren't clients.
    I've had issues where the 44 was limiting VOD to other DVRs. Some have had other issues.

    The genie & clients seem to work well. It's when you have other things also on the network that the genie "can give" problems.

    Using a CCK/DECA for internet injection to the coax network has worked the best for me.
  11. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    It sure can't hurt to be hooked up that way...
  12. LI-SVT

    LI-SVT Icon

    May 18, 2006

    I will leave it as is. Everything is working fine.
  13. west99999

    west99999 Icon

    May 11, 2007
    Internet connected to receivers "has had" some issues period. Doesn't matter how its connected.
  14. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    Yes it can. Has been that way from the start. Remember the two Ethernet ports on the HR21? ;)
  15. elaclair

    elaclair Rescued Racers Live Here

    Jun 18, 2004
    Del Mar, CA
    And just as an FYI. My HR-44 was connected via Wi-Fi and bridged my HR-24 over coax without a problem.
  16. LI-SVT

    LI-SVT Icon

    May 18, 2006
    Wel it's been more than a week with the DECA instead of using the HR44 as a bridge. No problems to report, all is well.
  17. TimC

    TimC Member

    Jun 27, 2016
    When I get my new HR44 I plan to keep my DECA connected. My router is upstairs due to the only available coax port for the cable modem and my Hr34 is down is downstairs. Even though the HR44 is wireless, I feel like i will get a more solid and faster connection leaving the DECA upstairs wired to my router.
  18. Bill Broderick

    Bill Broderick Icon

    Aug 25, 2006
    Long Island
    When it's practical, for items such as a DVR, a wired connection is always preferable to Wifi.

Share This Page

spam firewall