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General DoD Discussion

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by Earl Bonovich, Oct 24, 2007.

  1. Koz

    Koz Icon

    Sep 16, 2006

    Sounds like you have DSL and need your laptop on to log into your internet provider before being granted internet access. Does that sound right? If so, most routers have the ability to do that automatically. You can put your DSL username and password into the router so that it's always connected.
  2. Wisegoat

    Wisegoat Icon

    Aug 16, 2006
    Earl said in another thread that they haved stopped the rollout for the moment. Don't know why or when it will start up again.

    I am in Newport Beach and do not have it yet.
  3. robdec

    robdec Legend

    Jul 12, 2007
    I hope they start it again soon :(
  4. Afergy

    Afergy Cool Member

    Sep 2, 2007
    Thanks for the info, hopefully we'll get it soon.
  5. chris0

    chris0 Godfather

    Jun 25, 2007
    I just checked 4 pages of Earl's last posts and couldn't find one where he said the rollout was stopped. Do you remember what thread it was in?
  6. meller

    meller Mentor

    Oct 4, 2007
    Originally posted in the wrong thead. Sorry about that

    I got my VOD working yesterday and I would like to relate my experience and see if anyone had a similar experience. First off I using a wireless connection between my broadband connection (SPRINT) and where the TV is (next room). The connection uses a wireless bridge (in this case a G game adapter from Linksys). The bridge was instantly reconized by my router. When I did a download from the VOD selection list (a 4 minute program from the discovery channel) it took more than 15 minutes to download. I thought this to be excessive and not practical for downloading 30 and 60 minute shows. Is this normal? Is anyone else experiencing this type of elongated download time? Now the rooms are right next to each other and I can easily drill a hole thru the wall and connect a RJ45 cable directly between the HR20 and my router. I am guessing this would improve the download time.
    Another strange thing occurred when I attempted to download a show from the Food Network VOD. I received a message after hitting select on the 'ADD TO QUEUE' message. The message asked me if I wanted to add this premium (?????)
    channel to my Directv subscription and to do that I should go to to Directv.com or call 1.800.directv. Huh??? I then hit continue and it brought me back to the 'ADD TO QUEUE' screen thus doing nothing. Weird. Anyway that my story. Anyone have any explanations?


  7. RAD

    RAD Well-Known Member

    Aug 5, 2002
  8. scottz46

    scottz46 Cool Member

    Sep 4, 2007
    I posted in another thread that i had the same problem as Meller this morning. I received the software download last night. I was unable to download a food network program. I downloaded a comedy central program though.. I have a wired setup
  9. jackm

    jackm Mentor

    Apr 22, 2005
    Ok - I have the new software updated for my HR20-700, but my question is how does one now activate the DOD once you have the software - and can someone please recommend a good wireless router, for the time being that would be my easiest way to go. And once you hook the connection to your computer and the receiver - is there anything special one has to do. Thanks for any and all help.
  10. bozzaj

    bozzaj AllStar

    Nov 29, 2006
    Another solution is the PowerLine products. While they were originally crap, the latest ones can work quite well in certain situations. There are a couple of competing technologies though and one tech may work better for you where the other one works for someone else. I've had excellent luck with the Linksys PLE200. I have my HR20, Xbox360, and a PS3 all connected with an Ethernet switch attached to one of these. Another unit is attached to my router and a third is used in another part of the house.

    While testing bandwidth, I was able to have my PS3 downloading a 1.5+ GB demo, my Xbox360 playing a video through my computer (Media Center Extender) and the HR20 download DoD videos, all with no noticable slowdown. The Xbox360 was (obviously) using most of the bandwidth since it wasn't using the Internet.

    Using the PLE200 utility, it was showing 120+Mbps for the connection between the two PLE200's. I've never had a slowdown transferring any sort of data through this connection. I tried Netgear's version first and had no luck whatsoever. Dlink also makes a Powerline product that's based on a different chipset (haven't had a chance to test) that supposedly works as well or better.

    I would have used some sort of wireless bridge, but I wanted multiple devices without the need to buy multiple bridges. I also wanted a 802.11n bridge, which isn't made yet. Dlink has one that I can use in the same setup (multiple devices, one bridge) which I may try at some point, but my current setup is working so well I don't want to mess with it.

    I highly recommend trying out the latest Powerline (200Mb or higher models) products if you are in a situation where you need to connect multiple devices and can't pull wire. Pick a store that will allow returns though, since they don't work for everyone. Do *not* get the older 85Mb or 100Mb versions as they barely have enough bandwidth to handle SD content.
  11. m4p

    m4p Legend

    Apr 12, 2007
    I have a wireless bridge connected to my HR20 (the Buffalo WLI-TX4-G54HP) and my router connected to my PC is the Buffalo WHR-HP-G54. I also have DSL with a download speed of 2.5 to 3.0 mb. My wireless status shows 69% or 110 mps. I started downloading a movie and it took about 30 minutes to download 25% of the movie. I guess that's not too bad. I was able to start watching it after a few minutes.
  12. muddywaters123

    muddywaters123 Cool Member

    Jun 11, 2007
    I'm in Ontario, CA. Today I hit the menu button and long behold On Demand was there right underneath My Playlist. Don't know if they stop the rollout or just restarted it but DoD is up and running and I'm downloading and watching Sarah Silverman as I'm typing this.
  13. rjknyy

    rjknyy AllStar

    Nov 18, 2005
    I received the software update this morning but nothing happens when I click "On Demand" in the menu. Channel 1000 is also still coming up as not available. My HR20-700 is connected to the internet and the test for connection was fine. Any ideas?

    Scratch this...I now have access to the menu and shows are being added now
  14. henryld

    henryld Godfather

    Aug 16, 2006
    Received the update this AM and checked it out a little while ago; everything is working as it should. My download speeds, as some others have posted, is terribly slow. Guess I will have to upgrade my DSL service if and when there is some compeling (HD) content. At least this is one more small step for D* in the right direction for a more advanced service offering. Now if we could only get DLB's.:eek2:
  15. uncrules

    uncrules Godfather

    Dec 20, 2005
    I received the update this morning (4:49am ET) and my HR20-700 is connected to the Internet. When I run the system test it shows I'm connected to both the network and Internet. I have my HR20-700 wired directly to my Linksys router.

    However when I go to the On Demand menu option, there is nothing under the top picks section. When I try any of the groups like movies or Kids & Family I get a message saying "There are no matching programs at this time." I can tune to channel 1000. I can see all of the individual on demand channels in the program guide. However, if I tune to one of the individual channels like Comedy Central on channel 1249, I get a message that says "1249 (COMEDYC) is currently not available."

    I've tried resetting my HR20 but that didn't help.
  16. dserensits

    dserensits New Member

    Jul 24, 2007
    I got the software download at 4am this morning and have on demand in my menu, but none of the channels are available. I have everything hooke up (except a phone line) Any idea what I need to do? Just wait or should I have the channels with content?
  17. BillyBob_jcv

    BillyBob_jcv Legend

    Feb 11, 2006
    +1 :)

    I just installed a pair of Linksys PLE200 adapters at a friends 2 story house where even wireless-N was giving really spotty performance upstairs. The PLE200 work great, and I also highly recommend them, although they aren't cheap at ~$135-$150 for the pair in the PLK200 kit. BIG difference from the old 14Mb Netgear units.
  18. uncrules

    uncrules Godfather

    Dec 20, 2005
    Well, my on demand stuff finally showed up tonight. Now I'll get to play around and see what's up.
  19. Lord Vader

    Lord Vader Supreme Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 20, 2004
    Galactic Empire
    I'd get those in a heartbeat, but their biggest drawback by far: they only have one port each. I currently use Netgear XE104s, which have 4 ports. I've got an HR20-700, HR10-250, and HDVR2 connected to one XE104. Can't do that with the PLE200 or even Netgear's 200mpbs ones.
  20. DanHo

    DanHo AllStar

    Jun 14, 2007
    I set up my wireless connection over the weekend using WGA54g and it works like a charm. :D I did not get the national download until today. And was not able to test it until this evening. I selected Monster House from the menu and took my son to soccer practice. When we got home about an hour later it was done downloading.

    Not a bad selection of titles, but as many have said before me, where is the HD content? :sure:

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