HD DVR On Demand Setup and Configuration

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by jppetrous, Feb 8, 2009.

  1. Feb 8, 2009 #1 of 17
    jppetrous

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    Hello:
    We had our HD DVR installed but with no means to access On Demand (installer said just put a Cat5 cable in and you will be all set and he left).

    Well, did that and no joy. Direct TV says to purchase a wireless internet connection kit. Why I asked, can't you help me configure my Linksys
    WRT300N to work with your unit correctly? No they said and that has been that.

    This is what I have done so far:
    WRT300N Linksys Router
    192.168.1.9 (static)
    255.255.255.0
    192.168.1.1

    Static DNS:
    208.67.220.220
    208.67.222.222

    I attempt to connect; all is OK (network included) but never get an internet connection (Error 22).

    Any help is appreciated. I just do not believe I have to purchase more equipment to do what a Cat5 cable should do.

    Thanks,
    Jim
    Stafford, VA
     
  2. Feb 9, 2009 #2 of 17
    mdavej

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    Cat5 should work fine. You shouldn't have to mess with your router settings, unless you want to enable DHCP (much easier IMO). On the DVR, make the gateway and DNS the address of your router (192.168.1.1?) if you're sticking with a static IP. Do a network reset to defaults on the DVR if you enable DHCP. If that doesn't work, you may get more responses if you post in the Plus HD DVR or On Demand forum.
     
  3. Feb 9, 2009 #3 of 17
    Simmerman

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    Just making sure, are you using the top port on the back of the HDDVR? the bottom one is a passthru. I dont think thats the issue since you have a signal but just double checking.
     
  4. Feb 9, 2009 #4 of 17
    jppetrous

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    Hi:
    Going to reply to both posts if that is OK.

    I am indeed using the top port in the back of the DVR.

    I have DHCP enabled on the router (enabled for 110-149) which is why I selected 192.168.1.9 thinking thet the router was trying to "force" an IP on the DVR. Have tried resetting to defaults and attempting to connect, no joy.

    Tried the gateway and DNS as 192.168.1.1; no joy.

    Apologize if I am in the incorrectr forum, thought I was in the right one.

    Jim
    Stafford, VA
     
  5. Feb 9, 2009 #5 of 17
    ATARI

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    I'm sure a mod can move it for you if you PM them.
     
  6. Feb 9, 2009 #6 of 17
    Stuart Sweet

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    Happy to do so...
     
  7. Feb 9, 2009 #7 of 17
    nought1

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    You may be having a problem if the Dns is not set in your router. While specing the dns in your computer will work it is not the correct way to do it. If you have the router set yup correctly, and its address is 192.168.1.1 than that should work for the dns in the dvr
     
  8. Feb 9, 2009 #8 of 17
    MountainMan10

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    Is 192.168.1.9 the IP address of the router or the DVR?

    Your router address should be 192.168.1.1.
    You should let the DVR use DHCP. No need to manually enter an IP address. Just let the router assign it.

    If your router is setup to support DHCP it really should be as easy as just plugging in the cat5 cable between the router and the DVR.
     
  9. Feb 9, 2009 #9 of 17
    WestDC

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    That is correct-- Just make sure of your DNS setting's on the DVR screen.


    Go to one of your PC on your local network, Bring up the dos prompt, TYPE ipconfig all

    And manual set the DVR (network) screen to the correct DNS number that is displayed on the PC.
     
  10. mdavej

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    Also, if you terminated the cable yourself, you may want to test it with another device like a laptop to make sure the cable isn't the problem.
     
  11. jppetrous

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    192.168.1.9 is the address of the DVR. The router is 192.168.1.1

    I am confused about letting the router assign the IP address; I am forced to enter an IP address in the DVR or else it will not let me attempt to connect.

    I have tested the cable with a laptop; good internet connection.

    Off of another users suggestion I entered :
    208.67.222.222
    208.67.220.220 as DNS in the router. (OpenDNS I think he called it). It is working as I am on my laptop connected to the 'net right now. I have entered those address as well as 192.168.1.1 for DNS in the DVR; no joy. I also show an address of 68.87.73.242 for a DNS with ipconfig /all. If I attempt to enter that IP address in the DVR I get a yellow triangle.

    I think that answers most of the questions asked. I sincerley appreciate the assistance!

    Jim
    Stafford, VA
     
  12. mikeny

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    Do you by any chance have MAC Address Filtering enabled in your router? If so reserve the DVRs MAC address in the router or disable that feature.

    What if you put some higher IP address like 192.168.1.60? Could it be possible that the .9 IP was once assigned to another device?

    Edit: reread you're earlier post so .9 could not have been assigned as it is not within your DHCP range. What if you try entering an address within the DHCP range?
     
  13. jppetrous

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    MAC address filtering NOT enabled.

    I have tried addresses both in and out of the DHCP range.
     
  14. evan_s

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    have you tried the bottom jack on the dvr?

    If it's not getting an ip address automatically something is off most likely in the cabling or someplace else. Forcing an ip address when dhcp fails isn't likely to be successful.
     
  15. mikeny

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    Do you have any IP reservation options in the GUI of your router? If so, I would try to create one for the DVR at this point, if all else fails. If you try it, have the MAC Address of the DVR handy.
     
  16. jppetrous

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    OK...after further testing going for a new CAT5 cable. Will not know results until tomorrow but will post.

    Thanks to all for your help!!!!
     
  17. jppetrous

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    Found a new 20' cabel...strung it across...all works fine. A DANG Cat5 cable!!!!!


    GGGGGGGGGGGRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Thanks all, my bad!
     

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