How Do I Get Internet To My HD DVR?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by darita, Feb 18, 2009.

  1. darita

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    What if I have 3 components that need to be connected? Are there any units that have multiple outputs?
     
  2. bobnielsen

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    Bainbridge...
    The WRT54GS is supported by DD-WRT firmware which will allow it to be used in bridged mode instead of as a router.

    I have a Buffalo bridge which has 4 outputs. Unfortunately they are not able to sell these because of a patent dispute. You can use a one port wireless gaming adapter with an ethernet switch to gain additional ports.

    Edit: I just checked and it appears that the injunction has been stayed and their wi-fi devices are again available. I recall that the routers have DD-WRT functionality built-in.
     
  3. e_town

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    ***In response to darita's question


    I have this setup working for my internet at home. I am "borrowing" the neighboors temporarily (i just moved). The Linksys using the DD-WRT firmware essentially connects to the neighboring (no pun intended) network as a "device" much like a computer would. It gets an IP address from the network and joins. The wireless functionality of the router is gone, meaning that you cannot connect via wireless to this router anymore with any other devices. Only the 4 ports on the back will work. You must connect via one of the 4 available wired ports on the back of the router.

    This is how to get a full bridge setup. Disregard and read ahead if you just want to use a router to hook up wirelessley to you HR2X

    Now, no one really wants to run cat5 to each port for each device they would like to use the network, so you need, basically, another wireless router. The 2nd router would be set up in "client mode". You would take a small cat5 patch cable and go out of one of the 4 unused (NOT the "WAN" port) ports on the router running DD-WRT firmware. This would connect to one of the 4 standard ports on the 2nd router (nothing special needed as far as firmware goes) and it would have to be set to client mode.



    Basically what you are doing is using a wireless router to connect to the available wireless network signal wherever it is, then outputting that through the 4 ports in the back.

    I think i got a little too far into this topic. Hopefully a useful 1st post either way :D If anyone needs any help w/ this setup, let me know. I have been using the DD-WRT firmware for years. VERY powerful:hurah:


    LINKS:
    Install DD-WRT
    Info About "Client Mode"
     
  4. darita

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    :confused:Not being a computer-type guy, I'm really confused. Are you saying that I can use another Linksys WRT54G Wireless-G Router to get the signal from my existing WRT54G? If that's the case, then I would have several outputs to use...is that right? Please explain either way.
     
  5. e_town

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    Yes. Use your 2nd WRT-54G to connect wirelessly to your current wireless router. The 2nd WRT will not broadcast wireless, you will not be able to connect to it (at least in the setup i'm talking about) and use the internet. You have to plug into it using the 4 ports on the back, not the WAN port. It can be used as a wireless repeater (being able to connect to it wirelessly to use the internet), but that is a little more shaky.

    You MUST use the DD-WRT firmware on the 2nd router. The current one needs no change. The firmware is the software that the router actually runs to.....well route traffic and control the hardware. Let me know if you need any more help. Its fairly easy to install. There are a lot of guides / tutorials on the DD-WRT wiki. Cheers.
     
  6. sharpmibo

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    I have two HR2x's in one room can I use the pass through connection and one WGA600N or do I need two gaming adapters? Thanks if anyone knows.
     
  7. Michael D'Angelo

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    Yes you can as long as the one you are using the pass through on is a HR21, HR22, or HR23.

    The HR20-700's don't have a 2nd ethernet connection and the HR20-100 the 2nd one does not work.
     
  8. rabit ears

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    The easiest and least expensive solution is the Airlink AP431W.

    Generally Frys has them for between $14 and $19, lot's of places on the internet sell them for under $50. I've got two on a HR20-100 and HR20-700 as well as a third on a HP multifunction machine (made it wireless).

    Takes about 10 minutes to setup.
     
  9. celticpride

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    will a cat 6 ethernet cable work? or does it have to be cat 5?
     
  10. Michael D'Angelo

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    Cat 6 will work fine.
     
  11. celticpride

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    thanks for your quick reply!,I was a little nervous because i just ordered a 100 ft. cat6 ethernet cable from monoprice!
     
  12. Maui

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    I was using the D powerline adapters with a Verizon wireless DSL modem. I just made the switch to hardwired with cat6. You won't regret it.
     
  13. dodge boy

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  14. Chardo

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    Ok, I'm not much of a techie, and maybe I'm totally clueless here, but why would you want to connect the DVR to the internet?
     
  15. Michael D'Angelo

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    It only works on HR2x's and R22.

    1) DIRECTV On Demand - Internet needed.
    2) DIRECTV2PC (it allows you to watch recorded programs from your DVR on your PC). - only connected to network needed.
    3) Media share (you can stream music, photo's, and videos from your PC to your DVR to view/listen on your TV). - only connected to network needed.
     
  16. darita

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    Ok. I decided on going with a plug in type adapter. I got the Belkin because of it's 3 outputs. In my prior setup, I had cable modem with a wireless router and the DVR connected directly to the router. Download time seemed very, very fast. In fact, I hardly remember any download time at all. Now I have DSL and it seems it's taking forever...about 3 hours so far, on an HD movie and it's only 85% done. Is it the DSL that is so much slower or is it the adapter?
    Prior to all of this, I had cable and their On Demand was instantaneous.
     
  17. bobnielsen

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    Bainbridge...
    What speed is your DSL? I had 1.5 Mbps and took several hours for SD and overnight to download a HD movie.
     
  18. eapeas

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    This is a great little nugget of info here. Thank you MB! It's amazing the things that we/you can do that aren't well known. Dumb question, but is there a list of little tricks like the above stickied somewhere here? If not, there should be....
     
  19. BlueEos

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    Yesterday I ordered the DTV Internet Connection Kit (Wireless Adapter)@$80 and with tax and shipping came to $92. Today I was feeling a little frisky so I decided to do an ethernet connection instead. Down to Home Depot to buy the parts (I was going to make my own ethernet cord), but they had a pre-made 50' cord for $22. Cheaper than if I bought the parts. The negative is that I had to drill a bigger hole in order to fit the connector through the wall.

    After I was finished, I went into setup and ran the procedure. The first time it failed so i ran it again and this time it connected. Download speeds on my DSL are acceptable. I dumped my cable for a triple play discount that included DSL. When my "package" deal is up, I MAY go back to cable.

    After hooking up my VOD, I called DTV to cancel yesterday's order for their Connection kit and got a song and dance that it would NOT be returnable EVEN if I didn't open the box. I'm a little torqued off about that and will press DTV up about the matter a little more when the package arrives.

    If they truly won't give me a refund, I'll be posting it for sale on eBay/craigslist. If anyone here is interested in this package, I'm willing to listen to bids.

    Update: I emailed DTV about not needing their device and was given a full refund. It pays to be nice and not scream at some $10 an hour DTV phone jockey.
     

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