HR 34 and internet connection.

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by drew64, Mar 27, 2020.

  1. drew64

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    Had another post here about my old hr 24 giving me issues but the box appears to work as when connected downstairs it worked. This got me thinking. I noticed I did not have the hr 34 wired to the internet directly through Ethernet. Upstairs I have the cinema connection kit. I was wondering if I connect the hr 34 which is downstairs directly to router can I get rid of the connection kit on the hr 24 upstairs. Will the hr 24 see the hr 34. I have whole home dvr now and I assume the connection kit is there for that reason. Would make hookup easier and save some space.
     
  2. bpratt

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    I have my HR44 and my HR24s all connected directly to the internet and they connect and work just fine. I never had the connection kit and didn't need it because I already had an ethernet connection running to each DVR.
     
  3. drew64

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    I can’t connect the hr 24 directly to router but can connect the hr 34. When I first had the hr 34 I was using dsl so my router was upstairs. I assume that’s why the cck kit was placed on the hr 24. Now I have my router next to the hr 34 so it could be connected directly. Will the upstairs hr 24 be able to see the shows on the hr 34 like now and do direct tv cinema. I do pay for whole home dvr so I don’t know if need that internet connection or not for that. I assume you do.
     
  4. bpratt

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    The HR24 needs the internet to be able to share shows. The cck allows an internet connection over the coax, so if you remove it and don't run an ethernet cable to the HR24, you will not be able to share shows.
     
  5. drew64

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    Ahh. Figured that. So doesn’t really matter if hook up hr 34 to Ethernet
     
  6. WestDC

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    Having anything connected to the lan port of the HR24 - Defeats the internal deca -so that's why you can not see it on the Hr34 --Disconnect the Internet from the Hr24 and Then Reboot the receiver --Connect the internet Lan Cable (to your) Hr34 +router or switch and then you should be good to go
     
  7. Rich

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    You should take the advice WestDC has given you in post #6 and run with it. I would. And you should give some thought to replacing the 34, even the good folks at D* think they are terrible DVRs.

    Rich
     
  8. litzdog911

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    Call DirecTV and tell them your HR34 is dead (although the call centers are swamped, so you'll be On Hold for a long time). HR34s are junk and should be shot. Seriously.
     
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  9. peano

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    I actually like my HR34. I keep it less than 50% full and it works fine. Not blazingly fast, but acceptable. And I like the GUI. I think the HR44 and above have a different GUI? Not sure.
     
  10. Rich

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    Nope, same GUI. Much better performance than you're seeing. My 44 is the best DVR I've ever used.

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  11. drew64

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    I’ll keep the 34 for now as have had no issues. Had technician out yesterday to fix my no signal issue. The problem was water in the multi. Switch outside and the cable on the roof was rotting and part exposed. Either due to weather or squirrel. Once fixed hr 24 works fine now. I may get rid of the cinema kit upstairs hooked to the hr 24 and plug an Ethernet cable into the hr 34
     
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  12. treeline5

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    I also have the HR 34. My parents have the HR 44. The guides are definitely different. The 34 is more old school, which I much prefer. The main menu in particular, is a lot easier to navigate.
     
  13. Rich

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    I don't think the 34s got the new GUI. I'd prefer the old GUI too. That's the same as the GUI on the 24s.

    Rich
     
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  14. peano

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    That's what I thought. I bought an HR54 as a backup and fired it up and did not like the GUI. It is sitting in the closet if my 34 dies.
     
  15. Rich

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    Where and when did you buy the 54?

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  16. peano

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    Amazon. A few months ago. Brand new sealed. Feedback showed all buyers were able to activate units. I know it will be a 2 year lease if/when I activate it.
     
  17. Rich

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    You are still on the old D* account? Haven't been transitioned to the ATT site?

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  18. peano

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    Yes, still original account. All my receivers are owned.
     
  19. Rich

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    I'd activate that 54 right now. if they transition your account you will be in the same boat I'm in. I have at least 12 "owned" HRs and I can't do a damn thing with them. Unless you know something I don't...I'd activate it as quickly as I could.

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  20. peano

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    I also bought an owned HR44 as my first backup and would try that first. The HR54 would be a leased receiver of course. My fingers are crossed that they don't transition my account to ATT.
    That said, there are approximately zero CSRs and maybe a couple of Supervisors that even know what an "owned" receiver is.
     

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