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Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Hornnumb2, Jan 6, 2011.
Are both ports active? Thanks
The top port is the functional port for the DVR.
The bottom one can act like a pass through from the top one, but it isn't advised because it takes CPU cycles to support it. And thus, the operation of the DVR will suffer.
Absolutely true. I routinely advise people not to use port 2. If you need extra ports, buy a cheap switch.
The top port on my two HR21-700s would never connect to the internet. Currently they are both working fine with the ethernet cables pluged into the bottom port and the top port empty.
Can you recommend one?
This one's a classic and always worked for me:
I have one ethernet cable running to the back of my setup. Can I use this switch to feed my TV, DVD and DTV box?
This makes sense, but usually if the device for port 2 is being used, the HR2x is not being actively used right? For example I use port 2 for our BD player. If I'm using the BD player, I'm not using the HR2x. If the BD player is powered off and I'm using the HR2x, port 2 is not being actively used and the performance of the HR2x is not affected. Is this correct? I'm not sure if there is any CPU usage on the HR2x when the device connected to port 2 is off.
Except of course, the HR2x may not be being watched, but it may be recording a program. If the CPU is busy handling the ethernet port 2, maybe it doesn't do something critical at the right moment with the recording?
Then again, what if the BD player occasionally checks the internet for updates of some sort? That could happen when you are watching the HR2x and maybe that would cause a problem.
You might never have a noticable problem using port 2. Then again, you might have a problem that you could never trace back to using port 2. That would be very frustrating. I consider an inexpensive switch well worth it to eliminate that frustration. However, that's a decision each person has to make based on their situation.
IMO it's more likely for the HR2x software to mess up a recording than some active port 2 anomaly.
I would think most people would have their BD player off when they are not using it. If the device is off then it cannot check the internet for firmware updates. There is no standby mode on my BD player like the Wii does where it checks for firmware updates.
However, I do agree it does depend on each person's setup. If you have only one other device that uses the network occasionally (BD player), then you are probably ok using port 2 on the HR2x. However, if you have one device that uses the network all the time like an Xbox360 or Roku, a switch may be better to maximize performance of the connected device. I don't see it affecting the HR2x really. If you have multiple devices in your A/V rack that use a wired network connection, a cheap switch is definitely the way to go.