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I'm looking to save a little $

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by mmurray21, Sep 10, 2012.

  1. mmurray21

    mmurray21 Cool Member

    May 24, 2006
    We have a receiver out on the patio and I hate paying the unit fee for the box.

    Is there a way that I can use the existing internet connection that is coming through the coax cable to hook up a nice slingplayer connection (w/wd live) so that I can avoid this cost?
  2. rmmccann

    rmmccann AllStar

    Apr 16, 2012
    ND, USA
    By internet connection on the coax, are you referring to a DirecTV CCK connected to the line or do you have Cable internet and are referring to that? Short answer to this is no.

    There are adapters that can be used to make a coax carry TCP/IP network (read internet) data (here's a link with several: http://www.netsys-direct.com/category_s/1818.htm). You'd have to disconnect that coax from any other services and find a way to get the ethernet back to your router.

    Another option would be to use an RF adapter and hook up composite cables to another receiver. I do this with my receiver located in the Kitchen and it feeds an old SD tube tv in a spare bedroom.

    Another option would be if you have Wi-Fi, you could simply ignore the coax altogether. Put the slingbox near a receiver and get an internet connection to it, then use a laptop or Wi-Fi capable desktop/media center PC to access the streaming content.
  3. funnyfarm299

    funnyfarm299 AllStar

    Mar 3, 2012
    SnapAV makes a balun for transmitting HDMI over coax, but they only sell to installers. You may find another company makes a similar device.

    Of course, this requires a coax to the box.
  4. Phil T

    Phil T Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Mar 25, 2002
    I have s Slingbox Classic connected to a HR21 in my basement. It is mostly used for slinging to my wife's IMac in her office or my laptop when we are out on the deck. I also sling to my IPhone and IPad when on the road. This set up is SD only and then I switch resolutions when I want to watch the basement HD set. This is much simpler then running additional cable and boxes to other rooms and works fine for us.
  5. mmurray21

    mmurray21 Cool Member

    May 24, 2006
    Yes, this is correct. I was hoping that since i have internet coming through the combined signal, I would be able to just pull that internet signal off and use it for the sling box. I am going to try the wifi route.

    Thanks for all the responses....

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