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Is the D* Wireless CCK a type G or N device?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by allenn, Apr 9, 2012.

  1. Apr 9, 2012 #1 of 38
    allenn

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    Does anyone know if the DirecTV's Wireless CCK is a type N wireless bridge?
    What type of wireless security is supported?
     
  2. Apr 9, 2012 #2 of 38
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    I haven't connected it to a type N router, but I think others in the test group did. Not sure they work in the 5 GHz band, though.
    Those that used long security keys had to enter them in through the GUI.
    Connecting the CCK with ethernet should let you get into the GUI
     
  3. Apr 9, 2012 #3 of 38
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    Yes, the wireless CCK works very well at 5Ghz. I'm using WPA2 Personal / AES.
     
  4. Apr 9, 2012 #4 of 38
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    Do I need to set my main router as mixed, G and N, or can I set it as N only? I do not have any G wireless bridges or other devices. Linksys said my wireless network will perform better if N only.

    The wireless CCK is limited to a 26 character key, so I had to change the key in 8 devices. Is there a way to enter > 26 characters?
     
  5. Apr 9, 2012 #5 of 38
    veryoldschool

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    The receiver software is the limiting factor.
    Logging into the CCK's GUI allows for longer character strings.
     
  6. Apr 9, 2012 #6 of 38
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    How do you get to the wireless CCK's GUI? Currently, I can access the WCCK through the HR24's Network Setup or unplug and replug it. In either case, you can enter hidden SSID and the security key, limited to 26 characters. I looked through the User Guide, but I cannot find GUI access. Thank for the assist. Best wishes!
     
  7. Apr 9, 2012 #7 of 38
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    For the first part of your post, if your router is single band and if you don't need any G clients, you will get better throughput on N only. The router only has to handle N and its security.

    In general, N works has shorter range and more difficulty going through some walls, but it starts with double (or triple) throughput of G - depending on the router.

    N also has less interference from microwaves, wireless phones, and other wifi in the neighborhood.

    VOS posted a link to a good utility 'inSSIDer' in another thread, google it or search here - that shows you what channels your neighbors are using and it helps to change to other channels for less interference.

    I have run into some devices that don't like the 'edge' channels - the higher or lower ones in the bands.
     
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    Hook it up with an ethernet cable to your router, look in the router DHCP table and find it's MAC address and IP.

    Then point your browser to that IP. While you're in there, set a static IP (outside of your DHCP range and unused) and then set the SSID / Security key.

    Or change your security key in the router (and other clients) to WPA2 Personal and some short phrase like "Thisismysecuritykey" - something easy to remember. And continue programming from the HR2x.
     
  9. Apr 9, 2012 #9 of 38
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    I will change the router from mixed G/N to N only. I guess the WCCK will operate in both G and N networks.

    I downloaded 'inSSIDer', but it only works with a PC with a wireless adapter which I do not have. But I do have a Linksys Gaming Adapter attached to a PS3 which shows the channels being used by my neighbors. The houses are fairly close. I had the channel set to Auto, but it would select channel 4 or 11 which are the most popular among my neighbors. I selected channel 10 which is not being used.

    Thanks for the assistance. Best wishes!
     
  10. P Smith

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    Ch11 and ch10 are adjusted channels and you'll get no advantage of it.
    [​IMG]
     
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    Things were so much simpler before home equipment started auto selecting. Everyone used channel 6 so left more room for the rest of us.
     
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    That's usually all for not these days when the power utilities are cycled from a storm or something. Most routers are defaulted to auto and will pick different channels. Some of my neighbors' routers I have noticed changing channels every couple of days. I gave up trying to keep mine one a cleaner channel.
     
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    Not sure what routers you're seeing but the 2Wires are selectable and stay with the selection until you change it.
     
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    The WCCK is compatible with WPS, which eliminates the need to type in the key if your router also supports it.
     
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    If you have an Android-based phone or table, the WiFi Analyzer app (free) will show you channel usage and signal strengths.
     
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    I am using WPA2 Personal, MAC Filtering, and SSID is not broadcasted. I shortened my pass phrase to less than 26 characters. I could not figure out how to enter more than 26 characters in the WCCK GUI screen which is displayed on initial setup. The User Manual says the security key is limited to 26 characters.

    Ok, what channel do I select? My neighbors' houses are all close to me and every channel but 10 is being used. Many neighbors are AT&T 2Wire and there channel numbers change daily.
     
  17. P Smith

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    Look for signal level on each taken channel - select with lower; stay there for a few days to see if your connection sluggish or not.
     
  18. allenn

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    Great idea! Do I want a lower numbered channel or something in the middle?
     
  19. P Smith

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    Stick with signals and its quality not the ch##.
     
  20. dexware

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    All different brands seem to have this Auto channel as the default now. Seems many of them have the WPS security hole as well.
     

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