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Media Player -- Do I need it?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by jacobp, Jul 20, 2007.

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  1. jacobp

    jacobp Legend

    Dec 22, 2003
    Some time ago I purchased the DLink DSM320 Media Player. With it I am able to stream photos and video from my computer to my TV (but not AAC downloaded songs from iTunes). My connection between my DSM320 and my TV is through S-Video (not compnent).

    My HR20 is hooked up via component cable.

    I do not have a ViiV computer, but I do have a Linksys WRT350N wireless router that has upnp media center functionality built in (whatever that means). All of my photos, videos and music reside on the hard drives in my computer. I do NOT have a separate hard drive hooked up to my router.

    Do I gain any functionality by hooking up my HR20 to my router wirelessly?

    If so.... I have a Slingbox connected to another DVR in the house. I am using DLink Powerline Ethernet kits to connect the Slinkbox to my wireless router. Can I just buy another one of those powerline boxes to connect to the HR20 or do I need to get a wireless gaming adapter?

  2. masmith

    masmith Mentor

    Dec 7, 2006
    Functionally, I think the HR-20 will do most anything your Media Player will do. Also, an X-box 360 would even do more.
  3. Slip Jigs

    Slip Jigs DBSTalk Club Member

    Oct 20, 2006
    The router contains a Upnp server, which when you configure it and point it to a media folder or folders on your computer, it will serve them up to another media player on your network - such as your HR20. I haven't checked the threads on this feature lately, so I don't know how well it is doing with various media servers (Windows Media Connect, etc)

    The advantage to having your router handle this is that you don't have to have one running on your computer. Also, to be able to connect to it wireless you'll need the gaming adapter to hook up to the 20.
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