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Need some help on what equipment I need.

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by swspjcd, Dec 20, 2010.

  1. swspjcd

    swspjcd Cool Member

    May 22, 2007
    Here is the problem. I currently have 2 HR20-100 DVRs that are working perfectly. They both are setup for whole-home access but are using the ethernet for access. I have ethernet run through almost every room in the house except for my bedroom. The bedroom has one RG6 cable going to it from the basement where it is connected to a Zinwell WB68. There is a wired ethernet switch in the basement already. I would like to accomplish two things. I would like to provide wired ethernet to the bedroom with more than one connection (I have an ethernet switch already) and also be able to use both tuners in a Directv DVR (haven't decided on a model yet. Suggestions?) at the same time. So essentially I would to run ethernet across the RG6 in the bedroom to provide multiple connections as well as a second signal for the second tuner in the DVR. What equipment do I need to accomplish this? I've read about MoCA but I'm a little confused about exactly what it provides as it seems to provide ethernet to a DVR but I'm unclear if I can use it to provide two connections or more on one side of the RG6.
    Thanks for any help.
  2. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    Convert your entire system to SWiM (get rid of the WB68). Then add DECA adapters for all your DVRs, plus an internet connection kit to put the DECA cloud on the internet.

    Get everything up and running. Then you might get away with using the ethernet breakout from the DECA to feed a switch in the bedroom and via that get internet/LAN available for other items.

    However, disclaimer time... It is not really recommended to put other stuff on your DECA cloud. That's one of the major advantages of using DECA for whole-home is that it is isolated from other traffic.

    You would be better off if you can find any way to run a cat5e wire from the basement to the bedroom, so that you have both an RG6 and an ethernet wire.
  3. swspjcd

    swspjcd Cool Member

    May 22, 2007
    Thanks for replying. I was hoping to do this with as little equipment as possible since the whole-home stuff appears to be working fine already across the house ethernet. Converting the whole thing to SWiM would end up being alot more then I wanted to spend (I think).

    Is there no way to send an ethernet signal across RG6 on just one wire and then put ethernet switches on both ends so it can be plugged into the whole house ethernet cloud? If I can do this, I'll just suffer with using only one tuner in the bedroom on that DVR.
  4. RAD

    RAD Well-Known Member

    Aug 5, 2002
    You can call DirecTV and ask them how much to get whole home DVR installed. The list price is $199 but depending on who you talk to and how DIRECTV views you as a customer they might make you a deal, that flat price included all hardware needed including replacing dish, switch and any receivers that can't operate with a SWiM setup. Doesn't cost anything to ask.

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