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Networking change busts whole home setup

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by demisod, Mar 12, 2013.

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  1. demisod

    demisod AllStar

    Aug 5, 2005
    I recently moved into a new house, and it took me about a month to get internet service installed, which was yesterday. Directtv went ahead and installed at my house without internet. I have an HR34 with one client and an HR21 and HR23. Although there was no internet connection, whole home seemed to work and there was consolidated playlist available to the HR34 and the genie client.

    The house is wired for a lan. At the HR34 location, there is a wall jack that is connected to a switch that feeds the tv/blue ray player and a/v receiver. As it turns out the guys that installed the tv and a/v equipment also connected the HR34 to the LAN via ethernet. As I understand it, this is not the correct way to connect to the internet for the HR34, but it seemed harmless at the time.

    For reasons having to do with my ISP provider (sticking a router behind a router), I decided to change the subnet for my lan from 192.168.1.x to 192.168.2.x. Don't know if this was really needed, but I did it. After the internet was activated, I tested the HR34 and discovered it was not connecting. I noticed it's IP address was I thought, ah, I just need to change the subnet to 192.168.2.x. So I did and the genie lost contact with the server. Rebooting the client didn't seem to help. Adding a client didn't work either (no prompt for the add code, just a "can't find server" screen). I changed the server's address back to what it was, rebooted everything and the client came back but whole home is not working. Recordings on the other DVRs don't show up and no other receivers show up at connected at the HR34. I checked the IP address on one of the other receivers and it is showing 192.168.2.xx. I would guess this is the problem.

    I assume I need to get a tech out to install the supported internet connection kit, but is there was way to get the whole home setup back and working? The IP address for the server is listed as static. Is there a way to use DHCP which the client will pick up?
  2. Go Beavs

    Go Beavs Hall Of Fame

    Nov 18, 2008
    The Genie supports bridging the internet through its ethernet port. Sounds like there is a subnet issue where some receivers are on one subnet and others are on another.

    I'd go into the network menu and select <RESTORE DEFAULTS> then <CONNECT NOW>. That should reset the Genie to pull an IP address via DHCP. If your other receivers are set to DHCP also, it should 'just work'.
  3. peds48

    peds48 Genius.

    Jan 10, 2008
    Can you explain the above comment further? two routers running DHCP can cause havoc in your network. one router must be "bridged"
  4. demisod

    demisod AllStar

    Aug 5, 2005
    I have AT&T uverse, which uses a gateway box that combines router+modem. It does not have a bridge mode, but my router seems to work ok placed in the DMZ for the AT&T router. The router is the only thing attached to the AT&T box. This was the internet-recommended solution based on my research. The two routers is why I changed the subnet on my router, to avoid possible conflicts, although thinking about it that seems unnecessary. Everything seems to be working properly so far (a computer, wireless devices, voip box, tv, blu-ray, a/v receiver) with the exception of the whole home setup.
  5. HoTat2

    HoTat2 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 16, 2005
    You're probably better posting this issue in the "Connected Home" forum where the more network savvy folks frequent.

  6. Diana C

    Diana C Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Mar 30, 2007
    New Jersey
    If you don't want to use VOD, the easiest solution is to disconnect the HR34 from the LAN and reboot all the DVRs (including the HR34) and clients.

    If you want VOD, you'll need to get the C31 clients to switch over to the 192.168.2.xxx subnet. I honestly don't know that much about the C31 clients, but I would assume you'll need to rerun guided setup on the C31s to do that.
  7. The Merg

    The Merg 1*

    Jun 24, 2007
    Northern VA
    If you have both routers active as DHCP servers that is going to cause problems, even if they are different subnets. This is because network devices on your LAN might get IP addresses from either server. Turn off DHCP on one of the routers and reset the network setup on each of your receivers. You might also want to restart any other network devices as well to make sure that they grab a new IP address.

    - Merg
  8. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Dec 9, 2006
    This has been moved to here: http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=213494
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