Networking help chat: Prepare for VOD

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Tips and Resources' started by houskamp, Jul 30, 2007.

Will you be coming to network help chat?

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  1. Aug 1, 2007 #81 of 136
    davidord

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    If you are concerned about price for cables, Monoprice is a popular choice. I've attached a link for Cat5 Network cables. The prices are substantially less than most retail locations.

    http://www.monoprice.com/products/subdepartment.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10208&style=

     
  2. Aug 1, 2007 #82 of 136
    MercurialIN

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    Thank you very much for the kind suggestion. Actually they told me about monoprice in the chat room tonight and I have placed my order for two 100ft cat5e cables already! Now once I can afford a fairly cheap router, I'm looking at one at Radio Shack for around $40 I will be all set for VOD, I can't wait. Again thank you so much. :)
     
  3. Aug 1, 2007 #83 of 136
    davidord

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    Here's a link to Newegg.com for a 4 port wired router for $31 minus $10 rebate. $21.00 + $5 shipping after rebate.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833127091


     
  4. Aug 2, 2007 #84 of 136
    tgater

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    I used the "Networking Tips" and have my server w/2003 Server R2 connected two computers using XP Media Center, and my laptop with XP Pro connected, my HR20 is able to see all of the content on WMP, I have one more computer running XP 64 bit that I will connect this weekend. It's nice to view photo's and listen to music from all of these I still need to organize all of my media files into folders for easier access.
     
  5. Aug 2, 2007 #85 of 136
    MercurialIN

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    Thank you again for the help. I went ahead before I saw your post and made the leap and ordered a router from netgear's online store. It was a little more then I had planned but hopefully it will be a good router. I guess I'll find out. Thanks again for all of your help I appreciate it.
     
  6. Aug 2, 2007 #86 of 136
    MercurialIN

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    One other question I have. I have ordered a Netgear wireless router and two ethernet cables, unfortunately I will need to unplug them from the HR 20's any time I am not actively using the networking/VOD until I can get someone out here to run the cables into the basement so they can be plugged in all the time without my having to have them running down the hall and my tripping over them or the cat chewing them up. So will unplugging everything each time I'm done using it until I get the cables run through the basement, mess up the networking, will I have to go through the whole set up each time I reconnect the cables? I won't be able to afford that very soon, on top of this other equipment. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
     
  7. Aug 2, 2007 #87 of 136
    davidord

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    The short answer is most likely. But, if you are only concerned with VOD, the setup to reestablish a connection is very quick by running through the automatic networking setup. If you are concerned with streaming music and pictures, most of the time I find it takes a reboot to reestablish a connection.

     
  8. Aug 2, 2007 #88 of 136
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    Sorry I didn't make it on last night,but I tried.Here is what happened.I ran my Networking cable from the HR20 to my Westell 327W DSL modem/router and soon as I hooked it up I could not get on the internet.The HR20 didn't show connected at first until I rebooted everything as instructed on the help screen of the HR20.Once everything came back up I ran the Network connection set-up again and everything connected fine.It said the HR20 was networked and had an internet connection. I still could not get on the internet from my computer. I had to wait to come into work to talk to you guys to find out what I did wrong.

    I did try to get WMP11 to work since the HR20 was networked but I had no luck with that either and it was late and I wanted to wait until I could get to work to talk to you guys and read up more on what I did wrong. I assume everything is ok with the set-up of the HR20 I just can't get on the internet. The DSL light is lit up on the modem and the internet LED is on with it flashing once in awhile. Any suggestions? Thanks Jeff
     
  9. Aug 2, 2007 #89 of 136
    Indiana627

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    I didn't make the chat last night but I have a question: how hard is to put the ends on cat5 wire?

    Instead of wall fishing and wall plates, I'm thinking of just drilling a hole through my floor and carpet from the basement and run the wire through the hole and then connect it to the HR20. I'd put the end on after running it through the floor. If I run the wire with the end on it, I'd have to drill a much larger hole and I really don't want to have to do that. I've put ends on RG6 cables before but never on cat5.

    The cat5 cable would run directly from my HR20 to my router. I mention this because I've heard of both cross over patch cable and straight through cables, though I don't really know the difference.
     
  10. Aug 2, 2007 #90 of 136
    houskamp

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    1st question: how good is your eyesight? :lol:
    they're not bad if you have s teady hand and decent eyesight..
    just make all straight thru cables (all ends the same) and you will be fine..
     
  11. Aug 2, 2007 #91 of 136
    Indiana627

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    Yes to both good eyesight and steady hands. So how do I actually make them? Are there any good instructions on the net. I searched and found some but not sure how good/accurate any of them are.
     
  12. Aug 2, 2007 #92 of 136
    houskamp

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    If you get the crimp pliers for them (usualy a kit with some ends too) they will have easy instructions..
     
  13. Aug 2, 2007 #93 of 136
    Indiana627

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    I just read a few instructions and I think I'll either drill a bigger hole or wall fish.
     
  14. Aug 2, 2007 #94 of 136
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    Home Depot has a good set of crimpers/w instructions.They also have the ends.
     
  15. Aug 2, 2007 #95 of 136
    houskamp

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    It is basicaly get the wires in the right order, trim, slide into end, crimp...
     
  16. Aug 2, 2007 #96 of 136
    Stuart Sweet

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    The only thing that jumps to mind is that there is an IP conflict with the HR20. Do you have your PC set to a static IP address or "obtain address automatically" (also called DHCP)?

    If you temporarily unplug the HR20 does the internet come back on your computer (may need to reboot). Have you tried swapping the positions of the cables on the router?

    Just some stuff off the top of my head.
     
  17. Aug 2, 2007 #97 of 136
    Stuart Sweet

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    If you are lucky you can find someone who is willing to test it. It would really stink to have a bad connection after all of your hard work.
     
  18. Aug 2, 2007 #98 of 136
    Steve2726

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    I am running the Belkin N1 router and an F5d7330-G WGA. I have it all hooked up but I can 't get the the router to connect to the network. WMP-11 doesn't see the wga either. Also, I am on a HR20-100 (black:D ) Thanks in advance for any assistance.
     
  19. Aug 2, 2007 #99 of 136
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    It is set to DHCP I assume because I didn't change it.The HR20 says it is ok and all the test says that it was a successful connection. All of the IP and all the networking stuff shows up in the info and test menu.

    I unplugged the network cable from the DSL router/modem that was going to the HR20 and I still could not get an internet connection on my desktop. I put the network cable from router to the computer in a different slot on the router and I still could not get the internet.I turned off the router and turned it back on and still nothing.

    I know that the HR20 is showing it is linked up to the router and it says it has an internet connection.I don't understand what would have changed on my PC or the DSL modem/router just because I hooked up the HR20 to the router.I didn't change any settings at all. I thought maybe I needed to go into the web page of the router. I had read a little about some settings in there. What do you think? Is there something in the settings of the router that could have changed once the HR20 was networked?

    Thanks guys for your help. I wanted to take off work to work on this and get it fixed. I hate for something to get the best of me,but I could not take off today. I may have to make a call to AT&T customer service but i dread that.I know I have a better chance of getting it going again with the experts on here. The wife has to have the internet up soon because she has on-line classes coming up.
     
  20. Aug 2, 2007 #100 of 136
    lwilli201

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    If there is a computer guru out there maybe you could help me fix my problem. I have 3 computers I want to connect to my 3 HR20's. I use WMP11. Two of the computers connect just fine. The WMP11 on the third will not detect the HR20's. I have narrowed it down to the HTTP SSL service (found in the Admin Tools) will not start. I get "Can not start the HTTP SSL service on Local Computer. Error 5: Access is denied." I am using XP Pro SP2. The HTTP SSL needs to run for the "Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service" to work.

    I know this is a little far out, but any help will be appreciated. Oh, please keep it simple. :grin:

    Others that can not get WMP11 to detect the HR20 may have the same problem I have.
     
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