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No Internet Near D* Box

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Tips and Resources' started by TivoTron, Jun 9, 2009.

  1. TivoTron

    TivoTron New Member

    Sep 26, 2007
    Want to get a friends' boxes hooked up to the Internet, but their boxes aren't near their modem.

    What is the best option for me to recommend them?

    What is the cheapest?

  2. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    Best option, pull wire.
    Easiest option, wireless adapters.
    Least cost option, ??. Depends on cost of pulling wire.
  3. kymikes

    kymikes Icon

    Jan 15, 2008
    Best is Cat6 wired. Depending on physical restrictions (how hard to string the wire), it may also be the cheapest. The easier way is wireless but this can be more expensive and it can be throughput limited. If your friend is just using the internet from the D* box as a replacement for a phone line, throughput is not an issue. If he/she wants high data rate functions like On Demand, you may find wireless has it's limitations. D* also sells boxes that will connect via the household power distribution system but this has some limitations as well as the performance can be limited if all the power outlets utilized are not on the same circuit or, at least, on the same phase of the incoming 220 power line.

    Hope this helps.
  4. WestDC

    WestDC Well-Known Member

    Feb 9, 2008
    IF you cannot pull Cat 6 wire, the easiest option would be power line adapters. They can run 85 mps only if they are located on the same electrical circuit breaker--they will only run 10 to 14 mps if you run them across circuit breakers. Advantage no Software Setup.

    If the Electrical distrbution Box is located close to where the current router is - The another option is ID the Circuits Half tap (inside the electrical panel) the circuit breakers (example Living room) and Attach a outlet next to the Router. Plug your adapter into that (new outlet) and the other adapter into the Living room and there you have it on the same circuit breaker. You are now running a 85 MPS. If you can not do this your self-Any Electrician in the yellow pages can preform this task as well as run the CAT6.

    Wireless requires software setup Also Security issues and wireless dead spots

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