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Sick of Daily Resets

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by Chilcoot, Sep 7, 2010.

  1. wilbur_the_goose

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    usnret,
    The first night I had MRV installed, I went in and changed to static IP addresses.

    Those low 100 addresses (.101, .102, etc) can be reassigned and that can cause big issues. That's the "D" (Dynamic) in DHCP.

    By setting your address to something like .150 you're usually outside your router's DHCP range, so they won't be dynamic (changing). I have 3 boxes - .150, .160, and .170 and it works perfectly.
     
  2. Steve

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    The way it was explained to me, a router with a DHCP server knows (or is supposed to know) if there are already static addresses in use and will assign the next unused address that's available.

    The problem arises when one of those static devices is off-line at the time the DHCP server wants to issue a new address, and it thinks that static IP is now available for re-assignment. When the static device is turned on again, bingo, you have a conflict.

    That's why it makes sense to limit the range of DHCP addresses that can be handed out automatically and assign static addresses outside that range.
     
  3. Xsabresx

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    Now THAT is something I never thought of.

    I had everything on static until yesterday when my router fried and had to replace it (havent gone back to reassign static IPs yet) except my work laptop because I dont have rights to go in there and change the IP configuration. Invariably if there was a power outtage while I was working, my laptop would sit on an IP that was already assigned causing a conflict. Never thought to have like 10 assignable IPs and the rest of my stuff outside the DHCP.
     
  4. wilbur_the_goose

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    Xsabresx - I've had exactly the same problem using my work PC at home. That's what started my interest in setting up DHCP ranges on the router.
     
  5. HoTat2

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    To sum up it just seems that the MRV cloud is sensitive to the way some routers manage the handing out and renewal of IP addresses under their DHCP mode. Therefore the strategy of using static IPs assigned outside the DHCP range is to relieve the router of this function and give it no role to play in the MRV cloud connectivity.

    Ultimately you really just want to relegate the router to internet access for VOD, TV Apps, PPV ordering, etc.

    And its even a good idea to use an external ethernet switch for the MRV cloud to access the Home network cloud for DirecTV2PC and Media Share.
     
  6. Xsabresx

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    Makes a lot of sense! On Tuesday they are adding two receivers (and supported MRV) and once they get that set up I'll take time and go reset all of the IPs outside of the DHCP
     
  7. wilbur_the_goose

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    Amen - I'm using an ethernet switch successfully.
     
  8. armchair

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    That's how I'm setup. My ETHERNET switch is retained from my previous MRV Beta setup.

    I had one hiccup with DHCP the day after swapping routers and one time I had TV APPS fail to connect when using Auto mode in Network Services so I switched to manual assigned ports and forwarded the ports as well.
     
  9. inkahauts

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    I say narrow it down to make sure its a router issue in the first place.. Disconnect the broadband deca connection, and remove the entire internet and router from the system, and see if the issue continues, just to make sure its not the boxes, or the swm, or the bsf, or the decas you are using. I doubt it is, but I always think its better to isolate things when possible and make sure you know whats causing your issue before trying to fix it.
     
  10. Chilcoot

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    Based on the advice given in this thread, last night I set up each of my three receivers with static IPs outside the DHCP range of my Linksys router.

    I'll know in a day or two if that did the trick, and will post the results here.
     
  11. spartanstew

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    Chilcoot Charlies?
     
  12. Chilcoot

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    24 hours in, I'm seeing positive results.

    No need to restart. And, for the first time all season, I can start watching a MLB Extra Innings game on a receiver other than the DVR that recorded it: previously, I had to start the game on the recording DVR, then resume playback on the receiver I wanted to watch the game on.

    I bet setting my receivers to static IPs outside my router's DHCP range fixes my MRV issues. Thanks to posters in this thread.
     
  13. RunnerFL

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    Yeah, I think it's safe to say you're all set now. Changing to static has worked for many people. I don't recall seeing a post from even one person saying it didn't work.
     
  14. usnret

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    I second that it's working. 3 days in and no problems here. Hope that the installers take note (but maybe that can't booger with peoples router settings?).
     
  15. wilbur_the_goose

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    usnret - You should be free and clear if you use addresses over 170. Heck You can even to up over 200 and not even touch your router.
     
  16. usnret

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    Well, if this doesn't work, I might just "touch" that sucker!! Thanks again for your help.
     
  17. malarchuk

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    I have been having similiar problems for the last month of my WHDVR service. Multiple daily resets, very frustrating. The only solution DirecTV had was to swap DVR's

    I saw this thread and ended up using the reserved DCHP option. I have now gone 3 days without any type of reset. Thanks to everyone here for all the great info.
     
  18. Chilcoot

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    Ever since assigning my three receivers static IPs outside the DHCP range of my router five days ago, my MRV network has been rock solid, with no need for the almost-daily resets it previously required. Success! Thanks everyone.

    This solution should appear in a FAQ.
     
  19. TheRatPatrol

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    Thats exactly what I did the other night and things have been working great so far. This MRV thing is awesome! Having all my shows listed in one master play list is sweet! No more switching inputs between DVR's.

    Thanks Wilbur :D
     
  20. matt

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    My parents boxes were dropping off on regular occasion and it turns out (it seems so far anyway) that the problem was their router was set to a max of five devices. Set it to the max value and they say things are good so far...
     

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