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Step-by-Step Router/Bridge/HR2x Network Configuration Doc

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  1. Sep 17, 2007 #1 of 456
    Spanky_Partain

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    Attached is a file that shows a simple wired/wireless/HR20 setup. There are screen shots showing step-by-step setup of a router, a wireless bridge, and the HR20 settings. See the attached document "Route-Bridger-HR20 Config.pdf".

    Have fun, good luck, and don't be afraid to ask questions.

    Before going any further, make sure you have updated the firmware on your router and any other network device(s) to the latest firmware provided by the OEM., OEM-Original Equipment Manufacturer.

    Facts on Network Connection provided on Directv Equipment
    The USB port does NOT support the use of a network adapter, Directv USB Port Programing File
    There are no hardware additions that can be added internally to the Directv equipment that would make the equipment wireless network capable, like a PC
    HR20-700 - One single RJ45 port with MDI/MDI-x 100 Full Duplex, no cross over cable required
    HR20-100 - Two RJ45 ports with MDI/MDI-x 100 Full Duplex, no cross over cable required, only Port 1 is currently enabled
    H21-200 - One single RJ45 port with MDI/MDI-x 100 Full Duplex, no cross over cable required, network port not currently enabled
    H23-600 - One single RJ45 port with MDI/MDI-x 100 Full Duplex, no cross over cable required, network port not currently enabled
    HR21-xxx - Two RJ45 ports with MDI/MDI-x 100 Full Duplex, no cross over cable required, network switch chip set, both ports active and can be used to daisy chain, "Drawing of an HR21 daisy chain hook-up.pdf"
    R22-xxx - Two RJ45 ports with MDI/MDI-x 100 Full Duplex, no cross over cable required, network switch chip set, both ports active and can be used to daisy chain, "Drawing of an HR21 daisy chain hook-up.pdf"

    Note - When multiple RJ45 plugs exist on your equipment, try connecting the internet network cable into Ethernet Port 1 first. Run the "Test Connection" in network tab of the system menu if the internet test shows connected, leave the cable in that port. If not, try putting the cable in Ethernet port 2 and run the test again.

    Common Home Network IP Scheme
    The most common home network IP scheme is the 192.168.1.x numbering. This is known as a Class C license by definition. Normal masks for this IP is 255.255.255.0 which allows the last 3 numbers to be used as individual IP addresses. There are 4 blocks of numbers, a.b.c.d. that are separated by a decimal point. By using the 255.255.255.0 mask this defines the subnet. With this subnet mask a network can have a range of 192.168.1.1 - 192.168.1.254 for IP addresses in the house. That is a lot of address space. The reason the same numbers can be used in my house and in your house is because to the equipment we have allows internal numbers that do not get to the outside world. This is the router/gateway or cable/DSL modem that makes the real connection to the outside world and gets an outside IP address to use. The outside IP address is the point of attack, not the internal home network IP address.

    The hardware equipment below, is hardware that others or I have used and have had success with. There are many different models/brands that will most likely work as well. I am not promoting/selling any of the mentioned equipment and the equipment is ALWAYS Subject To Change!

    The below mentioned hardware has been verified to work by someone on this forum.

    Hardware Wireless Routers for connection to your home network
    Buffalo Technology Wireless WHR -G125 configured as a Router
    D-Link Wireless Gaming Router DGL-4300 - 1 Gb RJ45 Links
    D-Link DI-624 Wireless Cable/DSL Router, 4-Port Switch, 802.11g, 108Mbps
    Linksys BEFSR81 - Cable/DSL Router with 8-Port Switch, 10/100 Full Duplex RJ45 Links
    Linksys WRT54GS - 4 10/100 Full Duplex RJ45 Links
    Linksys WRT160N - 4 10/100 Full Duplex RJ45 Links
    Linksys WRT300N - 4 10/100/1000 Full Duplex RJ45 Links
    Linksys WRT310N - 4 10/100/1000 Full Duplex RJ45 Links
    Linksys WRT350N - 4 10/100/1000 Full Duplex RJ45 Links
    Linksys WRT610N - 4 10/100/1000 Full Duplex RJ45 Links
    Netgear RANGEMAX NEXT WIRELESS-N ROUTER WNR834B - available with 4 10/100 or 1 Gb Full Duplex RJ45 links​

    Hardware Alternatives for hooking up the HR2x via Wireless or PowerLine
    Buffalo Technology Wireless-G MIMO Performance 4 Port Ethernet Converter WLI-TX4-G54HP
    Buffalo Technology Wireless WHR -G125 configured as a Bridge
    Buffalo AirStation WHR-HP-G54 Wireless Cable/DSL Smart Router
    D-Link DAP-1522 Xtreme N Duo Wireless Bridge/Access Point, 4 Gigabit LAN Ports
    Linksys Wireless-G Business 5 Port Ethernet Bridge WET200
    Linksys WRT54GS, using dd-wrt Firmware, see Third party firmware for your router
    Netgear XE104G Kit 4 10/100 Mbps Powerline switch ports and 1 85 Mbps Powerline bridge port at the router
    Netgear WGPS606 Print Server as a Wireless Bridge
    SMC SMCWEB-N Draft 11n Wireless Access Point/Ethernet Client
    Airlink APL-8511 85Mbps PowerLine Adapter, takes 2, one plugs into RJ45 of HR20 other into RJ45 of router
    Belkin 802.11g Wireless Ethernet Adapter F5D7330
    Directv HD DVR Networking Kit, See First Look
    D-Link DWL-G820 Wireless Gaming Adapter, 802.11g, 108Mbps
    D-Link Wireless 108Mbps Gaming Adapter DWL-G820
    D-Link Wireless Bridge Gaming adapter DGL-3420
    D-Link DPR-1260 Rangebooster G Multifunction Print Server Device
    Linksys Wireless-G Game Adapter WGA54G
    Linksys Wireless-G Ethernet Bridge WET54G
    Linksys Wireless-N Game Adapter WGA600N
    Netgear XE102G Kit 10 Base T Powerline port at HR2x and 1 14 Mbps Powerline port at the router
    ZyXEL G-470 802.11g Wireless Ethernet Bridge​

    BLUE = Multiple RJ45 network connections available! This means if you have more than one HR20 or other equipment that needs to be on the network in your media center area, these wireless devices will provide that access.
    PURPLE = Directv Branded/Supported

    Hard Wired
    This is by far the most reliable, secure, and best speed to use when possible. A switch can be added at the media center for multiple connection's of equipment and a up link cable can be wired to the DSL/Cable modem box. The up link cable consists of nothing more than a patch cable between the switch and the router. Today, most switches/routers have what is called MDI/MDI-X capabilities. This means you do NOT need a cross over cable because the switch/router chip set will auto detect this and make the adjustment as needed for the straight through cable or cross over cable.

    Hard Wired using a Laptop to Gain Internet Access
    Using a Windows Laptop as a Bridge Device
    Using a MAC Laptop as a Internet Sharing Device

    Network IP Addresses and Subnet Mask Usage
    Now here is how to use your network mask to your advantage.
    Example
    Linksys router uses 192.168.1.1 as the base IP
    Buffalo 4 port uses 192.168.10.1 as the base IP​
    To make these IP addresses work together without changing the base IP use the subnet mask 255.255.0.0. This will give an IP scheme from 192.168.1.1 - 192.168.254.254 and will be in the same subnet.
    Results are you can keep your default IP scheme that is set on the equipment. This will require your PC's, printers, xbox, etc to also have the subnet mask changed as well so they will be in the same IP subnet.

    When to use DHCP and when to use StaticStatic IP's are assigned primarily to devices that need to be a known IP address forever. Printers are a very good example of this. When a printer has a static IP, it can easily be assigned to multiple PC's as the default network printer. Other devices that are good to assignee IP addresses to are routers, bridge devices, access points, or anything that may require a browser IP connection to manage such as http://192.168.1.1 for a router, http://192.168.1.2 for the Ethernet bridge hooked to the HR20, http://192.168.1.3 for a access point that relays wireless access between longer distances. Using DHCP is good for PC's that do not need to be sharing anything in particular or an HR20 since it does not matter what the IP address is since there is no reason to directly access it via an address. Portable PC's using DHCP is common place as well. When setting the amount of max DHCP addresses, I only allow max number in house +1 so a visitor can join in. In most cases I have to go into the router anyway to allow their MAC address since I use MAC filtering.
    Link to more information on setting Static IP Addresses
    Link to more information on re-setting the default DHCP on the HR2x system, Click HERE

    Verify the HR20 for local network connection
    With the introduction to support "ping" reply in version 0x0207 or later, verify the HR2x is on line by issuing a ping command from a command prompt to the IP address of the HR2x. The IP address can be obtained from the information screen in the setup test of the HR2x. After obtaining the IP address from the HR2x information screen, go to your windows PC, select Start => run, put command in the window box and select ok. In the command.com window, type in the following: c:/> ping <HR2x IP Address>, the result should be successful showing 3 accomplished pings that display the amount of time the ping took for each instance.

    Alternate Media Sources
    Sharing files from alternate source using Windows WMP11 as the source media server software and Linux Samba shared file systems
    One other thing. By default, WMP11 will only share files from your local hard drive. Since my music and pictures are on my Linux box (shared with my XP box), I had to make a registry change so that the remote files can be shared. See below link and look for the above statement...
    WMP11- Some New Things To Try To Get It Working With The HR20

    Sharing files from alternate source using Nero 7 as the source media server software and drives mapped to a Windows system
    Another alternative to achieve this is using Nero 7 Scout. In the setup you can select mapped drives to the Windows system like NAS drives. Once the drive is mapped to the Windows system, the selection to index the drive is made available in Nero 7 Scout.
    NERO 7 on Windows XP

    The HP Media Vault is a network attached storage solution with a lot of options. Here is excellent site for Q&A on this, HP Media Vault FAQ Knowledge Base

    Media Server Log off Message
    There can be a couple of reasons why this is being displayed for no obvious reason. It may have to do with your PC going into a sleep mode, power saver mode, or standby mode. See the attachment "Display Properties.pdf" for these settings.

    There is also a separate power setting for hardware that may exist on your PC that may be putting your network card to a sleep mode as well. See the attachment "Network Device power management slides.pdf"

    See this link to check and make sure UPnP services are added to the network PC properly.
    This can also cause the log off message. "UPnP User Interface"

    DVR Locking up Due to Network
    Here is a problem that was found using some anti-virus software, Antivirus program causing the daily lockups?. Other problems like this are usually due to UPnP devices in the network that maybe causing a problem. Another recommendation in this case is to turn off ALL network devices, cameras, PC's, PS3's, printers, etc. Power one up at a time and let it stay on to see if it will affect the DVR. This can take some time depending on how long it takes the DVR to show the issue, but time is sometimes all we have.

    Music & Photos Not Showing Up in Menu
    Windows WMP11: Start => Run => services.msc => ok, locate the Windows Media Player Network Sharing Services, right click on it and restart the service, reference LINK. Right click on the service to get to the properties and check for startup account information.

    HR2x Does Not Boot When Connected to Network
    This has been reported by several users and some fixes have been made to the HR20-xxx firmware to help with this issue. If you are running into this issue there are a couple of things that may help get around this issue. First thing to do is to report the issue in the appropriate issue thread. In the issue include every piece of hardware that is connected to your home network like cameras, xbox, Wii, refrigerators, etc and include brand, model numbers and settings for that network device.

    Try unplugging the HR2x from the network while booting. After the boot is complete then plug the network cable back in. If the HR20-xxx locks up or quits working, the remove the HR20-xxx from the network or remove other devices from the network until the suspected device is identified and documented in the issues thread.

    Others have reported installing a separate switch for the HR2x device(s) has worked by isolating the DVR(s) from other device traffic. This has been done with a Linksys WRT54G with the Wireless portion turned off and just the switch portion being used then up-linked to the home router.

    Maybe It is Time To REBOOT Everything!
    Power off ALL equipment, the DSL/Cable modem, router, computers, HR2x's, everything. Plug in the DSL/Cable modem, let it boot up all the way, then plug in your router, then start booting up computers and other equipment attached to the network like printers etc., now plug your HR2x in and boot it up. This is a very good default order to follow when things go "screwy".

    Port Forwarding DirecTV Equipment
    These steps are from Linksys, yours may vary from a different OEM, but it will be basically the same. Important steps to take if you have multiple devices using port forwarding. Port range forwarding sets up public services on your network, such as web servers, ftp servers, e-mail servers, or other specialized Internet applications. (Specialized Internet applications are any applications that use Internet access to perform functions such as videoconferencing or on line gaming. Some Internet applications may not require any forwarding.) When users send these types of requests to your network via the Internet, the Router will forward those requests to the appropriate servers (computers). Before using forwarding, you should assign static IP addresses to the designated servers (use the DHCP Reservation feature on the Basic Setup screen). If you need to forward all ports to one PC, click the DMZ tab.

    To add an application, complete the following fields:
    Application Name
    Enter the name of the application IE HR20-700 Den
    Start ~ End Port
    Enter the number or range of port(s) used by the server or Internet application. Check with the Internet application documentation for more information. This will be the manual port assignments on the Directv DVR.
    Protocol
    Select the protocol TCP or UDP, or select Both. In most cases all you need is TCP for the Directv protocol, but it will not hurt to have both.
    To IP Address
    Enter the IP address of the server that you want the Internet users to be able to access. To find the IP address. If you assigned a static IP address to the server, then you can click the DHCP Reservation button on the Basic Setup screen to look up its static IP address. The server in this case is the Directv DVR.

    Links of Interest for port forwarding
    Website to select Many Different router brands to show "How to Port Forward"
    2 Wire Port Forwarding Instructions
    Apple AirPort Extreme Network Services Port Forwarding
    HR2x Ports Forwarding, Manually
    Linksys/Cisco WGA600N Wireless Adapter (Quick Hit)

    Linksys WRT350N Router with screen shots
    Westell 327W Port Forwarding

    PURPLE = Directv Branded/Supported

    Highly Recommended Links
    Please add additional documentation to this thread for "how to" and instruction!
    Looking for *YOUR* Help; Documents... for Networking
    After adding your information here, please PM me with a link to it so it can be included here!

    Third party firmware for your router
    The link at the end of this statement are instructions and firmware from dd-wrt.com that can be used to convert a router to a Ethernet bridge. This can be very helpful if you already have a wireless router sitting around that is no longer in use or if you have updated your home router and are no longer planning on using the existing router. The router can be used as a Ethernet bridge and multiple devices can be plugged into the router and then be hooked up to the home network/internet, dd-wrt web page installation docs
    I have installed this firmware on a Linksys WRT54GS and configured it to a client bridge. This makes the 4 ports on the router a switch type connection and it will TX/RX over the wireless connection to the router in the home network. Here is an attachment of the settings needed to make this work using th dd-wrt firmware on a WRT54Gs version 2 router and firmware version 23 SP2, "The dd-wrt54gs2.pdf"

    Hooking up your system!
    HR20 Networking hardwired/wireless: Layout Drawing

    WINDOWS
    Networking and Viiv
    HR20: Networking with Windows Media Player (WMP)
    WMP11- Some New Things To Try To Get It Working With The HR20
    NERO 7 on Windows XP
    And the winner is... TVersity!
    Tversity Help Please
    TVersity Playlists
    New TVersity Version Available - Audio Streaming Added for HR20
    TVersity Quick Start Guide
    FireWall Ports That May Need to be Opened
    Twonky LAME Plugin for Music
    HR20 Media Sharing; WMP11 How-To (Consolidated)
    Twonky Beta Version provided by boilerjt
    Configure UPnP on the PC
    Vista Users: Have Solution For Tversity/WMP11 Problem
    WMP_Settings_for_HR2x

    Warning - If you right clicked on an unknown device and removed it in WMP11, the only work around that I have found to get it back is to un-install WMP11 and re-install it.

    LINUX
    Getting Twonky Linux to Work
    Audio Streaming on the HR20 using Ubuntu Linux
    Twonky and Fedora Core 4
    Media Share - Mediatomb Is Now Working

    MAC
    Twonky for Mac - Audio Streaming Works!
    Mac Users: EyeConnect 1.5 Works with the HR20
    Wireless bridges for dummies (Mac division)

    VMware for Windows
    Installing MediaTomb Using VMWare For Windows for the DirecTV HR2x

    Intel Viiv
    Intelr ViivT Processor Technology

    Router/Bridge Setups
    Buffalo Wireless WHR-G125 as a router or bridge
    Buffalo 2.53 firmware, this is needed for buffalo to work, PM me and I can send it to you!
    Linksys WRT54GS - Pages 1 -16
    Linksys WET54G - Pages 17 - 20
    WRT54GX with dd-wrt firmware

    Send me a PM to Update this thread, please!
    There are a LOT of threads that have been made for networking. If you find one that is a good reference please send it to me so it can be included in this one thread. With networking becoming such a important part of this product, it is necessary to try and keep some order to where to get the needed help and get it at a one stop shop!

    Need More Help?
    If you still need help, don't be afraid to ask for it, PM!. If you need more hands on help, logmein.com can provide a free software download and an environment that both of us share the keyboard, mouse, and video. If you would like for me to guide you through the process, load the Free version of logmein and send me a PM with your information and I can log in and we can work on it together.

    Thanks everyone who has contributed to these documents and have provided their time and effort to make a reliable, safe, and working network for the home.

    *NOTE - The hardware mentioned in this post is hardware that I or others have used and reported to work in their environment. The equipment is NOT said to be certified in any form or fashion by me or DBSTalk.com!
     
  2. Sep 17, 2007 #2 of 456
    Stuart Sweet

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    Mark, this is an excellent document! I've read it twice and I know it will be extremely useful for our user community! You prove your worth here over and over.
     
  3. Sep 18, 2007 #3 of 456
    wilbur_the_goose

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    Mark, The link for the WMP11 isn't working..

    Thanks for the great info!!!
     
  4. Sep 18, 2007 #4 of 456
    Spanky_Partain

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    Done, Thanks....
     
  5. Sep 23, 2007 #5 of 456
    Rob

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    AIRLINK101 POWERLINK $29 at Fry's Electronics. Not online. It's instore only deal.

    see link http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?goto=newpost&t=100333

    You must buy two to set it up. I have three, so I can run two HR20's.

    Works great!
     
  6. Sep 23, 2007 #6 of 456
    barrytest

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    Mark:

    Thanks for the documentation. The question I have is how to configure a RJ45 wireless adapter on the HR20. I use TKIP for encryption and would want to use this also on the HR20 wireless adapter. Can I access the HR20 adapter from a PC on my home network to config the encryption? Thanks for any help.


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  7. Sep 24, 2007 #7 of 456
    Spanky_Partain

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    Barry,
    Currently all D* equipment is a hardwired RJ45 connection. So there is not any security setup needed with this type of connection. A hardwire connection is the most secure, usually, least cost, and usually most reliable. Security such as WEP, WPA, WPA2, and TKIP is for wireless connections only. There are some wireless bridge options that you can configure the security level you need and plug the device into the RJ45 and use the wireless connection. The wireless device would be configured on a PC prior to plugging it into the HR20. If the wireless device is configured with clone mode disabled, you should always be able to use a browser and readjust settings and still access the wireless device and provide the HR20 with a network connection.

    The attached "Route-Bridger-HR20 Config.pdf" document shows setting up a Linksys WET54G bridge device and setting the WEP securtiy up on it. This bridge is capable of WEP, Radius, WPA, and WPA2. You will need to investigate the different models that supply thee type of security you currently are seeking.
     
  8. Sep 24, 2007 #8 of 456
    fury88

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    They gotta get the USB port working for wireless.. SOO much easier and less obtrusive.
     
  9. Sep 25, 2007 #9 of 456
    bubbadawg

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    If I use the Linksys Wireless-G Game Adapter WGA54G to connect to my network, does it also have an option to configure the encryption. My network is encrypted using WPA2 with hidden SSID. I am assuming that this can be setup with both this adapter as well as the Linksys bridge?

    Thanks for the documentation and info.
     
  10. Sep 25, 2007 #10 of 456
    Spanky_Partain

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    I cannot confirm the security level settings of the WGA54G. Perhaps someone who is using one will chime in and confirm the security settings that are available on that piece of equipment. I can confirm the WPA2 is available on the WET54G since that is what I have.
     
  11. Sep 25, 2007 #11 of 456
    SAC-CA-HT

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    Mark,
    First off thanks for setting up all this information. But I want to make sure I'm understanding this correctly. Are you plugging your HR20 into your WET54G and that is sending a signal somewhere else in your house? Reason I ask is I think I'm confusing myself. But here is what I'M trying to accomplish.

    My HT sits downstairs and I want to hook up a PS3(which i know is wireless, but I would like to keep them all on the one line I'm trying to hook up), HDDVD(A35 whenever it comes out), Pio 94 Elite Receiver(swapping my 92 to get the Ethernet conn), and of course my HR20 thru wireless. My WET54G router is upstairs in my office in which I have a two wireless laptops and a printer hardwired into the router. Now, will a WET200 work in my case of plugging all my HT gear into it downstairs(right below the office) and running it off my WET54G? I'm assuming I can follow the instructions from above of setting it up or close?

    Please tell me if I'm thinking wrong here. Thanks
     
  12. Sep 25, 2007 #12 of 456
    Spanky_Partain

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    Yes the WET200 is a 5 port ethernet bridge. You can plug 5 things into it Her HR20, Your HR20, PS3, anything that has a RJ45 Network connection and it will wirelessly transmit to your upstairs router. I think you met to say you have a WRT54G router.

    It should be very easy to setup. They will send you a CD to do it with and all you need to remember is disable clone mode and use it in bridge mode. I have not used an WET200, but I am sure it will be very similar and easy to use.
     
  13. Sep 25, 2007 #13 of 456
    40yearfan

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    I have the Linksys WCG-200 for my router/modem. Would this work for the wireless configuration?
     
  14. Sep 26, 2007 #14 of 456
    Spanky_Partain

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    Yes, you certainly can. You can hook the HR20 directly using Cat5e cable and make a hardwired connection to the WCG-200 or you can use a device that is mentioned in the section above titled "Hardware Alternatives for hooking up the HR20 via Wireless" and hook the HR20 up with a wireless device and use the wireless feature of the WCG-200.

    The equipment in the "Hardware Alternatives for hooking up the HR20 via Wireless" are merely suggestions and are hardware items that others or I have repported that work for thier environment.

    Have fun and ask if you need more help!
     
  15. Sep 26, 2007 #15 of 456
    SAC-CA-HT

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    Mark,
    Thank you for confirming this for me. I'm buying a WET200 today to get this going. I think I overthought it all and started confusing myself!!! Hate when I do that! :rolleyes:
     
  16. Sep 26, 2007 #16 of 456
    bubbadawg

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    Mark, thanks for the info.

    Does it really matter which one I buy? They (WGA54G or WET54G) both seem to be about the same price and it will only be used for the HR20.

    Thanks again.
     
  17. Sep 26, 2007 #17 of 456
    40yearfan

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    Thanks Spanky. The people who are running this board and/or putting out all this information should be commended for their service to the satellite community. You have some well informed individuals such as yourself who make life a lot easier for people like me who are technically challenged.:)
     
  18. Sep 26, 2007 #18 of 456
    Spanky_Partain

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    Only that I do not know what protection schemes are avaliable on the WGA54G and I know for sure that the WET54G does have WEP, WPA, and WPA2 security level settings for wireless. I have also heard of one or two people who had bought a WGA54G and got the version 1 and hard time with it.
     
  19. Sep 27, 2007 #19 of 456
    KennyEarl

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    Before I found this forum (which is like drinking from fire hose for me!) I plugged a spare D-Link USB wireless adapter into the USB port on the back of my HR-20 and it tries to configure the network with it. I actually get a valid IP and subnet on my configuration screen, but it obviously doesn't connect to the network.

    So, I'm holding out hope that this is evidence that D* is actively working on this, but they just don't have it nailed down yet.
     
  20. Sep 27, 2007 #20 of 456
    Spanky_Partain

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    Actually there is/was a request in the Wish list to enable the USB for a set of predfined type of adapters. There have been many discussions. The main argument was that since the drivers for the USB devices would have to be in the kernel or at least loadable modules avaliable to the kernel, the support is to much to expect especially since a network device is already avaliable for use. So what would it take to do this? The drivers would have to be compaitable with the kernel that D* is supplying on the HR20. Everytime a change/version is made of that USB device, it woould require an update. So I do not see this happening to the USB port as part of the network. The USB port design is currently supported for high end serial/USB programing in a theater scenario. Take a look at what you can do with USB Port
     
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