WET610N Up and Running

Discussion in 'DIRECTV - Wireless Networking (private)' started by JimMariner, Aug 26, 2009.

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  1. Drew2k

    Drew2k New Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    Right, but why would you want to? The CD setup wizard has a step that says, "If your router has a button like this [shows a recycle type icon] press that button on your router and then click [here] for WiFi protected setup. Otherwise, click SKIP to manually enter the info."

    IMHO, since DIRECTV is looking to make the installation of the wireless bridge as easy as possible, the HR2x onnscreen setup should include a similar option to use WiFi Protected setup. It prevents the user from having to key-in or select several values and/or options (SSID, security mode, encryption type, passphrase), any of which incorrectly entered will cause the wireless bridge not to connect to the network.
  2. Drew2k

    Drew2k New Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    As password type, are you referring to to the passphrase or key, and by password type you mean the encryption mode ( [FONT=&quot]WPA-TKIP or WPA2-AES[/FONT] for example)? That's something that wouldn't be needed with WiFi protected setup, but beyone that, there's also a default password on the bridge itself that permits it to be remotely configured in a web browser. The CD setup wizard prompted to let me change that default admin password, and that's what I was wondering if the HR2x would handle. You're right it probably won't, but that leaves a bit of a hole as anyone seeing the bridge can easily get in if they know that default password...
  3. Drew2k

    Drew2k New Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    Believe me - it was really easy.

    At some point during the trial I'm going to disconnect my Linksys WRT610N and put the D-LINK DIR-655 back and try the setup all over again the long way, and I'm sure it will be fine, but I do love how networking has advanced to the point where a new wireless device can be added to the network with basically a touch of two buttons: press the button on the router, and then without two minutes press the button on the bridge; wait for detection and silent configuration; boom ... you're connected! What could be easier?
  4. Movieman

    Movieman Hall Of Fame

    May 8, 2009
    That it senses your thoughts and does all this with out using your hands.:grin:
  5. bobnielsen

    bobnielsen Éminence grise

    Jun 29, 2006
    Since it wasn't recognized by the HR20, I used WPS to set mine up. It was even quicker than when I set up the WGA600N with the DVR. Of course, it requires a WPS-capable router so that method is not for everyone.
  6. Huskie_2009

    Huskie_2009 Icon

    Jan 12, 2009
    Which leads to a potential problem should the user have to set the router up again without using the reset button on the bridge.

    If the receiver is configuring the WET610N using HTTP POSTs, the default password will not work the second time. Should the receiver check for this and prompt for the new admin password?
    Or does DirecTv tell the user to find that paper clip and reset the bridge?

    This CE is going to be interesting :)
  7. smiddy

    smiddy Tain't ogre til its ogre

    Apr 5, 2006
    A question for you all that have gotten this installed and running: have any of you used a ghost SSID? I don't broadcast mine as a requirement for work. I assume the setup allows for checking and trying to attach to non-broadcasted SSID routers, correct?
  8. Huskie_2009

    Huskie_2009 Icon

    Jan 12, 2009
    I see it in the manual web config.
    Using the CD, I thought I saw it in the user guide where you can click to type the SSID in yourself.

    Receivers? Hopefully we'll know by friday night.
  9. smiddy

    smiddy Tain't ogre til its ogre

    Apr 5, 2006
    Kewl, thanks!
  10. hasan

    hasan Well-Known Member

    Sep 22, 2006
    Ogden, IA
    No, not currently for me, but we'll see how things go after the CE on Friday, if it happens.
  11. WERA689

    WERA689 Well-Known Member

    Oct 15, 2006
    Canton, GA
    Ok. After almost 2 hours, 3 computer reboots, and 6 failures, I'm done for the night...and NOT connected yet! I made it a point NOT to read these threads for setup issues, so I could enter into this without any tips or inside info. Joe six-pack, y'know.

    First, I tried to set it up at the HR20-700 in my bedroom. The HR did not recognize the device, so I went into the Network Setup Menu and tried to run it from there. After verifying the IP, subnet, Default Gateway and DNS, I tested the connection, and showed connected to the network, but not the internet. Note that the wifi symbol on the bridge did NOT light at this time.
    I tried all this again, and got the same error.

    So, I unplugged everything and moved to the PC in the office, loaded the CD and started the setup process. Except, I couldn't get the CD setup process to run. Vista Ultimate 64bit. I opened this thread and scanned until I found the way to open the install program...NOT INTUITIVE, or obvious. I ran setup, followed all the instructions, input a password, input the WEP key (I know, I know...) and proceeded to move the WET610 back to the HR20-700. I plugged everything in, waited for it to start, and returned to the office to finish the install program. It ran for a bit, then gave an error message telling me to remove the CD and restart the computer, while unplugging the WET and waiting 30 secs; then repowering it and waiting 2 minutes.

    I did that. I got the WET back to the office and started the whole thing again. On first connection to the computer, it could not find the WET--WHILE IT WAS WIRED TO THE ROUTER. Error 102...remove CD, resart computer, unplug device and replug, wait and try again.

    Same results...the WET couldn't be found while hard wired to the router! I rebooted the computer again, reset the WET with the reset button, unplugged it again and left it unplugged until the computer had fully booted again.

    I ran the CD setup procedure AGAIN, completed it fully, moved the WET back to the HR20-700, started it all up again and ran the rest of the setup disc. WHAT? ANOTHER ERROR MESSAGE? You're kidding, right? Nope. Not kidding.

    I'm done for the night, I have to work again tomorrow, and it's 1:15 AM. I still don't have it running on my network. I'm returning the HR20 to the wired connection, unplugging everything associated with the WET and giving up for the night. Maybe I'll try again tomorrow after work, maybe not.

    I'm pretty network savvy, though not a wizard by any means. I set up the wireless network over a year ago and have since upgraded the router to the WRT350N, and added several devices in that time, with NO issues. Most recently I set up an iPod Touch 2nd Generation to use the wireless network. It works fine, even tonight.

    Joe sixpack would have thrown this thing against a wall by now. I'm merely frustrated. And I'll be damned if I can figure out what's going on...


    Edit: I have not tried the WPS setup option that both these Linksys devices can use. Maybe tomorrow.
  12. Huskie_2009

    Huskie_2009 Icon

    Jan 12, 2009
    Thanks for taking one for the team!

    Hopefully the next CE will have all that is needed to configure the WET via the receiver.

    That WPS button was by far the easiest method to get it configured to work. About a minute from power up to success.
  13. Mike Bertelson

    Mike Bertelson 6EQUJ5 WOW! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 24, 2007
    I haven't even had a chance to open the box yet. :(
  14. Strejcek

    Strejcek Icon

    Sep 27, 2006
    Well I was able to get everything set up with the only hitch being my HR22 was not able to automatically set up the bridge with automatic IP settings. I had to set it up with manual; no big deal really. MRV works flawlessly. I tried MRV hooking the bridge up to a switch and it did not work to well, especially with HD video. I did all of this prior to a firmware upgrade of my WRT610N.

    For those of us that have the Linksys WRT610N, you must upgrade to the latest firmware for the bridge to be properly "seen" by the router. I was having an issue where the bridge was not appearing in my network despite the fact that my HR22 was able to get out to the net and said it was connected to my network. As soon as I upgraded to the latest firmware for the router, everything worked as it should. The next thing I am going to try is to try restoring my HR22 to default network values and re-run the network setup wizard to see if it will set itself up using everything with automatic settings. I can't do that until I get home from work though.

    On a side note, I have tons of pictures and screen shots and would be willing to assist in a first look write up.
  15. Groundhog45

    Groundhog45 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 9, 2005
    Cedar Park,...
    Strejcek good point there about upgrading the firmware on the router. I looked up yesterday to see that my WRT350N has a newer version that is currently running. I had downloaded it last night but haven't tried it yet. Wera689 this may be why we're having troubles with that router. I plan to upgrade today after I get back from the blood bank. Question, where is the WPS setup/button on the 350N? I'm missing something. I looked last night.
  16. WERA689

    WERA689 Well-Known Member

    Oct 15, 2006
    Canton, GA
    I believe it's on the 'top' panel, along the front edge of the router. Mine's oriented vertically, so it's to the left of the LED panel.

    BTW, I am running the latest firmware for the WRT, having downloaded it just last week.
  17. JimMariner

    JimMariner Just Another Ol'Salt

    Sep 19, 2007
    My Access Point:
    I use a "Linksys WRT310N" running "DD-WRT v24-sp1 (07/27/08) std" firmware on it. I prefer all the extra options the DD-WRT firmware gives you.

    My Wireless Settings:
    I use "WPA Personal", "TKIP" security on my network. Wireless is set as "Mixed"

    I have run the setup 3 different times, just for testing, All 3 times the results were good. I get a good Network connection at the HR22-100 it is hooked up to.

    First time:
    According to the instructions in the box.

    Second time:
    I saw the WET610N in "My Network Devices" when hardwired to my network. When I click on the icon for it, it loads the typical style of Linksys WebBased UI to set it up. I used the standard (username:admin and password:admin) to access it the first time.

    Third time:
    I used the software in the "Pureinstaller" folder on the CD that came with the bridge.

    As with most of us, I need to wait till MRV is in the CE that will hopefully come to all of us tomorrow night.

    I also have my Newest addition to my Stable, an HR22-100 on my wireless network via a "WGA600N"

    I can see all my units on my network in the Directv2pc application. And playing content to my laptop is not a problem. My wirleless network also has 3 different computers connected to it too, and online most of the time. My wired network has 2 HR2*s, 1 PS3, and a Vonage Phone system on it.

    Bring on a CE that gives us back MRV !! And Lets get Going !!!
  18. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2006
    If it's anything like the WGA600N set up was it will allow you to enter an SSID if one is not detected.
  19. ohills

    ohills Godfather

    Sep 15, 2006
    I haven't either. Almost done remodeling the kitchen. Hopefully I can "play" this weekend.
  20. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    Well when I open the box and do the install some time in the next 24-36 hours - we'll really find out how idiot-proof the install process can be. :D

    According to the letter with the box, that's a big part of the test process, so I volunteer to be the team's villiage idiot (requires no additional training on my part).
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