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Whole Home dvr.

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by vfviola, Sep 12, 2010.

  1. vfviola

    vfviola AllStar

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    I have read some of the whole home forums, but did not see exactly what I was looking for. I have a HR21-200 and HR20-100. My HR21-200 is connected to my network and internet according to system menu using the old Direct homeplug adapter. My question is if I buy another homeplug adapter and connect it to my HR20-100, will they then work with whole home dvr since I am authorized to receive it?
     
  2. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    As with ethernet networking, yes it will work. "How well" it will work is all up to you and some haven't had good luck with powerline adapters, but some have.
     
  3. The Merg

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    Yup. However, depending on where the homeplugs are being used and the connection speed that you get, your MRV might not be the best experience. While you probably won't have any issues with SD recordings over MRV, you might have issues with HD recordings.

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  4. armchair

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    I'd call Directv before I bought anything else. And I wouldn't consider anything other than wired ETHERNET or WHD using the Broad Band DECA (aka Whole Home DVR with Internet Connection Kit or ICK for short).

    There's also a $3/month MRV fee to consider.
     
  5. vfviola

    vfviola AllStar

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    Directv said they no longer support or sale the adapters, but I did find a brand new one on ebay. The one I have connected to the HR21-200 works wonders. I was just curious if they would work with the Whole Home DVR.
     
  6. The Merg

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    As stated, they might be fine or they might not. With PowerLine Adapters there are a lot of variables that come into play with what kind of connection you will get with them. In my house, I couldn't get anything better than 11Mbps unless I was in the same room as my router.

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  7. bobnielsen

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    I'm using a pair to tie a couple of computers which are in my garage to my router (they are all on the same breaker). It works fine for Media Share and Directv2PC. I measure 20-25 Mbps between them.

    When I tried MRV to a DVR on another circuit it worked for SD, but HD programs had a lot of stuttering (wifi was even worse).

    I have a few spare powerline adapters and will try to sell them if there is still a market.
     
  8. vfviola

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    So, no way to get rid of the HD stuttering? I am seeing HD content with stutter playback. Any settings or changes can be made to fix that?
     
  9. doctrsnoop

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    There's a reason that dtv doesn't sell, recommend or support powerline ethernet any more, flakiness that is caused by numerous random factors. With the time and energy you'd use to sort out your powerline connection, you'd be better off getting an official whole home DVR setup.
     
  10. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Not to disagree with you, and to merely point out that before streaming video was a feature, powerline could work for downloading VOD. The move to streaming video with DirecTV2PC & MRV, has shown the weakness of these and now with DECA, DirecTV has a good alternative that can be supported by them for streaming video.
     

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