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Whole-Home not working since Sunday - Sort of ..

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Leftcoastdave, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. Leftcoastdave

    Leftcoastdave Legend

    Apr 2, 2004
    After many months of error free whole-home streaming, we ran into a problem on Sunday. None of our 5 HD DVR's (HR20-700 (3), HR20-100, HR24-500) was able to stream programming from any other DVR.

    I called DIRECTV and rebooted every receiver and the router thinking it was a corrupted data problem, but nothing fixed it. I scheduled a service call for Wednesday and decided earlier tonight to see if anything changed.

    Much to my surprise, whole-home was working fine on all receivers. I checked for a software download assuming some fix had been distributed, but could not find one. I called DIRECTV, cancelled the service call, and asked the CSR to peruse the support data base to see if this "on again, off again" problem was known. She could not find any notations in any of their support records.

    I never like technical problems that seemingly heal themselves.

    I searched AVS and DBSTalk but could not find any threads on this subject.

    Can anyone tell me if they have experienced a recent whole-home outage as have I?


  2. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    Could be the reset of your router did it, but it took some time to filter down and reassign ips to your boxes. I have seen that before after resetting a dvr, it took an hour or two for everything to get back to normal.
  3. Leftcoastdave

    Leftcoastdave Legend

    Apr 2, 2004
    Could be but I use static IP addresses on all devices and each of the devices was pingable from our PC. The DVR's are all hardwired to the router.

    I might add that during the failure period, I was able to share and see all playlists from every DVR. But when I went to stream anything I would get an "unable to access content" message after a 90 second wait period. The pop up dialogue box asked if I wanted to try again or cancel. Retries did not work.

    Now all behavior is back to normal. The outage lasted about 2.5 days.

  4. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Dec 9, 2006
    It's hard to troubleshoot something when it's working.

    One of the advantages of the DECA networking and using the H/HR24-34 is the whole network can be tested through one of the receivers.

    With ethernet, you're on your own to figure out what doesn't work and why.
  5. Jacob Braun

    Jacob Braun King of Awesome

    Oct 5, 2011
    Tulsa, OK
    Yeah with MRV over Ethernet they never should have even set up a service call. Because once a technician arrived they wouldn't touch that.
    I'm glad it's working for you but keep in mind this is an unsupported setup.
  6. Leftcoastdave

    Leftcoastdave Legend

    Apr 2, 2004
    If I left the impression that our whole home streaming is via Ethernet, I apologize. Our streaming is via a SWM and Slimline 5 over coax. The references to seeing and assigning IP addresses comes under the category of "reboot everything on the LAN and hope it fixes something" on my part.
  7. CCarncross

    CCarncross Hall Of Fame

    Jul 19, 2005
    I believe this is what threw everyone off...

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