Why does HR20-100 have "2" ethernet ports??

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  1. Rockywwf

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    I just swapped out my H20 and old Hughes 40GB Tivo in my bedroom for 1 brand new HR20-100 (saves me $$$ going from 2 boxes to one). As I was connecting the unit to the new phone and Ethernet jacks I just ran I noticed that the 100 has 2 ports while my 700 in the living room has only 1.

    So out of curiosity does anyone know why the second port?

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  2. cygnusloop

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    Ahh... the enigmatic 2nd Ethernet port. One of the great mysteries of our time. Lots of theories, but I don't think anyone knows for sure.
     
  3. davring

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    Cygnusloop said it best, I've heard it is inactive.
     
  4. jonaswan2

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    I personally think it's because Thomson got a 2-for-1 deal from where ever they get their Ethernet stuff from and decided to make Pace's box look bad. :D
     
  5. Ken S

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    If they were ever considering this mobo for a Home Media server they may want two ports to allow for a better firewall between the WAN and LAN.
     
  6. PoitNarf

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    If I recall correctly, Earl said that the 2 ports exist only because Thomson had an existing stock pile of them or that particular board type and it was cheaper for them to use the 2 port design than the 1. At least that's what I think I remember... I tried searching for the thread that I saw this info in but came up blank. I don't believe the 2nd port will ever be enabled.
     
  7. veryoldschool

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    Bingo!
    I was told by "an insider" that the board came with two ports & it was cheaper to leave it than remove it. The software [not from my insider] is never intended to activate the second port.
     
  8. Rockywwf

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    So basically this was an economic reason for 2. Well that makes sense because for the life of me I could not even imagine why a sat receiver would need 2 ports.

    Thanks to all who responded!!
     
  9. TDLA

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    That second one is to plug in to your toaster.
     
  10. Ken S

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    I did this and my toaster locked up on the 2nd piece of toast. It also has stopped toasting bagels properly!
     
  11. veryoldschool

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    Was your bagel toasting canceled for an known reason?
     
  12. cygnusloop

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    :thats: :thats:
     
  13. Fish Man

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    That was my guess: that they either had lots of the "duplex" part on-hand or got a really good deal on it.

    Thanks for the "insider" confirmation.
     
  14. Sirshagg

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    Suppose it could be used as a switch to give network access to another device.
     
  15. veryoldschool

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    "Could be" and "will be" is the difference here.
     
  16. Ken S

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    A lot of mobos nowadays are coming with two ports. If they just bought something off the shelf for the HR-20 that would make sense.
     
  17. Thaedron

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    This seems worthy of making it into a FAQ or other form of 'new to the HR20' overview material if it's not already.
     
  18. Spanky_Partain

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    I think if you set the toaster to "Full Duplex" the second piece will then work and it toast both sides as well.
     
  19. RobertSeattle

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    So when the first one breaks you'll have a backup? :)
     
  20. NotNterLaced

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    :D My Toaster works fine. All of you toaster haters out there should just give it up and go over to the Toaster Oven forum. ;)
     
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