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The PDF shows all of the devices attached to my router.

Yesterday the D* devices included their model numbers (HR20 and HR21) in the "Client Host Name" column. It was useful to know which HR was getting which IP. It appears the digits are derived from the MAC, with the first two fields dropped.

Why was this changed?
 

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Interesting... I checkeked... Mine is "DIRECTV-STB-6B18DDFC"

Most network devices also let you name the device. I take it there is no provision in the HR's menus to enter your own name? I guess this would be more common in devices that do PPoE, as the provider may require a specific name...

Oh well... Since I only have the one receiver, I'll always know which one it is in my list...
 

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I will admit that I preferred when the model was included in the name the device was broadcasting, as it made it much easier to troubleshoot when configuring my router, moving network lines, setting up a switch, etc. "DIRECTV-STB" is just too generic ...

I sure hope someone from DIRECTV is watching this thread, because ideally, we should be allowed to provide our own names (input via remote control and triple-tap or the Ouija board), and the receivers would use our custom names for not only networking announcments, but also MediaShare PC Playback, MRV, etc.
 

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Drew2k said:
I will admit that I preferred when the model was included in the name the device was broadcasting, as it made it much easier to troubleshoot when configuring my router, moving network lines, setting up a switch, etc. "DIRECTV-STB" is just too generic ...

I sure hope someone from DIRECTV is watching this thread, because ideally, we should be allowed to provide our own names (input via remote control and triple-tap or the Ouija board), and the receivers would use our custom names for not only networking announcments, but also MediaShare PC Playback, MRV, etc.
I agree its a bit too obscure for people with multiple DVRs. Otherwise you have to find the MAC in your DVRs network setups and write them down or you can also use the IEEE OUI listing to sorta figure it out...

DIRECTV-STB-9BF08064 192.168.1.201 00:18:9b:f0:80:64 -> 00:18:9b belongs to Thomson Inc.

DIRECTV-STB-C312FC9C 192.168.1.206 00:1c:c3:12:fc:9c -> 00:1c:c3 belongs to Pace Micro
 

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Michael D'Angelo;1695190 said:
Yes, under network setup click advanced setup and just change the IP address.
In fact, you should. I find DHCP causes alot of headaches for folks...example with Media Share. Setup a DHCP range in your router and put your STBs right under them the bottom of the range works for me well. I also have my Network Printer static IPed as well.
 

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Drew2k said:
I sure hope someone from DIRECTV is watching this thread, because ideally, we should be allowed to provide our own names (input via remote control and triple-tap or the Ouija board), and the receivers would use our custom names for not only networking announcments, but also MediaShare PC Playback, MRV, etc.
+1!

thekochs said:
In fact, you should. I find DHCP causes alot of headaches for folks...example with Media Share. Setup a DHCP range in your router and put your STBs right under them the bottom of the range works for me well. I also have my Network Printer static IPed as well.
Better yet, if your router (or other DHCP server) allows IP reservations based on MAC address, use that feature because it makes it easier to manage. Your HR2x's will still need to be set for DHCP, but this way, you can see all the Mac addresses and reserved IP addresses in one convenient place to make sure there are no duplicate assignements.
 

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rudeney said:
Better yet, if your router (or other DHCP server) allows IP reservations based on MAC address, use that feature because it makes it easier to manage. Your HR2x's will still need to be set for DHCP, but this way, you can see all the Mac addresses and reserved IP addresses in one convenient place to make sure there are no duplicate assignements.
This is what I do .. it does simplify a lot of things along the way ..
 
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