My DirecTV receiver says the only way I can receive OnDemand content with my wireless network is to have an RJ45 cable plugged into a wireless receiver. I've never heard of such a thing and Googled it to death with no success. Is DirecTV just completely crazy, or is there such a thing? Where would I find one?
Well, First, Consider yourself luck. I JUST ordered Direct TV and they installed it yesterday. The installer went over everything including the part about connecting my network to the CAT5 connector on the back. I said, fine and he left. (I ddn't question him as I am technically proficient...[Former IBM field technician from 1983-1989] so "No biggie", I either run a cat5 over to the box or get an access point for my wireless network. (Actually, I had a "B" Linksys in the closet somewhere) BUT, Being the speed deamon that I am preferred to run a cat 5 from my hub over to the box which meant, Holes, Drilling, hiding wires (the wife can't stand wire running avound the house..Why did she marry a tech?). Anyway, With all holes drilled, Wires "neatly" run, Cat 5 cable terminated nicely, Found an open port on my hub, Plugged it in and then went looking for the port on the cable box........NO PORT !!!! I figured there must be some mistake so I called DT tech support. Thier answer:
OH! You have a DR16 model, The DR20 is the only version that accepts an internet connection. Ok says I, This iss a brand new install, WHY do I have a DR16 if the DR20 is newer. The young, abrasive tech said. "Luck of the draw!" Installers carry different boxes, You happen to hae gotten a DR16.....Ok, Again says I, How do I get a DR20. His reply.....GO BUY ONE AT BEST BUY OR SOMEWHERE. I asked politely, I can't get it swapped out. His reply....NOPE. I then asked politely, Would you check to see if the extended warranty covers my DVR should it stop working. He said yes..You signed up for a year. So I aksed, And it covers ONSITE REPAIR should the DVR should it stop working? He said yes....I said Thank you and hung up......I figure I'll give it a week or two before the DVR stops working. When the tech comes for repair, I'll climb right in the back of his truck and HAND PICK my replacment.
BTW, My name is Dave. If you need any help connecting that DVR drop me an email at sales [at] grand-resorts.org. And yes, A cheap "B" class linksys wireless access point works fine for this setup. Just make sure to get an ACCESS POINT not a ROUTER. You'd be wasting your money and would have to disable the router portion anyway!!!
DTV decided to send me a newer DVR that is internet capable. (Much appreciated BTW!. Good Customer service)
I did the same thing you want to do so I know it works. There are a few "what if's" involved. For instance, Is your Wireless an Infrastructor or Ad-Hoc. Also, Do you use static IP's or Dynamic (Not to your ISP but Internally).
MY example. The directv tech couldn't help so I decided to experiment myself. I have static IP's on my LAN. I also have a "server" so I have an "infrastructure" configuration. Using a Netgear router to the Internet and a wireless Linksys router connected to the DVR. After much experimenting, I found that changing the Linksys to "Ad-hoc" (yup, even in an infrastructure setup) the Linksys connected to my Netgear perfectly. Effectively turning the Linksys into an Access point.
Once you've configured your routers (and CAN ping the router connected to the DVR from any other computer), Don't forget you need to configure your DVR through the menu on the TV. It's really easy BUT, If you're using Static IP's, You need to give the DVR an entirely separate IP. ie: 192.168.0.???.