How to connect DirecTV DVR to my wireless network

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by goldfishcracker, Jan 12, 2010.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

    I was hoping someone on here would be able to provide some assistance.

    I just had a new DirecTV DVR (model: HR22-100) installed and noticed there was a USB port on the front side of the DVR. I searched online on DirecTV's website and noticed to connect the DVR to the my wireless network I would need to order an $80 Linksys Wireless Adapter. The goal of connecting the DVR to the Internet is to access DirecTV's ON DEMAND service.

    Would a USB Wireless Adapter serve the same function? If so, is there a preferrable brand/model I should buy? How would then the Airport recognize the USB adapter (as my network is password protected)? Does anyone have any experience with this? I currently have a Macbook with the latest OS (10.6.2) connected to my Airport connected to my DSL modem.

    I am extremely new to adding new devices (especially non-Apple devices) to my wireless network and will appreciate any and all assistance.

    Thank you!
     
  2. macrumors 6502a

    mojohanna

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    Cleveland
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    This is what I did. I bought a airport express, ran the cat 5 cable from that to the DVR. Works perfectly easy without messing with the USB ports on the DVR. As far as I know, they are non-functional anyway, at least to an end user. In the end you will end up paying about as much for the APE as you would the $80 on the USB thing that probably won't work. Plus, you can set up the APE from your laptop or desktop in about 5 seconds.
     
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    skubish

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    Ann Arbor, Michigan
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    My understanding is that those USB ports are only good for service techs. (troubleshooting, updating firmware, etc.)

    UPDATE: A quick google search shows that they ports can only be used to connect to an RS232 serial adapter to control the DVR with a PC.
     
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your help. I will have to try this option. I appreciate it!
     
  5. macrumors member

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    I also chose this route and it works without any problems at all. Plus it is very easy to set up.
     
  6. macrumors newbie

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    4G Hotspot

    Will this same setup work when my wireless home network is my 4G mobile hotspot?

    I just purchased a netgear ethernet bridge and set it up, but Direct TV will not connect to it...

    Thanks
     

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