How to connect DirecTV DVR to my wireless network

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

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jan 12, 2010

    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


    Jul 7, 2004
    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.
  3. macrumors 68030


    Feb 2, 2005
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    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

    Jan 12, 2010
    Thanks for your help. I will have to try this option. I appreciate it!
  5. macrumors member

    Apr 13, 2008
    I also chose this route and it works without any problems at all. Plus it is very easy to set up.
  6. macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2011
    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...


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