6187 Views 12 Replies Latest reply: Jan 8, 2011 11:22 AM by Bob Timmons
This is going to be "iffy". I've tried this in the past to answer similar questions, with my laptop located only 15-20 feet in direct line of sight with the wireless router.
The wireless signal did allow for v-e-r-y s-l-o-w downloads of movies, especially high definition. You did not mention what speed you have available on your internet connection, so that will affect things as well. For what it's worth, Direct TV discourages wireless as much as possible. That's why there is only an ethernet port on the DVR.
It couldn't hurt to try, I suppose, if you keep your expectations low. Once you've started a movie download, if you try your browser for other activities, it's also likely to be very slow.
You'll need to setup your laptop for Internet Sharing. Do you need some tips on how to do this?
Thanks. Yes I do need information on how to setup the laptop to for internet sharing. When I tried to use the connection the DVR did not detect the network.
I have a decent internet connection through comcast. I get very good performance streaming video from NetFlix.
By the way, Direct TV now sells a wireless bridge for their On Demand. It appears to be a Lynksys WET610n. They want $100 bucks for it. This is my attempt to save the money.
If you have Leopard or Snow Leopard installed on your laptop,
Open System Preferences (gear icon) on the dock
Click on Internet Sharing (Do not put a check mark in the box)
Share Connection from AirPort
To computers using Ethernet (enter check mark)
Now put a check mark next to Internet Sharing
You may need to restart the DVR
On the DVR remote, press Menu, select Setup, System Setup, Network Setup
Let us know how it works for you.
Shut everything down, modem, DVR, computer, and airport express. Restarted, with no change. Have a network connection but no internet. I then connected my desktop to the laptop with ethernet cable, turned off airport connection on desktop, and got a great internet connection through my ethernet connection.
OK, that tells you that the issue is with the DVR.
Push the very small red reset button on the DVR inside the door on the front panel. It will will take the DVR 5-10 minutes to come back up.
Try again. If no luck, all I can suggest is a post to the Direct TV forum to see if the TechKnowGuy knows some tricks. The Internet connection on the DVR may be looking for a certain bandwidth capability or speed that would allow decent performance and not allowing a marginal signal to connect. This happens quite a bit since the bandwidth requirements for video are much greater than for simple Internet browsing.
Message was edited by: Bob Timmons
Thank you. I will do what you suggest. The IP and sub mask numbers I am getting from the Direct TV attempt to connect don't make much sense to me. They don't appear to be either the IP address of the laptop or the Airport Express. I would manually put them in but I don't know what they are asking for.
In my first download I recorded 3 HD movies. 5 hours worth and it took over 6 hours of recording time. Pretty slow. On the DirectTV forum, others complained of speed issues, even with direct connections. I routinely download to my AppleTV from Apple Store movies and the speed is much faster, using the same wireless network. Download speed from the Satellite to the DVR is acceptable. My conclusion, not enough servers at DirectTV.
My conclusion, not enough servers at DirectTV.
That may be the case. On my measly 6 Mbps connection, a year ago I could download a 2 hour movie in about 30-40 minutes and it now takes three times as long.
You could also make a case that Direct TV has purposely slowed down the connection speeds to allow users with slower connections to be able to connect. As I mentioned, the wireless I was testing at the time was running at 5+ Mbps and the signal was barely adequate.
I do notice that Direct TV will no longer support wireless for the Whole Home feature, something they were doing during the Beta test, so the speeds on that setup have probably stayed up to normal.