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    Directv - OnDemand/Powerline Ethernet Adapter

    I got an e-mail from Directv today telling me that they now have on demand (like Mediacom has), but I need the following things:

    A DIRECTV Plusģ HD DVR receiver (Got it)


    Broadband Internet service with a minimum connection speed of 750 Kbps or higher (DSL or cable) (Got it)


    DVR service (Got it)


    A network router with an available Ethernet port (Got it)


    Only thing is our router is upstairs and I want to connect this downstairs. I saw on the instructions from Directv that I can use a powerline ethernet adapter. Anyone have experiences with these? Will we be able to use it for our PS3, if we want to bring it downstairs to play too? Does it slow down the speed of the internet?



    Anyway, I know you tech/IT peeps might know something or have some advice on if the wireless ethernet devices are worth it or if there is some other way that might be better.


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    Re: Directv - OnDemand/Powerline Ethernet Adapter

    I have not personally used one of them yet, but I am hearing good things about them. I should probably get one and try it out.



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    Re: Directv - OnDemand/Powerline Ethernet Adapter

    I haven't used them. It would probably work though. You would be able to bring your PS3 downstairs too. I doubt it would be slower than your internet connection. You'd probably get at least 10mbit though it. I don't know that I'd get too excited about transferring huge files across it quickly, though.

    DirecTV on demand is pretty crap, though, just FYI.


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    Re: Directv - OnDemand/Powerline Ethernet Adapter

    I'm in the same boat here and would like the info too. But could you please explain it to me like I'm an EIU student? I'm just not a techie at all.



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    Re: Directv - OnDemand/Powerline Ethernet Adapter

    Weve used them here for a couple of our fiber to the home installs and they work brilliantly. Cant remember what brand they are but very nice.


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    Re: Directv - OnDemand/Powerline Ethernet Adapter

    I'm not positive, but they may need to be on the same circuit to work, or to work well. I thought about getting some, but haven't bothered. I prefer to do it the hard way and get my gig speeds through running a cable.



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    Re: Directv - OnDemand/Powerline Ethernet Adapter

    You came to the right place to ask.I use one for exactly what you're looking to do.

    Upstairs I have a DSL modem going to a wireless router. That wireless router has empty connections on the back. I run cat5 from that wireless router to a powerline adapter that I plug into the wall.

    I then have the other powerline adapter in my basement plugged into an outlet. Instead of going straight to the Directv I have a a $15 8 port switch. I then use one of those ports to go to the Directv, another to go to the PS3 (if I'm not using wireless) and another to power some of the jacks I have down in the basement.

    Here is the switch Newegg.com - Zonet ZFS3008P 10/100Mbps Ethernet Switch w/Auto-MDIX / Plastic Version 8 x RJ45 1K MAC Address Table 1MB Buffer Memory - Switches

    As far as the homeplug I use an older iogear version.





    Any questions, let me know.

    BTW-I tried bridging from one router to another router and it was a pain. This is very easy and it always works. I think the newer ones are faster but this one works fine for me.


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    Re: Directv - OnDemand/Powerline Ethernet Adapter

    My Iogear is a networking kit that includes both items. It's model #GHPB32W4.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833139119

    They make a turbo version that's model #GHPB42W6



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    Re: Directv - OnDemand/Powerline Ethernet Adapter

    If Directv on demand still sucks, then I don't know if I want to drop the almost $100 to make it work.... anyone else have opinions on it? Is it newer now than it was? The e-mail they sent me made it seem like they had something new or it was somehow changed.


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    Re: Directv - OnDemand/Powerline Ethernet Adapter

    Someone told me that Direct only has 2 options currently for VOD. They were playing around with both in Beta when I asked.
    1. Customer browses and finds movie and it downloads it taking 1-5 hours?? Thats not really on Demand.

    2. Or they can send the Movie straight to your DVR, but it will eat up space.

    Cable pretty much has a centralized group of servers that allows people to access them truley on demand without your DVR.

    At least that is what I was told.



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    Re: Directv - OnDemand/Powerline Ethernet Adapter

    Quote Originally Posted by HandSanitizer View Post
    Someone told me that Direct only has 2 options currently for VOD. They were playing around with both in Beta when I asked.
    1. Customer browses and finds movie and it downloads it taking 1-5 hours?? Thats not really on Demand.

    2. Or they can send the Movie straight to your DVR, but it will eat up space.

    Cable pretty much has a centralized group of servers that allows people to access them truley on demand without your DVR.

    At least that is what I was told.

    That's pretty much my experience with it. You can schedule recording over the internet to your DVRs, which is sort of cool I guess. Other than that, you can browse channels and shows and download them to your DVR. They have maybe 4 or 5 episodes from about 50% of the shows on a given channel.

    It's worth it if it's free, but I wouldn't pay a dollar for it.


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    Re: Directv - OnDemand/Powerline Ethernet Adapter

    I agree that it's nothing special but sometimes I'll download things like South Park or the Colbert Report. They show up in your recordings just like other things that you've set to record. It just started so I assume it will get better. I believe the Olympics are also going to be part of DOD.

    I think you also need internet access for remote booking, which sometimes comes in handy.



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