Helpful Links

Connecting to Genie mini via ethernet

Contributor

Connecting to Genie mini via ethernet

I would like to install DirectTV accessed by three televisions.  Using the Genie DVR plus two Genie minis looks appealing. 

Unfortunately, one of the television locations is in an outbuilding to which there is no coax run from the main house.  However, there is gigabit ethernet between the house and outbuilding.  Is it possible to connect the Genie mini through ethernet in some way?  Is there a different client device I could use in the outbuilding to connect to the Genie DVR via ethernet?

I suppose an alternative is wireless Genie, however I suspect it won't work because of range and obstruction issues.

- Ehz

4,669 Views
Message 1 of 18
Employee

Re: Connecting to Genie mini via ethernet

Nope, Genie mini can only be connected via coax.  The wireless mini has about a 70ft range in open air from the Wireless Video Bridge which connects via coax.  Range is much less once the signal has to go through obstructions

Employee Contributor*
*I am an AT&T employee and the postings on this site are my own and don't necessarily represent AT&T's position, strategies or opinions.
Message 2 of 18
Professor

Re: Connecting to Genie mini via ethernet

An RVU TV can use an Ethernet cable

Message 3 of 18
Employee

Re: Connecting to Genie mini via ethernet

that is not correct, at least not 100%.  While this can be accomplished, you have to use a coax with a BroadBand DECA first for activation 

Employee Contributor*
*I am an AT&T employee and the postings on this site are my own and don't necessarily represent AT&T's position, strategies or opinions.
Message 4 of 18
Professor

Re: Connecting to Genie mini via ethernet

I thought that the mini would satisfied the the new Moca test. 

Message 5 of 18
Employee

Re: Connecting to Genie mini via ethernet

Nope, the RVU TV would throw error 54 if is not connected by coax

Employee Contributor*
*I am an AT&T employee and the postings on this site are my own and don't necessarily represent AT&T's position, strategies or opinions.
Message 6 of 18
Professor

Re: Connecting to Genie mini via ethernet

So if he activates it in the main house with coax/DECA BB can he then move it to the outbuilding with the Ethernet?

Message 7 of 18
Employee

Re: Connecting to Genie mini via ethernet

Yes, but of course this will be unsupported.  Any issues and the OP will have to fix themselves

Employee Contributor*
*I am an AT&T employee and the postings on this site are my own and don't necessarily represent AT&T's position, strategies or opinions.
Message 8 of 18

Re: Connecting to Genie mini via ethernet

Have not tried it or if anyone has but on wireless genie mini you can try to do a wireless bridge on the genie's wireless video bridge. I have done it on other devices mobile computers (Motorola MC series) but not exactly on DirecTV.

If the WVB operates the same way as other access points (like Symbol does), then you can try. You just need a power receptacle for the WVB and WGM.

Message 9 of 18
Employee

Re: Connecting to Genie mini via ethernet

"jury-rigging" is not approved by DirecTV®

Employee Contributor*
*I am an AT&T employee and the postings on this site are my own and don't necessarily represent AT&T's position, strategies or opinions.
Message 10 of 18

Re: Connecting to Genie mini via ethernet

I don't know if wireless bridging is the same as jury rigging or if the latter is a slang. But wireless bridging is a valid practice for places that requires [good] Internet connection where wired connection is not economical like convention centers and such. The only thing is, if I remember correctly, the access points needs to be on its own network not the same addresses from the switch.

I don't know why DirecTV does not approve of that practice... :smileyshocked:

I don't know how "big" the place the OP is referring if it is exaggeration or not. To what I know for an external structure, the most reliable way to get an Internet connection is by cable bury.

Message 11 of 18
Professor

Re: Connecting to Genie mini via ethernet

If DTV provides it then it is approved if not then it is not approved.

Message 12 of 18
Contributor

Re: Connecting to Genie mini via ethernet

Thank you all.  The conclusion is there is no supported way to connect Genie minis via wired ethernet. 

I can understand why, I suppose: many home networks would be overwhelmed by the traffic, leading to poor performance for which customers would blame directv.  But it does seem like a shame. 

  - Ehz

Message 13 of 18

Re: Connecting to Genie mini via ethernet

But DirecTV does not provide the customers with wireless router/ap, right?

If we are talking about the WVB, then it may not be supported. But if what I think is correct, then a technician can install multiple WVB, no additional charge, for the WGM to receive good signal if one WVB provides weak signal. Then again, that only applies if the WGM is receiving low or weak signal from WVB within the same structure; not sure if external structures are covered.

But still... the best route is to have it wired than being wireless. At least signal interference will not be much of a problem compared to wireless setup.

Message 14 of 18
Professor

Re: Connecting to Genie mini via ethernet

I don't think it is a traffic problem as it all comes through the Gateway/modem and then splits up to the devices. I think that with the new MoCa test is DTV way of saying it is no longer supporting using the Ethernet port and will either eliminate them in future receivers or change it use.

Message 15 of 18
Share this topic
Announcements

Need immediate assistance with your bill or technical issue? Don’t wait, Click here to chat with us. You can also check out some helpful articles below!

Additional Support