01-30-2010 2:00 PM
01-30-2010 2:28 PM
Reviewing posts here on U-talk, it appears that I can use the Ethernet port on my DVR to connect a Blu Ray player. I would like to attach the player in order to stream Netflix movies. I prefer the wired connection over wireless if possible. I have coax into the DVR thus leaving the port available. A few questions: 1: Must the DVR be on while using the player for streaming? 2: Can a switch be plugged into the DVR port to allow usage by other devices such as a laptop? 3: This function is not supported by Uverse per some posts. Does this mean that if it works, fine, if it doesn't Uverse will help correct the problem?
No, they will tell you to disconnect anything connnected to that ethernet port on the DVR/STBs.
01-30-2010 2:37 PM
01-30-2010 3:31 PM
Connecting it that way may eat up the bandwidth allocated to the HPNA connection. You may experience picture freezing issues if you have the Blu-ray running while at the same time other TVs on coax are on.
The DVR can be put on stand-by mode (power button by the remote) while your Blu-ray is plugged in. Just dont unplug the power cord of the DVR as it acts like a switch if I am not mistaken.
Its better to just have it at the back of the RG.
01-30-2010 4:39 PM
01-30-2010 5:00 PM
I figured that was what you meant and my answer covered it both ways.
Will say users have posted they use it for many things and works, but if you see any service degradation
would stop. You can always try and see, if it does, great, if not you'll have to figure another way.
01-30-2010 9:51 PM
IIRC, HPNA is rated at 125 megabits and the switch in the RG is just fast ethernet (100 megabits) so that should not be a bottleneck.
If you're streaming netflix over the internet to the blu-ray player, you should be fine piggybacking it on the coax connected STB or DVR.
As long as the DVR and STB's are plugged in, they are "on" so you don't need to leave them powered up like if you were watching TV.
02-01-2010 11:06 PM
Thanks for all the input. I bought an LG BD 390 and plugged it into the DVR. Works great!
If you have the bd390, which is wireless, is it just a preferrence to run it wired?? I have the same one and use it wirelessly w/no problems. I have used it wired too, but didn't notice any benefits...Either way, it's a great player, streamer. Make sure you go to menu, others, software update, I've had 2 or 3 FW updates, and really like VUDU service for streaming newer HD movies. I don't have netflix though, **bleep** luck.
02-02-2010 1:49 PM
02-03-2010 7:09 AM
07-11-2010 3:07 AM
I had a U-Verse tech out to correct a couple small problems and he is the one who told me that you can hook up this way. I was using a wireless bridge for my blue ray player. I now have 2 blue ray players set up this way and both can stream netflix with no problem.