Explore & discover

Helpful Links

Switching TV's to ethernet

Tutor

Switching TV's to ethernet

I have a NVG589 R/T, a VIP2250 DVR, and 5 VIP1200 STB's connected through COAX. I have been set up with COAX for 8 years with intermittent problems. Recentlly performance has degraded. I suspect connflicts on the COAX network and want to install CAT 6 to upgrade the system. I plan on using an unmanaged switch for the TV's and another for internet traffic. There are some enhanced switches that allow segregation of ports, but for simplicity I plan on using separate switches. I have three specific questions and would welcome any other advice.

 

1. I have read several recommendations of a Netgear 108 type unmanaged switch for the TV's. Is this the best option or are their better unmanaged switches that will work? Perhaps one that runs a little cooler?

 

2. Can I simply unplug my boxes from COAX and plug them into the switch connected to a port on my NVG589 and have the R/T recognize them?

 

3. Several posts I have read recommend connecting the DVR directly to the R/T. Should I use one port for the DVR and another for the switch with the other STB's or should the DVR and STB's all be on one switch connected to R/T?

2,733 Views
Message 1 of 8
Professor
Solution
Accepted by topic author
Accepted by Greg86
‎09-30-2015 1:39 AM

Re: Switching TV's to ethernet

1. Typically, that switch is what is the standard for U-verse. Most other switches handle the TV traffic poorly.

2. Yes, as long as there is a good connection between them and the gateway through Ethernet.

3. By R/T I assume you are talking about your gateway? Well, it's typically best to have the DVR on a direct link, but I suppose that if it's too much work to run more wires, it won't be too big of a deal unless you're having problems.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Note: If your issue has been resolved, please mark the post that resolved your issue as the solution. Click "Post Options" and select "Accept as Solution" to help others with the same issue find an answer.
Tags (1)
Message 2 of 8
Tutor

Re: Switching TV's to ethernet

Thanks Darknessrise. The DVR and Gateway are in different rooms so it would be easiest to connect two ports on my patch panel to give the DVR its own port. If I need to I could probably run a direct line. 

Message 3 of 8
Employee

Re: Switching TV's to ethernet

For question 2, strongly recommend to factory reset the RG.

The gateway keeps a device list of Mac addresses and how connected, anytime switch a device to a different type of connection (coax to Ethernet) want to rebuild the device list.

Possible issue is a receiver requests a DVR function (pause, play, rewind, record, fast forward), the request gives from device to RG to DVR to access, receive an error message such as DVR starting or DVR not available.

 

unplug all receivers....

To factory reset the RG, depress the reset button on back of RG for at least 15 seconds, will verify most recent software, once completed plug in each receiver till loads, then next.

*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 8
Expert

Re: Switching TV's to ethernet

@Greg86 Make sure it's a Netgear GS108 gigabit switch, that has QoS 802.1p capability, required for Uverse TV. Smiley Wink

 

Chris
__________________________________________________________

Please NO SD stretch-o-vision or 480 SD HD Channels
Need Help? PM ATT Uverse Care (all service problems)
ATT Customer Care(all other problems)
Your Results May Vary, In My Humble Opinion
I Call It Like I See It, Simply a U-verse user, nothing more

Message 5 of 8
Tutor

Re: Switching TV's to ethernet

Thanks my thoughts and mibrnsurg. Two good pieces of information.

Message 6 of 8
ACE - Expert

Re: Switching TV's to ethernet

U-verse uses 802.1p on the in-home Ethernet?

 

 

Award for Community Excellence 2019 Achiever*
*The views and opinions expressed on this forum are purely my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote, or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider, or party.
Message 7 of 8
Expert

Re: Switching TV's to ethernet


@JefferMC wrote:

U-verse uses 802.1p on the in-home Ethernet?

 

 


Sure does, on any connection between the RG and DVR/STBs, so must have 802.1p in any switches used for Uverse TV. Smiley Wink

 

Chris
__________________________________________________________

Please NO SD stretch-o-vision or 480 SD HD Channels
Need Help? PM ATT Uverse Care (all service problems)
ATT Customer Care(all other problems)
Your Results May Vary, In My Humble Opinion
I Call It Like I See It, Simply a U-verse user, nothing more

Message 8 of 8
Share this topic
Share this topic
Additional Support