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Created: Jun 8, 2010
dan1son Created: Jun. 8, 2010
Don't worry as much about what you currently need and think more about what you might need later. It's MUCH cheaper to run cabling now that the house is being built than it is to add later. If I were you, I'd run two coaxes to every TV location (even possible future TV locations like kitchens? lofts? other end of the room? etc.). You might only use one for now, but rg6 is...
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Created: Jun 8, 2010
dan1son Created: Jun. 8, 2010
DECA works great as a home network too. I've had it installed since the day after the national rollout and immediately hooked both DECA boxes for the receivers to switches and then into HTPCs as well as the DirecTV boxes. I can easily stream a full blu-ray rip (40mbps ish) to my HTPC in the living room from the server near the router while the wife watches HD content upst...
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Created: May 24, 2010
dan1son Created: May. 24, 2010
If you're not running the boxes into a router (with a DHCP server) you might want to try a manual network config. HD1 ip=10.1.1.1 netmask=255.255.255.0 gateway = "empty" DNS settings = empty HD2 ip=10.1.1.2 netmask=255.255.255.0 gateway = "empty" DNS settings = empty That way they can talk directly to eachother and won't expect a gateway (aka Router). I can't guarantee th...
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Created: May 24, 2010
dan1son Created: May. 24, 2010
My install went fine. I was running the beta, already had SWiM installed since the beginning, and I was even the first DECA/Whole-Home install for the install company. The installer had no idea how the DECA boxes worked or what to hookup to what, but after some time on the phone with his supervisor he ran a cable to my router, plopped DECA boxes on my receiver and near th...
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Created: May 17, 2010
dan1son Created: May. 17, 2010
I called on the day it was released. Told the CSR I was interested in information on the Whole-Home DVR service and that I was in the beta. He put me on hold for a minute and came back and answered any question I had. He was ready to just sign me up for whole-home without DECA since I was already using it. I'm had them install DECA since the price was right and I was usin...
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Created: May 17, 2010
dan1son Created: May. 17, 2010
I knew a lot more about DECA than even my installer. He had never even seen the boxes before nor did he know what the block filter did. He was coached through the install on the phone, and even then the only reason I got a filter for my SD receiver is because I told him I needed it. I did give him a break since I was the first person he installed it for (or anyone in his ...
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Created: May 17, 2010
dan1son Created: May. 17, 2010
Well considering it only runs on HD receivers... it definitely supports HD streaming from your HD DVR to your other HD DVRs or HD receivers.
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Created: May 16, 2010
dan1son Created: May. 16, 2010
Depends on your definition of work. I used wireless bridges for my MRV beta setup. It was hit or miss. I think their software is pretty bad when the speed changes or latency goes up (which happens often with wireless). My guess is they spent all their time trying to get it working well on DECA and ethernet. I wouldn't use wireless... but you can probably try fairly easily...
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Created: May 15, 2010
dan1son Created: May. 15, 2010
As long as you have DECA going from the DVR to each HD receiver and you only have the LAN going to the DVR you should be fine. What you don't want to do is have your other HD receivers hooked up to DECA and the LAN. If they're hooked up to both you'll have multiple paths for the MRV service to go through, which you don't want. I had him wire DECA to my router because I wa...
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Created: May 14, 2010
dan1son Created: May. 14, 2010
Just wanted to let anyone interested know DECA is setup and ready to go. Installer came out and had no clue how to hook up the hardware. After some calling back to his supervisor for information on how everything gets plugged in (use filters? power supply? coax?) he ran a cable around my house to get to my office where the router is (coax in that room is used for cable in...
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Created: May 14, 2010
dan1son Created: May. 14, 2010
I'm more a fan of having extra than not enough. Ethernet wiring is cheap, and as you said, it's hard to go back and do it later. The reason I'd run several ethernet jacks to TV areas is for "internet connected" devices. Blu-ray players, new TVs, HTPCs, streaming boxes, receivers, etc. are all starting to require networking and a wired connection is ALWAYS better than wire...
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Created: May 14, 2010
dan1son Created: May. 14, 2010
If it was me, I'd run two coax cables to each TV and several ethernet drops with cat6. I'd get all rear and mid speaker placement drops as well from behind the TV to the proper placement. I'd terminate all of the wiring in a closet in my office and make sure a couple go outside near the other wiring (for cable/satellite/etc). I'd also run 2 coax and 2 cat6 cables to an ou...
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