best wireless WIFI for my HR21

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    veener88

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    I just got my HR21 after having a old Tivo version SD receiver. The like the on demand and and I think the more I have it the more I will use it. The only issue is my wired setup at home. Right now I have 3 PC's and a printer taking up all my ports. I have 2 laptops, Xbox 360, and Zune on wifi. I would like to get my HR21 over to wireless too. Right now the PC we do not use much I am swapping out the wires on the router between it and the HR21.

    I just see such a huge cost in some wifi adaptors and most are USB and not a cat5 hook up. I am wondering what adaptor would be best for my DVR?

    Thanks
     
  2. Nov 8, 2008 #2 of 27
    Gunnyman

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    I may be wrong, but there isn't ANY wifi available on the HR2x series.
     
  3. Nov 8, 2008 #3 of 27
    veener88

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    I thought you could use the adaptors that were used on the old Xbox's and PS2.
     
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    Gunnyman

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    ok those are wireless game adapters, right? RJ45 dongles with a built in bridge?
    I was thinking along the lines of Wireless G USB adapters like you would use on a TiVo.
    Carry on :D
     
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    veener88

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    Yea those. I like the idea of having one just the cost seems high though.
     
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    David_NC

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    Since you already have the wiring, you could just get another ethernet router and use it to expand the ports on your current router.

    Personally, I've got an older linksys wrt54g running dd-wrt, set up to run like a gaming adapter. Works well on a series 1 with a turbonet card. If you can find a wireless router that will run dd-wrt or a similar third-party software, you can save a bit over the cost of a gaming adapter.
     
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    TonyTheTiger

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    Micro Center has a Game Point gaming adapter in their last flyer for $29.99, but I can't find it on the website. Maybe it was on clearance. I have one I paid a lot more for a couple years ago and it works fine for the HR2x. I have it connected to a switch and my XBox 360 with no problems. I do, however, have to connect it to a laptop and restore the settings whenever the power goes out.
     
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    stevel

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    Recent firmware update for the HR2x makes it easy to configure the Linksys WGA600N without needing a PC. Of course, you can use any other "game adapter" or wireless bridge, but this usually requires a PC for configuration.
     
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    Just get a cheap belkin router and put it in bridge mode . Its what I did to feed my dvd player and the directv box :) lot cheaper then the other options
     
  10. veener88

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    What model do you have? Know of a good DIY on how to set it up?

    Thanks
     
  11. sjberra

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    You would be better off spending more and going full N for HD. depedning on what you want to spend, Netgear has a 2 set of access points that work pretty well
     
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    I am using this, not cheap but works fine. Also that gives me extra ports for PS3.
     
  13. sjberra

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    That unit is no longer available.
     
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    You can get the WGA600N from your DirecTV.com account for $20 less than Best Buy's price. It's the "Wirless Networking Kit" accessory.
     
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    I just did a similar thing over the weekend I am using a wrt54g as a wireless bridge with dd-wrt. It works well, my only issue is it won't work if I have any WEP or WPA security turned on, so I am just doing MAC address filtering, which I know isn't the best security, but it'll have to do until I figure out how to get the security working...
     
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    I got the WGA600N yesterday. I got a 15% off coupon from Circiut City so it was the same priced as DTV since DTV charges for shipping. I found out two things yesterday. My old wire only router no longer worked so I was going to have to get a new one if I wanted to stay wired. The wire I was using was bad. Had a crack in the outer cover. So a new 30+ foot cord and a router I was looking at more then half the cost of the WGA600N.

    Found out the wire was realy bad because my downloads are a lot faster with wireless then when it was wired. I do think I am going to put down a new router on my christmas list to have N wireless network.
     
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    The place for cables is monoprice.com
     
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    I'm late to the Directv On Demand party. Is the WGA600N still the best wireless option?
     
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