Homeplug Powerline Ethernet Connection

llad -- Thu, 11/06/2008 - 17:20

I managed to talk DirecTV into giving me a brand new HD DVR for free. With this DVR I can also get Video On Demand through an ethernet connection. DTV recommends either a hard wire connection or a powerline connection utilizing Homeplug or similar powerline technology.

Does anyone on this forum have experience with Homeplug technology? I am concerned about it mucking up the electrical environment not only to my home theater set up, but to my 2 channel system as well. My 2 channel system is on a dedicated line and utilizes a Richard Gray Power Company RGPC 600S.

Tom Martin -- Thu, 11/06/2008 - 19:02

I have this DVR, but not with HomePlug. With a dedicated line and a filter (I assume the RGPC is inline) I would think you'd be ok, but it can't help. Do you have the option of hardwired line?

By the way, the DirecTV DVR is horrible from a user interface standpoint. Just wait til it proposes VOD options but won't let you opt out simply.

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llad -- Thu, 11/06/2008 - 19:41

I agree that this is not a user friendly interface. None of DTV's interfaces are. Try searching for a program by title sometime.

The wireless modem is in my home office adjacent to the home theater. It would mean drilling holes in walls in order to hardwire the DVR. Not an option.

I like that there is a coaxial audio digital out on this unit. One big drawback: You have to get a separate AM21 ATSC tuner in order to get the program guide to show all the off the air stations in your area.

Anonymous -- Tue, 11/25/2008 - 21:02

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Hello:
I am using a Pansonic powerline modem at home for sending Comcast internet 100' from one end to the other in my house.  It's susceptible to noise interference from electric motors.  Right now the washing machine kills the system response on the internet access. Thus I need to put a powerstrip on the washer to clean up the signal path.

Regards,
Karl
 

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linda13 (not verified) -- Sun, 03/28/2010 - 12:05

Yeah, this happened to me as well.. My washing machine had disrupted my connection..
weird, but didnt know it's really happening.

linda B. of http://miniwasherdryercombination.com

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