Originally Posted by texasbrit
Just FYI, "real" 771 problems CAN disappear when you reboot. Rebooting switches tuners, and marginal signal levels might not affect the other the same (particularly since it almost certainly will be on a different transponder).
I'm pleased to be able to report a favorable update on the problems I first posted in #2158
. This won't involve a tech explanation with any certainty: the finer points of networking really aren't my thing.
I had been using Linksys WET610N wireless bridge adapters at both main viewing locations -- mostly with success in providing the DTV On Demand and TV Apps features, for around 5 years. I originally got these because someone at DTV Tech Support had told me that they could provide this functionality in lieu of the DTV Cinema Connection Kit (as could at least a couple of other such devices, although none of these would be officially supported), and at the time I was able to purchase them for less than half of what the CCK was being sold for.
My working hypothesis now is that both of these Linksys bridge adapters have become fatally compromised in some way. Perhaps an EEPROM can no longer retain settings, or something like that. Evidence for this would be that no amount of hard Resets, troubleshooting steps, reboots in tandem with the HR-24, or settings changes can get the bridge's lower LED to stop blinking red, when it should be a solid blue, and that neither unit will accept a "do-over" installation from its setup software, but instead just returns an "Error 107." I consulted Linksys tech support, asking them if these things could just burn out or stop working after 5 years, and was told 'Yes.' To pursue this any further, I would have to pay a support fee, which I considered a waste of money at this point.
Anyway, the price on the CCK has since come down drastically -- at least on eBay, even for sealed units -- and I had bought one. A DTV TSR recently told me that the CCK has a rather different way of going about providing the internet access portion of service, compared to a bridge adapter like the ones I'd been using. O.K., worth a try.
It took some fiddling, and working through the CCK setup process a couple times, including some judiciously timed receiver reboots. At first, I was having trouble picking up any networks, or then later getting to the step where you are asked to input a security key. One stumbling block turned out to be that DTV inexplicably does not
support an ampersand character -- you know, as in "AT&T" -- which I've used for many years, so I'd have to make this change for every wireless device accessing the home network -- a major pain in the rear ! Still, thanks to Eddie in tech support.
The end result has paid off, though. The On Demand etc. that was lost in the primary viewing location several weeks ago has now been restored. After that success, I got a second CCK for the other viewing location, whose receiver I thought had entirely lost its networking capability. That one had been down for months, as far as these features go. On Demand and TV App features have since been restored there as well.
So far so good, but I still have to envy a friend of mine a couple of counties distant, who has Verizon FIOS service -- not available here. Everything comes in there on a single fat pipe -- not
bifurcated between a dish and your router / home network, which must work in perfect conjunction -- and which is apparently not susceptible to these kinds of problems.