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Skip all the blabber, and read the tutorial.

So I got rid of Time Warner Cable last month because I hate them and they are way overpriced. I love Direct TV. The quality is great, even in bad weather, more channels, I would recommend it to anyone. Shortly after getting the it, I realized that if I connected the box to the internet, I could download free Video On Demand. It sounded great, but my router and Direct TV box are at opposite ends of the house. Wiring it was not a good solution, so I began googling for other poeples solutions. I found that alot of poeple had purchased wireless adapters made for xbox live and other game consoles, while these seemed to work, I was too lazy (and cheap) to go and purchase this. I couldnt find anything else useful about it.. eventually I decided to take matters into my own hands and stop googling. I decided that I would use my laptop to recieve my wireless connection from my router, much like I am doing now, then set up a network on the laptop to share that wireless connection through its LAN port. Essentially making my laptop a ‘bridge’ or ‘access point’. From my laptop, I plugged an ethernet cable into my Direct TV box, and it worked! This is definately not the best solution, as it does require significantly more hardware than a $20 adapter, however, I have a large number of computers, electronics, and computer parts laying around, so I figured why not. I now have a laptop sitting behing my TV all the time. If you have a desktop that is recieving a wireless signal near your box, this would work, the sharing of the connection does not effect the use of the computer itself, so after setting it up, you wouldnt have to worry about it again, although the computer would need to be on for the box to get a connection.

What you’ll need:

  • A Direct TV box (although, you could use this for any network sharing, for example an old desktop or laptop without a wireless card or adapter)
  • A desktop or Laptop PC (I did this with Windows XP, but Vista should work), I am sure Macs are capable of this as well, but I don’t have one to play with, so this will not help Mac users.
  • A wireless network already set up with a working connection
  • An ethernet cable

Once you have all of the items listed above, you should only need a few minutes to get this working, though if your using Direct TV, it may take a while before you notice any changes, if you go into the settings, you can test your network connection. Keep in mind, I did this using Windows XP, the concepts should be the same for Vista, but I am sure the actual steps will be vastly different.

  1. First, make sure that your computer’s wireless connection is working properly.
  2. Open the Control Panel (Start->Control Panel)
  3. Click on Network Connections
  4. Click Setup a Home or Small Office in the left hand colunn.
  5. This will bring up a wizard, click next to begin setting up the network.
  6. Select This computer connects directly to the internet.
  7. Select the connection you wish to share, in this case, the wireless connection.
  8. It may tell you that you have multiple connections, if so, be sure you select Let me choose the connection…
  9. Give it a name and description
  10. Give it a workgroup
  11. Then click next to have it configure your new network.
  12. You may have to restart your computer for this to take effect.
  13. Once your computer has restarted, plug your ethernet cable into the computer, with the other end into your Direct TV box.
  14. Go back into your Network Connections and right click on your wireless network (the one we are going to share).
  15. Click on the Advanced tab at the top, and check the box that says ‘allow other network users to connect through this computer’s connection’, you then may have to select which connection you wish to share.
  16. Go into your Direct TV Menu and test your network connection. If it says OK! then, your good to go! If not, read the additional steps below.

Additional steps (troubleshooting)

  1. If your test says OK for all the steps except a gateway address, or everything but the last step, then go back to your computer’s network connections.
  2. Right click the network you created in the steps above. Click the advanced tab, then Click the settings button. You may need to enable all of the protocals listed in order to get your box online, though I am not sure what type of requests the box is sending, their technical support was not very helpful.

That should do it. It works for me. I realize it is way overkill to simply connect a box to the internet, but it does work, and did not require me to buy any additional items I didnt have already laying around.

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