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Old 11-01-2009, 02:38 PM   #1
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Call me a newbie, but I just made a great discovery... When choosing to buy a networked blu-ray player, one finds WiFi units cost substaintialy more than ethernet wired versions. My Uverse system is internet and TV service and I discovered the STB provides the needed ethernet port on the back right next to my HDTV.

My LG BD370 plugged in and setup was almost immediate. Netflix streaming SD is very acceptable, and HD is stunning. With the Fry's sale pricing I saved over $130 over a WiFi unit.
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You must be using the coax for the connection to the RG. That's very interesting.

Now if they would wake up the USB ports to allow an external hard drive.

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Yes, the Motorola VIP1225 has a standard coax connection to the gateway in another room. I go ethernet from the VIP1225 to the BD370, and HDMI to my TV. Service tech that was on a call for a different issue suggested it and it works beautifully. I assume if all you wanted was an ethernet connection for any network device without stringing cat5 it's already there.
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Yes, the Motorola VIP1225 has a standard coax connection to the gateway in another room. I go ethernet from the VIP1225 to the BD370, and HDMI to my TV. Service tech that was on a call for a different issue suggested it and it works beautifully. I assume if all you wanted was an ethernet connection for any network device without stringing cat5 it's already there.
Will it work in standby or does the box have to be on? I have the same player hooked to a Netgear Powerline adapter. My Charter DVR is the Motorola DCH6416. It has an Ethernet port on the back. I might just pull everything out and see if this will work with mine.
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Yes, the Motorola VIP1225 has a standard coax connection to the gateway in another room. I go ethernet from the VIP1225 to the BD370, and HDMI to my TV. Service tech that was on a call for a different issue suggested it and it works beautifully. I assume if all you wanted was an ethernet connection for any network device without stringing cat5 it's already there.
Good to know. All of my STBs are connected via cat5 cables, but I have the coax available as well. I switched from coax to cat5 due to choppy reception. The cat5 seems much better.
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Call me a newbie, but I just made a great discovery... When choosing to buy a networked blu-ray player, one finds WiFi units cost substaintialy more than ethernet wired versions. My Uverse system is internet and TV service and I discovered the STB provides the needed ethernet port on the back right next to my HDTV.

My LG BD370 plugged in and setup was almost immediate. Netflix streaming SD is very acceptable, and HD is stunning. With the Fry's sale pricing I saved over $130 over a WiFi unit.
It would stand to reason then that you could probably go from your DVR's ethernet output to a hub and then split the connection from there. My tech did this for me from one of the existing phone lines. He changed the terminal to be a Cat5 port instead of typical phone port. Then we went to a hub that splits the connection to the DVR, Blu Ray player, PS3, and 360.
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