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RF Control of Genies and Wireless Clients
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Post 1 made on Thursday January 11, 2018 at 11:02
Ernie Gilman
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I haven't seen any info as to which two devices communicate when DirecTV's Zigbee remote is working. It makes sense to me that it's the remote and the DVR communicating with one another, but I'm not sure.

Anybody know for sure?
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Post 2 made on Thursday January 11, 2018 at 19:24
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You of all people should know better than creating multi threads, that are related.

The DirecTV remotes are paired to the receiver they are controlling. Why would they connect to anything else? The Zigbee that the DirecTV remotes use, is a special subset of Zigbee (direct connection). They do not work with some other Zigbee products (like extender nodes).

The Video Bridge has nothing to do with this. The Video Bridge is the WiFi hub (5GHz) that DirecTV uses to connect the wireless clients to the Genie (server). You do not get very good range from that POS, so if the Video Bridge is installed at the opposite end of the house as your other thread says, there could be problems with the wireless clients connecting and getting video - from time to time.

And lastly... How do you think you are going to extend the antenna for the DirecTV Zigbee remotes? The existing antenna is internal and there are no external connections. So unless you plan on going all McGyver and solder your own connections on the circuit board, it is not something I would recommend trying. Also, as soon as a DirecTV guy shows up for some problem and sees what you have done; he will automatically blame you for whatever the problem might be.
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OP | Post 3 made on Friday January 12, 2018 at 00:41
Ernie Gilman
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Brad,
the other thread is not about the same subject. That one is about the frequency used by the DirecTV remotes. This one is about what happens when that control occurs. If anything, that subject might be a footnote in this discussion, but I wanted to know those answers before this subject occurred to me.

You ask me how. I already explained something that I saw work: a hunk of cable that could carry signals of the remote's freuqency, with a quarter-wave antenna on each end. It really truly picks up the signal at one end and emits it at the other. Sure, it's highly attenuated, but it actually does it. And, since it's totally passive, it's instantly duplex; each antenna can pick up and can radiate, even at the same time!

My question about the video bridge had to do with whether the commands that run the clients go to the video bridge or to the DVR. And it didn't occur to me that maybe they go to the wireless clients, which then wirelessly communicate with... the DVR, I'm thinking.

By the way, the crack team of installers who did a GREAT job installing wires throughout the house were totally baffled when they came to reassemble the satellite system and found no SWM power supply. We all were baffled. They finally figured it out: the DVR itself provides the voltage that runs the SWM LNB!
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Post 4 made on Friday January 12, 2018 at 01:26
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Yes that was the last generation Genie (HR-54) that had the power supply built in. It had been out for a long time now and is replaced with the new AT&T pyramid bull [email protected]

Some reading for you on the new system you will have to be dealing with now, moving forward with DirecTV:
[Link: forums.solidsignal.com]
Post 5 made on Friday January 12, 2018 at 21:51
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I would imagine that all clients are wireless. Humans do not come with wires.
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OP | Post 6 made on Saturday January 13, 2018 at 02:59
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Ha. Ha ha ha ha ha.
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