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hooking up lg blu ray player
jenjohn
Newbie

Is the ethernet connection in the back of my  Fios  DVR box able to connect my blu ray player to the internet? If not, what do I need to get to connect the blu ray, since my router is too far away to plug in.

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Re: hooking up lg blu ray player
KenAF
Specialist

@jenjohn wrote:

Is the ethernet connection in the back of my  Fios  DVR box able to connect my blu ray player to the internet? If not, what do I need to get to connect the blu ray, since my router is too far away to plug in.


No, the ethernet port on the back of the FiOS DVR is not functional.


If you use the FiOS-supplied Actiontec or Westell router, then I would suggest a MoCA adapter for your Blu-ray player.  You could buy one of these Actiontec adapters, or you could purchase a used Actiontec MI424WR revision D or later on ebay.  The former will use significantly less power, but if you find a great deal on a second Actiontec router (ex: $20-30), that might be the way to go.


In either case, you would unplug the coax from the back of the FiOS DVR and split it with a 1GHz splitter (sold at Radio Shack).  You'd connect one end of the coax to the back of the FiOS DVR and the other end to the MoCA adapter/router.  Then you would plug your Blu-ray device into the ethernet port on the MoCA adapter/router.  You could also plug a 5-port or 8-port network switch into the MoCA adapter/router to get more ethernet ports in your TV room.

Re: hooking up lg blu ray player
face2345
Newbie

Thanks for the info, i didn't think about splitting the coax signal to another actiontec router. I was gonna use one of those wireless usb adapters with a usb to e-net converter. Or just buying another wireless router and bridging the connections.

My only question is...by using the spitter, would that degrade the signal going into the HD DVR fios box? I know its already switched outside at the main line, but I'm not sure if adding another splitter would cause any other issues. Maybe using a terminator somewhere would help, but I'm not sure. Dont really want to pick up any noise using that splitter, I have enough problems with the HDMI handshake issue! 

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jumpin68ny
Master

I suggest you see if a wireless adapter available for your LG blue ray player.  I recently bought a Samsung TV and Blue Ray player and connected both via a USB wireless Adapter sold by Samsung.

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KenAF
Specialist

@face2345 wrote:

Thanks for the info, i didn't think about splitting the coax signal to another actiontec router. I was gonna use one of those wireless usb adapters with a usb to e-net converter. Or just buying another wireless router and bridging the connections.


A wireless adapter or bridge would work too, but it won't provide the same level of throughput.   The 802.11 wireless radio on the Actiontec route does not have particularly good range, so you might see as little as 8-12 Mbps usable throughput to a wireless bridge in your TV room.   With MoCA (ethernet over coax), you get closer to 90 Mbps usable throughput; that would be overkill for the LG 370 with its current services, but it would be good to have for future use.


In the future you might buy a media player (or third-party DVR with media player functionality) to stream or play high-def videos stored on your computer or a network drive.  Or you might buy a device with Vudu, which uses 10+Mbps on some of its HDX content.  Netflix is also expected to offer 1080p (up from 720p) streaming at some point, and that would require more bandwidth.  Vudu and Netflix both adjust their streams on-the-fly to work with slower network connections, but that comes at the expense of quality.


@face2345 wrote:

My only question is...by using the spitter, would that degrade the signal going into the HD DVR fios box? I know its already switched outside at the main line, but I'm not sure if adding another splitter would cause any other issues. Maybe using a terminator somewhere would help, but I'm not sure. Dont really want to pick up any noise using that splitter, I have enough problems with the HDMI handshake issue! 


No, it would not.  The FiOS signal is more than strong enough to handle a split (or two) without having any affect on the FiOS box or your picture quality.

If you opt for the Actiontec router, just make sure its a revD or later.  I see these go for $20-$30 on ebay every month.  My memory is a little fuzzy, but I don't think revA and revB (the old aesthetic design) will work, and I'm not sure about revC.

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