NICE AND EASY: Should you spend the money to connect your commercial receivers to the internet?


Look, I know that when you’re putting in a DIRECTV system in your bar, restaurant or waiting room, you’re on a budget. Often times the basic installation isn’t enough and you could be spending a lot of money to get everything wired up. It seems like the perfect time to cut out unnecessary expenses. Connecting receivers to the internet sure does seem like an unnecessary expense, right?


First of all it’s not unnecessary, and second of all it’s not that much of an expense. If your receivers are connected, you have the option of controlling them with your iPad or other tablet, anywhere in the facility. This is a huge benefit — just imagine never having to get up to change the channel again. You can also see what’s on every TV right from the device, and this means that if you’re in your office you can check to make sure that no one changed the channel on your waiting room TV.

Connecting your receivers to the internet also allows for some basic monitoring on the DIRECTV side. Sometimes a problem will be caught before it really affects you when the receiver reports information back. The other side of this is that DIRECTV continues to roll out new services even to commercial clients and there’s no saying you absolutely won’t NEED internet to use them. At that point you might be stuck with a costly rewiring job… why not do it right the first time?

The other part of this… adding internet to your DIRECTV receivers isn’t that expensive when you plan ahead. H24 and H25 receivers have coax networking built in which means that if you plan for it, up to 15 receivers can be fed by a single coax networking adapter called a DECA. This DECA can even connect to your network over Wi-Fi and still send internet information through the coaxial cable you’re using for TV service. At that point the cost is almost nonexistent and it’s mostly a matter of making sure you pick the right equipment to start with.

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Stuart Sweet
Stuart Sweet is the editor-in-chief of The Solid Signal Blog and a "master plumber" at Signal Group, LLC. He is the author of over 5,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.