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Networking Your DVR
Connecting your DVR into a home Network

Networking your Digital Video Recorder may sound a little over ambitious but if your looking to get the maximum use and flexibility from your DVR you'll find it is well worth the effort.

Since the DVR is in essence a specialized computer designed to record digital video, networking it is a snap. Connecting into a home network will give you access to its internal hard drive enabling you to transfer files between your PC and the DVR. This not only allows you to free up valuable DVR drive space, but once the files are transferred to your computer they can be burned onto a DVD for easy transport or permanent archiving.

What you'll need to get networked

In order to connect your DVR to a home computer network you will need some additional hardware items. All are reasonably priced and are readily available over the net or at your local electronics retailer. Following is a list of just what you'll need:

  • Computer with a 10/100 Ethernet card installed
  • Multi-Port Ethernet Hub or Router
  • Digital Video Recorder with a USB Port that is network capable
  • USB to Ethernet adapter
  • Broadband internet connection (optional)

Note: The DVR must have an active USB or Ethernet port for networking.

Making the connection

If you already have a home network, connect the DVR into your Hub/Router via the use of an Ethernet cable. If your DVR does not have an Ethernet port, you can purchase a USB to Ethernet adapter (see diagram below). The adapter is used to connect the DVR's USB port to the RJ45 port on the Hub/Router.





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