Jan 262008
 

Okay, this took me a long time to get working and I wanted to set out my steps. The most important part is noted below and it is the step that nearly everyone misses and if you don’t do it, nothing will work.

  1. Ensure that you network layout is correct by plugging in a computer to the cat5 cable you will put into the Directv DVR
  2. Attach network cable to Directv DVR
  3. Reboot Directv DVR (red button next to card)
  4. Enable and test network using Setup->Network->Connect Now and also Setup->Network->Test
  5. Turn on the media server PC and install Windows Media Player 11
  6. Open My Computer and share your My Music folder by clicking “Share this Folder” on the left side
  7. Turn off Windows firewall
  8. IMPORTANT! Open My Network Places and click “Show icons for networked UPnP devices” on the left hand side
  9. Reboot Directv DVR again
  10. Open Windows Media Player 11 and click the menu under Library called Media Sharing
  11. Check the share checkbox and the new devices checkbox
  12. You should also see “Unknown Device” in the list and click on that
  13. Hit okay and you should now see the Music and Videos option on the Directv DVR menu