How to connect a DVR to an ethernet network

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How to connect a DVR to an ethernet network
Connect a DVR to a home network using an Ethernet cable. (ethernet cable 4 image by BlueMiniu from

Many DVRs (digital video recorder) come equipped with an Ethernet port for connecting the DVR to a home network. Depending on the TV service provider, the Ethernet port can provide access to video on demand and pay per view options on the DVR. The DVR must be connected to a home Ethernet network to use these features.

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Things you need

  • Ethernet cable
  • Router or Ethernet switch

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  1. 1

    Connect the Ethernet cable to the networking device (router or Ethernet switch), using a numbered Ethernet port.

  2. 2

    Connect the DVR to the network by securing the other end of the Ethernet cable into the DVR's Ethernet port.

  3. 3

    Reset the network by removing the power cable from the router or Ethernet switch for 30 seconds, then plug it back in. After the router or Ethernet switch reboots, it should recognise the new connection to the DVR.

Tips and warnings

  • If the DVR unit is not located close enough to an Ethernet networking device to run a cable to the DVR, you may be able to connect the DVR wirelessly using a third-party wireless adaptor. Keep in mind that this is not a built-in feature supported by most DVR manufacturers or cable providers, so it would be wise to contact the cable TV provider or the DVR manufacturer to see what options may be available for connecting to a network wirelessly.

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