Connecting a digital video recorder to your PC or laptop lets you watch recorded television content on the computer. If you have a subscription TV service, chances are the features include the ability to record a program on the DVR while watching another show on your computer. Ethernet cables and a router connect the DVR to the PC. You'll also need to install software and drivers that enable the computer to interact with the DVR. Software may come on a CD supplied with the DVR or you may need to visit your service provider's website to download and install software.
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Things you need
- Ethernet cables
- Computer with Internet connection
Connect an Ethernet cable from the port on the rear of the DVR to your router.
Hook up a second DVR cable from your PC or laptop to the router.
Install the software and drivers on the computer using the supplied CD, or visit the website of your service provider and click the link provided for downloading software to communicate with your DVR. Click "Yes" or "OK" when asked if you wish to run and install the software. Installation is automatic once you give the go-ahead for the download.
Restart the computer if prompted by the software to do so, then turn on the DVR.
Access the router through the computer's Start menu, selecting "Computer" and then "Network" from the list of options. Click the connection for the DVR.
Use the computer's navigation arrows and mouse to scroll through the DVR screen in essentially the same way you would use the arrow keys on the DVR remote control to navigate options on the TV screen. Highlight a recorded program you wish to play and click "OK" (or "Enter" or similar wording, depending on your equipment) to start the show.
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