Following the steps below, you can confirm that your Android device and DirecTV receiver or DVR is properly configured for network access.
Please follow all of the steps outlined below and include the results when contacting technical support about connection issues. The reason is because the first thing I will do is point you to this very FAQ and ask what the results of the steps are. alt="Wink" border="0" /> It isn't meant to be punishment, but if any of these are not correct then it will NOT work, and these are requirements of the app that are completely out of my control. I can say with absolute certainty that if one or more of your receivers are not coming up in the app (and they are a compatible model and set to allow external access) then the problem is a network issue on your end. Sorry to be so blunt about it but it is a fact.
As with just about anything, problems discovered below can be corrected! But the first step is determining what is preventing the app from seeing your DirecTV receiver(s) and that is the goal of this document!
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1) Ensure that your mobile device (phone / tablet) is connected to your home network via WiFi. The DirecTV receiver(s) must be on this same network, but can be connected wirelessly or via ethernet cable.
2) When scanning begins, a message will briefly appear with the IP address assigned to your mobile device. Make a note of it and cancel the scan.
3) Using your real remote, navigate to: MENU > SETTINGS & HELP > SETTINGS > INFO & TEST > MORE SYSTEM INFO.
4) Verify the following:
A) Receiver: (MODEL) - Please be sure that the model listed is one of the compatible models listed in the <a href="/faq/index.php?action=artikel&cat=3&id=24&artlang=en">app requirementsa>.
While not a necessity, it will also be a "bonus" if you see (static) next to the IP address listed in your receiver. This means that the IP address will never change, which would require you to re-scan your network with the app! If you are using DHCP Reservation in your router and it has been setup for your DirecTV receiver(s), then the absence of (static) is not important.
5) Go to MENU > SETTINGS & HELP > SETTINGS > WHOLE-HOME > NAME LOCATION and enter a name for your receiver such as LIVING ROOM or BEDROOM.
6) Go to MENU > SETTINGS & HELP > SETTINGS > WHOLE-HOME > EXTERNAL DEVICE and ensure that all options are set to Allow.
Repeat this process for each of your DirecTV receivers. When done, try scanning again.
Again, if any of these items are not how they are listed above, then the DirecTV Remote app will not be able to communicate with your DirecTV receivers. It is as simple as that. I will be glad to help you troubleshoot and correct the problem but you MUST tell me what is wrong first. Please use these steps to help determine the problem then let me know what your results were.
Aside from not being networked at all, your DirecTV receivers might be networked with each other, but not connected to your home network
It's important to realize that it is possible that your receiver's themselves may be able to communicate with each other but the receivers cannot communicate outside of their private network (and if this is the case, then the numbers mentioned in the scenario above will not match). This can happen if you had Whole Home DVR service installed professionally but did not get the <a href="https://support.directv.com/app/answers/list/kw/cinema%20connection%20kit/search/1" target="_blank">Cinema Connection Kita>. Without this extra part, your receivers can talk to each other, but they are in their own private network and thus cannot communicate with your home network. With the CCK, that network is connected to your home network, thus allowing them to access the internet as well as other devices on your home network (your mobile phone / tablet running this app). If you self-installed your Whole-Home network by connecting your receivers to your router, then the IP addresses should match your mobile device as mentioned above.
Your router may support multiple networks and your phone is not connected to the same one as your DirecTV receiver(s). In some cases both networks may have similar looking IP addresses and in other cases they may not.
Some routers may support multiple networks. For example, some wireless routers have a "guest access" feature which allows guests to your home to access the internet but blocks them from accessing devices and files on your network. If you have one of these types of wireless routers then you might want to confirm which network your phone and DirecTV receivers are actually connecting to. While dual-networks may not be very common, I can assure you that I have helped quite a few people who had this exact issue.
- You have a WiFi access point that is configured incorrectly and is essentially isolating wireless traffic from wired traffic.
- You have multiple WiFi access points or a Wireless router in addition to a WiFi access point and they are configured incorrectly causing traffic on them to be isolated from one another.
For more info and troubleshooting steps, see <a href="/faq/index.php?action=artikel&cat=3&id=4&artlang=en" target="_blank">this FAQa> as well.Tags: Receiver Setup, Troubleshooting