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casman
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Connect diredtly to PC

Tue Apr 18, 2006 10:35 am

Hi
I was wandering if i could directly connect my rev b. PB directly into the pc? i.e bypass the router.

I have a motherboard with 2 lan ports one is connected to my router and the other is spare.

I have tried to connect to it but the PB cannot locate a server or get an IP address?

Could anyone advise on how to do this?

my reason for trying to do this is
1. I constantly loose my shares through the router even with a static IP.
2. I cannot stream videos and dvd without audio breakups and sync problems, was hoping that a direct connection to the pc may solve the issues.

:?:
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Tue Apr 18, 2006 10:45 am

I doubt it will make any difference but if you're still interested you will need to either buy or make a cross over cable to connect the roku directly to your pc. Then you will need to run a dhcp server on your pc or set the roku to a static ip on the same subnet as the interface you plugged it into on the pc.

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Tue Apr 18, 2006 10:47 am

I'd start by doing three things:
1. Configure the PC's second ethernet port in a different IP subnet than the first port. I.E. if port 1 is like 192.168.0.1 connected to the router, configure the second port for something like 192.168.1.1.
2. Configure the ROKU in this second subnet (i.e. make it static at 192.168.1.2 or something, as long as the third octet is the same as the PC's second ethernet port).
3. Use a "crossover" ethernet cable instead of the straight that you're using now to connect the ROKU to the router.

I >THINK< if you then setup the PC to "bridge" the two LAN ports, you'd still be able to get DNS lookups and internet access from the ROKU.
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casman
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Tue Apr 18, 2006 11:05 am

Thanks for the replys and suggestions,But

My server is 30-40 away from the PB running under the floor and down stairs! so installing the crossover cable is a no no.
Ah well

Thanks
Casman
 
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Tue Apr 18, 2006 11:57 am

casman wrote:
Thanks for the replys and suggestions,But

My server is 30-40 away from the PB running under the floor and down stairs! so installing the crossover cable is a no no.
Ah well

Thanks
Casman

How are you wired now? If via a cable run inside your walls, a crossover should still work if you run it from the Roku to the wall. Then use a standard cable on the computer end (or vice versa).

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Thu Apr 20, 2006 1:34 pm

You could also go for a very short (say 1 foot) crossover cable and a CAT-5/5e female-female coupler.
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