Digital video recorders, more commonly referred to as DVRs, allow users to digitally record television programs to view at a later time. DirecTV offers HD DVRs that allows consumers to instantly watch movies, television shows and music videos, among other things. However, you need to connect the HD DVR's receiver via Ethernet cord to a modem or router. But, oftentimes the router is too far away from the receiver to make a hard connection so DirecTV offers a wireless connection kit for an additional cost. But, if you've got a PC laptop running Windows XP or Vista with a wireless card nearby, you can use the laptop to connect the HD DVR to the Internet by bridging the connections
Bridge a connection between a DirecTV HD DVR and computer
Plug an Ethernet cable into the computer that you wish to use as the Internet bridge. Plug the other end of the Ethernet cable into slot 1 of the HD DVR receiver box.
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Turn on the PC and then click on the "Start" button. Click on the "Settings" button and then click on "Network Settings." This will open all of the networks associated with the PC.
Click on the wireless Internet connection that you'd like the HD DVR to use.
Hold the Ctrl key down and click on the local area connection. The local area connection is the Ethernet connection between your HD DVR and your computer. After clicking on the local area connection, while holding down the Ctrl key, both connections will be highlighted. Release the Ctrl key.
Right click either one of the highlighted connections and then click on the option "Bridge connections." This bridges the connections and allows the HD DVR to share the wireless connection with the computer.