What is the Ethernet cable used for

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Where do I hook Ethernet cable to the first hole or the second oneit up,and what it is used for on my Direct TV sat.
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I don’t know where you plug it in at but a Ethernet Cable sends the WiFi directly to a station(Direct TV, a console, etc). The internet will only be available one thing. If that’s no use someone else will pop up along.
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Ethernet and WiFi are two different methods of connection.  An Ethernet cable doesn't send WiFi anywhere.  
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Highly recommend you DO NOT plug your Directv receiver into the Viasat modem.
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Oh, sorry bro.
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Why shouldn't I plug it in to the modem?
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Because it will eat your data away at an incredible rate. Your Directv receiver will work just fine without being connected to the internet.
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Like VeteranSatUser, I highly recommend that you DO NOT connect your DirecTV receiver to your ViaSat internet due to the tremendous amount of data that it can use, even when you aren't actively viewing anything On Demand.  It can use data for Guide and program updates, as well as all corresponding information for each program/movie, like cast lists, Parental info, etc.  I also suspect that it downloads through the internet the instant watch films that you sometimes see in the 500 channel range that are normally downloaded through DirecTV's own dish.  

As an alternative, you can stream directly from the DirecTV site on various devices, as well as stream with the individual movie channel apps, if you already subscribe to those channels.  

I sometimes stream from the DirecTV site, or use the HBO GO or MAX GO apps, and do so on my laptop, which I can then connect to my TV using an HDMI cable.  This way, I'm still watching it on my TV, yet I control how much data is being used rather than taking the chance of the DirecTV receiver burning through a ton of it.   
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With PlayOn and a HBOGo account, can't you do that?  Just record the content via PlayOn and watch whenever.

BTW... HBO series when they were great.  Oz, Sopranos, Deadwood.  Loved them all.   I really don't know why I have still carry HBO.  Not into GOT and I just don't find their series appealing anymore.  Netflix has spoiled me!
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I don't know if I could do that.  I suppose so, but I don't know.  
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What's to know? If you got a HBO Go account, get a PlayOn Cloud subscription, record content to it, download content from the cloud to your computer, watch anytime and how often you want.
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What's to know is whether HBO Go is PlayOn friendly.  Apparently it is.  
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Being that I use it, yes it is. I wouldn't have recommended it to you if it wasn't! Lol