Ideally I'd like to connect my HDHomeRun device directly to my desktop computer's ethernet port, but if possible I'd also like the HDHomeRun device to be accessible from other computers on my router's network. My desktop computer is connected to the router (and internet) through it's WIFI adapter. I'm not sure if this is a realistic goal but I thought I'd ask. Would bridging the network connections be appropriate here? (I tried but didn't it didn't work correctly for me) - I could connect to the internet through the bridged connection but couldn't communicate with or otherwise detect the HDHomeRun. The bridged connection had an IP address of 192.168.1.250 and my router's IP is 192.168.1.254 so they were in the same range? (I bridged using Windows OS built in functionality, just selected both the WIFI and the Ethernet adapter at the same time, right clicked, and clicked "bridge connections")
Here is a troubleshooting document for the HDHomeRun that may be helpful if you are unfamiliar with it: http://www.silicondust.com/hdhomerun/hdhomerun_troubleshooting.pdf. In order to have a fixed IP address the HDHomeRun's MAC address must be reserved using DHCP. If you don't use a DHCP then the HDHomeRun will assign itself a random IP address in the 169.254.x.x block. I'd like a static IP address if possible. A crossover cable is not required to connect directly to the ethernet port. Also I believe The HDHomeRun software makes use of uPnP discovery to detect the device.
My desktop is running Windows 8.
Device IPv4 Address 192.168.1.254 DHCPv4 Netmask 255.255.255.0 DHCPv4 Start Address 192.168.1.64 DHCPv4 End Address 192.168.1.253 DHCP Leases Available 150 DHCP Leases Allocated 40 DHCP Primary Pool Private