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On the 9242/9241 it allows access to the receiver via the internet.
 

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It allows you to do firmware updates when the manufacturer makes them available. I have a Yamaha 3900 and have updated the firmware about 4 times since I bought it, and OPPO 83 has been updated a few times as well. These firmware can be issued to fix problems or allow to add new features (in the case of my OPPO blu-ray player.
 

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i see my receiver has a ethernet port. What are the benefits of this?
If you have a 9241/2 it allows you remote access by computer, Iphone/pad app. etc. to see your PVR recordings. You can delete, start and even change channels. The app also comes with a software remote.
 

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It allows you to do firmware updates when the manufacturer makes them available. I have a Yamaha 3900 and have updated the firmware about 4 times since I bought it, and OPPO 83 has been updated a few times as well. These firmware can be issued to fix problems or allow to add new features (in the case of my OPPO blu-ray player.
I have never heard of Bell sending any kind of firmware updates via the Internet, they all come down from the satellite.
 

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Since the title said "receiver", despite this being the BTV forum, zebb2000 was thinking about Audio/Video Receivers, not STBs. That's why it's best to either say Satellite receiver, or STB. For A/V receivers, I use AVR, all in the sake of clarity.
 

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I have a Yamaha 3900 and have updated the firmware about 4 times since I bought it, and OPPO 83 has been updated a few times as well.
This does not apply to Bell Satellite TV receivers.

i see my receiver has a ethernet port. What are the benefits of this?
That depends on the model. Could you provide more information? Depending on the model, there are currently two possible uses. One is to provide remote recording capabilities. The other is to replace the telephone connection for PPV and location reporting.
 

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i have the 6131 high definition receiver. Thats pretty cool to watch tv and record on your computer through the ethernet port. How can i do this?
 

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You've confused remotely controlling a PVR (which you don't have - see post 4) with recording to a computer, which you cannot do. If you wish to record with a 6131, you need to purchase an external HDD, which has been discussed extensively here. (someone else will have to confirm if you can control a 6131 remotely, but based on post 2, it's unlikely)
 

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pence, all you can do is connect it to the internet to order VU PPVs, otherwise you have to call a 1-800 number and order that way
 

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Or you connect the Phone Line and order PPV's with the Remote.
 

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The ethernet port can be used as a phone line replacement. That's all it is good for currently. Remote recording capabilities may become available with a future firmware update but that's not official.
 
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