While I have no need to use remote Channels DVR at my step father's house, I decided to run a "test" today to see if I could simply plug my Firestick into his TV and see if I could gain remote access to my Channels DVR on my FIrestick. So I brought my 4K Firestick and some patch ethernet cord to his house (just in case wi-fi wouldn't work). He lives just down the street so I thought this would be a convenient test.
These were my observations with my test. My Firestick (configured with Channels DVR) and remote access would "not" stream any of my HDHR tuner channels using his wi-fi. This was the case even with his TV in the same room as his router. I then used an ethernet patch cord to plug the Firestick directly into his router. Only then was my FIrestick and Channels DVR able to see "one" of my two HDHR tuners from home along with all of my recorded content. Channels DVR could "not" see the other tuner at all for some weird reason and thus I was missing access some of the broadcast channels in the Guide lineup. I would get an error message on some networks saying the channel could not be found, or some message to that affect.
Just fyi - I use "two" HDHR tuners with Channels DVR because I have antenna farms in completely different directions from my home. So each HDHR tuner is optimized for each antenna farm with the "other" respective HDHR tuner being blocked. This works great in my home because it forces Channels DVR and the HDHR tuners to use the optimized HDHR tuner for the given channel(s) for best reception purposes.
Questions: does anyone have any idea why I had that experience during my test of remote access? In other words, why did I have to temporarily hard wire my Firestick to make remote access work at all? And, second, why is it that Channels DVR could only access "one" of the two HDHR tuners on my home network and "only" after I temporarily hard wired my 4K Firestick on this TV with ethernet patch cord directly connected to his router? His TV and router are in the same room so I would've thought my Firestick picking up on his wi-fi connection would have been sufficient, but of course it wasn't.
And an entirely different question. From a network security standpoint, I understand having port 8089 open for remote access is very minimal security risk. However, since Channels DVR is stored and hosted on my Synology NAS in my home, is it best (for security reasons), not to use the Synology NAS for any other purposes (i.e. backups of things off my separate PC, also in my home, that contains personal data)?
I am not new to Channels DVR; however, this whole remote access issue is a bit foreign to me because I've never had any experience with it. I am trying to gain an understanding of how it will work with my Firestick with the idea that I could simply take my Firestick on the road with me (in the future) and gain access to my Channels and DVR content while away from home. The remote access appears to be a great feature. But at the same time, I'd like to gain a better understanding the "plug and play" ability of my Firestick outside the home for remote access "and" also ensure that I am following all reasonable precautions to ensure my home network stays safe and secure even with port 8089 turned on in the settings for remote access.
I appreciate any additional feedback here to give me a better understanding of the remote access feature of Channels DVR.