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Adding a second DVR

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by rkh, Oct 21, 2010.

  1. rkh

    rkh Mentor

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    New to DTV and I am thinking of adding a second DVR for more flexibility. I have a SWM-LNB with an 8-tap block (only one tap used) connected to an HR24. There is a second unused coax running from next to the 8-tap block to where I want the receiver. The way I see it, all I would have to do is connect the coax to the 8-tap block and to the new receiver, plug it in and I would be good to activate.
    My questions are : I see receivers for $200 but they are still leased ? Will DTV let me install myself ? Most important, can both receivers be setup to be controlled separately using IR (Harmony remote) even though they would be one on top of the other?
     
  2. z28lt1

    z28lt1 Legend

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    1 - Yes you should be able to connect to the SWM and be good to go.
    2 - Yes, at $200 they are all still leased
    3 - Yes, you can install yourself if you purchase (lease) one yourself. If you get it from DirecTV, it may depend
    4 - You can program them to work on different IR programs, so you should be able to control two with one remote
     
  3. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

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    When you connect your new DVR, you will need to go through satellite setup and set it to be the same as your first one. Note how your current one is set, and then use those options when setting up the new one.

    You can certainly control two DVRs separately using the DirecTV remote, so I would guess that would also be true with the Harmony, but don't know for sure.
     
  4. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    You should be able to check the Harmony code database to see if multiple codes are available. Chances are excellent.
     
  5. Mike Bertelson

    Mike Bertelson 6EQUJ5 WOW! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Yes, an SWiM-LNB (which is what I’m using) can handle up to 8 tuners. A DVR has two tuners and if the HR24 is all you have connected then you can add up to 6 additional tuners.

    Any receiver you get from a retail outlet is going to be a lease. You certainly can install them yourself and DirecTV’s website has information on how to do it. This Link may be of help to you.

    There are 8 different DirecTV receiver IR code sets. As long as they each have a different code set you can have them in the same room. I currently have two receivers in the same room. One using 00001 and the other using 00003(code set id’s for the DirecTV remotes). IIRC, Harmony has all eight code sets in it’s database. If not you could just set the DirecTV remote to the desired code set and “teach” the Harmony.

    Mike
     

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