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AM21 and Genie/C31

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Bob Coxner, Nov 18, 2012.

  1. Bob Coxner

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    Will the AM21 work with either/both/none of these receivers?
     
  2. veryoldschool

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    It works with the Genie, and since the 31 is a client, the OTA channels are in the 31's guide too.
     
  3. Bob Coxner

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    Thanks! That was quick!
     
  4. Capmeister

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    I'm using the AM21 on my GENIE and have two C31 clients. Works wonderfully.
     
  5. jangell2

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    I just talked with DTV and they said the AM21 definitely does not work with the HR34 (Genie). Who's right? I hope DTV is wrong.
     
  6. dettxw

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    We're right of course.
    The HR34 even works better than other DVRs with the AM21 as it scans for channels rather than simply tuning what is in the Guide database.
     
  7. jangell2

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    Well, I guess I gotta call them back. I wonder how I tell them they're wrong?

    BTW, how much is the AM21?
     
  8. texasbrit

    texasbrit DIRECTV A-Team

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    We keep hearing situations where the CSRs are giving this completely incorrect information.
    My HR34 and AM21 work fine together.
    The AM21 is about $50....
     
  9. carl6

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    And if it turns out you can't get an AM21 out of DirecTV, simply order it from a third party vendor such as Solid Signal.

    I also have an AM21 connected to my HR34, and it works just fine.
     
  10. CCarncross

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    No need to call them back and tell them anything quite honestly. You can order one right from your directv acct page, they are $50 and are usually there in a couple of days or less. Many of us know they work with any H/HR21 model or higher and the HR34 as many of us are using them exactly that way.
     
  11. Steve

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    The only "gotcha" with the AM21/HR34 combo is you're limited to 2 simultaneous OTA recordings, even though the HR34 can record up to 5 channels simultaneously.
     
  12. jangell2

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    What kind of hookups are used in connecting the AM21 to the HR34 and to connect the AM21 to the OTA antenna? Any cables come with the AM21?
     
  13. carl6

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    The AM21 comes with a built in power pigtail. You unplug the power cord that goes to the HR34 and plug the pigtail into the HR34. Then plug the power cord into the AM21. You connect the AM21 to the HR34 with a USB cable (should be provided, but if not it is a standard USB cable). Regular TV antenna coax connector on the AM21 for the antenna input.
     
  14. jangell2

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    Thanks, Carl. I've got a box 'o electronic junk and there's plenty of usb cables in there. So all the info is passed via usb. Full 1080p/i and digital sound?
     
  15. carl6

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    Yep. USB does it all between the AM21 and the HR2x/HR34.
     
  16. CCarncross

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    Remember its just a transport stream, whatever the transport stream has in it gets recorded by the dvr or displayed by a non dvr.
     
  17. Brubear

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    the reason is that they are not familiar with the product and the verbiage on the resources does not say which ones WILL work, just which ones WON'T. I'll submit that suggestion for an update - thanks for the feedback!
     
  18. ThomasM

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    And they also work with the R22. In fact, even if you don't have DirecTV HD if you hook an AM-21 to an R22 you can record all off-air channels in HD. Trust me, I know!!
     
  19. waynebtx

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    My HR34 and AM21 work fine together
     
  20. digitalbrad

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    I'm about to upgrade to the HR34 Genie. Directv tells me that the USB ports on the back are not active and are for future use only. I will lose ABC HD if I can't use my AM21 OTA box - don't want to do that. So you users had no issues when connecting the AM21 to the USB of the HR34?

    Thanks
     

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