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Convert an HR20i-100 to an HR20-100

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by jmikestock, Apr 20, 2014.

  1. jmikestock

    jmikestock Mentor

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    I have an HR20i-100, network DVR,but can't use it. From looking at the labels on the back it appears that it was manufactured as an HR20-100 and was then modified for network use as in an apartment or condominium complex.

    I have opened up the box looking for a jumper or something that had been obviously added but, no luck.

    I'm sure my odds are slim, but if anyone has the answer, I would greatly appreciate a response.
     
  2. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    is most software which you need to get from DirecTV, and most likely you are not going to get.
     
  3. texasbrit

    texasbrit DIRECTV A-Team

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    No, can't be done. The DVR is designed to receive programming over an ethernet connection and not through the regular coax from a dish. It might even not have the correct tuners to tune regular DirecTv signals.
     
  4. damondlt

    damondlt New Member

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    Let me Guess, you saw the HR20i-100 for the low low price of $75 off ebay. :smoking:
    Buy now ask questions later! not good.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/DIRECTV-HR20i-100-HD-Satellite-Receiver-DVR-w-power-cord-1-RC64-Remote-/281314007809?pt=US_Satellite_TV_Receivers&hash=item417f9f1b01
     
  5. Rich

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    Good advice. Trusting sellers on eBay is a crapshoot at best. Especially the "Power Sellers" who will sell you anything and tell you anything to make the sale.

    Rich
     
  6. dpeters11

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    But the one linked to is very clear as to the use restriction, even in red text:


    Please read this item description and check with DirecTV using the model #HR20i-100 to make sure you can use this Receiver/DVR before ordering. Some people can use this DVR, some cannot.
    This DVR can only be used in multi-family signal distribution systems where ethernet is used.
     
  7. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

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    Ah, the rare honest guy on eBay. Hard to find them.

    Rich
     
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  8. damondlt

    damondlt New Member

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    Yep should have asked us here First, and then bought. :bang
     
  9. Rich

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    He'll probably just put it back on eBay. Hope he puts that disclaimer on it.

    Rich
     
  10. jmikestock

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    Good guess but not exactly. I had no idea that there was a difference. Never heard of a Network receiver before but neither had tech service. I was. fortunately, only out $20.50. The person I got this from was not quite so straightforward as to limitations.

    Nope. You won't find it back on Ebay. Ain't worth it.
     
  11. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    the model discussed here last years and you could easy to find it before buy, not telling about Internet search ...
     
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  13. peds48

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  14. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    perhaps you could donate it and I could do tear-down :)
     
  15. dpeters11

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    At one point I believe DirecTV was phasing out MFH3 systems. Since the HR24i was never released, I certainly hope they are few and far between.

    I wouldn't be too hard on the rep with tech support. They really don't do anything with these systems. The MDU dealer does the installation and any issues afterward.

    I'm sure some techs at DirecTV know about them, but probably they heard about it here, not in their official documentation.
     
  16. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    This system was never meant to be troubleshot with CSR.
     
  17. jmikestock

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    Thanks to all. I didn't get the answers I wanted to hear, but I guess I got the facts. Maybe I should resell it. You can bet there will be full disclosure.
     
  18. damondlt

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    Any one have a picture of the parts this needs to work? Like what one would need to buy?

    Sent from my Galaxy S5
     
  19. texasbrit

    texasbrit DIRECTV A-Team

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    Maybe an HR20??
     
  20. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

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    I can confirm that MFH3, the system that used the HR20i, is at end-of-life. If you are going to sell it, sell it soon because once these systems break they are never getting replaced.
     

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