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DirecTV Best configuration

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by mthouser, Mar 16, 2014.

  1. mthouser

    mthouser New Member

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    Hi All,

    Haven't been on the site in quite some time; to the point where i couldn't remember my old account info lol..

    I have the following Setup with Whole Home DVR
    HR24-500 DVR - Bedroom
    HR22-100 DVR - Family Room
    H21-100 HD - Living Room
    H24-100 - 2nd Bedroom

    Before reading a few posts, i was planning to do an "upgrade", by going with a Genie to replace the HR22-100, and then two Genie Clients to replace the h21 and h24 receivers. At this point, i am sort of questioning if this makes logical sense. The HR22 is extremely slow and felt i would get a speed bump by making the switch to Genie. The clients are probably ok, but again was think making the switch to the genie clients gets me the latest and greatest. the hr24 in the bedroom is solid and would really like to keep that.

    So my new Setup would be:
    HR24-500 DVR - Bedroom
    Genie HR44 - Family Room
    Client - Living Room
    Client - 2nd Bedroom

    Also being that i am already whole home, do i gain any additional functionality with Genie?

    Thoughts on the configuration? Thanks for your thoughts in advance
     
  2. carl6

    carl6 Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    You should reasonably expect to get a few thousand different "BEST" definitions, as a lot is a matter of preference. I think about the only thing I would do different than what you are proposing is whether to change out the H24 for a client. You can go either way. And I would probably swap the HR24 and the client, putting the client in the bedroom (much smaller and quieter) and the HR24 in the LR.

    Regardless, you will be happy with the Genie upgrade. I'm assuming the family room is the heavy hitter with regard to watching tv, which is a great choice to locate the Genie.
     
  3. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    I would keep the HR22 and replace the H21 with the genie probably swapping locations, no reason to get rid of the HR21 which can be replaced under the right circumstances


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  4. inkahauts

    inkahauts DIRECTV A-Team

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    I'd keep the HR24. Ditch the other three as you are thinking.

    But put the HR24 in the least used room. The hr44 in the most used room.

    You gain a tuner. You gain full management access everywhere except the HR24. You have a backup in the HR24. You gain full control if live tv everywhere instead of just the two dvr rooms. You will not look back IMHO.
     
  5. dennisj00

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    I'd keep ANY HR dvr over a client.
     
  6. Bill Broderick

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    I'd replace the H21. When the installer arrives, tell him that the HR22 is really slow and ask him if he has an HR24 on his truck. I would have a visible $20 bill (or more) in my hand as I was asking these questions. Put the Genie in the Family Room and either move the HR22 (or the newlly upgraded HR24 in the Living Room.
     
  7. mthouser

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    Thanks for the suggestions. Can you watch the hr24 recorded programs on the genie and it's clients?
     
  8. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    Yes
     
  9. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    Absolutely!
     
  10. slice1900

    slice1900 Well-Known Member

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    If you go above 8 tuners you'll get a SWM16 and new LNB, which means running more coax from the dish into your house. If that's something you (or the wife) want to avoid, then you may want a plan where you end up with no more than one DVR and one receiver besides the Genie and its clients.
     
  11. jagrim

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    Get rid of the H21 which will then require a SWM16 to be installed. This may require additional coax depending on how your existing system is now. How is you hookup from the dish now?
    This will allow for additional STB's in the future (if desired). Clients can be added later.
    Good luck.
     
  12. mthouser

    mthouser New Member

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    I believe I currently have three coax lines ran from the dish to the house from an old dish setup. I think only one is currently connected though
     
  13. jagrim

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    If you go above 8 tuners, you will need a 4th line and a SWM16. You'll have to judge the ease of adding the 4th line but if it's an easy drop, I'd go for it. You'll be happier and more expandable in the future.




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  14. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    since a 3 lines is a "weird" set up, I would bet that one of those lines is a dual coax making it actually 4 lines
     
  15. jagrim

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    Very well could be the case


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  16. damondlt

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    The best setup would include a Genie . But i would still keep my HRs.

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  17. peds48

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    right on


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  18. mthouser

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    Thanks everyone. i called Directv to cancel my service, and check to see what they would offer me, and so here is what the came back with in terms of equipment. i wanted to post back my configuration so that everyone who else might be in my situation can use this to help themselves.

    • I will be receiving a Directv Genie free of charge. I asked for the hr44, but she wouldn't commit to the version of the Genie, only that I would be receiving one at no cost. I will work with the installer to make sure i get the latest.. This will replace my HR22.
    • I also decided to opt for the Genie Wireless configuration. So i will be replacing my H21 and H24 with two Genie wireless clients. This was not free, it was a one time 99 installation fee, and was non-negotiable.
    • Just a note: i was not able to choose one wired and one wireless. It was an all or nothing deal and i couldn't pass up the portability of the wireless clients.
    • And obviously, my $49 installation fee was waived, along with a more competitive pricing for the programming over the 24 months..
    • The CSR recommended i keep the HR24, which i was going to anyway.
    As far as wiring equipment, i have 4 coax runs from my dish to my house. Back in the day, i had a dual TIVO setup, with 2 other receivers and there was no such thing as SWM, and you had to run that many lines from your dish to your house.. oh the good ole' days !rolling

    I looked at my SWM and it is an 8 way splitter, so i assume that will be upgrading as part of this.

    i will post back and let you know my thoughts on the wireless clients.
     

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