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Genie + 2 HDDVRs on SWM8

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by seadan, Jul 26, 2013.

  1. seadan

    seadan Mentor

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    I currently have HR21, HR23, and HR24 receivers, all running off of a SWM-LNB based dish. I'm considering a Genie upgrade, but I'd prefer to avoid the SWM16. I have two coax from my wiring closet to the exterior dish mount location--one is in use by the SWM-LNB, and the other is in use by Comcast for my internet and phone service--and I do not want any external lines run along the house, so I think that eliminates the ability to support more than 8 tuners (unless I drop the Internet service, which is unlikely).

    So here's my question: if I get a Genie to replace the HR21, is it better to keep the HR23 and put it in single tuner mode, or replace the HR23 with a mini client? If keeping the HR23, is this something that can be ordered without the system forcing a SWM16 on me?

    Also, I currently have internet connectivity to my receivers via Ethernet (no MRV, though) -- I assume with a Genie install I'd need to "upgrade" to DECA for a supported configuration?
     
  2. inkahauts

    inkahauts DIRECTV A-Team

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    Well if you go single tuner on the HR23 you still can record on it and fill its hard drive separately. How often do you use that location? A lot? Do you find your DVRs are always really full? If so I'd hold into it. If not Id switch.
     
  3. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    While you can keep the HR21 in single tuner mode, you can also replace it with a Genie client. you will have 7 tuners with this configuration
     
  4. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    The installer will do whatever is necessary with your dish/LNB and switchgear as well as configuring your system for DECA. Any materials (LNB, splitter, switch, additional cable and connectors) should be provided at no cost to you. Either way, you can choose whatever networking scheme works best for you after the installer leaves.
     
  5. seadan

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    Thanks for the guidance. We use all 3 DVR locations often, so it seems like it will be easier to just keep 2 DVRs and put one in single tuner mode. Is the performance of a Genie client likely to be significantly better than my HR21/HR23? That would probably be the only reason to swap it out, IMO.
     
  6. trh

    trh This Space for Sale

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    I wonder what will happen when you call to schedule this install. I think they will set it up for a SWM16 as you're going to have 9 tuners.
     
  7. seadan

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    Yeah, that was one of my concerns. Even if they set it up that way can the installer disregard the SWM16 and leave the SWMLNB in place?
     
  8. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    Yeah, that was one of my concerns. Even if they set it up that way can the installer disregard the SWM16 and leave the SWMLNB in place?


    The tech is not supposed to, but since you are the paying customer, I would assume the tech might have no other choice.
     
  9. SDizzle

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    Thanks for the guidance. We use all 3 DVR locations often, so it seems like it will be easier to just keep 2 DVRs and put one in single tuner mode. Is the performance of a Genie client likely to be significantly better than my HR21/HR23? That would probably be the only reason to swap it out, IMO.


    If the much smaller size of the client vs. the HR is not at all a concern to you, there is no reason to change to the client. With the Genie, HR with 2 tuners and the other HR with 1 tuner you will max out 8 tuners and can record on all of them. Swapping them means you lose a tuner. Plus, the local HR is going to be a lot more responsive to remote commands, trickplay, etc. than a client is, at least in my house that is the case. And lastly, you will still pay the same for either setup.
     
  10. dpeters11

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    Remote management of the Genie is also a client benefit.
     
  11. sweep49

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    I have seen on here, where the swm16 can be mounted outside. Maybe this is possible for you to prevent more wires running along the house outside?
     
  12. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    I have seen on here, where the swm16 can be mounted outside. Maybe this is possible for you to prevent more wires running along the house outside?
    Yes the SWM16 can be in or outdoors
     
  13. seadan

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    But the output of the SWM16 requires 2 separate RG6 runs, with 8 tuners each, correct? At the moment, I have only one free RG6 run from the sat location to my central wiring cabinet. Running another (outside the house) is something I'd like to avoid. Unless there's a way to get all 16 tuners off a single RG6 run with the SWM16?
     
  14. HoTat2

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    Nope;

    No such of a thing as a SWiM-16 signal output stacker system needed to accomplish something like that which I'm aware of.
     
  15. carl6

    carl6 Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    The SWM16 requires four coax from the dish to it's inputs, and has two outputs (8 tuners each). There is no way to get more than 8 tuner support over a single coax. You will need to run another coax to your central wiring closet, or possibly directly to one of the TV locations, whichever is easier.

    Another option for you to consider is perhaps re-routing your internet service so your cable modem is near the outside of the house and distribute from there via ethernet, then re-purpose the coax the internet was using for DirecTV.
     

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