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Genie and mini genie questions

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Cavicchi, Jul 20, 2013.

  1. Jul 20, 2013 #1 of 152
    Cavicchi

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    1. Do the mini genies have a hdd or is main genie the only one with a hdd?

    2. I have Internet and Phone with cable company. Cable modem/router connects Internet. Does DTV connect 2 cables to main genie or just 1? How would they connect Internet for DTV on main genie, cable from dish?

    3. Since TVs connected to mini genies can record, can you keep each units recorded shows private?

    4. I assume the mini genies would be silent if they don't record, but how about the main genie, such as any noise issue?

    5. I know DTV has enticing promotions now, but after one year, how much would for equipment, taxes and fees cost?

    I now have cable for everything, but considering DTV for just TV.

    Thanks for your responses.
     
  2. Jul 20, 2013 #2 of 152
    mystic7

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    1. The mini-genies are just little boxes almost as small as a pack of cigarettes. All recording is done on the Genie.

    2. I also have internet and phone with my cable company. Internet connection is done through wi-fi.

    3. No, you can see the list of all recorded programs from any tv.

    4. No noise that I could detect, but I don't sit with my ear against the Genie while watching tv.

    5. I'm still waiting to see that one myself.
     
  3. Jul 20, 2013 #3 of 152
    RunnerFL

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    1. No, no drive at all. They have nothing but the guts needed to drive the RVU client, not even a tuner. (They use a Genie tuner)

    2. They can connect your Genie to the Internet 1 of 3 ways. They could use a Cinema Connection Kit (CCK) that hooks into your DECA "cloud" and to your router. They could also just run network cable from your Genie to your router if it's close enough. IF your Genie is an HR44 it can be hooked up via WiFi. The "preferred" method is using the CCK.

    3. No, everything is recorded and see on the Genie.

    4. The Genie Clients and Genie are completely silent.

    5. Your mileage may vary. The only way to know for sure is to call DirecTV.
     
  4. Jul 20, 2013 #4 of 152
    Cavicchi

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    Thanks guys for the information.

    I could go hard-wired to the HR 44 for on demand, and wouldn't that be the best way?

    I have a choice where to put the HR 44 and in my den would be easiest installation for them, but concern for noise has me thinking may be better to have it in another room. I often sit quite close to the TV in my den when on the computer. Fan noise or hdd noise is annoying. I have all SSD in my computer.
     
  5. Jul 20, 2013 #5 of 152
    Laxguy

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    Yes, hardwired to the '44 is "a good thing". I'm with you on fan noise, why I have a Genie client in the BR. But the Genies are much quieter than previous HDRs.
     
  6. Jul 20, 2013 #6 of 152
    Cavicchi

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    How about loss of signal? I live in the Poconos, and winters have their share of snow. My daughter says DTV often loses signal with rain and snow, and she is afraid of losing programs to record.

    The HR 44 has, I believe, a terrabyte hdd. When I had DTV in the past, I believe it was a HR 24 and it had a 500GB hdd, not sure of the model, but am sure it was 500GB. The unit was extremely quiet, so how does the HR 44 compare to that one?
     
  7. Jul 20, 2013 #7 of 152
    RunnerFL

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    You're going to get loss of signal in heavy storms, no way around that. It generally only lasts a few minutes though.

    The HR44's are silent.
     
  8. Jul 20, 2013 #8 of 152
    Cavicchi

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    Well, silent definitely sounds good, but I think that could be a matter of perception. If you sit within three feet of the HR 44, is it silent when recording?
     
  9. Jul 20, 2013 #9 of 152
    Cavicchi

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    One more question, if for some reason you need to do a reset or reboot, would that only be done on the main genie HR 44?
     
  10. Jul 20, 2013 #10 of 152
    mystic7

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    This thing is silent, believe me. You can reboot from the Genie to reset the system, even for when the clients mess up. You can reset the clients as well, but usually any problems with the clients are caused by the Genie so you may as well reset from there.
     
  11. Jul 20, 2013 #11 of 152
    RunnerFL

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    Yes. The only time I hear anything from my HR44 is when it reboots.
     
  12. Jul 20, 2013 #12 of 152
    RunnerFL

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    That depends on why you are rebooting, resetting. The Genie and Genie Client are rebooted individually.
     
  13. Jul 20, 2013 #13 of 152
    Cavicchi

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    So no hdd vibration or whine from what you say, which is surprising for a unit with terabyte hdd. Have you found any difference between client (mini genie) and HR 44 when using remote function?
     
  14. Jul 20, 2013 #14 of 152
    RunnerFL

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    Again, silent...

    No difference at all. Using a Genie MiniClient is the same as using the Genie itself.
     
  15. Jul 20, 2013 #15 of 152
    Cavicchi

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    I guess the issue was with HR 34 and it's minis. I read people comments about that mini difference on the internet.

    Sounds good from what you say, especially silent and functionality.

    Thanks!
     
  16. Jul 20, 2013 #16 of 152
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    The mini has no moving parts. It's just a wireless remote control "base" for the Genie, so to speak. There is one difference between the clients and the Genie as far as the remote. You can't do PIP on the tv's that have the clients.
     
  17. Jul 20, 2013 #17 of 152
    dpeters11

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    As for snow, you can install a dish heater to help with that.

    Mine is in a location I can just brush it off.
     
  18. Jul 20, 2013 #18 of 152
    Cavicchi

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    Yes, I can see why the mini would be silent, but my concern was for the HR 44, which has a fan and hdd.

    I had DTV in the past and recall snow was sometimes a problem. Once we had no TV service for a day because of the snow. My dish is high up on the roof, two-story house with full basement.
     
  19. Jul 20, 2013 #19 of 152
    peds48

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    You can have your dish installed in a pole if you think weather is a concern
     
  20. Jul 20, 2013 #20 of 152
    Cavicchi

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    They would have to install a pole and not sure that is feasible. I am on an incline with lots of trees around the house, which is probably why they need to put the dish high up on the roof. I am in the Pocono Mountain area.
     

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