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Genie DVR replacing old HR21

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by kmattoo, Jul 27, 2013.

  1. kmattoo

    kmattoo AllStar

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    So I just called and got an upgrade to the Genie. I currently have 2 HR21s and they are going to be sending a Genie to replace the HR21 in my bedroom. They said that that I can just plug in my Genie to where my old HR21 is and it should be good to go.

    A few questions:

    Are there going to be any issues with this?
    Will I be able to record 7 shows at one time with the Genie and the HR21?
    Is there any benefit to having a Genie Mini instead of the HR21 in the other room?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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    There shouldn't be any issues.
    Yes, you can record seven shows at once.
    There are tradeoffs among all units. I like the Genie client (mini) as it's fully silent, and I can control To Do and Series Links from it to/on the Genie server.
     
  3. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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    I shouldn't have been so quick, as I was assuming your wiring is SWiM.... is it? Are you on whole home now? Connected to internet?
     
  4. kmattoo

    kmattoo AllStar

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    Yes, DIY Whole home, both are connected to the internet.
     
  5. ticmxman

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    I had the unsupported DIY Ethernet connected whole home set up prior to upgrading to a genie and took the opportunity to get on the supported deca system, it seems a little more responsive than my prior set up. I know the Genie requires a SWM set up as well, others can post on the full requirements. Why not let D* do the install they will insure your system is working as designed and it might increase your chances of getting a HR44 if that matters.

    As for unit locations, I would put a mini genie in the bedroom and put the reportedly quicker genie in your primary viewing room. But I would think twice about getting rid of both of your current DVRs, if you only have a genie and mini genie and the genie fails understand you will have no satillite tv. The mini has to be paired with a genie as it uses a genie tuner. Also if you replace a DVR you will lose the recordings on it.
     
  6. Drucifer

    Drucifer New Member

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    Are there two or one coax connected to those HR21?
     
  7. kmattoo

    kmattoo AllStar

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    1 Coax to each.
     
  8. Drucifer

    Drucifer New Member

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    Good, then you are already SWiM. And they're right. It is a simple swap and the removal of the DECA. The DECA is built-in on Genies.
     
  9. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    the HR21 that you are keeping would require a DECA home adapter in case it does not have one already
     
  10. kmattoo

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    So the box I'm replacing is the HR21 that the DECA originates at. Will this be an issue? Should I replace the other box instead?
     
  11. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    So the box I'm replacing is the HR21 that the DECA originates at. Will this be an issue? Should I replace the other box instead?


    Both of your HR21 should have a white or black colored receiver DECA, if they dont they you need to call DirecTV and have them send you one
     
  12. kmattoo

    kmattoo AllStar

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    Both HR21s have the white receiver.
     
  13. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    Both HR21s have the white receiver.


    Then leave the other one as is and DO NOT connect the Genie with the DECA inline. just the coax
     
  14. kmattoo

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    The coax is currently coming off a splitter w/ the ethernet connection. Use that Coax but pull off the white receiver, correct?
     
  15. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    The coax is currently coming off a splitter w/ the ethernet connection. Use that Coax but pull off the white receiver, correct?
    Correct
     
  16. kmattoo

    kmattoo AllStar

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    Awesome. Thanks all!
     
  17. kmattoo

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    Got it all installed. Took a little while to get it on the internet, but all working now. Taking a while to populate the guide, but I'm guessing it may take some more time due to all the HD channels being down. Is there a way to force the guide to download or is waiting this long typical? (It's been about 3 hours so far and still getting a lot of Title Unavailable for shows in two days)

    The only issue I seem to be having is that recordings that I just input as series recordings on the directv app and the directv website for the new genie aren't showing up. Any thoughts?

    (Also its a 34, not a 44. I haven't done much research on the differences, but when I called to activate, they said they are only sending the 44 to certain market. Not sure how true that is.)
     
  18. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    Got it all installed. Took a little while to get it on the internet, but all working now. Taking a while to populate the guide, but I'm guessing it may take some more time due to all the HD channels being down. Is there a way to force the guide to download or is waiting this long typical? (It's been about 3 hours so far and still getting a lot of Title Unavailable for shows in two days)

    The only issue I seem to be having is that recordings that I just input as series recordings on the directv app and the directv website for the new genie aren't showing up. Any thoughts?

    (Also its a 34, not a 44. I haven't done much research on the differences, but when I called to activate, they said they are only sending the 44 to certain market. Not sure how true that is.)


    Is too early to be doing all of this. it takes approx 24 hours for the full guide data to populate. This might have to do with the series not showing up since they are not on the HR34 yet
     
  19. inkahauts

    inkahauts DIRECTV A-Team

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    And you can't force it to go faster. :)
     
  20. kmattoo

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    Great thanks. Yeah it definitely took a bit. Got home and found most of the programs avail now.
     

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