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Help - Replacing HR21 with HR34 Genie

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by sailermon, Apr 21, 2013.

  1. sailermon

    sailermon Legend

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    I currently have an HR21 and HR24 Whole Home (DECA) setup with a Slimline 5 lnb (SWM) dish and a 4-way SWM splitter. DTV offered me a HR34 upgrade for $99. with a 24 month commitment and said all I had to do is swap the HR24 with the HR34. No installer required.

    Is this correct? How do I go from 4 tuners to 7 without any changes in my current setup? What else, if anything do I need to be aware of, since I am on my own?

    Thanks for you help.
     
  2. Drucifer

    Drucifer New Member

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    Screw them. Swap the HR21 for the Genie.
     
  3. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

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    You just swap a two tuner box with a 5 tuner box. Your current SWM allows 8 tuners. Any particular reason you want to keep the 21 (like recordings)? Normally I would get rid of it and keep the 24.

    If you do swap the 21, get rid of the external DECA on the 21 as well.
     
  4. sailermon

    sailermon Legend

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    I'm sorry, I meant to say that I will swap out the HR21 and keep the HR24. No brainer there!

    Could you elaborate about the DECA. Won't I need it to include the DECA to keep the HR24 on Whole Home sharing? Perhaps I will get good instructions with the new HR34, but I am not counting on it.
     
  5. viclovr

    viclovr AllStar

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    the genie has a built in deca so doesnt need the external unit
     
  6. sailermon

    sailermon Legend

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    OK...

    After further research, I see that the HR34 and the HR24 both have internal DECAs. I guess all I will need to hook up the HR34 is the Power Inserter and the Broadband Adapter. Is that right?

    Are there any schematic diagrams available on the forum for hooking up 2 receivers with internal DECAs and a slimeline w/5-LNB (SWM) and a 4-way splitter?

    I assume I can record 5 different channels on the HR34 and an additional 2 on the HR24, for a total of 7. I should also expect to see a significant improvement in speed and overall performance of the HR34 over the HR21.

    Are there any known issues with the HR34 that I should be aware of?

    Thanks again.
     
  7. Jacob Braun

    Jacob Braun King of Awesome

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    All you need to do to swap the HR21 for the HR34 is remove the coax from the DECA on the HR21, and hook up the 34. So right now you have coax going from wall to DECA to HR21, now it will be going from wall to HR34. Leave the power inserter and your current broadband adapter in their current locations.
     
  8. dpeters11

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    Schematics just confuse things with a setup like this, it just complicates matters. It really is a dead simple upgrade.

    Yes, you will be able to record 7 things at once, and have 150 total series links instead of 50.
     
  9. swyman18

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    If one was in a similar situation as the OP (looking to swap HR22 with HR34) but was currently using "unsupported ethernet" for Whole Home Viewing, would a simple swap out still apply? Or does the HR34 not support that?. Also, can I activate the HR34 myself if I buy it from a retailer?
     
  10. harperhometheater

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    Yes that will work. Just plug the ethernet from your switch/router directly into your new HR34's ethernet connection.
     
  11. dpeters11

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    As long as you have SWM and won't overload on the tuners, you'll be fine. As long as you get it from an authorized reseller, no issue activating. Though if you're going that route, I'd probably wait until they have HR44s. If you're going to pay for one through a reseller, might as well get the latest hardware. No idea when they will be able to sell them though, but I'd think within a few months.
     
  12. sailermon

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    Thank you all! You have been very helpful and it is much appreciated.

    I am looking forward to getting the HR34. I hope most of the bugs have been worked out by now.
     
  13. swyman18

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    Thank you all as well, for the info.
     

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