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"Home", Need Recommendation; HR20-700 (x3 replacement); Genie ?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by thekochs, Aug 31, 2014.

  1. Aug 31, 2014 #1 of 110
    thekochs

    thekochs DirecTV 10yr+ Customer

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    OK, I am a techy and here goes..........
    I have three HR20-700s in my home theater room "rack" in basement and they...along with a BR player and DVD carousel player go thru a component video switch. This switch has 6 inputs (5 used per above) and 4 outputs.
    The outputs are Projector (PJ) local to that room, plus three different TVs located 150ft+ in the house.
    Each of the remote TVs has a IR pickup in the room which funnels back down to a collector block then repeaters on front of each piece of equipment. The three HR200s use different IR code setups so no conflict, and I have universal IR remotes that I have "learned" both the DirecTV IR remote key codes as well as the TV codes (On/Off/Volume/Mute).

    Hold on......one more level of complexity.
    I the three kid's bedroom's upstairs 26" LCD TVs that are tapped into three out the 4 outputs of the switch.
    The way I do this is a put three 1:2 splitters from those three outputs.
    This has built in limit that the "pairing" of those "TVs" means they see the same thing.
    I have each of the outputs default to a different HR20.

    I have a SWM dish and Whole Home.
    I have this connected to my home network/router.
    Remember, I have basement that Sat coax comes into rack then two stories above with TVs.

    So, why this post ?...........one of my HR20-700s just died.....totally dead.
    I do have the maintenance plan and I'm out of my 24 month commit.....so I'm also eligible for hardware upgrade....not 100% sure what that means ?

    So, I'm thinking a Genie HR44 with some Genie minis ?....get rid if the video switch and splitters.
    I want PiP on the "main" TV upstairs in Den, not PJ near rack.
    Everything is Component Video run (long cables) to the TVs since HDMI has limit.
    I could pull all the Component Video cables and pull a Coax.....is this how the Genie Minis work/connect ?

    Thoughts ?

    Also, tell me about these RF remotes (RC71 ?).....can they "learn" IR codes for the remote TVs they are at and still be RF to the Genie ?

    What about the wireless Genie ?......how much of limitation is there on it for some of the above ?
     
  2. Aug 31, 2014 #2 of 110
    peds48

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    Keep two of the HR20 and replaced the dead HR20 with Genie. If you want you can keep everything as is. the RC71 can be other RF/IR to the Genie but IR only to the TV. The RC71 loads the codes for the TV via the Genie, but the RC71 is not a learning remote

    the wireless clients are decent as long as you can get good LOS to the Wireless Video Bridge. The range of the Wireless client is about 70 feet of open air, but much shorter distances once obstructions are introduced
     
  3. Aug 31, 2014 #3 of 110
    inkahauts

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    How many kids? I'd probably pull all the wiring and go regular coax to each location and tvs, put a receiver of some sort at each... but I would give a DVR to each kid and then a genie and minis for "my" tvs....


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  4. Aug 31, 2014 #4 of 110
    thekochs

    thekochs DirecTV 10yr+ Customer

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    Can I put two Genie's on a single SWM ?
    Seems my SWM connecting bock is 8 connections.....one current used for power device back into the network.
    My HR20s have the old external DECA boxes with the both the Coax & Ethernet off them.

    I leaning to two Genies with say 4 TVs connected to each.

    By chance do the Genie's talk to each other as part of Whole Home ?
     
  5. Aug 31, 2014 #5 of 110
    mexican-bum

    mexican-bum "Jack Of All Trades, Master Of Some"

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    Sadly Directv is allowing only 1 genie per account right now.
     
  6. Aug 31, 2014 #6 of 110
    thekochs

    thekochs DirecTV 10yr+ Customer

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    Will the Genie see my two HR20s on Whole Home and integrate it all ?
     
  7. Aug 31, 2014 #7 of 110
    mexican-bum

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    I have 1 genie and 4 HD DVR'S for my family, all share one huge playlist. We are happy with this setup.
     
  8. Aug 31, 2014 #8 of 110
    thekochs

    thekochs DirecTV 10yr+ Customer

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    That sounds like what I'd want to do.....except I keep just have two HR20s with the Genie....and any TV can pull from one combined list ?

    Here is my thought.........remove the switch and splitters.
    Hook one (would bypass all switches & splitters) HR20 to my son's room via the Component video already there.
    Hook other (would bypass all switches & splitters) HR20 to my daughter's room via the Component video already there.
    Replace dead HR20 with Genie......run 75ft HDMI with repeater cable to new 90" TV in Den....hooked direct to Genie so I get PIP.
    Run Coax cable (what type ?) to other three TVs (removing Component Video Cables, no more switch or splitters) where there is Genie Mini....hook mini to TVs via short HDMI cable.

    So, since my Sat Dish comes in single wire (SWM) connection/splitter box with 8 connections.....I have....
    1) With power OBU (?) unit that also goes to my router and my hookups to the HR20s that link into this splitter stay same.
    2) The Genie has one Coax connection into this connection block too.
    3) The other three TV Genie Minis will each have one Coax connection to this connection block too.
    ...............total 7 items on 8 connection SWM.

    Now, will the two HR20s and the Genie all see the same "combined" playlist ?
    If so, can you take a swag on what the limits are for recording and viewing ?
    I "think" since Genie will just have four TVs....no viewing limit there.
    I "think" since HR20s are hooked to one TV each....no viewing limit there.
    For recording the HR20s give the kid's the two each while viewing and the Genie can record five shows while I view four ?
    Lastly, what does PiP consume when turned on for two Live TV, one live / one recorded, two recorded scenarios ?

    Thx !

    P.S. How far does the RC71 "RF" remotes work ?......on other words could the Genie Minis be downstairs next the Genie and TVS upstairs ?
     
  9. Aug 31, 2014 #9 of 110
    damondlt

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    Yes, but just like before, you can't set a recording from one DVR to another.
    And if you get a Client to go with your Genie, it can only record and use a tuner from the Genie.
    But you can still play back any recordings from any DVR from the client as well.
     
  10. Aug 31, 2014 #10 of 110
    damondlt

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    You have 5 tuners .
    PIP is going to use 2.
    That leaves 3 left for recording or watching live tv from clients.
    Genie will not stream more than 3 remote rooms at once.
     
  11. Aug 31, 2014 #11 of 110
    thekochs

    thekochs DirecTV 10yr+ Customer

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    I thought it was four it would stream remotely ?

    What type Coax do I need to buy ?
     
  12. Aug 31, 2014 #12 of 110
    mexican-bum

    mexican-bum "Jack Of All Trades, Master Of Some"

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  13. Aug 31, 2014 #13 of 110
    mexican-bum

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    Any good quality RG6 will work, solid copper core is recommended. Will also need a Swm 16 since you will have more than 8 tuners(5+2+2=9), unless you disable 1 tuner on on the the HD DVR's which would take you back down to 8. But that DVR could only record 1 thing at a time, may not be an issue with kids though and it could still access the entire whole home playlist.
     
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  14. Aug 31, 2014 #14 of 110
    damondlt

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    It's 4 including the Genie.
    It's 3 remotely.
     
  15. Aug 31, 2014 #15 of 110
    thekochs

    thekochs DirecTV 10yr+ Customer

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    OK....little confused.......the "SWM" you refer to is something on the Sat Dish or what I'm seeing down near my rack ?
    I have single coax coming from Sat Dish to rectangle box called "DirecTV Splitter MSPLIT8R0-01". There are eight connectors on it. One connector has a black box called SWM ODU that I recall "powers" the "network"...the other connection from ODU is RJ45 into my router. Three of the other connections on this splitter are the Coax from each of the three HR20 DVRs.....which in line have a external DECA box that has two cables going into each HR20...coax & RJ45.

    So, are you saying I need a x16 version of the above or something up on the Sat Dish ?
    If on the dish how do I know what I have now ?......anyway to see from DVR or from my DirecTV online account ?
    If worst case, how would I disable one of the tuners on one of my kid's DVRs ?
     
  16. Aug 31, 2014 #16 of 110
    mexican-bum

    mexican-bum "Jack Of All Trades, Master Of Some"

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  17. Aug 31, 2014 #17 of 110
    thekochs

    thekochs DirecTV 10yr+ Customer

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    Great help...thx.....I had a multi-switch before and cannot recall why DTV came in with new dish and put up SWM....I "think" It had something to do with the HR20s and the at that time new Whole Home thing. Anyway, the "hassle factor" of running more cables from dish all the way thru attic down, install new switch, etc for one channel is not worth it to me. If just changing the one kid's DVR to single tuner solution then that is good. However, help me remember....can you watch live TV while recording another show or is it you can watch a recording while recording a show with this "single" tuner setup ?
     
  18. Aug 31, 2014 #18 of 110
    mexican-bum

    mexican-bum "Jack Of All Trades, Master Of Some"

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    SWM (single wire multiswitch) is required for Whole home DVR per Directv. The old switches required a coax per tuner, so each DVR would need 2 coax cable runs from the switch to it, a genie would theoretically need 5 but its SWM only as opposed to the HR DVR's which can do conventional(called legacy) or newer SWM setups.

    And yes a DVR in single tuner mode can still record 1 show while watching another, on its list or from another DVR
     
  19. Aug 31, 2014 #19 of 110
    thekochs

    thekochs DirecTV 10yr+ Customer

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    Thanks..........side question......but part of the above.
    One TV....new 90" (yet to be bought) will be 60-75ft from the Genie....it is the one I want Genie to drive direct for PiP (eg. sports side-side).
    I see a lot of cables out there with repeaters in them for HDMI.....what is a good one for this length that works with Genie ?
    I know they are not cheap......my Component 150ft cables were ridiculous years ago when I put them in.
     
  20. Aug 31, 2014 #20 of 110
    carl6

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    To go above 8 tuners (Genie has 5, regular DVR has 2, non-DVR receiver has 1, clients have 0), you must have the LNB assembly in your dish replaced with a legacy, or "multiswitch" LNB (as opposed to SWM). From that LNB you will need 4 coax cables going to an external SWM16 switch (not splitter). From that external SWM16 switch, you will have two coax which will run to your Genie, DVRs, receivers and clients (via splitters as needed). Each of the outputs of the SWM16 can handle 8 tuners, so typically you would have the Genie on one side, and regular DVRs on the other side (up to 4).

    The SWM16 can be placed outdoors near the dish, or in your equipment rack providing you have the four necessary coax coming in from the dish. Even if you put it outside, you'll still need two coax from the SWM16 to your equipment rack.
     

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