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HR23 questions for potential new owner

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by marklyn, Jan 2, 2010.

  1. marklyn

    marklyn AllStar

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    Is it likely that a Zinwell 6x8 will accomodate my 2 existing HDVR2's as well as a new HR23? Also, what is SWM?
     
  2. OptimusPrime

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    The SWM (Single Wire Multiswtich) would allow for you to utilize the two tuners on your receivers using just one cable run to each receiver. There are also possible future applications that may be possible using this type of setup, but I am not sure what they might be.

    I think the Zinwell 6x8 will be fine. It accomodates the older receivers (Legacy), though I am not familiar with your receiver models to be completely sure.

    Either way, if you go through DirecTV, they will make sure you have the right type of equipment to utilize all of your receivers. If something isn't compatible, they will offer you an upgraded receiver so that you do not lose any viewing areas.
     
  3. Aztec Pilot

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    As I recall, regardless of where you acquire the leased HR23, D* will still do the install if you need them to. Providing you with the correct dish and a suitable multiswitch.
     
  4. harsh

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    Absolutely
    SWM is a new distribution scheme that allows the use of a single cable for DVRs and some other cool stuff.

    SWM is incompatible with your HDVR2 equipment.
     
  5. marklyn

    marklyn AllStar

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    OK, I'm being dense a bit and searching for SWM/Single Wire Multiswitch, is confusing me more.
    Right now I have a multiswitch in my attic where I have dual coax runs to each of my HDVR2 machines. Where does the SWM work into this? Will I still have dual coax runs to all of my machines with the new switch? Sorry for the questions, I haven't upgraded in several years so I'm out of the loop in understanding some of this.
     
  6. OptimusPrime

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    Yes - you will still have two lines to each of your receivers because the older receivers are not compatible with the SWM. I don't know what type of multiswitch you already have. I likelihood, they will replace it with a Zinwell 6x8.
     
  7. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    As you cannot avail yourself of SWiM technology, don't let not understanding it get in the way of enjoying DIRECTV.

    There are many explanations here at DBSTalk if you find that it is eating you alive to not understand it.
     
  8. MartyS

    MartyS New Member

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    Actually, when I had a new receiver installed, I had D* do it. When the installer came to the house he came in with an HR21. I asked him very nicely what else he had in the truck. He did have an HR23. We wound up installing that one.

    It's all a matter of what's in the truck. The installer doesn't care which model he installs. All you need to do is ask and if it's there, it's yours.

    That said, I have an HR20, 21 22 and 23. With the exception of the hard drive adn built in OTA in the HR20, the "no" BBCs on the HR23 and the matte finish on the HR21, the basic function of them are all the same.
     
  9. ndole

    ndole Problem Solver

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    Not true. When a warehouse receives a shipment of stb's, they begin "aging" immediately. If a technician has a receiver in his possession for more than 60 days, he runs the risk of being charged for that receiver himself if it isn't either used or sent back to Directv. It's in the technician's interest to use the oldest receivers on his truck first, which may or may not have been an HR23.

    http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=169923
    Also, Directv has halted production of HR23's. If you order an HDDVR from D*, you will probably NOT receive an HR23. We haven't received any shipments of HR23's at our warehouse for over a month.
     
  10. kevinturcotte

    kevinturcotte Active Member

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    Outside...
    True, but if ABSOLUTELY INSISTS on a brand new HR23, his best bet is to just order it from somebody other than Directv.
     
  11. SledDog

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    Yes, it's a pass thru port. I have a Wii connected to my HR23-700 and it accesses the internet with no problems.

    If the HR23-700 is what you want, go for it... that's just what I did. And I acquired one from eBay ($159.00). No problems installing it, I ran the additional coax my self. I purchased pre-terminated coax from Solid Signal. I went with quad shielded because the price difference was very small. And it took all of 10 minutes to activate it with DirecTV.
     
  12. OptimusPrime

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    I too, use the ethernet pass through for my Xbox 360. Works great.

    And - if you don't know how to put terminators on the coax, you can do what SledDog did - buy pre-terminated coax - or, have DirecTV do it for you.
     
  13. marklyn

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    ok I don't understand what the terminators thing is and why I need them. Is this something I use for my cable run to my new HR23?
     
  14. Dolly

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    A lot of the things being talked about are over my head I will admit.
    But if D* discontinued the HR23 why would any one want one? Also I have wondered for sometime why D* has so many different numbered receivers when there doesn't seem to be much, if any, real differences in them? Another thing I can't understand is if you go to a store yourself and buy a D* receiver of any kind why you still don't actually own it? If I go to a car dealership and buy a Chevy, I own the car myself GM doesn't still own the car :shrug:
     
  15. CJTE

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    Bigger hard drive size. I don't know anything about the HR22 but one of my HR20's recently died and I was fortunate in getting an HR23. It's nice. :)
    Because even though they're all roughly the same, there are unique features to each one, and DirecTV needs a way of specifying that.
    For example, if the H21-600 (I dont even know if thats an actual model number, but that's not important in this example) had an overheating problem, how would DirecTV be able differentiate which receivers may be subject to this problem if they were ALL H21's?
    Lease.
    If you go to the dealership and lease a chevy, GM still owns the chevy.
    If you go to Best Buy and lease a DirecTV HD DVR, DirecTV still owns the HD DVR.

    There's no 'model' for DirecTVs leasing policies, so it can't accurately be compared to any other service, however there are some similarities.
     
  16. CJTE

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    If you're running your own cable, it's either going to come with an end already on it (pre-terminated), or you're going to have to crimp an end to it yourself (termination).
     
  17. marklyn

    marklyn AllStar

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    oh duh. I knew that.
     
  18. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Somebody misspoke and meant "connectors" [and not terminators].
    Crimp connectors are no longer approved and compression connector are what to use these days.
     

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