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HR34 Installation, how should this work?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by adam1115, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. adam1115

    adam1115 Godfather

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    So I'm getting an HR34. I currently have an HR23 and HR24. Where the HR34 is already has a single coax run to the splitter. (I have a SWM dish with a single cable to a splitter that splits to signal to two cable runs, one for each DVR).

    What will the install look like with 9 tuners? I just want to make sure the installer does it right so I'm able to do 9 tuners with whole home and internet. Will they leave the same dish? Is there some sophisticated switch? Will a single coax support all 5 tuners on the HR34?

    9 tuners blows my mind.
     
  2. FlyingDiver

    FlyingDiver All Star/Supporter

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    If you have an SWM dish they will need to swap it out for an SL3 (I think) and add an SWM-16. Then run another cable from the SWM-16 to one of the locations.
     
  3. adam1115

    adam1115 Godfather

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    Oh really? What's the difference.
     
  4. FlyingDiver

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    The SWM dish can only support 8 tuners total. For more than 8, you need an SWM-16, which supports up to 16. There are no dishes with built-in support for more than 8. And you need the SL-3 or SL5 to feed an SWM-8 or SWM-16, with four coax cables connecting them. You can't do it from an SWM dish.
     
  5. adam1115

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    Are the installers pretty good about upgrading it? Or will they try to leave me with 4 tuners on the HR34?
     
  6. FlyingDiver

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    They're supposed to do all the equipment changes needed. DirecTV knows what equipment you have, how many tuners you have, and what's needed to make it all work.
     
  7. adam1115

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    Cool. Thanks for the info! Always great to know what to expect or what questions to ask when they're here.
     
  8. georule

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    Thanks for the thread and answers. I've got a SWM and two existing HR2x. . .and they are coming out to HR34 me as well on Thursday, pushing me to 9 DVR tuners and 10 total tuners (with an additional HD non-DVR box). I'll know now to make sure there is a dish upgrade involved.

    I'm getting near the end of my contract, but needed a new location in the house with a regular HD box. Called, and got the proverbial heckuvadeal to add an HR34 and whole-home (in exchange for a contract extension, of course).

    I'm feeling sort of like Scarlett O'Hara at the end of Gone with the Wind --to paraphase, "I'll never be short a tuner to record with again!".
     
  9. sacflies

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    I had an HR34 installed Tuesday. I called and asked for a deal on an HR34 and 2 clients (out of contract), they wouldn't offer me a deal (asking $300 for the HR34) so I had them set me up with a cancellation date two weeks out. Next day they called and offered me the HR34 and 2 clintes for free, with free installation. Anyway, since this would put me over the 8 tuner limit for SWM 8 install, and I didn't really want a bunch more cables running over my front door that a SWM 16 install would require, he turned off one of the tuners on one of my HR24's (I have 2) in a little used bedroom setup. Didn't have to change anything and it is a much cleaner install. Now if only I could get the system working right. I can't play shows from the 2 HR24's on the HR34 or clients without a message popping up a few minutes in saying they have lost connection. Nothing ever seems to work as it should.
     
  10. adam1115

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    Guys, just a quick question. Will the HR34 have one coax going to it for all 5 tuners? And no issues with a 2 TB eSATA drive?

    Also, is there a screen to verify all tuners are working?
     
  11. FlyingDiver

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    Yes, one SWM coax. And users here have reported using up to a 9TB raid drive with it.

    Yes, the normal signal strength screen shows 5 tuners.
     
  12. adam1115

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    Thanks, FlyDiver, you're a lifesaver!
     

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