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Keep HR10-250 in Connected Home?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by jsauser11, May 17, 2010.

  1. jsauser11

    jsauser11 Cool Member

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    Is there anyway to keep an HR10-250 DVR active and working if I convery my system to Connected Home? Here is the current setup:

    AU-9 Dish
    WB68 Multiswitch
    HR20-700 DVR
    H20-100 Receiver
    HR10-250 DVR

    I know I would have to junk the WB68 for a SWMS-8, and swap out the H20-100 for an H24 plus an AM21 to use Connected Home between the HR20-700 DVR and upgraded receiver. Is there anyway to keep the HR10-250 active in this setup without an additional dish dedicated to it?

    I know it is old, but it is mine, and I like the ability to download shows from it.

    Thanks for any guidance.
     
  2. ffemtreed

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    You could try and get a SMW8 switch and use the legacy ports on it to keep the HR10-250 alive.
     
  3. dwcolvin

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    D* won't do a 'Whole Home DVR' installation without replacing any non-SWiM compatible receivers.

    That doesn't mean there isn't a configuration that would work, just that D* won't install it. You would need to replace the WB68 with a SWM-8 switch, which has both a SWM output and legacy outputs, add a SWM splitter to feed the SWM receivers, add a DECA module, splitter and Band Stop filter to the HR20-100 (HR20-100s are tricky to install with DECA), replace the H20-100, and if you want On Demand downloads, add a DECA module and power supply to interface to your Home Network. You'd have to pay for, install and support all this yourself. An awfully high price to keep an obsolete piece of equipment. :eek2:

    On second thought, buy and install a SWM-8. Reconfigure the HR20 and H20 for SWM. Call D* and deactivate the HR10-250. Call again and order 'Whole Home'... that will upgrade the H20 (and maybe the HR20), and install any needed DECAs. Don't let them swap out the SWM-8 for a SWM LNB. When that all works, call and reactivate the HR10-250, with it wired to the SWM-8 legacy port.
     
  4. jdspencer

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    Since the HR10 is only good for the 101 SD channels and OTA, I'd just get an older 18" dual LNB dish and use that for the HR10.
     
  5. jsauser11

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    I just looked at the SWM-8 sheet, and although it does not say anything about the Legacy ports, I am guessing they might work to keep the HR10-250 alive. Looks like the Legacy ports mimic a 3 LNB dish, which is what the HR10-250 was designed for anyway. Maybe I will try contacting them again and see if I can keep the HR10-250 using that method, and just upgrade the MS and receiver. I do not need the whold house DVR to work on the HR10-250.
    Thanks,
    Jeff
     
  6. dwcolvin

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    They won't allow you to do that. If you ask for a 'Whole Home' install, they will replace the LNB with a SWM-LNB, remove the switch, and upgrade the receivers to SWM/MRV compatible. The only way to keep your HR10-250 is to work around their rules. The separate Ku dish idea is a good one.
     
  7. ffemtreed

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    if you call them they might upgrade your HR10-250 to new HR2X Dvr for a good price or even for free.
     
  8. evan_s

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    If you can run ethernet between the HR20 and the location the h20 is at all you would need to do is get the h20 replaced and get the unsupported version activated. Would also probably be the cheapest option.
     
  9. Beerstalker

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    Unless they've already done that before for him or it's previous owner (if he bought it used).
     

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