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MRV/DECA Going National May 13th

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by CuriousG, May 6, 2010.

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  1. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Is this a HR20-100? if so look at the sticky at the top here and make sure it's connected correctly, since they're different than all the other receivers.
     
  2. dwcolvin

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    There are anecdotal reports (including my own) of HR20-700 strangeness, especially when connected to a SWiM-16. Now (in my case) I find it difficult to believe the output level of the SWM1 or SWM2 ports on the SWiM-16 is less than the output level of a SWM LNB on a 2-way splitter, but nonetheless a functioning SWM LNB configuration didn't work on the SWiM-16.

    I think the only common thread in these reports is that in no case did anyone do a proper (or even rudimentary) check of the coax between the splitter and misbehaving receiver, and it's just easier for the Tech to swap the receiver (are you listening, D*?... you're wasting $).

    So, yes, you could have receiver swaps. I lost ~500 MB of recordings, but gained an HR24 (and if I haven't watched the rest of the Beijing Olympics by now, I probably never will).
     
  3. dwcolvin

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    A 'simple' SWM LNB installation will support 8 tuners (4 DVRs). A phone line is really only needed for one of the boxes on a SWM, and in fact since you have an internet connection, the boxes can call home on the network (but not everybody at D* understands this).

    I like the on-screen caller id, so have everything phone line connected.
     
  4. housemr

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    Could someone look at this print and see why the 'deca power box' had to be placed where it was in the setup and not before say the swim 4 which could of then been hidden in my basement where all the cables come into my house instead of behind my tv stand? (they didnt even bring a swim 8 even though i paid for one)

    [​IMG]
     
  5. veryoldschool

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    Not sure why you say "you paid for" a SWM8? A SWiMLNB is what you have and that PI is for the SWiM. You could mount it where it was in the first diagram.
     
  6. dwcolvin

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    Well, the Tech was right... unplug the PI and not only will MRV not work, but SWM (that is, all the receivers) won't work! :(

    But the PI could just as easily be put where you want it (the red X).

    VOS: aren't SWM installs supposed to have unused terminated ports for 'future expansion'?
     
  7. housemr

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    I am not for sure the exact dish setup but i know they changed the lnb on my dish so they only used 1 of the wires coming into my house instead of the 4 they were using. Just didnt know if the power box could be moved. Hopefully when they come out to finish the install with the broadband deca the installer can move it.

    So you think it could be moved before the swim 4?
     
  8. veryoldschool

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    You did get SWiM, and "sure" the PI can be moved to before the splitter.
     
  9. dwcolvin

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    ...or to any other receiver location or to the unused port on the splitter (as long as it's connected to the splitter power-passing port).
     
  10. funky977

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    Nope, it's a HR20-700. I am going to call the installer today and get it figured out...hopefully.
     
  11. veryoldschool

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    maybe a bad DECA, or maybe just a reboot of the HR20. Once mine didn't power up and a reboot fixed it and it had three green LEDs then.
     
  12. housemr

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    Ok, thank you both for your responses.
     
  13. graymd74

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    Well, 8am to 12pm install just got changed to sometime after 12pm most likely closer to 2:30pm or as soon as they can get there.... How do you get the first appointment of the day? I always seem to never have the installers show up in the scheduled window. Luckily I am working from home today waiting for them, but still, it's frustrating.
     
  14. funky977

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    Thanks for the help, I'll try it tonight.

    Matt
     
  15. Ken984

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    Bossier...
    My Deca upgrade/install was yesterday. Tech did a good job, it was his first and he was honest with me and said he would appreciate any help.
    First thing he said was that HR-20's were a problem, and he would swap mine out for a new dvr, I was thinking HR24 but he had an HR22, I let that happen to get the bigger hard drive.
    Then he said they told him he had to run the deca for the broadband access back to the main splitter, I told him that was not true and showed him the diagram here. He was happy to see that and hooked it up that way and it worked perfectly.
    He also swapped my old at9 for a swimline5(green label) and put in a new splitter(green label). He was very good, and wanted to make sure it all worked perfectly. He was headed home after my install to change his own mrv from his network to Deca.
    He told me that he had one training course on Deca and nobody else in his office was really up on it either. I made sure to tell him about this site and suggested he check it out for any more questions that might come up.
    I got a good deal on the whole thing, $99 +tax they waived the install fee, replaced a Hr20 with a 22, and H20 with an H21.

    One warning, check your account if they swap a receiver that is NOT on the original work order. I had to call in and get the $199 for the HDDVR swap removed.
     
  16. Willy1

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    I have read some reports where HR 20 is faster that HR21/22/23, even though it has a smaller HD. The smaller HD is less important now that we have MRV, right? If the installer has no HR24 to swap for a HR20, what is the opinion of people here to accept a HR 22 instead or keep the HR20? Assume OTA is not a problem and the HR 20 can be made to work with DCEA/MRV. THanks for everyone help. THe installers are coming soon and I want to know what people think.
     
  17. joeedoran

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    Yes it is DECA. Deca is built into HR24-500's.
     
  18. Steve

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    You're right. HD space is less important when you can distribute your shows, and the HR20 is a bit faster than the 21/22/23's. Subtly faster, but noticeably, IMHO.
     
  19. Ken984

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    I have had very little time with the HR22, so i can't comment on that yet. However the HR21 that I received to replace another HR20 is painfully slow in comparison.

     
  20. Rich

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    The HR22-100 is a 21-100 with a 500GB drive.

    Rich
     
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