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Multiple Genie's allowed?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by dualsub2006, Dec 11, 2013.

  1. dualsub2006

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    I have a question, and it centers around the times that I've seen people post here that they have multiple Genie boxes on their account. I've seen mention also that D* only allows one Genie per account.

    I'm up for my Protection Plan upgrade next week, and I have one of my HR-23's nearly cleaned off for the switch. Would D* allow me to then order a second Genie to replace my other HR-23 when I'm ready to replace that one?

    I don't honestly NEED two, but the 5 tuners on each would make some recording nights less painful, and my other main TV area would benefit muchly from the PIP feature as well.
     
  2. sigma1914

    sigma1914 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    Unfortunately you can't at this time.
     
  3. randyk47

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    For what it is worth, and I fully understand the CSR roulette we often experience with DirecTV, but I was told firmly with no reservations that they will not allow or activate two Genie's on the same account. Why? Beats me. Since I'm not using the clients it certainly would make sense to gradually switch my other two receivers over to Genie's.
     
  4. dpeters11

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    DirecTV currently only allows one. There have been cases of people having two when the rules were less clear, and their second one ended up being disabled. At that point, they are pretty much out of luck.

    As for why, I think it's a combination of requiring a SWM16 and I believe there are some technical issues with clients and multiple Genies. Plus the limited availability early on. Though that really isn't a factor with HR44s.
     
  5. dualsub2006

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    Thanks for confirming what I didn't want to be true.

    It'll be spring before I'd want to add a second, as that's when it'll be close to cleaned off, and that's when I'm replacing that TV. Maybe things will be different then.

    Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using DBSTalk mobile app
     
  6. Drucifer

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    In same boat as I have a tiring HR21 waiting for when two Genies will be allowed.
     
  7. harsh

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    One would hope that they've had time and resources to fix any technical problems.

    I wonder if DECA is up to supporting the loading that might result.

    From an installation standpoint, having to replace all of the SWMLNB setups that are in place is probably pretty daunting.

    If you let someone have two, some will want three or more and the yield using SWM is poor.
     
  8. veryoldschool

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    DECA isn't a problem.
    I've already shown a dual SWiM-16 configuration that would support 4 Genies, should one ever need it.
     
  9. dpeters11

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    Yes, but would the average tech be able to pull that off if it's not something they do very often?
     
  10. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    What's an "average" tech?
     
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  11. David Ortiz

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    You had me at 4 Genies. :)
     
  12. randyk47

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    I would never need more than three Genie's so maybe I could recycle my SWM8 and marry it up with my SWM16? :grin: As it is we have a Genie and two HR's for the two of us so it's not like we need more receivers. In reality I'd be happy to get a second Genie for our second major watching setup so I really won't need to bring the SWM8 back on line.
     
  13. Diana C

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    The way I understand it, the reason they don't allow two Genies is that the clients mis-behave when there are two possible servers to which they can connect. Since a client has to registered with the server, if they attempt to attach to "other" server, the connection is rejected.

    While Harsh may be correct that they could have solved this problem by now, there are other more important client/Genie issues to be addressed. Since a very small number of their customers want more than one Genie, it just isn't a high priority. It is far easier, and basically without any penalty, to say that only one Genie may be active on an account.
     
  14. slice1900

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    I gotta ask, how is it possible that 9 tuners would not be enough for two people? When would you ever need to watch/record more than 9 things at once, and when would you ever have time to watch all those recordings?
     
  15. Diana C

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    We have 13 recordable tuners (plus 2 H25s) for 3 people, and have occasionally had to record the pacific time zone rebroadcast of some shows. Maybe we will never watch everything, but it is nice to have it available.
     
  16. trh

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    There was a poster here several months ago that wanted 12-15 tuners so he could record every football game. And that was just one person.
     
  17. randyk47

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    9 tuners is probably good enough for us as we just jumped from 6 to 9 when we replaced an HR20 with an HR44 just 3 or so weeks ago and really haven't gotten used to the extra number of tuners. Actually what would make more sense is to go with 2 Genie's and an Hxx or a client if DirecTV came up with a workaround with any conflict between multiple Genie's and clients. The client or Hxx would be in our crafts room/gym so a DVR is really not an issue it's just what's there now. In fact the only reason why there's a DVR in there now is because the H10 that was in there went up in smoke....figuratively....and DirecTV offered me an HR20 for no cost so why not. We don't get enough company to justify providing DirecTV in the guest room so any quests will just have to put up with OTA. What I do like about the Genie is the speed when compared to our HR21 and HR23 it's quite apparent.
     
  18. peds48

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    Correct, however having these many Genies adds much more to support these receivers in hardware cost and yields the same monthly fees in return as it they had Genie minis
     
  19. peds48

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    What's so hard about marrying a couple or for that matter 3 or four switches together? this is not any difference that marrying multiple 6x8 or 6x16s together when there was no SWM and DVRs used 2 cables.
     
  20. Drucifer

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    Not so much the tuners, it is the limit for the number series one can record that gives me hassles.

    We have about 150 channels x 7 days x 3 prime shows per channel per day = 3150 possible series. And DirecTV limit us to 50 and a 100.
     

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