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Pondering Hopper Upgrade

Discussion in 'Hopper System Support Forum' started by normang, Apr 11, 2013.

  1. normang

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    I have a Vip722, and a 211. I am looking into getting a Hopper, with only two TV's to connect, I really don't need a Joey as my 211 is working just fine for its location. Can you get just a Hopper now?

    It seems that a number of older posts indicated that you could only get Hopper with a Joey, I don't see the need for bundle.

    I also would want the OTA adaptor with it. And as usual it seems, determining what it may cost to do it and whether it would change my bill is also a question, I really don't want my bill to up at all.

    Thanks for any feedback.
     
  2. P Smith

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    211 would be canceled, so your option is Joey only (I did try from same setup)

    call CSR and ask for final number in your new bill, perhaps you could be blessed for less :)
     
  3. PokerJoker

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    You may not see the need for a bundle, but Dish does, and guess whose position will prevail?

    As I understand it, unless you can convince them that your 211 is in your RV, or is being used with a Tailgater portable dish, it can't be on the same account as a Hopper. You would have to get a Joey for your second TV.

    Keith
     
  4. CheriT @ DISH Network

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    Hi! I would be happy to help with this. Unfortunately, when you upgrade to the Hopper system you are required to change all equipment. I would be happy to review your account and see what we have available for you to upgrade and how much it would cost. Can you please send me a PM with your account number or phone number on the account? Thanks!
     
  5. normang

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    I was sort of hoping that Dish would finally get over the bundling and allow Customer's the option of configuring their receiver setup's based on their needs, not how Dish wants to provide them.. So I'll continue to review the options..

    The big issue is I don't think I have a good means of getting a connection from a Hopper to a Joey based on location. If I need to have RG-6 cabling from the Hopper to connect to a Joey... Maybe it will work, I'll have to think about it a little more.

    If I add an OTA adaptor to the Hopper, are those channels accessible on Joey's??

    I want to confirm too, the new version of the Hopper, has Sling by default, or is there more than one model?
     
  6. garys

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    Except for the need of a node for the H/J system, in most cases the wiring of the home is not much different than for what you may have with a 722 (usually when connected to only one tv) and the 211. In this case, the node can be used near the dish. It is when you have diplexers involved, people have problems but if they are used on line for Joeys, it's trying to diplex with the line to the Hopper that people have problems since this line cannot combined with any other type of signal (cable, internet or ota) that there are problems.

    Now that I have that off my chest, in response to mormang: I am not sure why Dish does not allow other receivers with H/J (with the RV exemption of a 211) on the same account. It does seem Dish thinks that if want dvr on one tv, you want it on all tv's.
    The OTA channels on Hopper are accessible on the Joeys but you have the one tuner.
    There are currently only two versions of Hoppers, the original and Hopper w/sling.
     
  7. normang

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    garys... The issue is that I don't have a means of easily getting a cable routed from a Hopper location to where a Joey would have to reside to replace a 211, that I don't really need or want to replace.

    If I need a RG-6 cable from a Hopper to a Joey to make a moca connection. I have a dish and OTA connection going to the 722 location, and of course there is a Dish connection to the 211, but there isn't another connection to feed a moca connection from the Hopper to the Joey back to the Dish connection that goes to the 211, not without a bunch of futzing around that would not be needed if I didn't have a Joey requirement.

    If I understood it correctly, if the OTA tuner is connected to the Hopper, I can view those channels on the Joey, but only if its not in use on the Hopper? Is that correct?

    Is there a cost difference from a Hopper to Hopper W/Sling?

    Thanks
     
  8. P Smith

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  9. normang

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    P Smith, its highly possible I don't understand it, so thanks for the link.
     
  10. normang

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    P Smith (or anyone) I've been reviewing some of the diagrams noted on the link you sent, and does a Hopper/Joey Config work with a Dual Dish setup, I've got a 500 and a single for 129, not a Dish 1000. Though its going to a SW44 to my receivers.

    I am starting to understand how this works, but still need some more study, I am sure that there are probably threads that have gone through this, but appreciate the feedback.
     
  11. P Smith

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    DPP44 is the key (not old SW44 !); then Solo Node (one H) or Duo Node for 2xH
    check that PDF files ...
     
  12. normang

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    Yes, I have a DPP44.. I just need to study those connections a little more and then I can better decide how things will work for me. Then I still need to determine whether my monthly costs stay the same and what the upgrade may cost.
     
  13. normang

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    OK, I think I've got it figured out for the most part on installation.

    So I am not sure this is a easy question or not without asking Dish, but if I recall, the first receiver was included, and then there was the DVR fee, and then the fee for the secondary receiver(s). Does it work similar to that for Hopper Joey configs, so there is no fee for first Hopper/Joey, and then the DVR Fee and then a fee for a second Joey?
     
  14. P Smith

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    Keep in mind not to use port 1 on the 44 switch for 2 inputs to node the 1 port is for supplying current to dish u must have this connected with the power pack
     
  16. normang

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    P Smith Thanks for the info.

    Lonerwolf, since I am assuming that I will be unable to install it myself, if I upgrade, unless I purchase the hardware myself, I would hope that a good installer would be aware of that issue, though it is a very good point.
     
  17. normang

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    Are there any extra costs for related to Hopper with Sling?
     
  18. P Smith

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    no
     
  19. lonerwulf

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    I had thought you were going to attempt it yourself
     
  20. Grandude

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    I chose to do it my self with purchased hardware from Dish Depot in Florida.
    I too, have a two dish setup with a DPP44 switch. Installation was very simple consisting of adding a Solo Node using two short cables from two of the bottom ports on the switch to the Node. Then connecting the cable which was going to my VIP722 to the proper port on the node and the cable from the existing 211 connected to the client port and to a Joey. This port will not work for a 211 but you have two left over ports on the DPP44 to connect a 211 (I think it needs to be a purchased one, not leased!) for verifying that it is up to date firmware wise for when you might need to use it tailgating, camping, etc.

    I haven't purchased/leased the actual Tailgater from Dish but if you considered doing a lot of camping and moving around a lot, it would be a very useful setup. We don't do too much so setting up a Dish500 occasionally isn't that bad.

    PS. Being a former Duluthian, I feel for you guys and the storms, snow and cold.
     

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