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Upgrade Questions

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by housemr, May 29, 2012.

  1. housemr

    housemr Legend

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    i was hoping to get some help on a couple of questions that i have in regards to upgrading my entertainment experience.

    1. i currently have a swm/whole home dvr with deca connected to my router in my office to be able to view youtube and stream pandora (great). i have been looking into the Home Media Center HD DVR on directv's website.

    is that only for new subscribers?

    also, how many runs of rg6 do i need in my living room for the home media center dvr since it says you can record 5 shows at once? since i upgrade almost two years ago to the whole home dvr i only need one rg6 run to my current dvr but i still have the two tuners for recording and it would be difficult to get anymore runs to that area of the house.


    2. i have seen in the past that people have hooked the cat 5 coming out of the deca box to a switch and then from the switch to the directv receiver and also a blu ray, xbox, etc. i figure that directv doesn't support this but what is the result of this in real life. does it work good or cause problems?
     
  2. dielray

    dielray Legend

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    It is available for existing customers.

    You will need only 1 run to the room. If the HR34 would cause your total tuners to exceed 8, you would need 4 lines from the dish into a SWM 16.
     
  3. bigglebowski

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    I only have h24/hr24 receivers so at each wallplate I have a 2 way splitter so one side feeds the receiver and the other feeds a DECA. One is the room with the router so a DECA there is to bridge the equipment to the internet. At the other 2 rooms I have those broadband decas they look like small cable modems where I use an ethernet cable to hookup a PC. Certainly you could add an ethernet switch if you need more connections. In my experience it has worked better than wifi did for me on those 2 PCs. Theoretically there are minor flaws with this design (slightly lower signal at each receiver) but that marginal loss is made up for by the overall benefit.
     
  4. housemr

    housemr Legend

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    but if i stay below 8 i only need one line from the dish to the swm. i ask because my dish is outside and the lines run from there into my basement where all the connections are made. (in my original setup i had four lines from the dish running into the house to i think a multiswitch. when i got the whole home dvr/swm they pulled three lines out and wire tied up those lines outside and only one goes from the dish to swm currently)
     
  5. dielray

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    Yes if you stay below 8, the system will stay as it is now. If you exceed 8, it will go back to the old style up until your basement where it would be converted to the new style.
     
  6. housemr

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    So if i understand you correctly you have one line ran to a wallplate and then from the wallplate you split the signal and one line from the splitter goes directly to the hr 24 and the other coaxial line goes to this [​IMG]


    and then the ethernet cable from one of those boxes goes to a computer/blu ray etc
     
  7. bigglebowski

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    Thats exactly what i am doing. The "broadband" deca is nice because they come with a more manageable wall wart style power supply. They are cheaper than wholesale on ebay too.

    Remember to get green labeled splitter for deca/swm.
     
  8. housemr

    housemr Legend

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    does the hr34 count as 5 or 6 tuners?
     
  9. Grydlok

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    5 tuners
     
  10. BuLL

    BuLL Cool Member

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    If you have an internet connection at the location you plan to put the HR34, plug it directly into the ethernet jack on the HR34 and it will act as your internet bridge for receivers, and you won't need to use the DECA unit anymore.
     

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