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Upgrade to Genie - recommendations?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by su_A_ve, Aug 31, 2014.

  1. su_A_ve

    su_A_ve Legend

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    Hello,

    Currently I have two DVRs and was thinking of upgrading to Genie albeit signing up for a 2yr contract primarily due to recording storage and the occasional lack of tuners. Setup is as follows:

    HR24-500 in family room
    HR21-700 in multi-purpose closet (which it was AV, but if you store tools and vacuum cleaners, it's multipurpose)
    DECA 1MR0-01 hooked to the HR21 (coax comes in, coax and RJ45 go to HR21)
    DECA Broadband adapter connected to home router

    The HR21 feeds a main TV via HDMI and also another TV (bedroom) via component to composite to RF. This set is also controlled via RF remotes from both TVs.

    My dish is a little older since it does not have the built in SWM. 4 lines come down and they go to the SWM and then one line goes to each DECA and HR24.

    I would say I should replace the HR21-700. I assume I would no longer need the DECA 1MR0. Now, would otherwise, be a straight forward replacement? Also, will I have issues with remotes? I'm using RC64RB remotes. Will these work, or would I have to put the HR24 in the closet so it can be controlled via RF?

    HR44 is what I want, right?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    Correct, I will keep the HR24 where it is, get an HR44 but you MUST use the newer RC71 or RC72 for RF. Older remotes will not work for the HR44 in RF mode. It should be a simple swap
     
  3. su_A_ve

    su_A_ve Legend

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    Ok - so I will need to get a second remote for it. Currently I have several RC64RF due to a problem long ago when the installer of an HR20 never put the RF antenna and D* kept on sending replacement RF remotes instead of the RF antenna.

    Does the HR44 have simultaneous component and HDMI outputs? AFAIK the HR24 does it same as the HR21 right? If so, then I would the HR44 where the HR24 is now, and move that one to the closet. Then I can control the HR24 via RF with my existing remotes and the Genie via IR.

    Regarding networking, does the broadband adapter I have would be enough? Would the HR44 work the same way the HR24 does today?

    Oh, and is the HR44 the default receiver being pushed out today or do I want to make sure I don't get old stock from the installer? Or would D* simply ship the unit?
     
  4. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    Yes

    That would be another option

    Same outputs as HR24

    Yes, keep the BroadBand DECA

    While the HR44 is not the default Genie being installed, is the one that is being installed the most. But there is also the HR34
     
  5. su_A_ve

    su_A_ve Legend

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    Perfect. I'll schedule the install and check with the installer what equipment they are carrying.
     
  6. su_A_ve

    su_A_ve Legend

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    Double checking on DECA setup...

    DECA 1MR0 - This will not be needed any more correct? This just provides ethernet via coax to the HR21, right?
    DECA Broadband Adapter - Would I still need it? Or leave as is and just single coax to each HR24 and HR44?

    I don't want to use wireless. But the intended location for the HR44 does not have ethernet (I could run a line).

    Thanks...
     
  7. coolman302003

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    Since you don't want to use wireless (I don't blame you either) I would keep the DECA BB adapter just as you currently have setup now. Since your replacing the HR21, you will no longer need that white DECA behind it connected, so disconnect it when the install happens.
     

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