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Upgrading a HD Receiver to a HD DVR Receiver

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by rlavinder, Oct 21, 2010.

  1. rlavinder

    rlavinder Cool Member

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    I am wondering if I switch a HD Receiver to a HD DVR will I need a second swm unit or does it come with it because I have Whole Home DVR with on already on the current HD DVR? I am wondering so this second HD DVR will show up to use in the other rooms.

    Thank you,

    Rusty
     
  2. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    It will plug in the same way the receiver does. Just enable it to be a server, and you can watch shows across DVRs.
     
  3. Codfishjoe

    Codfishjoe AllStar

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    what do you mean a second swm unit? like a second swm power inserter? Either way you'll more than likely be able to just plug it in and it will work unless your multiswitch needs to be upgraded to allow more tuners.
     
  4. rlavinder

    rlavinder Cool Member

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    How will I know if I need a new multi switch and if so how much does that cost?
     
  5. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    How many receivers and DVRs do you have now?

    Each receiver counts as 1
    Each DVR counts as 2

    If the total currently equals 8, then you will need an upgrade to switch a receiver to a DVR. If the total us currently 7 or less, you wont need anything new.
     
  6. rlavinder

    rlavinder Cool Member

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    1 HD DVR and 3 HD receivers. Looking to replace 1 HD receiver to HD DVR.
     
  7. rlavinder

    rlavinder Cool Member

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    So I should be able just to hook it up and be ready to go for Whole Home DVR and be able to watch what is recorded on the new DVR?
     
  8. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    Yep, that would make 4 DVRS, or 8 tuners. The limit of the switch/LNB you probably have. Plug and play. Add any more later, and you will need an upgrade.
     
  9. rlavinder

    rlavinder Cool Member

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    So since mine will equal 8 will I need a upgrade because the way I read these are not the same?
     
  10. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    I read it wrong. YOu currently have 5 tuners, switching out a receiver to a dvr would make 6 tuners, so you will still have two slots left (one additional DVR or two receivers).

    Sorry. Its late.
     
  11. rlavinder

    rlavinder Cool Member

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    Thats ok. Just making sure before I buy one. Thanks for being so helpful.
     
  12. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    Not a problem. Just a note, activating a DVR and turned in a receiver will restart your two year commitment. Just FYI.
     
  13. rlavinder

    rlavinder Cool Member

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    I was aware of that. I just started in Aug. so it would only add a few months on. Thats ok.
     
  14. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    Great. Enjoy the new DVR. 4 tuners to record off is almost a must have :)
     
  15. Beerstalker

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    I think the OP may be a little confused here. He wants to make sure the new HD-DVR works with the Whole Home system. In order for that to work he will either need an HR24, or a DECA adapter if they send him and older HR2x model. I think he was mistakenly asking if he needs a new SWM instead of a new DECA.
     
  16. rlavinder

    rlavinder Cool Member

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    I ordered a HR24 from Amazon.com to make sure I got a HR24 DVR. So I don't need any other parts to make it work with my Whole Home DVR setup?
     
  17. RunnerFL

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    2 DVR's + 2 Receivers = 6 Tuners

    You're ok for 2 more tuners before having to super size your SWM.
     
  18. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL DIRECTV A-Team

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    If you are getting an HR24 you need nothing else, DECA is built in.
     

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