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VIP 211 Hard Drive

Discussion in 'ViP211(411)/211K/222 Support Forum' started by amahdi, May 16, 2008.

  1. May 16, 2008 #1 of 355
    amahdi

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    One question - my friend has a VIP 211 with no hard drive. Is there a way to get a new hard drive and install it. Can anyone let me know.....

    Thanks.
     
  2. May 16, 2008 #2 of 355
    CoriBright

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    Not yet. Wait a couple of months and there will be the option to add an external hard drive (for a fee of course) and get the appropriate firmware and software upgrade.
     
  3. May 19, 2008 #3 of 355
    amahdi

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    Thanks - so right now there is no external hard drive for the 211? If not - are they going to roll one out for it?

    Thanks.
     
  4. May 19, 2008 #4 of 355
    Jim5506

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    It will be a USB hard drive, probably the same as works as External Hard Drive on the 622/722.

    Hopefully, no guarantees, it will be swapable with the 622/722.
     
  5. Jul 4, 2008 #5 of 355
    blooker68

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    Any word on when this option will be available?
     
  6. Jul 9, 2008 #6 of 355
    snowcat

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    Since the 211 is not a DVR, what would you need a hard drive for? :confused:

    Never mind. I saw the other thread that showed that the 211 might be able to be converted to a DVR.
     
  7. Jul 14, 2008 #7 of 355
    tcatdbs

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    I would want to archive with the 722 to EHD, then play back on the 211. If you had two EHD's that were swappable, that would eliminate the need for a second DVR, and be very nice to just plug in a HD to the 211 to watch arhived programs. Hopefully they won't "force" you to pay another DVR fee to turn on the EHD of the 211 (when it happens)
     
  8. Jul 14, 2008 #8 of 355
    Jim5506

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    I don't believe they will require a second activation fee, but might add a DVR fee, and I've also heard that the 722/622 EHD and the 211 EHD might not be swappable.
     
  9. Jul 15, 2008 #9 of 355
    PAdishuser

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    It has been another couple of months forever. Last time around it was July. Do we now have a new timeframe? While on the phone with a customer service rep on another matter I asked about the functionalty...he said it doesn't exist and has never heard about the functionality. I thought we were being told that the delay was in training the reps. Sounds like it will not happen this year.
     
  10. Aug 4, 2008 #10 of 355
    kstevens

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    Still no news on the Hard drive?


    Glor
     
  11. Aug 4, 2008 #11 of 355
    tcatdbs

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    I don't care about DVR ability, just be nice to plug a 722 HD into the 211 USB port. It can't be a difficult software upgrade, why else would they have put the USB port there?
     
  12. Aug 5, 2008 #12 of 355
    kstevens

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    That is all I want also. I'd be happy with the capability of playing shows I recorded off my 612 on my 211.

    Ken
     
  13. Oct 13, 2008 #13 of 355
    Adam368

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    Bump -- when will this be active?
     
  14. Oct 13, 2008 #14 of 355
    P Smith

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    Soon. December perhaps ? As promised year ago ;).
     
  15. Oct 26, 2008 #15 of 355
    Stewart Vernon

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    I'm trying to talk someone into getting Dish... and getting a ViP722 for the main room + activating the External Hard Drive feature. He would be going with one of the TurboHD HD-only packages as a new customer, and isn't sure if he needs DVR capability in another room or just a 2nd receiver.

    I know the ViP211 doesn't have the external hard drive support yet... but am curious myself as to if there has been any new traction on this (if anyone knows). Also, the hope would be that it would fall into the "household" situation where if he activates for the ViP722, then whenever they do activate it for the ViP211 then he could take an already-being-used archive drive and just plug-n-play from that point.

    Reason I ask is because there had been some initial concern that Dish might treat their non-DVR models (when activated) differently from the DVR ones... i.e. charge a separate activation fee, add a DVR monthly fee, not be swappable with other DVRs on the account. So I'm also wondering about that scenario.

    The ideal situation is to be able to take recorded content from the main room into another room for viewing (not necessarily needing to record from that location) for the added convenience factor.
     
  16. Nov 6, 2008 #16 of 355
    Jazba

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    Guys this is now available you can add an external Hard drive which will make it a DVR. There is a one time fee of $39.99 activation fee and the good thing is there is no monthly DVR fee..!!
     
  17. Nov 6, 2008 #17 of 355
    P Smith

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    So much excitement for first post. ;)


    Would be interesting to see a link to official announce.

     
  18. Nov 6, 2008 #18 of 355
    puckwithahalo

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    ...beat me to it
     
  19. Nov 6, 2008 #19 of 355
    P Smith

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    L5.21
     
  20. Nov 7, 2008 #20 of 355
    HDdude24

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    Nice is there a way to activate it with out calling in?
     

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