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Want to pre-wire for whole house viewing with 4 dvr's in two rooms

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by wen, Jun 12, 2010.

  1. David Ortiz

    David Ortiz Save the Clock Tower!! DBSTalk Club

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  2. wen

    wen Cool Member

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    Thanks to David, Merg, Getteau, Davenir, VOS, PokerJoker, BattleZone, Getteau, rahchgo, jasonki32, and others that helped answer the questions in this thread. Your responses are sincerely appreciated.

    Looks like I can only get the DFW locals!

    I believe I will risk trying to order all the HR24 DVR's from D* and hope I can refuse them if they don't bring out HR24's after I have paid for them. This will be a new install and I sure don't want to get stuck with older DVR's. Is there a better strategy?

    You save $20 by ordering online, but can I get a note about the HR24's put on the order by calling in after the order is placed online?
     
  3. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    "Not really".
    What the installer has on the truck is the variable. When he/she shows up you can see and ask if they can get what you want if it's not on the truck.
    "New installs" with Connected Home Networking and Whole Home DVR service, tend to be "earmarked" for the 24s.
     
  4. dtvmike1652

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    Directv cannot ensure which receivers that you get. When they place an order they do not have a way to put in special ordering instructions for the warehouse just the technician. With that said however they could request that the tech bring that specific model but again couldn't guarantee you would get it because they don't know which model they have at their warehouse. Why are you so stuck on that model and you do realize that you will be required to pay $199 for 3 of those dvrs correct? You can have one free hddvr and one free hd if you're a new customer if not you will be required to pay $199 for the additional 3 and will be subject to a 24 month agreement and will have to return all of them if you cancel your account. The other hddvr don't have much of a difference other than a smaller hard drive and I've got an HR21, HR22, and HR23 and they work just fine with the MRV.
     
  5. The Merg

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    The HR24 is supposed to be significantly faster than the other HR2x models. That alone is a huge selling point. Plus with built-in DECA, that greatly improves the use of MRV with no additional hardware.

    - Merg
     
  6. 99coop

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    Not having the dongle behind the DVR may be nice, but who's looking there? Significantly faster is probably fairly subjective, and only having had an HR24 for a few hours, I couldn't really tell you for sure how much difference it makes. Also, if you're recording from 8 tuners, then surely live channel changing or guide browsing is the least of your worries, you've got hundreds of prerecorded shows to watch...
     
  7. The Merg

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    Depending on where you have the receiver, not having the dongle can be significant if you are short on space. Having 2 HR24's using DECA would technically be faster for MRV than an HR24 and another HR2x as the internal DECA's can transmit at 230 Mbps, while other receivers are limited to the ethernet port, which is 100 Mbps.

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  8. wen

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    Yes, I am a new customer, and I realize there is a big co-pay for four dvr's ($500), but that is what I really want. I guess I will have the Rep put the HR24's requested by customer on the order and then be prepared to have them change the order back to two DVR's or cancel the order all together if I cannot get four HR24's. What will happen if I have to cancel part or all of the order before it is installed?

    I dug the hole for the ground mount antenna yesterday and have to go get my jackhammer to get through 4 inches of solid rock, but ready to cement the pole in the ground. I am in Texas, so the antenna elevation is about 52 degrees. I assume that 24 or so will be enough pole above the ground?
     
  9. wen

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    Thanks to everyone that helped out in this thread, the rest of the story has a good outcome.

    I put in all the pre-wiring using 3GHz rated and swept solid copper center conductor cable with quad shielding. I needed the extra shielding as the cable is in the near field of a high power rf amplifier. This required a little extra preparation on the cable and compression connectors rated for the quad shield.

    D* came out and installed a small SYM lnb on a Slimline dish using my single cable run in conduit to the house. The brought the correct PI for the dish and the correct DECA and PI for the internet connect as well as a 20 ft cable to connect to the Router.

    There were three HM24-100 and one HM24-500 receivers. The remote controls were all UHF types.

    The Picture Quality is very good and the internet connection and the MRV seems to work correctly.

    One question is that I do not seem to also be getting the SD signals where both SD and HD are available. Is this an adjustment or due to the LNB they installed?
     
  10. veryoldschool

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    Sounds like you have "hide SD channels" under the setup menu. You can hide them, hide the HD, or show both.
     
  11. wen

    wen Cool Member

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    Thanks VOS. That was it!!! There are a lot of differences, but these seem to be very good receivers. The suggestions you and others made, sure made the install easy and successful. After reading the horrors of some installs, sure was glad to have a good understanding before anyone started to put in the equipment!

    Thanks again.
     

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