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What do I need?

Discussion in 'Hopper System Support Forum' started by khearrean, Jul 20, 2012.

  1. khearrean

    khearrean Godfather

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    Ok, here's a very simple question; hopefully there's a simple answer! I currently have (2) 211k's. I'm considering the Hopper & only care about having DVR capability in my main viewing room along with SAT viewing & OTA viewing. In the other room, I will only be watching SAT & OTA as I do now (no DVR capability needed).
    What equipment will I need exactly? I assume the answer is (1) Hopper in my main viewing room & (1) Joey in my other room with no other SAT receivers needed. Is that correct? I would also like wireless capability. I do have wireless capability in my house now.

    Ken
     
  2. Wire Nut

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    Yes, one Hopper one Joey should have you covered. Both tvs will be DVRs, both HD, and they can be connected to your wireless internet with an adapter the installer will have. Unless something just changed, the Hopper does not yet support OTA, so keep that in mind.
     
  3. garys

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    OTA should be out before the end of summer, you will probably want to wait. Also, the Hopper requires three coax lines so at least one will need to be run. Also, it is my understanding that OTA and the runs for the Hopper cannot be combined, so if your installation makes use of diplexers, more wiring may need to be done.
     
  4. Wire Nut

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    Good point, no diplexers between node and Hopper. Another option for you would be to keep one 211k and swap the other for a 612, 722, or 922. You would keep OTA, both HD, one DVR, and increase monthly billing by $6 for DVR service.
     
  5. gtal98

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    Three lines are only required on a 2 Hopper install from the Dish to the Node. A 1 Hopper install only needs two. From the Node to the Hopper is just a single line.

    I agree, for this situation I think the VIP equipment is a better fit. Unless the OP just want's the new GUI or PTA.
     
  6. garys

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    Sorry, must of been thinking of two Hoppers. Still trying to get use to the diagrams.
     
  7. khearrean

    khearrean Godfather

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    Ok, just so I'm clear. PTA's only advantage is if I want to record all (4) major networks at the same time, it allows that ability, right? IOW's if I just wanted to watch (1) program while recording another, I wouldn't need PTA?

    Also, is the GUI appearance/operation that much different that the 922?

    And if I now have (1) line coming from my SAT node to one of my 211k's & then (1) going to my other 211k, that would be the (2) lines you are referring to, correct? Or am I mis-understanding something?

    Ken
     
  8. garys

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    The PTA is only one tuner, if turned on four recordings using the one tuner and any one of the four can be viewed while recording. If turned off, then it is only one item.

    Don't know how you can have one line from dish to one receiver with that line then going to a second receiver. This should not work as both receivers in your case should have it's own line.
     
  9. RasputinAXP

    RasputinAXP Kwisatz Haderach of Cordcuttery

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    GUI on the Hopper is identical to the 922, just light years faster.
     
  10. khearrean

    khearrean Godfather

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    Sorry, I didn't mean to imply I had the same line going to the 1st 211k & then that same one going on to the 2nd 211k. I have (2) cables coming off my Turbo HD SAT Dish going into the attic. Once there, I'm sure one goes to the 1st 211k & another separate line goes to the 2nd 211k. I didn't install it & have had no reason to go into the attic to check exactly how everything up there is configured. I did assume there was a diplexer up there that everything tied into first before then going on to each receiver drop.

    Ken
     
  11. garys

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    If there is no separate line for your OTA, a new coax may have to be run. See my first post.
     

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