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#26 OFFLINE   P Smith

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Posted 11 November 2008 - 10:36 AM

You should select that EHD what have "Dish Approved" logo on it.

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Posted 11 November 2008 - 07:27 PM

Does anyone know if a drive has been authorized for the 211k, can it be connected to another dvr like a 622?

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Posted 11 November 2008 - 08:44 PM

Does anyone know if a drive has been authorized for the 211k, can it be connected to another dvr like a 622?

Thanks,

ken

If you will re-read Recap of Tech Chat, you'll find an answer.

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Posted 11 November 2008 - 09:21 PM

I just chatted with dish about adding a DVR feature for the ViP222;

I asked if it was available; answer- "no"
I asked if it would be available in the future; answer - "I can't assure you anything"
I asked if they would meet the 150HD channels by year end promise; answer - "we're working towards it"

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 08:36 AM

If you will re-read Recap of Tech Chat, you'll find an answer.


That specific question was NOT answered.
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Posted 12 November 2008 - 10:15 AM

Not true, just listen carefully and you will get the answer: NO.
YES between 211 on same account (household key).

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 11:39 AM

I wonder if the 411 can be upgraded?

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 09:16 AM

Not true, just listen carefully and you will get the answer: NO.
YES between 211 on same account (household key).


Now that's a real bummer. I can see many cases where it would be nice to move a recording from a 612/622/722 onto an EHD, and then watch it on a 211. That would've been my primary use for a 211 with an EHD. But if that's the case, and it can't be done, then it won't work for me. So I guess I'm real glad I went ahead and got that third DVR, rather than waiting for this feature on the 211.

It still looks like a wonderful capability, but in my mind it's a significant limitation that it's not compatible with existing EHD usage on a single household key. How disssapointing. :crying_sa

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 10:32 AM

The 211 as DVR will have own separate domain of EHD. Perhaps Dish could change it in a future.

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 11:05 AM

Is there a list somewhere of Dish approved drives?

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 11:11 AM

They have Dish logo on it - check TechChat recap.

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 11:49 AM

The recap just mentions the following:
"USB 2.0, 50 GB to 750 GB, not USB powered"
and also mentions
"MAKE SURE YOU GET A GOOD QUALITY DRIVE!
WD is labeling drives "DISH Network" compatible
500 GB Western Digital My DVR Expander product"

Will this WD product name refer to the 211 Drive as well as the 622/722?

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 12:17 PM

Yes.

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Posted 15 November 2008 - 08:10 PM

I have the WD My Book Essentials 500GB EHD. There is no way to power it down (without unplugging it from the wall) and the blue light stays on all the time. Is this ok, or will it wear out the drive sooner? I was thinking of buying a power strip with an on/off switch and plugging it into that so I could power it off when the receiver is off and I'm not planning on recording anything. Is this a good idea? I have a VIP 622, but am also thinking of getting another of these EHDs for my 211 when they activate the DVR function in the 211. Thanks for any replies...

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Posted 16 November 2008 - 07:16 PM

I think you can just unplug the USB cable, works for me on my 622. The light stays on but the drive goes to sleep for me if left pluged into the USB.

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Posted 16 November 2008 - 07:44 PM

I think you can just unplug the USB cable, works for me on my 622. The light stays on but the drive goes to sleep for me if left pluged into the USB.


Thanks. I ended up just unplugging the power cable from the back of the EHD. I plug it back in, the drive powers up, and the VIP 622 recognizes the drive again and all my recordings are there. Hopefully, this also works for the 211.

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Posted 16 November 2008 - 08:32 PM

The ViP-211 may work differently, since DISH is using it for storing 9 day EPG data. It seems to be more of an extension of the receiver than an add on.

We'll learn more as the feature is released. I was disappointed in the limited information given on the Tech Forum ... all the "rules" should have been given. Too much is not fully revealed.

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 12:10 PM

I was thinking getting the WD My Book which has auto shutdown when attached to a computer. The price is better than any of the 3 DVR Expander drives.

Is the USB port on the 211 active when the receiver is turned "off" ?

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 02:00 PM

Got the service upgrade (39.99 one time payment on next bill)for my 211. Works just like my 622 and 722 . Love the pause and review feature the most.

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 02:54 PM

Got the service upgrade (39.99 one time payment on next bill)for my 211. Works just like my 622 and 722 . Love the pause and review feature the most.


What drive are you using?

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 03:24 PM

Can't get mine to work it sees the harddrive but keeps telling me to have it activated I have, talked to dish and that is the most fustrating thing because they have no clue when all else fail they just tell a big fat lie what an ordeal.

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 03:36 PM

What drive are you using?

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 03:40 PM

Zdata 640gb

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 06:59 PM

Got my external drive enabled (after 4 calls to support) and it's working fine. Western Digital My Book Essential 640 GB, $94.99 at Costco. The drive does not shut off when the receiver is turned "off", so apparently the USB port is active when the receiver is in standby. I'm from the old school (before the days when saving energy was more important than saving hardware) and hard drives are designed to be left running all the time, so that's fine.

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 08:35 PM

That drive goes to sleep on my 622 when not accessed for a while.




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