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#21 OFFLINE   LameLefty

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Posted 07 May 2010 - 03:08 PM

So we only got 7 days to install and not get interrupted?


You have 7 days to call and get the flag set on your account. So far, it's not at all certain that a truck roll is going to be required.

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#22 OFFLINE   jcwest

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Posted 08 May 2010 - 11:05 AM

I'm planning to get MRV/DECA when available.

One question for early addaptors:
If you have UPS's installed on all DVR's but not the power injector for the SWM/DECA system, how long does it take the SWM system to "reboot" or initialize or whatever it does after a power blip?

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Posted 08 May 2010 - 12:07 PM

I'm planning to get MRV/DECA when available.

One question for early addaptors:
If you have UPS's installed on all DVR's but not the power injector for the SWM/DECA system, how long does it take the SWM system to "reboot" or initialize or whatever it does after a power blip?


The obvious solution is to locate the SWM Power Inserter at one of the UPS'ed DVR locations (it can be anywhere a coax goes). Then your recordings don't miss a beat. (You may run into some installers that believe the PI should be 'plugged directly into a wall outlet', which is completely unnecessary. What is true is that you don't want it anywhere someone might turn it off (e.g., a power strip) or unplug it (e.g., to run a vacuum).

Separate is the 'bridge' (DECA BB) to your home network... which is not as critical, though if your router is UPSed, you might as well UPS that, too. (All my DVRs, router, access points, switches, PI and Cable Modem are UPSed).

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Posted 08 May 2010 - 01:07 PM

You have 7 days to call and get the flag set on your account. So far, it's not at all certain that a truck roll is going to be required.

So, do I have to call to get the MRV flag set even if I'm happy with my HRs being connected to my home network and don't really need DECA?
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Posted 08 May 2010 - 01:20 PM

So, do I have to call to get the MRV flag set even if I'm happy with my HRs being connected to my home network and don't really need DECA?


If you don't MRV will stop functioning. As LameLefty stated no one knows if you'll be required to do the SWM/DECA upgrade or not.
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Posted 08 May 2010 - 03:02 PM

So, do I have to call to get the MRV flag set even if I'm happy with my HRs being connected to my home network and don't really need DECA?


No you do not .. but you will not be able to use Multi-Room Viewing if you don't. The charge will be $3/month regardless of DECA or home networking.
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#27 OFFLINE   Doug Brott

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Posted 08 May 2010 - 03:04 PM

You have 7 days to call and get the flag set on your account. So far, it's not at all certain that a truck roll is going to be required.


If you don't MRV will stop functioning. As LameLefty stated no one knows if you'll be required to do the SWM/DECA upgrade or not.


You will not have to do the SWiM/DECA upgrade .. You WILL be able to use home networking .. It will still cost $3/month ..

The best I can tell, the CSRs are not yet ready for this (think 5/13). You will have to call in when things start, but don't call now as I don't think there is any way to turn it on yet.
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Posted 08 May 2010 - 03:10 PM

You will not have to do the SWiM/DECA upgrade .. You WILL be able to use home networking .. It will still cost $3/month ..

The best I can tell, the CSRs are not yet ready for this (think 5/13). You will have to call in when things start, but don't call now as I don't think there is any way to turn it on yet.


Any idea if those of us who tested DECA are listed in their system as already having SWM/DECA, or are they going to ask if we want to do the SWM/DECA upgrade? :)
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Posted 08 May 2010 - 04:16 PM

Any idea if those of us who tested DECA are listed in their system as already having SWM/DECA, or are they going to ask if we want to do the SWM/DECA upgrade? :)


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Posted 08 May 2010 - 04:31 PM

So has this been confirmed that I am going to lose MRV on May 20th? Or is this just speculation. Gotta prepare the wife ahead of time.

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Posted 08 May 2010 - 04:37 PM

You will not have to do the SWiM/DECA upgrade .. You WILL be able to use home networking .. It will still cost $3/month ..

The best I can tell, the CSRs are not yet ready for this (think 5/13). You will have to call in when things start, but don't call now as I don't think there is any way to turn it on yet.

But, will the CSRs insist that I upgrade to SWM/DECA or just enable the MRV flag? The $3 doesn't really bother me as once DirecTV offers us our LiL I can save a bit when DNS drops off the subscription. Let's hope the CSRs are up to the deluge of calls.:)

BTW, when I opted into the Beta MRV how did DirecTV know it? I assume via the network connection, so they already know I opted in. Therefore, should be able to just start charging me the $3 fee. Or is this just too logical?
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Posted 08 May 2010 - 05:20 PM

BTW, when I opted into the Beta MRV how did DirecTV know it? I assume via the network connection, so they already know I opted in. Therefore, should be able to just start charging me the $3 fee. Or is this just too logical?

So you're asking/saying if my four year old was the one that clicked "ok" to the opt-in screen, that means the bill payer will feel it's alright for DirecTV to charge me. :nono:
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Posted 08 May 2010 - 05:22 PM

But, will the CSRs insist that I upgrade to SWM/DECA or just enable the MRV flag? The $3 doesn't really bother me as once DirecTV offers us our LiL I can save a bit when DNS drops off the subscription. Let's hope the CSRs are up to the deluge of calls.:)

BTW, when I opted into the Beta MRV how did DirecTV know it? I assume via the network connection, so they already know I opted in. Therefore, should be able to just start charging me the $3 fee. Or is this just too logical?


You will have to call and tell them .. I don't know the specifics, but they will almost certainly be reading you some legal speak that you will have to agree to before they turn it on. I do not think you will be able to order by remote or web, but I'd be happy to be proven wrong on that.
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Posted 08 May 2010 - 05:23 PM

So has this been confirmed that I am going to lose MRV on May 20th? Or is this just speculation. Gotta prepare the wife ahead of time.


If you are choosing to not pay, then I'd say that the 20th is a good day to call "the end."
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Posted 08 May 2010 - 06:18 PM

If you are choosing to not pay, then I'd say that the 20th is a good day to call "the end."


Thanks for the heads up!

With only two boxes and only me and my wife living here its not worth it to me. Plus its a little about principle about not paying for a software update either, but that's not for this thread.

Also if having to call in is true that further makes my decision easier. I HATE calling them!

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Posted 08 May 2010 - 06:30 PM

I do not think you will be able to order by remote or web, but I'd be happy to be proven wrong on that.


I would be very happy for you to be proven wrong. :D;)

I remember the good old days when you could add a new receiver online.

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Posted 08 May 2010 - 06:31 PM

Gotta prepare the wife ahead of time.


Gotta think $3/mo is well worth it to keep the wife happy. :eek2::)

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Posted 08 May 2010 - 06:35 PM

Gotta think $3/mo is well worth it to keep the wife happy. :eek2::)


I'd agree with that ..
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Posted 08 May 2010 - 07:04 PM

Gotta think $3/mo is well worth it to keep the wife happy. :eek2::)


She will be happy, i told her i'll give up my gamefly and we can get netflix back. Also after the summer is over and I drop my extra old box that I activated for my camper i might check out MRV again.

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Posted 08 May 2010 - 08:07 PM

Gotta think $3/mo is well worth it to keep the wife happy. :eek2::)

If it was only that easy to keep them happy, we'd ALL pay the three bucks a month. :lol:
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