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Whole Home DVR Service Information and FAQ


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#21 OFFLINE   dpeters11

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Posted 26 May 2010 - 11:24 AM

This is fantastic. Any chance a mod could sticky this or a new post thats locked down so it doesn't turn into a discussion thread?

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Posted 26 May 2010 - 11:55 AM

Grentz

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Thanks for all your efforts.

Clearly written, easy to understand

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Posted 26 May 2010 - 01:07 PM

Great Job! Thanks.

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Posted 26 May 2010 - 01:18 PM

This is fantastic. Any chance a mod could sticky this or a new post thats locked down so it doesn't turn into a discussion thread?


Personally I feel discussion on this is a very good idea.
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#25 OFFLINE   Grentz

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Posted 26 May 2010 - 01:29 PM

Thanks guys, but I want to make it clear that a lot of this was from contributions from others as well. For example, RobertE put together the great compatibility tables and many contributed to the Q/A questions.

Great work, but a couple of questions/comments. Are AT-9 dishes being replaced? Shouldn't SL3 and SL5 be Yes in the external SWiM needed column?


Correct on the SL3/SL5, got that fixed.
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Posted 26 May 2010 - 01:38 PM

Thanks for the information - very helpful.

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Posted 26 May 2010 - 02:17 PM

Great job slacker! :)

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Posted 26 May 2010 - 03:20 PM

Great job, Grentz, RobertE and everyone who helped with this thread. Very useful info, even for those of us who think we know a lot about the system. When the installer comes tomorrow I'll have a quick reference in case he runs into any problems. :D Thanks.

Edited to add: <--- Guess I'll need a new avatar when the SWM5 goes away. :D

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Posted 27 May 2010 - 05:39 PM

Very informative.

However, I do have a question:

In the chart that outlines the number of tuners, it shows that the switch for MRV with DECA for more than 16 requires a "complicated" solution.

Would it be possible to combine a DECA setup with an Ethernet setup so that a combination of receivers totaling more than 16 tuners can "see" each other.

If so, would the receivers on DECA be supported by D*?
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Posted 27 May 2010 - 06:02 PM

Grentz has done a very nice job of proactively answering many of the questions pertaining to Whole Home DVR service in the first couple of posts, as well as provide solid base information on configuration and device compatibility.

RobertE has added some quality information as well on this topic.

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Posted 28 May 2010 - 03:06 PM

In the chart that outlines the number of tuners, it shows that the switch for MRV with DECA for more than 16 requires a "complicated" solution.

Would it be possible to combine a DECA setup with an Ethernet setup so that a combination of receivers totaling more than 16 tuners can "see" each other.

Yes

If so, would the receivers on DECA be supported by D*?

I honestly don't know, the ones on ethernet obviously would not be supported, and I would tend to think the whole setup would be unsupported since the ethernet clients could effect the DECA clients in DirecTV's view.


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Posted 29 May 2010 - 11:38 PM

Thank you Grentz. Although MRV is working fine on my home network, DirecTV is doing the DECA conversion (for free) next Friday. This gives me a good idea of what they are about to do.

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Posted 31 May 2010 - 11:48 PM

One possible addition - I was in the MRV beta for the last year or so. When I called to get MRV turned back on after the national rollout, I was told by two CSRs I had to switch to a new monthly programming package to be eligible. I'm on an older plan that's less expensive than the current programming packages. I spent about 30 minutes bouncing between reps on the phone with no luck.

It took a quick transfer to the customer retention team who not only turned MRV back on, they did it for free.

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Posted 04 June 2010 - 11:37 AM

With DECA, does each receiver still need to have two cables wired to the dish?

I currently have a 5LNB dish without SWiM and 2 HR20-700's, each of which is getting two inputs from the dish.

Both HR20-700's are hooked together with my old cable TV coax so I can watch the "downstairs" box from upstairs. Granted, it's not HD or stereo, but it does work.

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Posted 04 June 2010 - 11:39 AM

With DECA, does each receiver still need to have two cables wired to the dish?

I currently have a 5LNB dish without SWiM and 2 HR20-700's, each of which is getting two inputs from the dish.

Both HR20-700's are hooked together with my old cable TV coax so I can watch the "downstairs" box from upstairs. Granted, it's not HD or stereo, but it does work.


You will need to switch to a SWiM setup for DECA to work.
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Posted 04 June 2010 - 12:26 PM

barryb, SWiM - understood.

How does SWiM differ in its connectivity to the HR20's?

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Posted 04 June 2010 - 12:28 PM

barryb, SWiM - understood.

How does SWiM differ in its connectivity to the HR20's?


Single wire instead of two. Makes installations easy, and in some cases "turn-key" as many houses have been wired for a single COAX.

Adding in the DECA modules makes MRV a snap, and with an existing home (internet) router: adding another DECA can link your internet connection to your receivers (again, over the same single COAX), and will then provide services such as VOD and TvAPPs.

Edited by barryb, 04 June 2010 - 12:36 PM.

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Posted 04 June 2010 - 12:28 PM

barryb, SWiM - understood.

How does SWiM differ in its connectivity to the HR20's?


1 wire and no more BBCs on SWM with your HR20.
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Posted 04 June 2010 - 12:32 PM

Wilbur: in the case of an HR20, a DECA module would be needed on the back of the receiver. If you wanted to add internet connectivity.. another DECA.

Add in the SWiM (and installation time): your best bet is to call DirecTV and have them install it as its a flat-rate for hardware and install.
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Posted 04 June 2010 - 05:34 PM

For those of us who had been successfully running home network based MRV, and have since switched to SWM/DECA (which I did today). How can we confirm that we have been switched from "unsupported" to "supported" ?

The CSR I talked to was clueless.

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