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My DVRs are CAT5 connected. Why won't DirecTV activate whole home DVR?

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#1 OFFLINE   dandar


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Posted 28 February 2012 - 05:13 PM

They want to send a tech out and charge me $199.

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#2 OFFLINE   dpeters11


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Posted 28 February 2012 - 05:14 PM

Did you specify you wanted it activated as unsupported?

#3 OFFLINE   dandar


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Posted 28 February 2012 - 05:17 PM

No I went online to activate it and it wasn't an option, it just said to call them. So I did and the sales person said that the tech would have to come out and activate it through their PDA (I smell BS).

#4 OFFLINE   davring


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Posted 28 February 2012 - 05:22 PM

Your best bet is to email your request, CSR's don't have a clue about the unsupported setup.

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 05:25 PM

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 06:46 PM

As has been pointed out you can avoid the install but at the cost of being unsupported although paying the same monthly fee as those who are.

Done their way your existing home network would not carry the traffic between DVRs and HD receivers and they would have ownership of the "network infrastructure" that does. Using your home LAN they've no training in that area and too many variable exist.

Whole Home works GREAT on a traditional hardwired home network. There are however glitches from time to time regardless of transport layer. If you don't mind self troubleshooting it's a fine way to go.

You might be able to negotiate down pricing on the install as well and run supported. I run on my own home network though I have bridged to a small DECA cloud but that gains me nothing support wise. . .

If you've others in the home that might find themselves needing to fix things while you are out of town or away from the home, supported might make more sense.

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 07:26 AM

There is a very specific method to get the unsupported version of whole home setup...follow VOS's post.

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 08:48 AM

When you get MRV activated as unsupported, look at this link to learn about assigning static IP addresses to your receivers. I quickly learned this was needed to prevent the receivers from dropping off the network at awkward moments.


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#9 OFFLINE   Scott Kocourek

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 09:27 AM

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