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#1 OFFLINE   n-spring

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 03:32 PM

I have an H10 and an H20 stashed away in my closet. Would these be of any use to anyone, or are they junk?
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Posted 19 June 2012 - 03:38 PM

I have an H10 and an H20 stashed away in my closet. Would these be of any use to anyone, or are they junk?

The H20 is an MPEG-4 receiver, so it could be used as a stand alone receiver, and will work with a SWiM system, but no networking, so no MRV.
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Posted 19 June 2012 - 06:08 PM

I think depending on the H20 maker it may get hot/overheated. So both really are junk.

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 06:13 PM

I think depending on the H20 maker it may get hot/overheated. So both really are junk.

You're think of the -600, and they were from the start, but the H20-100 wasn't and would still be of use.
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Posted 19 June 2012 - 07:26 PM

while the H20 might make a decent OTA receiver, the fact that it lacks 3D support, the new HD GUI and MRV, makes this receiver and the HR10 junk. IMO

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 07:38 PM

while the H20 might make a decent OTA receiver, the fact that it lacks 3D support, the new HD GUI and MRV, makes this receiver and the HR10 junk. IMO

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 07:41 PM

Both have ota tuners, although need a Directv account to work. some of the H20-600s worked well. I have a good one.

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 08:04 PM

if I am not mistaken, the HR10 can be used as an OTA receiver without a subscription

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 08:06 PM

Both have ota tuners, although need a Directv account to work. some of the H20-600s worked well. I have a good one.


I think they were OK if they had an ECO 2.0 sticker, but I personally wouldn't sell a -600 if I had one.

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 08:07 PM

if I am not mistaken, the HR10 can be used as an OTA receiver without a subscription


Could be, I'm relying on memory!

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 04:56 AM

I think depending on the H20 maker it may get hot/overheated. So both really are junk.


According to 3 csr reps there was no such problem. I had 4 of them and now down to 3. I have one that has heat stained a oak table it sits on, but yet i was basically told i was nuts by the csrs when I asked for replacements. 2 of them had a meltdown and went dead. One was replaced with a h21 and the other they sent me another h20. They told me i had to pay for a upgrade if i wanted a refurbed h21 to replace my dead h20. I have MRV on my account also but cannot use it with these. I think they were trying to use that as levage for a upgrade charge.

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 05:31 AM

What the H20 can do and does as follows

1. Does not have the new GUI-that means
a. It will Support many additional TVโ€™s (viewing the same Channel) without downgrading the output to 480i or (the nag screen) as complained about in many threads.

2. Has a Rg6 output to the TV- allows this to be split and sent to a RF modulator and sent to as many RG6 supported inputs of Hi def. (TV) cable input connections allowing (pip) feature to passed around the home (as well)

3. Has a RF attend that attaches to the rear of the unit and increases the RF remote Range (distance) over the other RF D* receivers (Built in).

4. It is SWIM Compatible.

What it doesn't have is a RJ45 port making it not MRV compatible.

The H20 is still very useful if you should need any of the above features in your home -without the heart burn of additional expense to make the more advanced (meaning less work ability) D* receivers to do the same function.
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Posted 20 June 2012 - 07:34 AM

What the H20 can do and does as follows

2. Has a Rg6 output to the TV- allows this to be split and sent to a RF modulator and sent to as many RG6 supported inputs of Hi def. (TV) cable input connections allowing (pip) feature to passed around the home (as well)

Might want to look again.
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Posted 20 June 2012 - 07:51 AM

Yep, that's right on the RG6 connectors - only 3. I have the 600 and wouldn't part with it. Use it as a second receiver. Lower power than a DVR, fast boot, and no "enhanced" GUI (Yeah!!). It did run hot, but I built a vacuum manifold for it that sits on top and uses a small computer fan to draw air up through the unit. Now it runs cool as a cucumber. Now if Directv will just leave the firmware alone (probably will since they don't "suppport" it anymore), I'll be quite happy.

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 09:18 AM

if I am not mistaken, the HR10 can be used as an OTA receiver without a subscription


This maybe useful if one does not have either a TV that has a built digital in receiver or one of those converter box.

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Posted 21 June 2012 - 08:27 AM

My first HD receiver was a H10 in 2005. It went nova after about 6 months and D* sent me a replacement. That went nova also. I replaced it with an HR20 which is still in use after 5 yrs. I also have a H20 on my bedroom tv. It's an owned unit and it works fine. I don't have anything more modern.

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Posted 21 June 2012 - 02:39 PM

The receivers are H10-200 and H20-600 units.
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Living room: XiP813 Hopper (S238) to Visio XVT553SV via HDMI; connected to 100Base-TX LAN
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Posted 21 June 2012 - 05:49 PM

I think they were OK if they had an ECO 2.0 sticker, but I personally wouldn't sell a -600 if I had one.


yeah the eco 2.0 stickers made them last 6 months before burning out instead of the normal 3 months. I've seen them with 4 and 5 refurb stickers on them, I'm so happy they are a retired box now.
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