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612 Ever Become Reliable?
Posted 24 June 2012 - 12:21 AM
Posted 24 June 2012 - 02:29 AM
Posted 24 June 2012 - 06:47 AM
Posted 24 June 2012 - 07:20 AM
Couple of tips to ensure reliability and longevity, applies to some other electronics aside from satellite receivers as well.
1. Not only keep in a well ventilated area, but use a small fan, like a woodstove room to room fan to keep cool. If you do keep it in a cabinet, if there isn't an opening in the back make one, and put the fan to draw the warm air out and try to have some kind of opening in the front, leave the door opened just a little.
2. Just like a computer, it needs to be reset from time to time. I keep mine on timers so each night, after the update takes place it resets. You can just unplug it every few days also.
I have not has one problem in a very long time other than the rare time the guide does not fully load during an update at night. That is not specific to the VIP612. I routinely have all three tuners recording, and sometimes while I am watching the DVR. No hiccups.
When the guide is correct, timers are not an issue, they seem to never misfire.
Posted 24 June 2012 - 11:32 AM
When I record two HD programs simultaneously and watch another one previously recorded skipping commercials it will occasionally freeze forcing a reboot which screws up the recordings of the shows being recorded. When I do use my 612 for viewing it is more sluggish than my 722 in skipping commercials. Generally though, I use my 612 simply as receivers #3 and #4 for recording, moving content to an external hard drive to be watched on my 722.
I don't have OTA so I don't know about recording three HD programs simultaneously.
Frankly, if a prospective Dish subscriber asked me what to get today, I'd say a Hopper.
Edited by phrelin, 24 June 2012 - 11:07 PM.
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Posted 24 June 2012 - 04:06 PM
Posted 10 July 2012 - 04:36 AM
Searched the forum but found nothing recent, but did the 612 ever get over being a buggy, freezing receiver or did most just give up on it? I had one once when the first came out and traded it for a 722 after 3 months.
Posted 10 July 2012 - 06:53 AM
I recently had to send back my 612 because the cooling fan failed and the unit started seriously overheating. I used this unit for about 3 years and in that time my #1 complaint was a freezing picture while the audio continued. This happened quite often and required a reboot to correct. Sometimes both the picture and audio would freeze requiring a reboot. Sometimes the unit would reboot on it's own. I just learned to live with it.
When I went high def some years ago the 612 was my choice as I am a one TV household. It took 3 612's in 2 months or so before I had one that worked OK. Firmwear updates over the years improved performance but the freezing issue never went away for me. It just might be that my individual 612 had this issue.
The DVR worked quite well and I never had issues with timers.
I've had my replacement 612 for 2+ weeks with no problems so far.
Posted 21 August 2012 - 11:11 AM