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#551 OFFLINE   Rich

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 12:10 PM

What kind of failures do DVRs like the HR34/44 experience?


Don't have either one, but if they're like the other HRs, it could be anything. Usually (at least in my experience) it's not the HDDs that fail, it's the HRs themselves for all kinds of reasons

I ask because my R15 failed last December after about 3-4 years from a hard drive failure. At least I think it was a hard drive failure. It got replaced by an R16.


See what I mean? That R15 could have failed for a variety of reasons and yet the HDD gets the blame.

So I'm thinking with an HR44 external hard drive and external power supply there might be a good chance the HR44 itself would last a long time. Heck it even has two remote control interfaces, if I'm not mistaken. A power supply or remote control failure is recoverable and a hard drive failure is theoretically preventable.


I don't think anyone here will be able to tell you how long an HR will last. I've still got three 20-700s that run quite well and they date back to 2007. I've had 20-100s, 21-100s and a 22-100 and none worked. The 22-100 did work for a week. So, I've got a bias against any HR ending in 100. But, now I have three 24-100s that work very well. Go figure.

I understand D* will likely always marry external drives to the HR. Anyway, it just seems like the HR44 makes investing in long term storage setups more likely to be worth the time and expense.


Hmm, if you don't care about expense, I've got a way to do it so you can actually archive content. Still not foolproof, but pretty close.

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 01:46 PM

My first 34 had a bad fan, at least I believe so. It kept overheating, the one I have now in the exact same place has never had an issue.

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 02:09 PM

After reading through this thread, there doesn't seem to be a definitive answer to whether or not the clients are wireless, or just the connection to the network. Can anyone shed some light?

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 02:30 PM

Currently, there are no wireless clients. Just a wireless network.

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 02:30 PM

After reading through this thread, there doesn't seem to be a definitive answer to whether or not the clients are wireless, or just the connection to the network. Can anyone shed some light?


The clients are not wireless. The HR44 can connect to your home network via built in wireless, clients connect to the network via coax.

There has been rumor of wireless clients but so far it's just a rumor.

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 01:51 PM

Hmm, if you don't care about expense, I've got a way to do it so you can actually archive content. Still not foolproof, but pretty close.

Rich


Sounds like my kind of project. I'll send you a PM.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 10:48 AM

FCC Docs for the C41 (PACE model).

https://apps.fcc.gov...4&fcc_id=PGRC41


Still what is the difference between C31 and C41? The reference to the wireless channels, frequencies and data rates on the FCC docs are ZigBee standards. I assume the ZigBee protocol is used for the RF remote control. Did the C31 allow use of an RF remote, or was it IR only?

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 10:52 AM

Did the C31 allow use of an RF remote, or was it IR only?


The old RC6XXX series remotes work fine with the C31.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 03:27 PM

Hmm, if you don't care about expense, I've got a way to do it so you can actually archive content. Still not foolproof, but pretty close.

Rich


I've been trying to figure out how to archive my content for awhile now. I'm planning to upgrade to a HR44 soon. Sounds great!:) I'll PM you.

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 09:19 AM

A few comments were made about the 44 possibly being installed at the end of the Month (Feb). Well that has come n gone so I'm just wondering if anyone has one installed yet?
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Posted 01 March 2013 - 03:11 PM

A few comments were made about the 44 possibly being installed at the end of the Month (Feb). Well that has come n gone so I'm just wondering if anyone has one installed yet?


I'm in Denver -- one of the 10 first-release markets. I was supposed to get one last week, but installation was postponed until today. Today I was told that there still are software problems, so the release has now been delayed until the end of March. My order is up in the air.

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 03:20 PM

I'm in Denver -- one of the 10 first-release markets. I was supposed to get one last week, but installation was postponed until today. Today I was told that there still are software problems, so the release has now been delayed until the end of March. My order is up in the air.


I assume you were told there were software problems by your installer. They are not always correct in their assumptions on when or why things happen.

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 03:28 PM

Last week the installer said there were problems with the remote communicating with the C31. The service manager today said software problems.

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 03:45 PM

Last week the installer said there were problems with the remote communicating with the C31. The service manager today said software problems.


The remote on the c31 has nothing to do with the hr44 being rolled out, its already out and in use. That doesn't even make sense.

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 03:55 PM

The remote on the c31 has nothing to do with the hr44 being rolled out, its already out and in use. That doesn't even make sense.


Where has it been released? The Service Manager for Colorado and Wyoming said that the box has not been officially released yet -- anywhere. Denver is one of the first roll-out markets, and it's not available here yet.

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 03:58 PM

Where has it been released? The Service Manager for Colorado and Wyoming said that the box has not been officially released yet -- anywhere. Denver is one of the first roll-out markets, and it's not available here yet.


He's referring to the C31.
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Posted 01 March 2013 - 04:01 PM

He's referring to the C31.


Oh. That wasn't clear. And I was saying that the new remote for the HR44 was having problems communicating with the C31.

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 04:03 PM

Oh. That wasn't clear. And I was saying that the new remote for the HR44 was having problems communicating with the C31.


That doesn't make sense, though.
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Posted 01 March 2013 - 08:03 PM

I'm in Denver -- one of the 10 first-release markets. I was supposed to get one last week, but installation was postponed until today. Today I was told that there still are software problems, so the release has now been delayed until the end of March. My order is up in the air.


I must have missed the list of the first 10 release markets. Is Los Angeles on that list? :)

And March 31... would suck :mad:

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 10:02 PM

Oh. That wasn't clear. And I was saying that the new remote for the HR44 was having problems communicating with the C31.


I was referring to the c31.

Also there is no way the remote with the hr44 working a certain way with the c31 has anything to do with it either. The remote for the hr44 is new and will work with the c31 in ir mode right now perfectly. However the new remote will never work with the c31 in rf mode ever. They use different technologies for rf.

They will not be installing c31s without their own rc65 remotes.

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 10:13 PM

Just reporting what I was told....

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 12:00 AM

I'm assuming that the HR44 is Fast Ethernet, as opposed to Gigabit ethernet...?

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 09:32 AM

I'm assuming that the HR44 is Fast Ethernet, as opposed to Gigabit ethernet...?


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Posted 04 March 2013 - 02:46 AM

FCC Docs for the C41 (PACE model).

https://apps.fcc.gov...4&fcc_id=PGRC41


Still what is the difference between C31 and C41? The reference to the wireless channels, frequencies and data rates on the FCC docs are ZigBee standards. I assume the ZigBee protocol is used for the RF remote control. Did the C31 allow use of an RF remote, or was it IR only?

Hopefully a damn optical port like they added back to the HR44.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 09:02 AM

Hopefully a damn optical port like they added back to the HR44.


If they're keeping it the same size as the C31 I don't see where there is room to add another port on the back.

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