I chose to do it my self with purchased hardware from Dish Depot in Florida.
I too, have a two dish setup with a DPP44 switch. Installation was very simple consisting of adding a Solo Node using two short cables from two of the bottom ports on the switch to the Node. Then connecting the cable which was going to my VIP722 to the proper port on the node and the cable from the existing 211 connected to the client port and to a Joey. This port will not work for a 211 but you have two left over ports on the DPP44 to connect a 211 (I think it needs to be a purchased one, not leased!) for verifying that it is up to date firmware wise for when you might need to use it tailgating, camping, etc.
I haven't purchased/leased the actual Tailgater from Dish but if you considered doing a lot of camping and moving around a lot, it would be a very useful setup. We don't do too much so setting up a Dish500 occasionally isn't that bad.
PS. Being a former Duluthian, I feel for you guys and the storms, snow and cold.
Thanks for the feedback. Once I read through some more installation docs, it does appear to be quite easy, and as you noted, the client mode from the solo node would not work with the 211.
Assuming you had leased gear that you replaced with your purchased Hopper/Joey, Did you merely send that back to Dish. or have you always purchased your receivers?
If I purchased receivers, I would not keep the 211, because I would probably deactivate it to control receiver costs and if I did that, I am not sure whether Dish would want it back or not.
The snow was annoying for the Thursday commute, but its already starting to melt. In comparison to last year, winter is lasting forever.