I would like to upgrade to a genie and have the current system:
Slimline dish with 4 RG6 cables connected to:
HR 24-500 in theater
HR 20-100 in family room
Whole home via Ethernet.
I plan on moving the HR24 to the family room and using the genie in the theater.
I plan on purchasing an HR44 from a 3rd party to ensure I do not receive an HR34.
My questions are the following:
1. Do I need any other equipment?
2. If I want to continue using whole-home but not via Ethernet what do I need?
Am I missing anything?
It looks like you have a legacy setup and have 2 coax cables going to each DVR, correct? If so, you need to upgrade to a SWM-LNB. You would then run one line down to a SWM splitter and run one cable to the Genie and one cable to the HR24. As you currently have Ethernet in the theater, you can just plug that Ethernet cable into the Genie and that would give you Internet access to both of your receivers. You would not connect Ethernet to the HR24 in the family room (as it would have access to the Internet via the Genie's connection).
What you can do is call DirecTV and tell them that you have a Genie to install and will be deactivating a DVR. They should be able to perform the upgrade for you. It's possible that they might do it for free, but most likely it will be a $49 tech visit fee, although it could be higher. See what you can work out with them. If the install fee is too high, you can always do it yourself. As mentioned, the parts you need will be a SWM-LNB, a Power Inserter to power the LNB, and a 2-way splitter (the PI can be placed in-line between the splitter and one of your receivers).
Today's problems don't worry me, I haven't solved yesterday's yet.
SlimLine-3 Dish w/ SWM16 (HD Service / WHDVR) / Full Setup
HR34-700 / Panasonic TC-P50G25 HDTV / HDMI / Networked - DECA / Family Room
HR44-700 / Samsung HCM5525W HDTV / Component / Networked - DECA / Bedroom
HR24-100 / Samsung HCM5525W HDTV / Component / Networked - DECA / Bedroom