Good afternoon folks!
Today, my DirecTV installer came out and set me up with a SWM-LNB (1 wire coming off the dish), a Genie (HR34? Whichever one is the fat model that doesn't have wireless) & 3 Clients & a cinema connection kit. It's a neat system, but I am not totally enthused.
I've had DirecTV previously so I know that they're the right choice for my personal television viewing preferences, however I have some concerns.
My primary concern being with having 1 Genie, and 3 'Clients'. It's a really great concept that most people would love, but I take issue with the fact that if the Genie dies, all my TVs die. Seriously, Like I said before, really great concept, but in practice, it makes me nervous. Is there any work-around or assurances for something like that?
The only solution I know of, is to obtain additional full-fledged receivers (which in my case, would be 1-2 additional HDDVR's).
My next concern would be "purchasing" (leasing) additional receivers. The neat feature about the Genie is being able to see all your content through-out your house. While that's also a great idea, sometimes I don't want my whole household to see the content that I've recorded (parental controls aren't perfect, and the side effects are less than desirable). I did talk to "tech support", and they've advised me because I have the whole home DVR service, that any additional DVR's I connect to my account will share the playlists with the other devices. Also, since I have the cinema connection kit, even if I don't want the other HDDVR's connected to the internet, because they are connected to the SWM, I don't have a choice... It's all or nothing.
It was at this moment that I had a brilliant idea. I'll just disconnect the cinema kit, and connect the Genie to the internet. That will allow me to use the internet features in the living room, but the other devices will be 'offline'. Upon searching this forum (and solidsignal, and weaknees, and a few other places), I've learned that apparently connecting the Genie to the internet is the same thing as having the cinema kit. The genie will put the entire network on the internet.
So, my next brilliant plan was to use the 'legacy ports', because they didn't pass the SWM signal. Unfortunately, that doesn't look like an option for me. 1) Because I have a SWM LNB, so I don't have legacy ports, and 2) Because even if I had them, the max is like, 3, and I'm talking about connecting 4 tuners (up to 2 DVR's).
I was nervous when the sales gal I talked to told me she was setting me up with the Genie system, but decided to give it a go. I've had the system for about 5.5 hours now and while the television service is streaming nicely, I've got about 18 hours to figure out whether I can make this work or if I need to cancel before having to pay a $240 ETF.