Any way to influence what you get?
Only way to guarantee what you get is to buy it from Weaknees or Solid Signal (or some other authorized DTV Reseller).
You could order the Genie from DTV, and when the installer shows up ask for an HR44, and if he doesnt have one - tell him you want to delay the install until the HR44 is available and refuse the install for that date.
Also - you can definitely mix Ethernet and DECA. I've done a few different setups myself:
1. With the older HR2xs (HR20,21,22,23) there are two Ethernet ports on the back of each receiver. On one of the receivers you can plug a DECA to Ethernet connection in and plug an Ethernet connection into the other connecting to your network and the HR2x will bridge the two - I don't recommend this because it didn't seem to work perfectly for me. The DTV installer is the one who did it - I wouldn't have tried this otherwise. But it does work - if you don't want to buy the CCK.
2. Use the CCK to bridge your Ethernet network to the DECA Network.
3. If you get a Genie you can bridge the networks by plugging the Genie into Ethernet (or WiFi in the case of the HR44 if you want) and it has a built in DECA adapter.
If you don't have Ethernet and don't have SWM so no DECA in the room that needs it - you could also try other types of network adapters like PowerLine which will ride your home's electrical wiring. Some of the newer PowerLine models claim very high speeds (The low end models claim 200Mbps, they also have 500Mbps and Gigabit models). You would need two of them to be able to connect your DVR to your network (one at your router's end, one at your DVR's end.
Edited by LiQiCE, 03 September 2013 - 06:52 PM.