Have a Genie and installation scheduled for next week. I am expecting the installer will be able to do what is needed to get whole home working. Here is what my setup will be:
Room 1: 2 coax and ethernet
Room 2: 2 coax and ethernet
Room 3: 1 coax (no ethernet) - If I have to live with one tuner in this room I can do that. Not very interested in running another cable if I don't have to.
Thanks everyone for all of the help. Nice to have such valuable resources available.
First off, If I where you, as soon as you get the genie, I would move all my recordings to it and stop recording programs on the other units unless you have to do to conflicts, but since you will have more tuners in the genie than you had before with the other two, this shouldn't be an issue...
Now, as for the rest, I disagree to a certain extent with others suggestions. I would replace the other two dvrs with clients, or at least one of them. However, I would do it in stages, which you can still easily do even with what you already have setup. After you are up and running, Id watch all your content on one of the dvrs, probably the hr20 first, and then id deactivate it and get them to simply send you a client to replace it. You will get to keep the hr20 so it can be an emergency backup if you ever need it. And then depending on how you are using your systems and such, if you can find yourself not ever needing to record anything on the hr23, id do the same with it, clear it off and deactivate it and get another mini. One reason is power consumption, another is heat. (that hr20 ius crazy power hungry. You mentioned money as a consideration, Its amazing how much less power you consume every month with a genie client than an hr20, which can in some cases be a big $savings. 2 being replaced would be even bigger.) But really, in the end, ease of use has a big impact. Total control for all dvr functions and one unified to do list, series manager etc trumps pretty much everything else that some say makes keeping a hr better. The big thing so many here push against a genie system is if the genie goes down your system goes down. I can see someone wanting one non client in their system and keeping it active simply as a backup in the least used location. But even better, IMHO is simply having a backup dvr unactivated waiting to go into service at a moments notice, hence why I mentioned you'd have a hr20 in the wings waiting. Of course, you can still do all that at some point if you want to and it wont make a bit of difference in what your having done with the install next week.
That's just my two cents, but I would not summarily dismiss moving to clients over time, especially for the hr20.
Let us know how it goes with the upgrade!