It's been a few years since I was last with DirecTV and I had some questions about installation. Since then I have moved to a newer house that has cable outlets in all bedrooms plus the living room and office. I currently have Cox cable for TV, internet, and phone. Since Cox is the only option here for internet other than DSL and their service is expensive, I've been thinking about switching back to DirecTV for TV and just keeping the cable internet. Right now I have a single cable that comes in from the outside to a small access panel in my master bedroom closet. From there it is split and goes back up through the attic to each bedroom, the living room, and office. I have a Tivo with cable card in the livng room and master bedroom and the office has the cable modem/router. The 3 other bedrooms just have basic cable without cable boxes. What I want to do is keep the cable internet in the office and get DirecTV in the 4 bedrooms and living room. I was thinking about getting the Genie in the living room and genie mini's in each of the 4 bedrooms. I understand that only 3 minis can be active at once but the 4th bedroom is just a guest room and wouldn't get much use. Am I missing something or would this work well? What if I was recording 2 or 3 things and wanted to use the 3 minis? Would it be better to get an HD-DVR along with the mini?
When I was last with DirecTV a long time ago, I had to have 2 lines run to each DVR which created a mess of cabling in my last house. If I switch back to DirecTV, I was hoping that the installer could just run a single new line from the dish outside to the access panel in my closet and then use the existing lines that go to the other rooms are currently used for cable TV. However, I would like to keep one line for the cable modem in the office. Is this possible, or am I looking at more than one line entering the house from the dish? Is this a simple install or is there a chance I could end up with more holes drilled in my walls and cabling everywhere? The wife will not be happy if I have a messy install and holes in the ceilings/walls so I'm trying to get as much info as possible. Another question I had is if I don't have a power outlet in my master bedroom closet, how would the power inserter be installed near the access panel. Finally, is the protection plan worth it? Thanks in advance for any responses.