Forgive me if there's a thread with this information already - I've had it up to there with the Directv forums and sales people.
Here's my situation:
We currently have 2 HR24s and an R16. My parents just got HD (I've had it for a while now) and they really like it - who wouldn't, duh. Me and my dad watch a TON of hockey and he records A LOT. His R16 is 90-95% full of hockey almost all the time so we're looking at this Genie so we can record at every DVR. I currently have 4 wires coming from my dish into a Multi-switch and understand that I need to upgrade to a SWM system now. Fine and dandy! I've been researching the SWM system and what all is needed and am tired of getting different stories from different people at sales with Directv and in their forums. I've been reading things here about the Genie before I signed up and consider myself knowledgeable about an SWM system. Google is always around if I have questions as well. Quite frankly, DBSTalk makes Directv's forums....well I won't go there! Hopefully you know what I mean though, it seems like there are more correct answers here, than there. We have a 'power tower' on our roof that runs the power cords, phone lines, and satellite lines through the roof and into the house instead of going over the gutters (we have a power awning so we had to do the tower if we wanted the awning). I don't know how many LNBs are on the dish, but I do know there are 4 cables going from the dish to the multi-switch and 2 coax cables going from the switch to each DVR. From what I've been told, I don't need a new dish since I already have 4. The only reason I'd like a new dish is if there's something that Directv has to eliminate snow build up and frost (I live in Minnesota, it was -22 with a wind chill of -46 last night, -15 and WC of -28 right now, BURRR). I've read about after market heaters but don't know what Directv has available, if anything.
Here's what I'd like to accomplish:
I'd like to keep the 2 HR24s I currently have and add a Genie to maximize the space available for recordings. I know that the Genie system requires an SWM system. I'm a little confused about what size SWM (SWM8 or SWM16) I'll need. Here's a list of what I think I'll need and how 'difficult' install will be.
Genie - Just like hooking up any other box except that it only needs 1 coax instead of the usual 2 for DVRS. Easy.
SWM - I've hooked up a multi-switch and learned the hard way to write down where each cord goes before unplugging it. This is where I'm confused. As I understand it, the Genie only needs 1 coax cord and the HDDVRs require 2, if you want to record one thing and watch another, which is what I'd like to do. One person on the Directv forums said that I only need to run 1 cord from the SWM to an HR24 while I've read that each DVR requires 1 cord for each tuner (2 total). If I were to get an SWM8, I would need a 1x8 splitter which would allow me to run 1 to the Genie and 2 to each HR24. Is that correct?
However, if I got an SWM16, I could eliminate the splitter and run 1 cord to the Genie and 2 to each HR24, is that correct as well? I'm hung up on why someone would need an SWM16 or SWM8.
DECA or CCK - I've seen diagrams and that just gets hooked up into your wired network and somewhere on the coax network.
Power Inserter - I've read that only SWM LNBs require this and since I have 4 cords, that means it is NOT an SWM LNB and therefore would not need it. If I end up needing it, it just needs to be on the coax network somewhere and there are diagrams.
Any help in telling me what I have wrong would be greatly appreciated.
I see that some here are actual installers and am wondering why the Genie requires an install. I know that Directv calls it 'difficult' but that's an arbitrary term. Is it possible to convince Directv that since I don't need a dish, they can dropship the hardware to me and I'll be fine on my own? I saw some of the pictures in the shame thread and that's what I'm trying to avoid. If I do it, I know what's done and how it's done.
Thanks in advance,