This is a bit frustrating. Definitely one of those times where I wish people who aren't 100 PERCENT sure would refrain from chiming in because I'm getting conflicting answers that are all over the map.
Here is the situation. I'm going to have a Genie plus 8 mini clients all in a closet. None of the minis will be in the same room as the TV. In one room there will be three different TV's connected to three different minis so from that room I need to be able to independently control three minis with ONE remote (preferably a universal remote so I can operate all three with one remote).
Since the Genie & minis are in a closet I'm obviously going to have to communicate with them using an RF remote.
Can someone who is 100 PERCENT sure they know what they are talking about tell me what my options are? Based on the thread so far it sounds like these are my only options.
1) I muse have 8 DirecTV Genie remotes -- including three in one room -- because no third party universal remote can communicate with a Genie or Mini via RF.
2) From the room with three TV's I can use a universal RF remote in combination with an IR blaster in the closet which will let me independently control all three minis. And then in the other rooms I can either use a DirecTV RF remote or I can use a universal remote with IR blasters.
In case #2 is there a practical limit on how many minis I can put in one closet before IR signals from the blaster overlap?
You might also consider using H25 receivers rather than Genie minis. They will work fine both for showing live TV as well as streaming recordings from the Genie. The only thing they don't have is a live buffer on live TV. Another option would be to use HR2x DVRs, each of which can also stream recordings from each other or the Genie, as well as have their own tuners and buffers for live TV.
This approach will also let you go beyond the 3 client limitation.
Now this advice is very interesting.
The H25 solution would be ideal if it had buffers for live TV; I want that so I think the HR2x option is a better solution. This is going to go a little off topic but I'd love some more information about this option. For starters, is the additional monthly fee for additional HR2x DVR's $6 as it is with the mini?
Some other questions I'd love to get answers to. I understand that this eliminates the 3 mini limit, but I assume that if I'm streaming from the Genie itself I'm still limited to three simultaneous streams. Is that right? Does this route still limit me to 8 HR2x DVR's in addition to the Genie or can I have more than 8?
And what about the other DVR's, what is their streaming capacity? If I have a HR2x can I watch something directly from it while another DVR streams something else from it? And if so, how many DVRs can stream from a HR2x at one time?
Can the Genie stream FROM a HR2x?
I already have an HR20 and HR24 which came out way before Genie existed. Are you saying that these can play recordings from each other and play recordings from a Genie? And if so, will this work without a Genie in the mix? Can I play recordings on my HR20 using my HR24 today without a Genie? HOW?
Thanks guys, lots of questions here but very helpful to me and I'm sure this will be helpful to others who have these same questions in the future.