I've been meaning to post this for a week but haven't had the time. I tried a quick search and didn't see a definitive answer in the first page so here's my situation:
I've had a whole home HD DVR setup (5 HD DVR's) using hard wired ethernet cabling for the better part of 3 years. No serious long term issues with dropouts or inability to play recordings from one DVR to another (no matter how "far" from each other the DVR's were in the footprint of the house.). In addition to this, my original round dish ran 3 SD-DVR's for my kids TV's.
Last month DirecTV called and offered to upgrade my kids SD DVR's (all 3) to a whole home genie system. The tech came out last week and converted my slimine dish (which ran the 5 HD-DVR's and 1 HD receiver) to a SWim system to carry signal to ALL the receivers. (hopefully I said that right).
He also set up the "system" so that the genie and clients only see each other (i.e their playlists) and my original 5-HD DVR system only see each others playlists.
The short of the story is that after this switchover, my original 5 HD-DVR's are having a hard time playing back whole home content on the units furthest from each other. The bedroom DVR can play from the kitchen (and vice versa), the Living room DVR can play from the kitchen (and vice versa)... the 2 basement DVR's can play from each other....but the basement DVR's can't play to/from the Kitchen/Living Room/Bedroom DVR's (and vice versa). The playlists are viewable...but the content stutters and stops and such whenever I try to play it.
My question: It's obvious that the distance seems to be an issue....but I think the tech put a power boost (or something like that) in the garage by the splitter/switch. And is the whole home DVR playback now going through the router on the new system....or does it travel through the coax back and forth to each box?
Before I call DirecTV I figured I'd ask the question here as to whether the power boost is in the wrong spot....or if another one is needed....or if there's something else at play here that's causing the issues.
Also, my house is not big by any means (footprint/square footage wise) so it's not like we're talking any 1 receiver being further than 25-40 feet from the other