4 HR20s - works? And ...

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  1. Steve Rhodes

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    We currently have 4 HR20s, each with 2TB internal drives.

    1. Can I use whole-home DVR to hook all 4 of them together?

    2. I know it features a unified list. Can I sort the list so that I can see each DVR's storage separately?

    3. If the list is unified, is the % of fullness of each DVR displayed separately in some way?

    4. Other than signing up for the service, what other pieces do I need or should I just have D* do the installation for me?

    P.S. I actually have 3 now, but I want to plan ahead since I may get a 4th.
     
  2. veryoldschool

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    1. yes
    2. no, it's local or "all"
    3. only on the local
    4. You can either go ethernet or DECA which would/should be done through DirecTV].
     
  3. Richierich

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    Go the DECA Route and let Directv do it as it is a little more complicated than you think and even my Installer didn't hook up my SWM16 to my Splitters correctly. I had to change them.
     
  4. NR4P

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    And don't forget to request the Internet Connection Kit from Directv so you have TV Apps and VOD on all your HR's.
     
  5. Steve Rhodes

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    Help? Re "ethernet or DECA"

    What are the pros and cons? And what is DECA as opposed to Ethernet?
     
  6. Steve Rhodes

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    Do I understand correctly. You can get a list which includes ONLY the programs on that one DVR?
     
  7. Richierich

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    DECA is Directv Ethernet Coaxial Adapter which transposes your Coax into an Ethernet Cable. You can use that or your own LAN Network but DECA works better and more Reliably.
     
  8. Laxguy

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    Yes. It's the yellow button when you're in List View.....
     
  9. Richierich

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    You Hit the Yellow Button for the Unified Playlist and then you Select Local and you only get the Recordings Displayed in the Playlist for that Local DVR.

    When you Select ALL you get All of the Recordings Displayed from All of your DVRs and it puts a Tag on it to Identify the Name of the DVR that you have Assigned it so you know where that particular recording is coming from and was recorded on.
     
  10. Laxguy

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    There's a ton of info regarding this, including FAQs. Short story: After reading a lot about the + and - thereof, I got DECA installed on Friday and am very happy with it.

    Another take: if you are adept with ethernet, you can set up all right with just that, but possible future systems/enhancements are likely to work better with DECA.
     
  11. Richierich

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    Short Story is Directv's DECA works Better and More Reliably than my LAN and you get Support from Directv for any Problems. I have also heard from several others who Support my Opnion that Directv's DECA works More Reliably than their LAN Networks but YMMV!!!
     
  12. The Merg

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    Not always the case depending on your setup, however, by having DECA you will get full support from DirecTV on any issues that arise and you are also preparing yourself for any future technologies that DirecTV might come out with that rely on DECA.

    - Merg
     
  13. Drucifer

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    With DirecTV2PC you can bring up each DVR and see the % of spare space.

    You'll need the Cinema (Internet) Connection Kit for DirecTV2PC to work.
     
  14. Richierich

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    It is the Case with me and I was just stating my Opinion and Experience and YMMV!!!
     
  15. Drucifer

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    DECA is supported by DirecTV, Ethernet is not.

    DirecTV is going forward with new equipment and software like the HM30, Nomad, Co-Pilot and until we know their specs, we have no idea that Ethernet would even be supported. An example, you plug into H24 Ethernet jack and it disable the DECA. Only DirecTV knows, if the next model would even have an Ethernet jack.
     
  16. Steve Rhodes

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    Help me with my confusion. Are you saying that DECA would NOT use the Ethernet in my home.
     
  17. wallfishman

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    No it wouldnt. Thats what deca is, Directv Ethernet To Coax Adapter. It networks all your Dvrs together over the coax. Then your free to use those network lines for something else like a blu ray player or a gaming system.
     
  18. The Merg

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    Yup. The only ethernet in your house needed would be if you wanted to connect the DECA cloud to your home network. That would allow the receivers to access the Internet for VOD and PPV and also allow you to use DirecTV2PC and MediaShare.

    For that though, you only need one ethernet connection to your router as it is bridged to the DECA cloud using a Broadband DECA.

    - Merg
     
  19. mjwagner

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    So, not to pic nits or :beatdeadhorse: but you should probly just replace "your" with "my" in the above sentence to avoid confusion. Certainly "my" LAN currently works just as well and just as reliably as DECA. Just sayin...
     
  20. rlgold88

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    I currently have 4 hd dvr and am looking at getting the whole house dvr deca. I havent called directv yet, before I do can someone tell me, if I will still have 8 tuners and 2 boxes have ota tuners? Also, can each box still rec locally to its hard drive or does it rec to the main dvr? thanks!
     

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