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622+311=Too Much?

Discussion in 'ViP612/622/722/722K DVR Support Forum' started by Bill Simonsen, Mar 4, 2007.

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  1. Bill Simonsen

    Bill Simonsen Mentor

    Oct 3, 2002
    I'm sorry, I know I could prolly search for this, but it's a bad time....Does anybody know what the cost would be if I kept my 622 connected to one TV, and used the 311 in the BR? My wife is kind of technophobic, but I never imagined the trouble she'd have with this new receiver. Especially when I have to leaf through the manual to answer her query, and I'm wrong half the time.
    I've spent a LOT of time in CE in various roles, and I cannot imagine the average user getting comfortable with the 622 in any reasonable length of time. I've had mine 3 days, and to say that it is 'not intuitive' is the understatement of the year.

    TYIA for your trouble. (Coming from the late lamented 721- where SW versions went BACKWARDS- active product life of about 5 wks with E*- and a 311.)

  2. LAM

    LAM Cool Member

    Feb 5, 2003
    These receivers are easy to operate and i have seen 80 year old couples using them. Give this a little more time to get used to.
  3. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    Adding a 311 would cost you $5 per month. You would have to wire a satellite feed to the bedroom. Based on your comments you would probably want a qualified installer to do that for you (it is easy to do wrong).

    The 311 would be limited to JUST the standard definition channels with no ability to record, pause or rewind.
  4. patmurphey

    patmurphey Godfather

    Dec 21, 2006
    The most important difference is that the TV2 output to the second TV will give you SD access to all recordings and SD view of all the HD channels. The 311 will not do that and you will be paying for the extra receiver - why do that?

  5. jsk

    jsk Icon

    Dec 27, 2006
    Fallston, MD
    What kinds of problems are you having? Maybe it is a simple fix.

    If you are seeing the same thing on both TVs all of the time, you are probably in single mode. It also will say Single mode underneath the time as you change channels. If it is set like this, you should switch to dual mode. You can switch by hitting the mode button on the front of the receiver.

    That way, it will be as if you had a second box in the bedroom.
  6. farleyville

    farleyville AllStar

    Jan 8, 2007
    The 2nd TV option can get confusing for my wife as well if I keep the TV in single mode.. aspect ratios, etc.. get her a little lost, but in dual mode, she has no issues at all.

    you lose a couple of functions in dual modes, such as PIP, and the ease of not worrying which tuner the recording is assigned to.. but other than those two items.. dual mode is easier for her.
  7. Bill Simonsen

    Bill Simonsen Mentor

    Oct 3, 2002
    Thank you to all- as to my experience, I managed Radio Shack stores back when that meant something, I managed a CompUSA, etc. so I have a fair handle on the stuff.
    I was just thinking, our BR is wired for the 311 that just came out- If I reactivated that, beloved wife would have a simple way to watch HGTV. Then, *some day* , I could take the AV out from the 622, run it through a wireless 2.4 ghz xmitter to the other set, and run that off the other video in on the BR set.

    But I've applied dots of nail polish to some of the vital keys on remote 2, and taped a cheat sheet to the rear of remote, and we'll see how well the wifely brain can assimilate. (She's really very bright, but has a big blind spot when it comes to _anything_ that plugs into a wall or uses batteries)....and I love her dearly..

    Thanx again...
  8. CABill

    CABill Hall Of Fame

    Mar 20, 2005
    As long as the BR is already wired for the 311, you should try to connect the 311 to the TV's Line 1 with RCA jacks and keep the 622 on the coax input.

    If the 622 is presently the only receiver active on the account, it might not cost you the extra $5/month to activate the owned 311. If you can get a CSR to make the 311 be the primary receiver on the account (as if you hadn't deactivated it), it costs the same per month as just a 622 as an upgrade receiver (DIU). Worth investigating and there is no charge to add or drop the owned receiver.
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