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adding a hd receiver question

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by directv newb, Apr 10, 2013.

  1. inhd40

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    Thinking of adding another receiver as well. Been back with D* for 3 months and only took 3 receivers. It looks like our soon to be graduate will be moving back home for awhile while house/apartment hunting. The wife also wants to make the room into an office now and have TV in it. I would like to move the C-31 in the MB and replace it with a DVR. What model would you suggest as far as adding tuners and compatibility with the HR 34? I'm thinking HR 24, but don't know much about it. Will D* cut me a deal since I could have got it free 3 months ago or will I be better going solid signal and self install? The wiring is already run in the other bedroom and should be pretty simple as long as I don't need to upgrade the SWM. I might also add that my DECA/ network is connected to the C-31 in the MB, and wonder if connecting the new DVR to it will still feed the WHDVR setup.
     
  2. directv newb

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    Directv will ABSOLUTELY not cut you a deal, that is why these guys always say "get all you will need when you sign up". I tried but it is a no deal. The best way to get a new receiver is to buy thru "solid signal", you are guaranteed a brand new receiver and it will be exactly the model you choose. It is NO different than buying it from directv, once it arrives at your house you activate thru directv and then directv services it. You will have your contract extended to two years and be charged $6.00 per month. As for mini genie or hr24, I went with the H24, but the other guys could probably be more help on that. I like the fact that if my GENIE dies my H24 still rocks on, but if the GENIE dies the C31's can't work.
     
  3. inhd40

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    If I gone with the receiver at install it would have been a client and I'm glad I didn't. Don't want another one not only because it would tie up another tuner, but because it is also slow and quirky. Would also like to add some tuners to my setup. Wish I had talked to some on here prior to ordering my set-up that's for sure.
     
  4. dpeters11

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    As long as you will be at 8 tuners or less, no SWM upgrade needed. The C31 doesn't count toward that.

    The hr24 is compatible, but you can't access the genie todo list, history, series manager from it, or vice versa. You cannot set a recording on the other box. An H24 can set a recording on genie.

    And to be clear on solid signal, you aren't buying, it's still a lease. And you cannot completely request a specific model. You know you'll get an HR24 etc, but no guarantee on manufacturer. And there can be differences.
     
  5. directv newb

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    When you are first signing up you try to think of everything you want and will need, but it isn't until you have had the system a while that you fully know what you like and want, hindsight is 20/20 :)
     
  6. inhd40

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    What are the specs as far as hard drive and tuners on the HR24?
     
  7. HoTat2

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    500 GB and 2 tuners.
     
  8. dpeters11

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    2 tuners, 500gb. Same as the hr23, except has built in DECA, and speed.

    External sata limited to 2tb.
     
  9. inhd40

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    You are right about that. I had D* for a long time before all the HD and DVR came about. My owned receivers finally bit the dust and thinking I would have to buy all new receivers I just switched and got the new equipment from Dish. So I am really unfamiliar with the new D* equipment. Thanks for the help and the replies.
     
  10. inhd40

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    OK, that's what I thought. Thanks. As far as the deca being built in, does that mean I can do away with the adapter that goes to the client?
     
  11. HoTat2

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    If by "the adapter that goes to the client" refers to the external DECA to the receiver, yes you may, actually "must," do away with it.
     
  12. inhd40

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    OK cool, thanks.
     
  13. peds48

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    If by "must" you mean the wireless built in on the HR44, IMO, I would never connect any home theater gear wireless. So much unreliableā€¦
     
  14. HoTat2

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    No, the poster was asking if he could exclude the use of a receiver DECA with an HR24, and I said yes, in fact he "must" of course.
     

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