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Best deal for Whole Home

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by tsduke, Sep 20, 2011.

  1. tsduke

    tsduke Godfather

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    I'm being told $199 to get setup for whole home. I'm currently not under contract and I currently don't have SWM.

    What's the best deal I can get?

    I assume this will add a 2 year commitment. Should I purchase the parts and do it myself? It looks like I would need DECA's for all my receivers so that would be an added cost.

    1 - HR22
    1 - HR23
    2 - H23
     
  2. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Unless you have a receiver replaced/added, there isn't a commitment for this upgrade.
    While you can do it yourself, as I did, you may find that price isn't that bad for everything you'll need.
    1 SWiM LNB + PI, + splitter(s) + cable changes.
    3 white DECA adapters, + BB DECA to bridge to your home network
     
  3. TDK1044

    TDK1044 Godfather

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    Negotiate with them. I added an additional HD DVR (HR 24) and had a full Whole Home DVR install plus internet connection done for $149. :)
     
  4. tsduke

    tsduke Godfather

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    Do they occasionally swap out for deca capable receivers rather than install the deca's? I want an HR24 but I was going to get it from Solid Signal when I'm ready.
     
  5. tsduke

    tsduke Godfather

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    How did you get the HR24? I was going to get it from Solid Signal to ensure I get a 24.
     
  6. TDK1044

    TDK1044 Godfather

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    If you are getting Whole Home DVR installed, and looking to add an HD DVR, it will be an HR24. My tech had about 20 on his truck. :) I've since purchased a third HR24 from Solid Signal.
     
  7. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    While this can happen, not every installer may have them on their truck.

    http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=196779
     
  8. tsduke

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  9. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    You can refuse the whole install if you like.
    Since you have receivers that "only need" the DECA adapters, I doubt the installer would be swapping them for HR24s.
     
  10. tsduke

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    Called again. Best they will do is $100 off whatever I ask for today. I also didn't know it would be a $49 install on top of the $199 I was told yesterday.:mad:

    If I add Whole Home + DVR I'm looking at $350.

    If I only add Whole Home it's $149 after the $100 discount.

    Seems like a lot of money for something any new customer would get for free.
     
  11. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Well, as is fairly well known, new customer/installs get some good deals.

    You first asked about the Whole Home upgrade, but then moved on to DVR addition/upgrade.
    The first doesn't come with a program commitment, while the second does.
     
  12. tsduke

    tsduke Godfather

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    Yes, I know it's fairly well known, but like anyone I'm looking for the best deal for me.:D If the math isn't far off I might do it myself.

    Couple questions on that...

    What is a PI?

    How do I determine how many splitters?

    How do I get whole added with Directv since they won't know I have the correct equipment?
     
  13. tsduke

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    Ok, PI must be the DECA power supply?

    Why do you only say 3 DECA?
     
  14. veryoldschool

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    Here's a list of parts from solidsignal:
    LNB:
    http://www.solidsignal.com/pview.as...riple-LNB-With-Built-In-Multiswitch-(SL3-SWM)
    or
    http://www.solidsignal.com/pview.as...-Five-LNB-With-Built-In-Multiswitch-(SL5-SWM)

    Power inserter for it:
    http://www.solidsignal.com/pview.as...er-for-SWimLine-dish-(PI-21)&sku=874409000844

    4-way splitter:
    http://www.solidsignal.com/pview.as...de-Band-MRV-Compatible-Splitter-(2--2150-MHz)

    Three of these for your receivers:
    http://www.solidsignal.com/pview.asp?p=DECA1MR01&d=DIRECTV-Ethernet-Coax-Adapter-DECA--(DECA1MR01)

    Broadband DECA to connect the internet/home network:
    http://www.solidsignal.com/pview.as...-DECA-Broadband-with-power-supply-(DECABB1R0)
    or
    http://www.solidsignal.com/pview.as...W-Wireless-DECA-Cinema-Connection-Kit-(CCK-W)

    Once all of this is working, you'll need to call DirecTV to get them to add the MRV service. I was able to explain I had all the hardware, so it was simple and supported. Some have it as unsupported following the steps in this thread: http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=177590
     
  15. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    PI is for the SWiM, and you need 3 white DECAs for your receivers [one each].
     
  16. tsduke

    tsduke Godfather

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    Ouch, so that is getting a bit pricey.

    I didn't know I needed to replace the LNB too? I have a 5 LNB that was installed fall of 2008. Not sure of the actual model though.

    Edit: Since I have 4 receivers I would need for 4 Deca's and probably an 8 way splittter. Especially considering I want to add an HR24.
     
  17. Beerstalker

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    I thought he had 4 receivers (two HD-DVRs, two HD receivers) so shouldn't he need 4 white DECAs?

    Even going with stuff off eBay this is most likely going to cost him pretty close to the $149 offer he just got from DirecTV.

    SWM LNB + Splitters + Power Inserter = $40
    4 White Decas 4 x $20 = $80
    BB DECA = $20

    Total = 40 + 80 + 20 = $140

    And those would be good prices on eBay, you might have to pay more.

    I would recommend the OP just have DirecTV come out and install if he can get it done for $150.
     
  18. Beerstalker

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    Are you really wanting to add an HR24 or were you just asking them about that to try to get a better deal? Would it be replacing one of your current HD-DVRs or HD receivers?

    You would probably be better off with a 4 way splitter and then adding in another 2 way splitter after it on your shortest coax runs, instead of using an 8 way.
     
  19. harsh

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    The best deal for you is the one that you negotiate. Know that you can't negotiate with DIRECTV for a particular make and model receiver.

    Wiring everything with CAT5e/6 and gigabit switchgear is perhaps a more practical option in the long term. It is probably also cheaper for the DIY types.
     
  20. tsduke

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    Yes, I am. I asked together and separate about the HR24 and Whole Home and was give $199 for the HR24 and $199 + $49 for whole home. I can get $100 off of either she said. I don't need to have the HR24 at the same time I just inquired while on the phone.
     

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