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DBSTalk First Look: DISH Hopper and Joey Whole Home HD DVR System

Discussion in 'Hopper System Support Forum' started by James Long, Apr 2, 2012.

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  1. Apr 4, 2012 #41 of 151
    caam1

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    Yes, an external USB drive from a 622/722 will work with the Hopper (drives used with a 211 will not). I have a 2TB drive that I used on a 622 and it works great on the Hopper. It is much faster to access the drive on Hopper than it was on the 622. Some people have had EHD problems with the Hopper, but mine is working great.
     
  2. Apr 4, 2012 #42 of 151
    gax279

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    Found this forum off of AVSForum.com and I'm glad I did!

    I've seen a few commercials and wasn't sure what Hopper and Joey were all about, but now I know. :cool:

    I have a few questions, but first, here is some background on my set-up:

    622 in the main/family room
    211K in the kitchen
    612 in the basement.

    Note the 622 also sends a signal to the tv in the spare bedroom.

    All of the equipment is leased.

    None of the equipment is connected to Dish via a phone jack, or connected to the internet (we stream off of Vudu or Apple TV).

    All 4 of my TVs are HD, and connected via HDMI.

    In the summer, I sometimes take the 40" LCD from the spare bedroom and move it outside to the deck to watch baseball, football, etc. In order to do this, I have an HDMI splitter box off of the 211K in the kitchen and a 25' HDMI cable strung out the kitchen window and connect to the TV directly. It works, albeit it's not pretty. ;)

    That's why I'm thinking the H & Js may be a good option for me.

    So my questions...
    1. Does the Hopper and Joey system utilize the existing coax wiring/cable jacks? Basically unplug the old boxes, plug in the new, and good to go?

    2. In my house, I could put the Hopper in the family room, Joey #1 in the kitchen, Joey #2 in the basement, and Joey #3 could float between the spare bedroom and deck, correct?

    3. Is there a wireless broadband option for the streaming content. If not, I can use a ethernet powerline adapter...I'd like to take advantage of the streaming features.

    4. In looking at the Dish Network site and reading their H & J propaganda, it says Call 800-333-DISH to upgrade your equipment. Fee(s) will apply.

    I'm going to try and call on my way home from work tonight, but for those that have upgraded, what were the "fees," if any?

    Thanks again-
    DB
     
  3. Apr 4, 2012 #43 of 151
    n-spring

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    James, you mentioned that PTAT can "hijack" a tuner when it kicks in. I think this might have happened to me last night. At 6:55pm CDT, the channel I was watching froze, the Hopper stopped responding to the remote, and then eventually crashed/rebooted itself. I don't know which tuner the Hopper was currently using when this happened. I was also recording a show on HBO when PTAT started.

    I've noticed that PTAT in the timer list always claims the same tuner. Also, timers claim a tuner at the time it is created. This is different than what I'm used to on the DirecTV DVRs. Timers are not tied to any tuner when they're created. They just use whichever tuner is free to start recording the event at the set time.
     
  4. Apr 4, 2012 #44 of 151
    domingos35

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    depends on your payment history amongst other things.
    most customers looking to upgrade will pay $100 for 1 hopper and 3 joeys
     
  5. Apr 4, 2012 #45 of 151
    domingos35

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    timers do not claim a tuner when they are created,they will use any tuner available at the time the recording starts
     
  6. Apr 4, 2012 #46 of 151
    jjanthony

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    Will the OTA module I have in my VIP922 work/fit in the the hopper?
     
  7. Apr 4, 2012 #47 of 151
    James Long

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    Unfortunately not. The Hopper currently has no OTA support. There are no slots for a 922 style module. It appears DISH's solution will be via USB.
     
  8. Apr 4, 2012 #48 of 151
    melkins

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    Took my guy 7 hours to install, also had two other trucks show up to help him. I have 1 hopper and 3 Joey's. I love it!!!! The greatest feature is the built in remote control feature on the Hopper, it will automatically set up your hopper to work with your DVD player and home AV receiver. No more looking for remote control codes!!!
     
  9. Apr 4, 2012 #49 of 151
    komondor

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    My biggest issue is the lack of tuners and cost for a Joey and 3 hoppers cost lots more than 2 DVRs and has one less tuner
     
  10. Apr 4, 2012 #50 of 151
    n-spring

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    If that's true, then why is there a colored icon on the timer indicating which tuner the timer will use?
     
  11. Apr 5, 2012 #51 of 151
    patmurphey

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    2 VIP DVRs don't run 4 HD TVs. If tuners are an issue 2 Hoppers and 2 Joeys have the same monthly fee as 1h/3j.
     
  12. Apr 6, 2012 #52 of 151
    722921

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    Somebody PM me when OTA is up and working...
     
  13. Apr 6, 2012 #53 of 151
    skatingrocker17

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    It looks really cool but I looked into switching from DTV and it seems pretty expensive for me to make the switch.
     
  14. Apr 6, 2012 #54 of 151
    gax279

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    I called Dish and they answered questions 2-4 for me.

    James, or others that have had it installed, can you answer my 1st question?

    Dish was not able to, or at least I couldn't understand his answer. I ask because 1 of the cable jacks is not easy to get to and if they have to pull new wires to it, I would have to move a TV and entertainment center.


     
  15. Apr 6, 2012 #55 of 151
    James Long

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    It depends on the quality of your coax and whether it goes where it needs to go.

    You need a straight run from the Hopper to the "node". You need a straight run from each Joey to the "node". You can split each run ONCE, feeding a Hopper and Joey off of the Hopper connection to the node (using a tap) or feeding two Joeys off of the Joey connection to the node (using a splitter).

    You will also need two feeds from the "node" to the dish and have a DPP LNB on the dish. (For a two hopper system one needs three runs to the dish. Two hopper systems use a "duo node" with separate feeds to each hopper.)

    If your cable is poor quality or you have additional splits you may have to have the cable replaced. You cannot have any other signals on the coax between the Hoppers/Joeys/dish.

    It is a complicated answer ... which is why a tech looking at the cable is probably the best way DISH could give an answer.
     
  16. Apr 6, 2012 #56 of 151
    wco81

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    I have a D* installation, with the dish and a multiswitch mounted outside a town home in the upper level of the building.

    From there, 3 RG-6 cables run downstairs to the living room and 2 RG-6 cables run to the upstairs bedroom. Presumably the MoCA switch or hub could be installed outside with the dish and then the existing RG-6 cable runs could be used to network the hopper to the joeys?

    Only have two TVs and probably would be fine with one hopper and one joey.
     
  17. Apr 6, 2012 #57 of 151
    Groundhog45

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    Very good writeup. I enjoyed reading the first look. I'm getting ready to help wire a friends new house and this is probably the setup they will get. Very helpful.

    In post 8, in one of the pictures of the Hopper, what is the red box with the vent grid on the top?
     
  18. Apr 6, 2012 #58 of 151
    wtrjock

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    The red box is the Dish Sling Adapter. A special sling adapter that only works on dish network VIP and hopper receivers.
     
  19. Apr 6, 2012 #59 of 151
    wtrjock

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    Damn P....you beat me to it! :)
     
  20. Apr 6, 2012 #60 of 151
    P Smith

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    Not for ViP922, not for ViP622, not for ViP211[k] - the adapter is good only for 722[k] model. And h2k now.
     
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