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. Clearcreek

    Clearcreek New Member

    Aug 22, 2012
    Wouldn't the second Hopper be an additional $99? You would get 3 additional tuners with the second hopper.
  2. david_jr

    david_jr Godfather

    Dec 10, 2006
    I would recommend 2 hoppers based on your previous posts. 2 and 2 would give you independent viewing on up to 4 TV's, but the outputs on Hopper can be shared as you were already doing with 722s (HDMI/component). And the Joeys can be carried between locations if you have the wiring run and configured properly. You could add more Joeys for convenience sake, but each one carries additional $7 month fee.
  3. Nov 9, 2012 #143 of 151

    Mr.Gadget Mentor

    Mar 28, 2004
    Awhile back, somebody was going to do some testing using the Ethernet port on the Joeys. Can the Joey access the Hopper over the network rather than the Coax for accessing media? I would really like to maintain my existing coax (headend) system, and keep clear of Dish clutter since they don't play well together. I have other devices currently sharing the coax (Cameras, DVD players, Tuners, etc).

    I know I could pull a second coax for the Joey in remote locations, but I already have a network and coax at all remote destinations, thus keeping the coax for existing (legacy TV) services, and the network for new applications (Joey).

    In this configuration, the TV can then select either HDMI input for the Joey, or TV/ANT for my coax headend CATV.


    Nevermind - Found answer from other forum back to this forum.
  4. 34Ford

    34Ford AllStar

    Jul 3, 2004
    I noticed in the pics at the start of this thread there is a G4 card.
    Is this necessary? I thought they didn't need cards anymore.
  5. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 7, 2005
    Kittrell, NC
    Not sure exactly what you mean... some receivers have the built-in encryption, but since that can change they all have the card slots. IF they didn't do that, then they couldn't ever change security without having to replace all receivers in the field... so sometimes you get a receiver with current security built-in, other times you have one with a card in the slot.
  6. Howard Polack

    Howard Polack Cool Member

    Dec 12, 2012
    I have everything home run in my house. I have typically two RG6 and Cat6 per box and 2 boxes or more per room. My issue is that I need 8 connected TV minimum which tells me I have to have two Hoppers and 6 Joeys. My issue is that it sounds like where ever the Hopper is, I may need to have a splitter and three rg6 back to the Joeys. Can I connect the three Joey's to one Hopper through Cat6 using a switch instead of RG6? There appears to be ethernet connection on both. Can I run the Hopper in a room with One RG6 in and ONE RG6 out to a central hub room where all my RG6 through out my house terminate. Then I could put a splitter in that room hooking all the Joeys up from that room?
  7. bobukcat

    bobukcat Hall Of Fame

    Dec 20, 2005
    Yes, you can use Ethernet to connect the Joeys to the Hoppers but they do have to be connected via Coax for the initial download / setup before being moved to Ethernet: http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=205986

    The Coax to the Joey's doesn't come directly from the Hoppers, it comes from the Duo Node they would install where the three lines from the dish come into the house. It has four outputs, one line is used for each Hopper and then the remaining two can be split to feed Joeys.

    Diagrams can be found here: http://www.dishuser.org/hopper.php
  8. Ray C@DISH Network

    Ray C@DISH Network DISH Representative DISH Representative

    Dec 28, 2010
    The coax feed for each Joey feeds off the Node on a client ports. The Joeys access programming from the Hopper it is linked with and DVR content from either Hopper.

    If you have a distribution point for your coax cables, the nodes can be placed there. Please let me know if you have further questions. Thanks.

  9. TheGrove

    TheGrove AllStar

    Jan 9, 2007
    This is no longer true. When they setup my 2-Hopper/1-Joey install we just plugged everything into my ethernet network and the Joey linked up and updated without any problems. My only coax runs now are from the dish to the Hoppers everything else interconnects via my network.
  10. Howard Polack

    Howard Polack Cool Member

    Dec 12, 2012
    If I am understanding everything correctly, I can have a dou node switch in my distribution room from the Satellite Dish. From there it is a cable to the hoppers in any room.

    I can then jack the Hoppers into my gigabit network. Then I can locate any Joey in any room where I can jack it into my network. Are we sure this does not have to be connected through its own switch.

    Seems to be too good to be true.

    If this is not true, worst case, I can run a RG6 cable from the switch in my distribution room to any Joey. Which since all my cables are home run to all boxes in all my rooms, I don't have to really run any new cables.
  11. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator

    Apr 17, 2003
    Your existing switch should work. I have a 100mbps switch that serves the wired equipment in my home and it works fine to connect a Hopper to Joeys. A separate network is not required.

    We even have one user on our site who is using a wi-fi dongle on a Joey to connect it to his home network.

    The caveat is that Ethernet is not officially supported. If it doesn't work don't expect DISH to try to fix it for you.
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