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Dish won't allow me to have another Hopper?

Discussion in 'Hopper System Support Forum' started by ukwes21, Nov 29, 2012.

  1. Grandude

    Grandude RichardParker II

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    I should have been clearer. I didn't mean to leave the VIPs in the system, just meant to leave the DPP44 and DP34 in the system.
     
  2. Grandude

    Grandude RichardParker II

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    Thanks, that was perfect. Since I have all the hardware already installed, the DPP44 and DP34 switch, I could add a third Hopper quite easily if I wanted to purchase one. Not sure but would expect that I might have to get a DPP33 switch to replace the DP34 but that would be an easy swap with all the cables there and in place.
     
  3. garys

    garys Hall Of Fame

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    How many Hoppers are you looking at getting? You need one coax for each Hopper and all the Joeys are connected on the one coax from the node, so 2 Hoppers and all Joeys would only need three outputs from the switch. No second switch would be needed at all.
     
  4. James Long

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

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    You will need to swap the DP34 for the DPP33. The hopper node expects DPP connections to the inputs.

    (DPs can only put feeds from one satellite on a coax ... DPP can put the feed of two satellites on a coax. To feed the three tuners on the Hopper, the node needs to be able to split the inputs between more than one satellite location.)

    Hoppers need unique feeds from a NODE not a switch. A duo node feeds two Hoppers, a solo node feeds one Hopper. One would need a duo node and a solo node to feed three Hoppers.

    Then one has to deal with the inputs to the nodes. The duo node needs three DPP inputs, the solo node needs two DPP input. A three Hopper system needs five DPP inputs. One can feed four DPP inputs off of a DPP44 or three DPP inputs from a DPP33 ... to get five DPP feeds to feed five DPP inputs one needs two DPP switches.

    (It might appear to work with less ... but there are combinations of viewing and recording that will cause a system that does not have all of the feeds to fail.)
     
  5. 3HaloODST

    3HaloODST Godfather

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    You're welcome for the diagram. Even if my phone signature annoys you :hurah: .

    Hopper requires DPP equipment. You'd need either the DPP33 or another DPP44.
     
  6. Grandude

    Grandude RichardParker II

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    Originally planned to get 2H and 2J but considering that I have a DPP44 already, I started thinking of 3H and 2J, with the thought of returning one J or 1 H or keeping them depending on how I end up configuring my system.
     
  7. Grandude

    Grandude RichardParker II

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    I kinda guessed that would be the case.

    Thats where the diagram from Halo comes in handy. If I do decide to do this I want to be able to show the installer how to do it.:grin:

    Thanks for your expertise. It's nice to have a better idea of how things work.
    (I always tell my wife it's magic)
     
  8. Grandude

    Grandude RichardParker II

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    Yup, got that and thanks again for the diagram without the signature.:D

    We are currently experiencing severe weather here, 2 3/4 inches rain overnight and flooding all over the place along with tree limbs down, etc. Hope my power holds through the football games today. I do have a UPS at my TV and Dish system, a UPS at my computers, and a smaller UPS out in the garage feeding the power to the DPP44 and a Cable amp for my basic cable and internet.

    Had the cable diplexed with the dish feed to the back bedroom just to see if I could do it. Worked fine but have pulled that out since I plan on putting a Hopper back there for my wife's exclusive use.

    I have to check my cable labeling to make sure it is all current and correct, and then wait for the storms to pass. I want to get this done before 12/21/12.:grin:
    Total rain since Wednesday: 7 inches.
     
  9. 3HaloODST

    3HaloODST Godfather

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    This site doesn't allow phone signatures :p .

    You've only got 19 days to accomplish this, good luck :D .

    Also, as you may or may not know, you'll have to purchase the third Hopper. Dish will only lease up to 2 Hoppers and 4 Joeys. I originally got 2H/2J from Dish, then purchased the third one a couple of months later when I realized I needed more tuners. I installed it myself so I wouldn't have to pay Dish to do it. However, if you purchase Hopper #3 beforehand and order the 2H/2J, you should be able to use that diagram to show the installer how to do it. You can always return unwanted Joeys later.
     

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