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Does am21 have to hookup to dvr?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by diamatron, Nov 6, 2012.

  1. Nov 6, 2012 #1 of 12

    diamatron Cool Member

    Sep 13, 2012
    I have the hr34 with clients and HDTV boxes. Can the an21 connect anywhere in my network of recievers? Or only At the 34 location.
  2. Nov 6, 2012 #2 of 12

    kevinturcotte Active Member

    Dec 19, 2006
    It needs to be connected to a regular (Non Client) receiver. Also, ONLY that receiver will have access to it (Unless it's connected to the HR34, then clients will have access to it).
  3. Nov 6, 2012 #3 of 12

    diamatron Cool Member

    Sep 13, 2012
    Thanks. I was just making sure because the clients do have USB.

    Anyways. I passed on the install today. The tv repair wanted 700 dollars to get my antenna system to digital compatibility.

    I currently have a channel master 1160 he said. It has a pre amp but I don't have the power supply or it. It's on a rotor but don't have the control box.

    So I didn't do anything. I maybe I will look online for a control box an see if my rotor turns. I assume its from 1984 when the house was built
  4. Nov 6, 2012 #4 of 12

    kevinturcotte Active Member

    Dec 19, 2006
    The clients do have a USB port? Hadn't noticed that before. Not that it would reallly have any practical purpose (That I can think of) , but now I'm wondering what would happen if you connected the AM21 directly to the client? Not at home right now, and won't be until around 7-Somebody wanna play? lol
    And $700 to "Convert" you to digital? There isn't any need, or even any way , to "Convert to digital.'' There aren't analog and digital antennas. Either the antenna picks up the station or it doesn't, regardless if the staion is being broadcast in analog or digitally. You can get a rotator for MUCH cheaper. The only question is whether that's the appropriate antenna for your area and what stations you're trying to grab.
  5. Nov 6, 2012 #5 of 12

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    Does your television set have an antenna input and a built in tuner? If so, connect your existing outdoor TV antenna (not your dish) to your TV and check for reception on your local channels. If you get them on your TV directly, chances are good you will get them on an AM21. If you don't get them on your TV, chances are very good you won't get them on an AM21.
  6. Nov 6, 2012 #6 of 12
    Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    Connecting the AM21 to a C31 does absolutely nothing, and in fact the USB port's pretty much useless too.
  7. Nov 6, 2012 #7 of 12

    billsharpe Hall Of Fame

    Jan 25, 2007
    I'm still using the old USF/VHF OTA antenna that was on the roof of my house when I bought it in 1971. The only upgrade was replacing the twin leads with coax. I got all the available OTA channels with my HR20 and get over 100 channels when connected to my TV set. Of course that includes many sub-channels; one station has ten separate feeds. I am 36 miles from Mount Wilson, where most of the TV broadcast antennas are located.
  8. Nov 6, 2012 #8 of 12

    NR4P Dad

    Jan 15, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    There is no such thing as a digital vs analog antenna. The antenna doesn't care.

    If it has a preamp and it can't be powered, remove the preamp, bypass it.
    Point the antenna at stations towers, manually one time if you have to, and you will get lots of stations on the AM21.
  9. Nov 9, 2012 #9 of 12

    diamatron Cool Member

    Sep 13, 2012
    The antenna repair guy explained to me how digital signals need digital antenna. Compared them to Satelite.

    I figured channel 48 was channel 48. Frequency is the same. Now I do think a digital amp could possibly be better in theory.

    It only makes since to try my antenna first. Let you know how it works out.
  10. CCarncross

    CCarncross Hall Of Fame

    Jul 19, 2005
    digital or analog...it has nothing to do with it, it has to do with what frequencies the antenna can receive (UHF/VHF...) and also the frequency rating of the amplifier and/or splitter used.
  11. Beerstalker

    Beerstalker Hall Of Fame

    Feb 9, 2009
    Peoria, IL
    The Channel Master 1160 if that is what you have is a really good VHF/UHF antenna, many people online wish they had them. If your "Antenna" guy is telling you it needs replaced tell him to take a hike.

    Now the pre-amp, and rotator might need replaced (if you even need them), but definitely don't let him replace that antenna unless it is damaged beyond repair.

    Post a link to your TVfool results here and I'm willing to bet someone can tell you if you really need a pre-amp and rotator or not. Be sure to include an estimated height on the antenna as that can make a big difference.

    Don't worry your address won't show up when you link your results here, just the results.
  12. xmguy

    xmguy Active Member

    Mar 26, 2008
    Middle, TN
    I used to have a Channel Master antenna and pre amp. Had it on my roof about 50FT all together. I could pick up all of the Nashville, TN , Chattanooga, TN , Knoxville, TN and even Alabama sometimes (living in middle TN). It was wired in to a RF 3 injector that allowed my TV to pick up all the channels then my BUD (locked on to Galaxy 7) would RF on 3. I miss those Analog signal days. But digital or analog the Antenna doesn't matter. Antenna can't differentiate between a digital or analog signal.

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