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DTV Bureaucracy Failure

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by downeast, Jan 21, 2011.

  1. downeast

    downeast New Member

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    I have three HD receivers, one of which is a DVR. All are model H24. We have the Whole Home service which works just fine. Upon occasions we have need for a receiver in yet another room so we have been moving one of the receivers into this room upon occasions. Moving equipment gets old after a while so we decided to order another receiver. We assumed (wrongly) that we would receive similar equipment. What arrived was a model H21 receiver which would not fit the space available but more importantly, the model H21 does not have an ethernet interface so this new receiver could NOT access Whole-Home features of our DVR. One would think that it was somebody's job at DirecTV to take a look at the customers configuration and send equipment compatible with the customer's subscription options. I called DTV and explained the problem and the customer rep agreed with my problem diagnosis. He said they will send a model H24 replacement (which has a built-in ethernet). Today, another box arrives from DTV and inside is another model H21 and not even some external ethernet. I called DTV again and after being switched around several times and getting lots of agreement that the H21 will NOT work without ethernet for whole-home they finally came back and said that the equipment people can not guarantee a particular model on any order. I understand the company wanting to use recycled older model equipment where possible but I do not understand why they insist on shipping equipment that will not work with features for which you are paying. On top of that they have NO procedure to correct the problem. That's a bit amazing actually. The H21 is fine in many other configurations. If there is an external ethernet interface for the H21 then it might be made to work but we have no space for more boxes. We will revert back to moving receivers around though we are not very happy about it. Without any harsh words I asked the last rep to just send me another set of labels for returning the second H21. Bummer!
     
  2. matt

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    If you had the space (must be really cramped there) for the H21, all you need to get it going is a DECA adapter.
     
  3. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

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    I'm thinking he means H20, since he said it does not have an Ethernet jack. So DECA won't work.

    To the OP, there is no option for external ethernet through USB etc. The best option to know what you're getting is through SolidSignal or Weaknees. If they say you're getting an H24, that's what you get.
     
  4. Doug Brott

    Doug Brott Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

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    check the model again .. If it doesn't have an Ethernet port at all it must be an H20 .. That's not going to work at all for you. You'd need to tell DIRECTV that you have Whole Home DVR Service and need the right equipment.

    A bit surprising that you have zero space in all 3 locations where the H21 could fit, though. They're not that much bigger than the H24. But if it's an H20, then yeah, I seem to recall those being quite a bit bigger.
     
  5. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    I get the feeling all that is needed here is a DECA. The OP seems to mix DECA & ethernet in his post.
     
  6. dpeters11

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    Rereading it, and the H24 with builtin ethernet part, you're probably right.
     
  7. Doug Brott

    Doug Brott Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

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    and a smaller box ...

    Maybe extend the video from one room to the other so that it doesn't have to be moved every time.
     
  8. woollybully

    woollybully Mentor

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    Just order a H24 from Solid Signal. It's the same price and you get exactly what you want.
     
  9. downeast

    downeast New Member

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    Thanks to all!

    A DECA would have solved the connection problem, yes. But not the space requirement. But, returning the H21s and getting an H24 from a retailer will solve all problems.

    PS: The idea of needing a DECA NEVER was mentioned by anybody at DTV. I have a DECCA to connect a router port to the SWM but dumb me never quite put that solution to the new receiver. I was focused on getting ethernet access via the coax connecter on the receiver. After all, all three present boxes work that way... Thanks guys!
     
  10. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

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    Impossible.
     

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