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dvr r15-100

Discussion in 'DIRECTV SD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Beerdawg, Mar 7, 2010.

  1. Beerdawg

    Beerdawg New Member

    Mar 7, 2010
    In one room we have a DVR R15-100 receiver and in the other room we have a D12-100 receiver with Tivo. My question is ,can I get another R15-100 receiver say from ebay, run another co ax cable from the splitter and use the current card we have and get rid of the Tivo. Or would I have get another card?
  2. MikeW

    MikeW Hall Of Fame

    May 16, 2002
    Each receiver requires its own unique card and subscription. You can't move your service from one receiver to the other by moving the card.
  3. matt

    matt New Member

    Jan 11, 2010
    You would have to be super super lucky to pull that off, so don't count on it. Even if you could reuse the card, you would have to get them to change it in their computers, you can't just swap cards.

    You need to call DirecTV and make sure they will activate the used receiver for you before you buy it. 1-800-DIRECTV, tell them you are a customer and would like to activate a receiver. This will get you to a representative. Tell them you are considering buying a receiver off eBay or whatever, and you would like to make sure you can use it. They will ask you for the receiver ID.

    Always check BEFORE you buy it. If they seller won't give you the RID, move to the next one.
  4. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    Good advice regarding buying a used DVR - be careful. Plan on spending an additional $20 to get a new access card from DirecTV (a requirement when you buy a used receiver or DVR). Factor that cost into whatever you are willing to pay for the equipment. You might be better off simply ordering a DVR from DirecTV (which will be a lease, and will extend any commitment you have to two years from the date of the upgrade).

    As to hooking it up - each tuner connection (2 on a DVR) requires it's own separate coax cable back to the dish, or to a multiswitch. You currently have 3 tuners (one DVR with two tuners, and one receiver with one tuner). There will either be 4 outputs from your dish (with one unused), or 2 outputs from your dish with coax going to another device (a multiswitch) that would have either 4 or 8 outputs. You need to run another coax either to the open port on the dish, or to an unused output on the multiswitch.
  5. The Merg

    The Merg 1*

    Jun 24, 2007
    Northern VA
    And just to add to Matt's advice, when you call DirecTV request the Access Card Team. They are the most knowledgeable when it comes to activating an owned receiver, so they will understand what you are trying to do.

    - Merg
  6. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    I'm moving this to the SD receiver forum.
  7. matt

    matt New Member

    Jan 11, 2010
    They always get all uppity and insist they can help me when I ask for ACDT, and that they can answer all my questions. One lady was kinda rude about it too.
  8. ThomasM

    ThomasM RF Engineer

    Jul 20, 2007
    Milwaukee, WI
    Not always!! They botched up my reactivation of one of my old Hughes receivers which I decided to connect to my stereo to listen to Sonic Tap. Three days later, it displayed an error code on all channels!! I called in and requested the Access Card department (because it was a legacy receiver) but the CSR asked about the issue and so I gave him the info. In just seconds he had the receiver activated correctly on my account!

    So the moral to the story in dealing with DirecTV is once again-it doesn't matter which department you get or what useless options you try pressing on your phone-what really matters is WHO you deal with!!

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