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Genie on the way... do I keep it?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by GregM535, Aug 13, 2013.

  1. GregM535

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    I saw this post by Laxguy concerning the HR44 ethernet connection:

    I currently have my main HR24 connected to the internet using a wired connection with DECA. It sounds like I can remove the DECA device and just plug my Ethernet cable directly into the HR44, which would mean one less device to plug in. Is this correct?
     
  2. peds48

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    I saw this post by Laxguy concerning the HR44 ethernet connection:



    I currently have my main HR24 connected to the internet using a wired connection with DECA. It sounds like I can remove the DECA device and just plug my Ethernet cable directly into the HR44, which would mean one less device to plug in. Is this correct?
    100% correct


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  3. GregM535

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    Thanks, that is great news!
     
  4. Laxguy

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    Yup! I'd recommend keeping the CCK in the back of the closet in case you need/want to reconfigure some day.
     
  5. peds48

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    Yup, if/when the Genie fails and you have other HR2x receivers, you can use the CCK in the interim of the Genie replacement


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  6. GregM535

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    Thanks guys, that is a great idea (not that I was planning on tossing the device). We only use two Directv receivers, so we will have the HR44 and one HR24-100 and I am sending back the other HR24-100. I love the idea of removing the DECA since I have a combined 5.1 HT / 2 channel audio setup with a ton of cables, wall warts, etc, but since the HR44 adds another wall wart to the system I am not really cleaning things up much - the HR44 wall wart will just replace the DECA. At least the mess of cables isn't getting any worse!
     
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    Thanks guys, that is a great idea (not that I was planning on tossing the device). We only use two Directv receivers, so we will have the HR44 and one HR24-100 and I am sending back the other HR24-100. I love the idea of removing the DECA since I have a combined 5.1 HT / 2 channel audio setup with a ton of cables, wall warts, etc, but since the HR44 adds another wall wart to the system I am not really cleaning things up much - the HR44 wall wart will just replace the DECA. At least the mess of cables isn't getting any worse!
    Actually the HR44 does not have a wall wart but rather a "brick"...


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  8. GregM535

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    Sorry, I tend to call external power supplies wall warts even if they technically aren't. I do prefer bricks to actual wall warts, since wall warts often muck up using adjoining outlets.
     
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    Wall warts have become so epidemic that most new power strips (refused to call them "surge protectors") comes with at least one outlet with enough space to accommodate wall warts.
     
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    For years now I've always found that a handy supply of power strip "Liberator Cables" a very convenient way to deal with wall wart type adapters.

    http://www.showmecables.com/product/Power-Strip-Liberator-Cord-1-FT.aspx?zmam=49733141&zmac=5&zmas=1&zmap=CORD-4&gclid=CNuTxsrWhLkCFU5xQgod5BAAjQ
     
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    The Liberator Cables are a great idea - thanks!
     
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    Thanks for everyone's help and advice!

    I ended up receiving the HR44-500 from WeeKnees. Hooked up the external 2TB HD that I was using with the HR24, but I put it in the new Uspeed dock (curious to see how the Uspeed will work over the long run). Removed the DECA and plugged the Ethernet cable that was plugged into the DECA into the HR44. Removed the coax cable that was going from the splitter to the DECA.

    The HR44-500 is a very nice upgrade over the HR24-100. The HR44 is faster than the HR24-100 and it is silent. I found that the increased menu speed took some time to adjust to. Checked to make sure the HR44 was using the wired connection and not wireless. Our Whole Home setup is working great, and there is no problem watching programs I recorded on our upstairs HR24-100 on the HR44. In fact, everything seems a bit quicker when using the Whole Home network with the HR44 in the system.

    I only ran into one hiccup (DOH! - user error) - I must have hit the Uspeed dock's power button and turned the external drive off before powering on the HR44 for the first time. Went through the entire setup, set up favorite channels, and programmed all of our season passes before I though to check to make sure the HR44 was using the external drive, which of course it wasn't. Painful way to find out that favorites and season passes are stored on the HD!

    That leads to a complaint about the Uspeed dock. The power button is on the top and it seems very sensitive to touch. I think I may have shut it off accidentally when I was disconnecting the DECA and removing the extra coax cable from the splitter (a cable may have brushed the power button). I ended up taping a small plastic box over the power button so it isn't accidentally turned off in the future.
     
  16. Laxguy

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    Good news! (Except the power down).
     
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    sounds like the same issue I have with the Xbox 360s. hate those!!!!
     
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    My issue with the Liberator cables is the price. If you search for "1 foot extension cable" at Amazon, you can get a 5-pack of cables for < $9, while the Liberator cables cost about $4 each.
     
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    You can def plug in a PC
     
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