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HR34 general question

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by robertr2112, Aug 30, 2012.

  1. robertr2112

    robertr2112 Cool Member

    Feb 24, 2007
    I got a general question about how the HR34 whole home setup works. I currently have an HR-20 and an HR-21 DVR, along with an SD R15/500. My HR-20 is starting to go out on me and was looking at the HR34, mainly because of the 5 separate recording feature. My question is, will the HR34 co-exist with my other DVR's or will the whole home feature screw things up. I don't really care about the whole home feature (at least for now) and don't want to order this receiver and screw up my setup.
  2. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    The HR34 is SWM only. Given that you have an R15 on your account, you do not have SWM (the R15 won't work with SWM). So in order to get an HR34 you would have to convert to SWM.

    If you drop the HR20, keep the HR21 and get the HR34, you would have 7 tuners which will work with an SWM LNB or with an SWM8 switch. However the R15 won't work with those (actually, it could run off an SWM8, but I don't think DirecTV supports that configuration).

    If you swap the R15 for an R16 (which is SWM compatible), or for an HD receiver or DVR, then you would need an SWM16 in order to handle the total number of tuners you would have (more than 8).

    Another option would be the HR34 plus a C31 RVU client and the HR21. Replace the R15 with either the C31 or the HR21 (and put the C31 where it was).

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