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HR44 interferes with phone

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Speedracer007, Jun 12, 2013.

  1. Speedracer007

    Speedracer007 New Member

    Jun 4, 2013
    Got my HR44 and 2 C41 clients installed on Monday.

    Yesterday when I got home from work I went to use my home phone (yes, I still have a landline) and it did not work. I use a local cable company for my phone and internet service -- everything comes into a box on a coax, then the box is plugged into the phone jack to "power" all the phone jacks in the house.

    After talking to the phone provider and not getting anything fixed, I called the Tech who did the HR44 install. He told me that they were just informed that day that there was an issue with the Genies interfering with the phones and to unplug it from the phone line. After doing that the phones worked. However, now I don't have the Caller ID option on the TV.

    Anyone else heard of this or if there is a resolution?
  2. samrs

    samrs MANC

    May 30, 2004
    Flat Branch, NC
    Verify that the phone line was plugged into the phone jack and not the Ethernet port.
  3. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

    Dec 2, 2010
    I've not read of anything quite like that, but since I prefer my caller ID on the phone, and no message on the screen, I wouldn't have experienced it myself.

    You don't need to have a phone line attached, in spite of a few old messages to that effect.
  4. jimmie57

    jimmie57 Hall Of Fame

    Jun 26, 2010
    Texas City, TX
    The caller ID does not work well with most of the HD receivers is what I read in a lot of posts.
  5. Phil17108

    Phil17108 Mentor

    Apr 10, 2010
    I dumped Verizon, voice, internet and cell phone a year ago, and went with TimeWarner for internet services only, then got 2 magic jacks stand alone unites one for fax, with a year of service and I think 5 more years for a 100 bucks. I can't tell the deference. My DirecTV system uses the TimeWarner internet, and the magic jack has caller ID. I unplugged the phone years ago as I found it to be a pain in the neck.
  6. NR4P

    NR4P Dad

    Jan 15, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    Internet phone varies from cable co. and Telco's. There isn't any mandatory standard anyone has to follow. The STB manufacturers typically design for standard Copper wire specs (like Ma Bell) but if your cable company wants to save a few bucks on the EMTA, they can do what they want.

    I have a traditional phone line and CID has worked perfectly for every Directv box I've ever had going back many, many years. Including the HR44.

    VoIP phone and magic jack and cellular telephone interfaces are good for many folks but each have plus and minuses.
  7. Jul 3, 2013 #7 of 14

    mark_winn Legend

    Nov 3, 2005
    Wow ! I was having the same issue and checked. I was actually plugging into the Ethernet port. This little tip saved me a big headache. Definitely need to be careful and use a flashlight :).
  8. Jul 3, 2013 #8 of 14

    Joe166 AllStar

    Jan 5, 2007
    You would think this was pretty basic, but in my Monday morning install, my wife came in and reported that halfway through a detailed phone call with USAA about our credit cards the phone had cut off. I couldn't imagine what could have caused it and swore to her that it must just be a glitch in the (ATT) phone service (which is not all that unusual at our home), and she went away, not happy, but mad at ATT and not DTV or me. After the installation was completed I went to the place where the phone service comes into our house so that I could assure ATT that the problem was NOT in our house and not to threaten me with an $85 service call because it was THEIR line that was dead before it got into my home and lo and behold, I had a dial tone there. I went back to the den where the installation had taken place and unplugged the phone line from the HR44 and the phone line was miraculously repaired. I told my wife that it was obviously a short term problem with ATT but that it was now fixed. I found that the phone line had been plugged into the Ethernet port, which obviously caused the line to malfunction, so be alert to this. Although it was the tech who did it, I should not have been so glib about it not being possible that the DTV installation could have anything to do with the problem, but frankly, I didn't even remember the phone line being attached since it is never used except for caller ID.
  9. Jul 3, 2013 #9 of 14

    maerativo New Member

    Jul 23, 2008
    N. California
    Last month I dumped AT&T after 22 years and "upgraded" to Ooma. Caller ID works just fine with the new "landline" :righton:
  10. NR4P

    NR4P Dad

    Jan 15, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    Be sure to call 911 before you need it and verify the call is going to the right public safety center. They won't mind a call if you tell them you need to test your phone. Ask them if they see your location accurately. Just don't call and hang up.
  11. peds48

    peds48 Genius.

    Jan 10, 2008
    doesn't these VoIP phones used E911? where you set up the location of the device to be shown to the 911 operator
  12. vbush

    vbush AllStar

    Aug 21, 2006
    I would not call 9-1-1 for a test call without first calling their regular 10-digit number to clear it with them first.
  13. vbush

    vbush AllStar

    Aug 21, 2006
    Yes, they all have 9-1-1 in some form or the other. Set up properly it will route to the correct 9-1-1 call center. If it is not set up correctly it will route to a national call center which will transfer you to the correct 9-1-1 call center.
  14. vbush

    vbush AllStar

    Aug 21, 2006
    I also use Ooma and have no issues with caller ID on the 44 or no issues with the phone working.

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