HR54 requirements

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  1. Dec 7, 2017 #1 of 36
    kram

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    I currently have an HR44 and two HR24s. If I replace the 44 with a 54, can I keep the 24s, or do I have to have a client?

    Please confirm what the required configuration is.

    Thanks very much.
     
  2. Dec 7, 2017 #2 of 36
    jimmie57

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    24s work well with the 54. If you want 4k then you have to have a C61K client for that.
     
  3. Dec 7, 2017 #3 of 36
    kram

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    Thanks. Yes, I have 4K. So just to confirm, I will have to lose one HR24 and two (2) tuners. Correct?
     
  4. Dec 7, 2017 #4 of 36
    jimmie57

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    To keep a 24 instead of replacing it you would be adding 1 more $7 per month charges
    If you replace the 24 and the 44 you would not add another $7 charge.
    The C61k will have to go to the 4k TV and the 54 somewhere else.
     
  5. Dec 7, 2017 #5 of 36
    kram

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    But I'd have to add another TV....
     
  6. Dec 7, 2017 #6 of 36
    litzdog911

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    HR44 and HR54's are functionally equivalent, except that the HR54 can feed 4K channels to a C61K client. So swapping your HR44 for an HR54 won't change your current tuner utilization. And Clients don't consume any SWM channels, just tuners from your Genie DVR.
     
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  7. Dec 7, 2017 #7 of 36
    JerryMeeker

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    I replaced a HR24 in my primary listening room with an HR54. Rather than getting a C61K for viewing the limited DTV 4K content, I opted to use my TV’s RVU client, which works just fine. The HR54 continues to provide a direct HDMI connection to the TV for all non-4K content. I retained an HR24 in the bedroom. This configuration, along with the Whole-Home Service, allows me to record everything on the HR54, and view the content either in the living room or the bedroom.

    If DTV provides more robust 4K programming, and the issues with the C61K get ironed out, replacing the RVU client with the C61K May be the way to go. For the time being, I am in no hurry to do so.
     
  8. Dec 8, 2017 #8 of 36
    carl6

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    You would have to add another viewing location ($7 monthly charge). You would not have to add an actual television set. You could put two receivers/devices on one TV.

    But that still incurs an additional monthly charge. An RVU client and a C61K each have a monthly cost. In my personal opinion, the C61K is a much more reliable choice than using a television's RVU client. However, many people are using RVU and it is working just fine for them.
     
  9. Dec 8, 2017 #9 of 36
    WestDC

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    You can feed the same tv with both hr54 & c61k by using the tv input selection or connecting thru a audio system that has 2.2 hdmi complaint ports

    Thats how I do it when i want 4k chane the input
     
  10. O2BRich

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    How do you control the HR54 and the C61K separately? I tried this and both devices responded to the remote.
     
  11. WestDC

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    I use a Sony 1080 AVR in my setup - I have 2 RC71X remotes one for the Hr54 and on for the C61K - I use the HR54 Remote With HDmi-CE -on and have it also have set to control the TV and it connected to (Cable Sat) port- My C61 K Does NOT have HDMI-CE Control On and is Connected to (game) port - It RC71X Controls the TV volume only. (YOU NEED 2 RC71X) or the problem you have is what happens.


    SO when I first turn on the HR54 I use the Remote (on) and the TV Avr Comes to life- When I want to watch the C61K - I use the other RC71 remote an turn it on - The avr switches to Game and the Mini is active.


    Powering OFF the C61K - Screen goes Blank (Then Using the AVR Remote) I hit (SAT) Button on that remote And the Hr54 is back.

    NOTE: I Have Marked the remotes with the Labels they provide and when I'm using the C61K I hide the other remote (under the End table bottom Shelf) so Should My Wife wants to change the channel She Knows no difference.


    This Works for me because as stated I use as others do to only watch 4K Channels and It really not that often




    NOW if your using the TV only you would only need to change the using the TV remote (inputs) - You need 2 Different remotes. My C61K Came with its own programed remote and HDMI cable which I use. But you can get another one anywhere for about $8.


    When Programing the remote Remember to only allow on to turn everything off - or it will really piss you off often -LOL

    I don't mind having a bunch of remotes and Not sure but if you were using a RVU setup you would at least need the TV remote in the mix at some point?
     
  12. O2BRich

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    I’ll have to give that a try.

    Thanks
     
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  13. kram

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    Since I mostly watch the 4K TV, it would make better sense just to have the 24 standalone, and pay the extra $7. Or, I can hang out and wait to see what AT&T does in 2018. In the meantime, there’s plenty of 4K to stream!


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  14. kram

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    A D* tech was here yesterday to replace one of my HR24s with a new one. I inquired about the 54. He said that in homes with one 4K TV, the way they configure the setup is to install both the 54 and the client with the 4K TV. Thus, you retain nine tuners.


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  15. Grafixguy

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    And pay for an extra TV
     
  16. kram

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    No. Not according to what we discussed.


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  17. WestDC

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    Okay-I'm Looking at your (SIG) line - The Hr44 has 5 and your 2 HR24's have 4 = 9 tuners As yyou are correct!

    When you Get a Directv 4k Upgrade - a Reverse Band LNB is installed With a HR54 (NOW) has 7 tuners - Keeping 2 Hr 24's have 4 =11 Tuners- a C61K (has NO tuner) attached to the 4K TV.

    IF you remove a HR24 (*I'm guess you would? but don't have too.)* and replace it with the C61K or activate a RVU Connection.-Then NO change in your receiver monthly Cost.

    Keeping What you have and adding a C61K or RVU set it would add a $7 Monthly Charge.


    By installing the RB LNB you would get rid of any Sm8 or 16 your using now as well - (meaning) if you have 4 down wires Now - That would change to one down lead connect to a swm8 Splitter.

    NOTE: By Not getting a Genie 2 (hs-17) you can Keep what you have using the HR54 -Change to the HS-17 and all your HR24's will be removed from you account and replaced with Mini's only - That's a D* Current Policy.

    I'm using a RB LNB in my setup and my system Display Shows 22 swm channels -so you have plenty of tuner room to spare on a single down lead.
     
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  18. Grafixguy

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    Every receiver capable of outputting to a TV carries a $7/month charge. If they double up the HR54 and the C61K on the same TV that is TWO receivers and $14/month.
     
  19. Rich

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    So, no monthly charge for a 17?

    Rich
     
  20. Grafixguy

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    Not a dime.
     

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