My main directv receiver is an HR-34 that is connected to my primary tv and supports a C-31 genie client in my bedroom. I also have older HR-23 and HR-21 receivers at a couple of other televisions in my house. All the receivers are internet connected and whole-house works. The HR-34 has been painfully slow for a while and recordings are starting to shutter/freeze/pixelate badly at times. There are also problems with the genie client in the bedroom taking a long time to come on. I am guessing the hard drive on the HR-34 is showing its age. I would like to replace the HR-34 with an HR-54 but directv will only give me a free upgrade to an HS17. That concerns me a bit. I gather I would need to scrap my older receivers and use four genie clients for the televisions. Given the problems with the current genie client, I am worried I might have issues with my main tv. In addition, I am pretty sure I would prefer a wired connection to the client, and I don't know if newer genie clients support that. The HR-34 is currently in an entertainment cabinet that doesn't have the height for a tower. I am guessing that isn't a big issue because I assume the server could be anywhere in the house. Is there a consensus on response time/stability of the HS17 and its clients compared to the HR-54? I could simply pay for an HR-54. I am assuming such a swap wouldn't involve much more that swapping out the receivers using the same connections and calling directv to activate the receiver and deactivate the old one. Is that true?