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RVU/Genie Question

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by tlansdown, Feb 20, 2014.

  1. tlansdown

    tlansdown New Member

    Feb 20, 2014
    My setup is currently a Genie HR44, three C31 mini clients connected to it, and an additional networked HDDVR.

    I purchased a Samsung UN32F5500, which is RVU capable, so as I wouldn't need to purchase another receiver also because of where it will be mounted.

    I put it on my network with a wired connection, and connected the coax. I run through the RVU setup, get the PIN from the Genie, enter the PIN, select "adding a new location" and I get told that I am maxed out with connections to my Genie (3) and that I need to contact DirecTV to resolve this.

    When I choose "replace current location", it works just fine, but I've now removed one of my other minis.

    I call DirecTV, and the first person I talked to before my call dropped had no idea what I was talking about and couldn't understand what the problem was.

    Next person I talked to said I needed a DECA to make it work the way I'm trying. I have some DECA's from when I had whole-home setup prior to Genie.

    I asked them to just walk me through it, as they were adamant about sending out a technician and charging me $50 to do so, and I'm pretty sure this would take all of five minutes.

    I guess long story short, does anyone know where the DECA would need to go in this setup? On the RVUTV, one of my other mini clients, etc.?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. dennisj00

    dennisj00 Hall Of Fame

    Sep 27, 2007
    Lake Norman, NC
    You can only have 3 clients on a Genie. You could change one to a H2x receiver or HR2x DVR and still play programs from the Genie.

    If you have Directv coax near your TV, the DECA (with a Power Inserter) would go there with the Ethernet pigtail to the TV.
  3. RAD

    RAD Well-Known Member

    Aug 5, 2002
    You can have only three active RVU clients at one time, but up to 8 on the account. I currently have 6 clients on the account.

    As for the DECA requirement that's the standard line, you might try calling again and maybe fine a CSR that will just add another client.
  4. peds48

    peds48 Genius.

    Jan 10, 2008
    You don't need a DECA since you have you are already networked. What you need is to cal DirecTV and have them add a 4th client license to your account. Of course this comes with a 6.00 a month fee. but note that you can only use 3 clients at any one time
  5. tlansdown

    tlansdown New Member

    Feb 20, 2014
    Thanks guys.

    It seemed simple enough as to add another client license, but they didn't seem to understand.
  6. Beerstalker

    Beerstalker Hall Of Fame

    Feb 9, 2009
    Peoria, IL
    A lot of the CSRs don't know how to add the RVU client TVs. Just call back and try again.

    As far as the DECA goes that is technically how you are supposed to connect your TV for it to be supported by DirecTV. You are supposed to run coax from your SWM splitter to a DECA with a power inserter, and then an ethernet cable from that DECA to your TV. You aren't really supposed to connect your TVs ethernet directly to your home ethernet network. Obviously doing so will work, but it is not supported by DirecTV (and I have heard it may cause more issues being hooked up that way).

    I bought two of those same TVs for my parents and have them hooked up as RVU clients to their HR44 genie. I went ahead and hooked them up the supported way with the DECA and power supply behind each TV hooked to the coax, and the short ethernet cable to the TV. They have worked pretty well for them so far (about 6 months). There have been a couple issues every now and then, but I think most of those have been problems with the TV itself (power saving turning it off, ECO mode making it too dim at night, etc).

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