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since C31s unreliable, switch for H24s?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by jsclarke, Dec 18, 2012.

  1. jsclarke

    jsclarke Cool Member

    Jul 10, 2007
    Thanks Veryoldschool- I ran those last night and have attached screen shots. Phy levels ranged from -22 to -33, mesh from 240 - 279.

    This morning I had "no servers were detected" on all clients. I've had gray screens 2 days out of the last 5.

    Also- I've got an Apple Airport Extreme- which doesn't support UPnP from what I've read. It does support NAT-PMP (an Apple variant?) and it's on. Should I disable that? Thank you all. John

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  2. ghscott

    ghscott New Member

    Jun 27, 2010
    I have been having the same issues with the C31 for a month now. I called today and they are replacing two of the them with H24's, shipping overnight. I had to escalate to customer retention and then to a manager within customer retention. She told me the HR34 and the C31's have been nightmares, and they are working out issues everyday. It took about 2 hours on the phone, but I will finally have the C31's out of my life.
  3. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Dec 9, 2006
    What happens if you remove the internet connection, and restore network defaults on everything?
    We had to do this with some MRV systems, just to eliminate anything on the home network as a cause.

    Also, while not your problem, the phy rate Mesh, between nodes 2 & 4 shows 222 which isn't very good. All the others look fine.
  4. jsclarke

    jsclarke Cool Member

    Jul 10, 2007
    well... since new firmware came out Friday morning- (0x05D4)... I haven't had a single problem with any of our 3 C31s. Knock on wood... 3 days in a row without an issue (as opposed to a reboot req'd every 1 - 1.5 days)
  5. pizzmoe

    pizzmoe New Member

    Apr 25, 2012
    Good to hear. I was told the firmware was being released any day now.
  6. jsclarke

    jsclarke Cool Member

    Jul 10, 2007
    oh well- as others have reported the latest C31 firmware didn't eliminate black / gray screen lock ups on our C31s... just got one yesterday. So for us, the frequency of the problem is lower the latest firmware didn't eliminate the problem.
  7. caseyf5

    caseyf5 Member

    Mar 21, 2009
    Hello Stuart Sweet,
    Regarding your first reply to jsclarke (#2) your first sentence in the second paragraph is most intriguing. "It may seem like a tough thing to take now, but C31 and HR34 are the most important projects at DIRECTV." I think that the C31's are extremely important to DirecTV's plans in my opinion due to the new equipment of the future the HR44. I speculate that the HR44 (2 manufacturers - 500 and -700) can work only with clients due to the design of the HR44 (8 tuners which is again pure gessing on my part). Since the current limit is 8 tuners per whatever a person with one HR44 could only use C31 or its successor clients (CXX's) to watch other televisions as the 8 tuner limit has been reached with a HR44. The HR34 hs only been manufactured by one company and I would describe it as a "proof of concept" DVR that was halfway between current 2 tuner DVR's and an 8 tuner DVR. This is based upon the fact that no one else is manufacturing the HR34 since they first were offered to the hardware beta testers and continuing onward to the present day. I have been puzzled as to why DirecTV did not get a second manufacturer for the HR34. "Don't put all your eggs in one basket" seems appropriate regarding DirecTV having only one manufacturer of the HR34.
  8. hjones4841

    hjones4841 Legend

    Aug 18, 2006
    8 tuner limit? Can't we do 16 tuners (8 dual tuner DVRs) now with the SWM16 and two splitters?
  9. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    The swm16 does do 16 tuners. However I don't think the HR44 will have that many tuners. I've seen a potential number of 3.

    However, there are a lot of customers with a current limit of 8.
  10. Jodean

    Jodean Icon

    Jul 17, 2010
    not sure if this is related but....

    constant grey screens every day or every other day sometimes means the clients aren't activated, might be on directv side but not on equipment side.

    Very frustrating trying to figure out if clients are active. They will work even if not called in and activated on directv side also. This will cause every day grey screens.

    Kinda bad deal for those of us who have to activate over the automated phone system, sometimes the auto system screws up and doesn't activate the client, and the tech loses his pay for that. No way to know unless call directv and talk to live person after holding for 20 minutes to "check" of they are active.

    Alot of clients will work along time without activation if there is no internet connected to the system as well. Once you hook up internet then they start getting grey screens.
  11. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004

    A different experience here....there's Internet connected and the C31 works fine most of the time linked to the HR34 here. About once a week...we need to reboot it as it locks up...which is admittedly annoying more than anything else. Clearly it needs a firmware update to correct a few remaining issues.

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